Top 13 Tourist Attractions in Valencia

Casco Antiguo (Old Town)

Everyone who comes to Valencia visits the Old Town as it is in the Old quarter within which are the monuments to Valencia’s glory times of the past, as well as many churches and the silk exchange.  Wander through the historic streets and browse in the many quirky little shops and enjoy tapas as the many cafés and bars as you go on your walk of discovery and wonder.

Mercado Central (Central Market)

This busy market will give you a true glimpse of Valencian life today.  The ceramic, ironwork and glass work are a wonder.  There are more than 1000 stalls all selling local fresh produce such as locally grown vegetables, fresh fish and local delicacies.

L’Oceanogràfic

The world’s largest aquarium designed by the Spanish-American architect Félix Candela who sadly died before he could see it completed is mostly underground.  It is set around the central lake and is split into eight different areas one of which is a conservation area dedicated to turtles and dolphins the most threatened animal groups of the Mediterranean coast.  Take a walk through the glass tunnel and experience something that equates to walking on the ocean floor.

Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia

The original Turia River was re-routed away from the city to stop the frequent flooding and resulting hardships, now the dry river bed is a verdant 9 km long public space which includes the Turia gardens.  From this parkland, you have easy access to many of Valencia’s attractions.  From the Turia, you can access Cabecera Park, the spectacular City of Arts and Sciences, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palau de la Musica or the Oceanográfic.

Ciudad de los Artes y la Ciencia (The City of Arts and Sciences) 

This is one of the largest scientific and cultural complexes in Europe.  Its avant-garde architecture was designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela which covers a 2 km long area along the old Turia riverbed and consists of six elements:  The Hemisféric where you will find the IMAX cinema, the Umbracle – a landscaped vantage point, The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum – the interactive Science centre.

La Lonja de la Seda

La Lonja de la Seda is a 15th-century Gothic masterpiece declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1996.  Built as a silk exchange it took a mere 15 years to build from 1447 to 1506.  As you enter you are surrounded by the palm-tree shaped columns of the majestic main hall.  It is said that the carvings on these columns hold within them secrets that to this day have still not been deciphered.

Cathedral of Valencia and The Holy Grail

The Holy Grail you will find it in the great Cathedral of Valencia (La Catedral) which is located at the top of the Plaza de la Reina.  Built between 1252 and 1482 the Cathedral was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin by King Jaime 1 (Jaume, in the local Valenciano dialect).  A fascinating mix of architectural styles housing within its walls religious and artistic treasures including two masterpieces by Goya.  Most importantly it is now home to the authenticated Holy Grail, the chalice from which, it is said, Christ offered his disciples the wine at the Last Supper.

El Miguelete

After feasting your eyes on the Holy Grail you cannot leave the Cathedral precincts without a visit to the bell tower.  The name of the tower is derived from the biggest bell “Miguel” which was a castle in 1532 and weighs more than 10 tonnes.  Inside the tower is an enormous spiral stairway of 207 steps.  Climb to the summit to enjoy amazing views of the city all the way to the sea.

Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts)  

The museum is a 17th-century building with its collection of major Valencian and Flemish paintings and sculptures from the 14th to the 17th centuries, as well modern works and historical archaeological findings.

Eating Paella by the Malvarrosa beach

Gather the family, or your friends together.  From the port, head north for Paseo de Neptuno where you can share paella or enjoy a fresh fish dish with your nearest and dearest at one of the many fish restaurants.

Palacio Del Marques De Dos Aguas (Ceramics Museum)

A true breath taking, an over-the-top mix of architectural genius. There are the baroque alabaster entrance and the palace itself an eclectic mix of rococo, neoclassical and Oriental architecture. This 16th-century palace was remodelled in the 18th century by Hipolito Rovira (1693 – 1763), and it was he who is responsible for the detailed Churrigueresque façade.  This sumptuous architectural wonder is now the National Ceramics Museum which houses a collection dating from pre-history times to the present.  A highlight is the full-size ceramic carriage, which is a fairy-story fantasy.

Iglesia de los Santos Juanes

(Santos Juan Church) originally built on the site of an old mosque in 1240 and rebuilt, after the fire gutted the building was rebuilt in the baroque style of 17th/18th centuries.  Its weathercock is known as “Pardal de Sant Joan”.

Plaza de Toros

Designed by Sebastián Monleón – here bullfights take place about three times a year during fiestas and at other times is used for exhibitions and concerts.  If you are interested in bullfighting then go through to the Museo Tourino to view the bullring itself.

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