25 Things To Do in Valencia

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1. Visit Torres de Serrano

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Built in Valencian gothic style during the 14th century, Torres de Serrano is one of the ancient wall’s 12 gates. Aside from being a venue for different events in Valencia, the Torres de Serrano is also open for public viewing. Visitors can climb up to the top of the tower where they can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. There are free guided tours though it’s in Spanish.

Information

  • Name: Torres de Serrano
  • Address: Plaça dels Furs, s/n, 46003 València, Spain
  • Phone: +34 963 91 90 70
  • Opening hour: Monday to Saturday 9:30AM to 7:00PM, Sunday 9:30AM to 3:00PM
  • Website: www.valencia.es

2. Visit the Palau de la Música

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Valencia’s Palau de la Música is an exhibition hall inaugurated in 1987. It is built parallel to the Turia River and has a huge glass dome which allows natural light into the building creating a warm yet majestic atmosphere inside. The Palau de la Música is a venue for the city’s classical music and the home of the Orchestra of Valencia.

Information

  • Name: Palau de la Música
  • Address: Passeig de l’Albereda, 30, 46023 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Phone: +34 963 37 50 20
  • Website: www.va.palaudevalencia.com

3. Shop at Mercado Central

Valencia, SpainSource: Antonio Tajuelo

Hailed as the largest fresh food market in Spain, Valencia’s Mercado Central is a modernist architectural building that houses a total of 959 stalls on its ground floor and basement. Made with wood and stone with colorful glass windows, Mercado Central is also beautiful. You can find a wide variety of goods here from fresh produce to high-quality local delicacies.

Information

  • Name: Mercado Central
  • Address: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Spain
  • Phone: +34 963 82 91 00
  • Opening hour: Monday to Saturday 7:00AM to 3:00PM
  • Holiday: Sunday
  • Website: www.mercadocentralvalencia.es

4. Visit the L’Oceanogràfic

Valencia, SpainSource: TimOve

Part of Valencia’s City of Art and Sciences, the L’Oceanogràfic is an oceanarium opened in 2003. This marine zoo is massive and is considered as the largest Europe. It houses around 45,000 animals including sharks, dolphins, sea lions, and many others. Visitors enjoy walking through the underwater tunnels and watching the superb dolphin show. Information on the animals is available in English.

Information

  • Name: L’Oceanogràfic
  • Address: Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències, Carrer Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1B, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Phone: +34 960 47 06 47
  • Opening hour: Daily 10:00AM to 8:00PM
  • Website: www.oceanografic.org

5. Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia

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Founded in 1913, the Museu de Belles Arts de Valencia or the Museum of Fine Arts in Valencia, focuses on paintings by Valencian artists. The collection ranges from the gothic period up to the 20th century, many are from well-known Spanish names. Aside from paintings, the museum also houses sculptures, archeological and religious relics, and contemporary art. Admission is free.

Information

  • Name: Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia
  • Address: Carrer de Sant Pius V, 9, 46010 València, Spain
  • Phone: +34 963 87 03 00
  • Opening hour: Monday 11:00AM to 5:00PM, Tuesday to Sunday 10:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Website: www.museobellasartesvalencia.gva.es

6. Visit the Llotja de la Seda

Valencia, SpainSource: Carquinyol

Llotja de la Seda is one of the popular tourist attractions in Valencia. Its three buildings are Valencian Gothic in design and were originally used as a commercial meeting place for trade during the 15th century. Built in marble with spiral columns reaching the vaulted ceiling, Llotja de la Seda is an architectural masterpiece. Aside from the buildings, there is also a garden called the Courtyard of the Orange Trees.

Information

  • Name: Llotja de la Seda
  • Address: Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Phone: +34 962 08 41 53
  • Opening hour: Daily 9:30AM to 3:00PM
  • Website: www.valencia.es

7. See the animals in Valencia Bioparc

Valencia, SpainSource: Gabriel Villena

Opened in 2008, the Valencia Bioparc is an innovative zoo that houses around 4000 animals in its 50-hecatre land. Many visitors enjoy visiting the Bioparc for its zoo-immersion concept which involves people being immersed into the animals’ habitat and not the other way around. Hence, there are no traditional enclosures and cages in the Bioparc and animals can roam more freely.

