The city of Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
Indeed, this city has a combination of a great city and a beach. The following are the best things to see or visit while in this city:
1 ✦ Visit The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences is located at the end of the riverbed of Turia River. Certainly, this is Valencia’s top landmark. It is also one of the best examples of modern architecture in Europe.
This futuristic complex comprises five elements:
- Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia
- El Museu de Ciences Principe Felipe
This is a city within a city of Valencia, which is meant to educate and entertain.
2 ✦ Learn the History Silk Exchange at La Lonja de la Seda
La Lonja de la Seda is a UNESCO site and a true masterpiece of Valencian Gothic architecture.
This historical building was a silk exchange centre.
It was where the traders would meet and make deals.
Inside this building, you can marvel at the main hall and look up at the incredible detail of the vaulted ceilings.
Both the inside and inside of the building are great and unique. It is an absolute must see while visiting the city of Valencia.
The audio guides are available but at an extra coast.
3 ✦ Visit the Valencia Cathedral
The construction of the Valencia Cathedral dates back to the13th century.
It has various architectural styles, from the Romanesque to the baroque. This can be observed in the three doors:
- The main door is baroque
- Puerta de Les Apóstoles is gothic
- Puerta del Palau is Romanesque
There is a spiral stairway inside that leads to the terrace. Here, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the sea.
The most fascinating part of this cathedral and perhaps controversial, is the Chapel of the Holy Chalice. At the altar, there is one of the few chalices claimed to have been used by Jesus Christ during the last supper.
There is an entrance fee.
4 ✦ Visit the Valencia’s Central Market
This is a public market that is located right opposite the Llotja de la Seda.
This market has more than 1200 stalls with fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, there are souvenir shops and restaurants located inside the market as well.
It is popular with the tourists as well as the locals. Whether you want to buy the local products or enjoy the cuisine, the Central Market is the place to go.
5 ✦ Hang Out at the Turia Gardens
A visit to the Turia Gardens will sum up your trip to Valencia. This is because the gardens are a haven of peace and tranquility.
After serious flooding in 1957, the city diverted the Turia river and then transformed its bed into a beautiful park. In the real sense, the city of Valencia turned the adversity into a success story.
It is a truly beautiful garden and besides being an ideal place for a picnic under the trees, it is a good environment for running, cycling, walking, and children’s attractions.
In the gardens, there is the Gulliver Park which is great for children.
6 ✦ Get Lost In the Oceanogràfic
The Oceanogràfic is found at the edge of the City of Arts and Sciences.
This aquarium is arranged in several zones, and each of them has a distinct environment.
You can spot sand tiger sharks, beluga whales, penguins, walruses, dolphins and sea lions.
7 ✦ Listen to the Calming Burbles of the Turia Fountain
The fountain is one of the Plaza de la Virgen’s main attractions.
It depicts Neptune surrounded by eight naked women. This work of art is actually a representation of Valencia’s Turia River and its eight tributaries.
8 ✦ Visit the Valencia’s Main Train station
The main train station of Valencia is called Estació del Norte in Spanish (English: North Station).
It is located at the heart of the old town and is the central hub for trains coming in and out of the city of Valencia.
The station is made up of two main sections. In one section there is the lobby area where you can buy tickets and the other one is the main station building.
9 ✦ Enjoy the Beaches of Valencia
In Valencia, there are several to visit. These includes:
- Las Arenas Beach
- La Malvarrosa Beach
- Patacona Beach
- El Saler Beach
- La Garrofera Beach
- La Devesa Beach
These beaches are all clean and family friendly but of course, they do get busy in the summer months.
10 ✦ Visit the Plaza de Toros in Valencia
This is a bullfighting arena that is located in the central district of the city of Valencia.
It is an iconic building that is next to Estación del Norte and has a similar style like the Rome’s Colosseum. It can hold a capacity of around 12,000 people.
This bullring is particularly impressive when illuminated at night.
In addition, the concerts and sporting events are held in this venue.
11 ✦ Visit the Palau de la Musica in Valencia
This is a concert hall that is located in the Turia Gardens.
It has a distinguishing feature of the glass enclosure that overlooks the Turia Gardens.
From here, you can watch the fountains that have been designed to spout to the beat of the music from the Palau.
Concerts, operas, ballets, conferences, and presentations, just to mention but a few, are held inside this building.
12 ✦ Chill Out at the Plaza de la Virgen
Plaza de la Virgen is located in the heart of Valencia’s historic district.
This is a square that dates back to the Roman times. And without a doubt, this area offers a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of this city.
The square is surrounded by three of Valencia’s most renowned landmarks. These includes:
- The Cathedral of Santa Maria
- The Basílica de la Virgen de Los Desamparados
- The Palace of the Generalitat
It plays host to several cafes and outdoor terraces that serve traditional Valencian cuisines.
This is a perfect spot for eating, drinking, and watching life go by.
13 ✦ Take a Stroll Through L’Umbracle
Indeed, this part of the City of Arts and Sciences complex. It was designed as an entrance to the complex.
In this botanical garden, there are plant species indigenous to Valencia. These include rockrose Romero, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, palm tree, just to mention but a few.
There are also an art gallery with sculptures from the contemporary artists.
14 ✦ Admire the Impressive Valencia Opera House
The Valencia Opera House is also located in the City of Arts and Sciences complex.
It serves as both as a major performing arts facility for Valencia and as a dynamic urban landmark.
The opera house consists of a major auditorium seating of more than 1500, which is suitable for opera productions as well as concerts and ballet.
There is also a 380 seat chamber music hall for performances, drama and other events like meetings.
Finally, there is an auditorium that is equipped with advanced film and video projection systems. This offers different and great possibilities for viewing performances on the screens.
Thank you for stopping by and stay positive!
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