Valencia in One Day Itinerary

  1. Estación del Norte – This station is decorated with wonderful ceramic mosaics and oranges signifying the Valencia and its agricultural surrounds.  Inside this busy main station, you will find ‘Bon Voyage’ messages in gold leaf on woods and white mosaics.
  2. Plaza de Toros – just next to the station is the home of Valencian bullfighting a 150-year-old tradition in the City. Surrounding the bullring is a 48 sided polygon arena with a seating capacity of 16,000.  You may even be lucky enough to be visiting at the time of a bullfight which takes place only three times a year.  If so you will have to book well in advance.
  3. Casa Consistorial – (The City Hall) – The City Hall in the Plaza Ayuntamiento is a wonderful example of baroque architecture and is topped by a slim tower with a very special chiming clock.  During Fiesta it is lit by strings of lights to delightful effect.
  4. Palacio de Correos y Telégrafos – This amazing building reminds on somewhat of a wedding cake and is the main post office building.  The architecture is a mix of modernism, classicism and baroque a strange mix that works.  There is also its magnificent stained-glass domed roof.  Be sure to visit the whispering gallery!
  5. A Pause for refreshment – Bar La Lonja is situated by the Mercado Central.  Take in the parrot on the roof of the market as you treat yourself to some well-earned and affordable mid-morning snack.
  6. Mercado Central – Here you will really get a feel for the character of Valencia as Valencians shop and chatter around you.  You may even enjoy purchasing some of the wonderful fresh produce on offer.
  7. La Lonja de la Seda – One of the best examples of Gothic architecture and a declared UNESCO World heritage site. You may be a little-taken aback by the gargoyles but on the whole, for adults they are very amusing. Inside you will discover many delights within the Sala de Contratación with its barley twist columns.  You can also take some quiet time in the cool courtyard garden’s greenery and orange trees.
  8. Plaza Redonda – This cute circular plaza with its central fountain is surrounded by little haberdashery and ceramics shops, but at weekends hosts a neighbourhood market.  If you are soft-hearted you may have to toughen up when you see the puppies and kittens for sale.
  9. Lunch-Break – For a basic no nonsense lunch to help you on your way then there is an excellent 3-course lunch to be had at El Kiosko – it also offers the traditional tapas, and here they are very tasty.  This little bistro is popular with the locals and is situated on the square behind La Lonja.  If it is one of the usual Mediterranean balmy days you can enjoy your lunch break outside and watch the passing parade while you relax.
  10. Palacio Del Marques De Dos Aguas (Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti) – Be prepared to spend some time here as there is much to discover and admire. Its collection of ceramics covers the art of ceramics from pre-history times through to the present and there are two highlights not to be missed:  The turn of the century Valencian kitchen made completely from ceramics and the full-size carriage of the kind found in your favourite fairy stories.
  11. La Catedral de Valencia & El Miguelete – The Plaza de la Reina is dominated by this imposing Cathedral, which has over the centuries and many refurbishments and additions culminated in a mix of architectural styles:  Roman, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque as well as neoclassical.  It is here that your search ends, for in one of the tiny chapel is housed the Holy Grail, which arrived Rome via Huesca during the Crusades.  There are other less illustrious relics kept here which will fascinate or repel you.  If you are still full of energy, climb the 207 stops to the top of the tower for the most amazing panoramic views across the city to the rich, fertile farmlands of the countryside.
  12. La Plaza de la Virgen & Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Desamparados – This is the site of the original Roman forum. This is a really busy Plaza, the most visited in Valencia and hosts many of the city’s festivities which take place throughout the year.  Look out for the fountain which is rather strange, as it is a sculpting of the human form but it is designed to depict the Rio Túrio and its tributaries.  Then there are the ornate orange gardens facing the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Desamparados (Basilica of Our Lady of the Helpless) dedicated to Valencia’s patron saint and also bears a nickname derived from the original Gothic sculpture la cheperudeta (the hunchback).  Inside, on the vaulted ceiling are many frescoes of the Virgin by Antonio Palomino (1653 – 1726)
  13. Torres de Serranos (The Towers of Serranos) – These Gothic Towers are stunningly enormous and formed the main entrance to the Christian walled city, a safe haven for traders coming from Catalonia, Aragon and Serrania.  These towers have served as prisons for nobility, and in the Spanish Civil War of the 210th century, they were used as a safe storehouse for precious works of art.  If you can make it to the top there is a wonderful view over the Rio Túrio.
  14. Late afternoon refreshment – In the Plaza de la Virgen you will find a tiny bar with tables outside.  For light refreshment, this little spot is ideal as they serve delicious crepes, fresh juices and good coffee.  A seat here will afford you time to rest your weary feet, refresh yourself whilst also providing a grand view of the plaza, Cathedral and Basilica.

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