Information

  • Name: Valencia Bioparc
  • Address: Av. Pío Baroja, 3, 46015 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Phone: +34 902 25 03 40
  • Opening hour: Daily 10:00AM to 8:00PM
  • Website: www.bioparcvalencia.es

8. Visit the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

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The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, or Valencian Institute of Modern Art, was established in 1989 and is the first modern art center in Spain. This museum has well-curated spaces with substantially thought out exhibitions on its three floors. The IVAM not only organizes temporary exhibitions of modern art, they also coordinate conferences and workshops. The staff is also friendly and efficient.

Information

  • Name: Institut Valencià d’Art Modern
  • Address: Calle de Guillem de Castro, 118, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Phone: +34 963 86 30 00
  • Opening hour: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00AM to 7:30PM
  • Holiday: Monday
  • Website: www.ivam.es

9. Valencia Cathedral

Valencia, SpainSource: Jocelyn Kinghorn

Founded in the 13th century, the Valencia Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Aside from its impressive architecture, there are many things to see in the cathedral.  Valencia Cathedral houses two Goya paintings and the Holy Chalice which some believed to be the Holy Grail. Visitors can also enjoy a nice view of Valencia from the top of the cathedral’s bell tower, the Micalet Tower.

Information

  • Name: Valencia Cathedral
  • Address: Plaça de l’Almoina, s/n, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Phone: +34 963 91 81 27
  • Opening hour: Daily 8:00AM to 8:00PM
  • Website: www.catedraldevalencia.es

10. Watch the sunset at La Albufera

Valencia, SpainSource: Marcela Escandell

La Albufera is a freshwater lagoon and estuary located in the south of Valencia. You can take a boat ride out on the lagoon from the nearby small towns of El Palmar and El Saler or just take a walk around the area. Not only is the landscape beautiful, sunsets are also breathtaking to see in La Albufera.  The lagoon is also the natural habitat of many different birds so you can also enjoy some birdwatching here.

Information

  • Name: La Albufera
  • Address: Carrer del Pintor Martí Girbés, 23, 46012 El Palmar, Valencia, Spain
  • Opening hour: Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 2:00PM
  • Holiday: Saturday and Sunday
  • Website: www.parquesnaturales.gva.es

11. Visit the National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts “González Martí”

Valencia, SpainSource: Jocelyn Kinghorn

The National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts was established by Manuel González Martí in 1947 with his own ceramic collection. Today, the museum houses a collection of paintings, jewelry and tapestry, furniture, and of course, ceramics. The magnificent antique pottery that can be seen here are mainly Greek, Roman, Iberian, and some modern pieces, most are from the region of Valencia.

Information

  • Name: National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts “González Martí”
  • Address: Carrer del Poeta Querol, 2, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Opening hour: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00AM to 2:00PM, 4:00 to 8:00PM; Sunday 10:00AM to 2:00PM
  • Holiday: Monday
  • Website: www.mecd.gob.es/mnceramica/home.html

12. Play at the Parque Gulliver

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Based from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Parque Gulliver is a huge sculptural playground located in the Turia riverbed. From a bird’s eye view, one can see Gulliver’s form lying on the ground. There are slides, ladders, and ropes around the gigantic figure which can be used by children and adults who visit the park. It is, however, not suitable for very young children as there are only a few safety measures available.

Information

  • Name: Parque Gulliver
  • Address: Jardín del Turia, s/n, 46023 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Opening hour: Daily 10:00AM to 8:00PM
  • Website: www.valencia.es/ayuntamiento

13. Plaza de la Reina

Valencia, SpainSource: Phil Whitehouse

Located in the center of Valencia’s Old Town, Plaza de la Reina is one of the oldest (and busiest!) plaza squares in Valencia. It is a perfect spot to take a break from touring around the city as it has a very convenient and accessible location. There are flowers and benches at the center of the plaza while restaurants and cafes lined the square.

Information

  • Name: Plaza de la Reina
  • Address: Plaça de la Reina, S/N, 46000 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Phone:+34 963 52 54 78

14. Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Valencia, SpainSource: Craig Cormack

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is a cultural center in Valencia that opened in 2005 as the final building to complete the City of Arts and Sciences. The Palau has four halls: the Main Room is mainly for opera and other performing arts, the Martín y Soler Theatre is for the applied arts, the Master Room is for small musical performances, and the Auditorium is a venue for multiple purposes.

Information

  • Name: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
  • Address: Avenida del Professor López Piñero (Historiador de la Medicina), 1, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Opening hour: Monday to Friday 8:00PM to 11:00PM, Saturday 7:00PM to 10:00PM, Sunday 6:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Website: www.lesarts.com

15. Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

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A part of the City of Arts and Sciences, Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is one of the most popular attractions in Valencia. Adults and children alike are able to learn about science here through experience as everything in this museum is graphically displayed. There are many interactive science exhibitions in the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe that are not just informative but also fun.

Information

  • Name: Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe
  • Address: Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias, Av Profesor López Piñero, 7, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Opening hour: Daily 10:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Website: www.cac.es/es/home.html

16. Torres de Quart

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The Torres de Quart, or Quart Towers, is originally a part of the old city walls of Valencia. Built in the 15th century, it was used as a prison during the early years. It has also gone through bombardments during France’s siege. Visitors can still see the damage of the cannon balls on the exterior of the towers today. Entrance is free and the view of the city from the top is wonderful.

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17. Plaza de Toros de Valencia

Valencia, SpainSource: Enrique Dans

Inspired by civil roman architecture, the Plaza de Toros de Valencia is a huge bullfighting arena that can hold up to 12,000 people.  Aside from its impressive size, it’s also a beautiful neoclassic architectural structure. The arena has four levels, each decorated with arches made of bricks and balustrades made of wood. The Plaza de Toros de Valencia is mainly used as a venue for the city’s July Fair and the Fallas.

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18. L’Àgora

Valencia, SpainSource: Marcus

L’Àgora is another structure in Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences complex. It is a metallic edifice that resembles a pointed ellipsis. Aside from its grand and beautiful aesthetics, L’Àgora also has movable roof which can open or close. This multi-functional building is venue for many different events like concerts and conventions. It hosted the Valencia Open 500 Tennis Tournament in November 2009.

Information

  • Name: L’Àgora
  • Address: Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias, Av Profesor López Piñero, 7, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
  • Opening hour: Daily 24hours
  • Website: www.cac.es/es/home.html

19. Valencian Museum of Ethnology

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Created in 1982, the Valencian Museum of Ethnology intends to educate the public in Valencia’s ethnology, anthropology, and culture. Aside from the three permanent exhibits which feature the different aspects of Valencian life and its human race, the museum also holds temporary exhibits and workshops. They also have a library and they publish a variety of periodicals on the subject.

Information

  • Name: Valencian Museum of Ethnology
  • Address: Carrer de la Corona, 36, 46003 València, Spain
  • Phone: +34 963 88 36 19
  • Opening hour: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00AM to 8:00PM
  • Holiday: Monday
  • Website: www.museuvalenciaetnologia.es

20. Las Fallas

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Celebrated every March at the beginning of spring, Las Fallasor is a traditional and artful festivity of Valencia. During this event, there is a procession of falles or ninots which are the monuments that are later burnt. These colorful figures are constructed in the form of a protagonist, whether of a local neighborhood or a foreign country. Many people visit the city to crowd the streets and witness this unique celebration.

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21. Plaza de la Virgen

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Originally the main plaza of Valencia dating back to the Roman times, Plaza de la Virgen is now a charming historical gem of the city. Aside from its rich history, the plaza is also borded by three important buildings: the Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, and the Palace of the Generalitat. There are also cozy cafes and terraces surrounding the square which makes it a perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

Information

  • Name: Plaza de la Virgen
  • Address: Plaça de la Verge, València, Valencia, Spain

22. North Station

Valencia, Spain

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Located in the north end of the city, the North Station is not just a working train station; it is also a wonderful place to visit when in Valencia. Visitors marvel at the ribbed ceilings and columns at the entrance hall and the colorful murals painted on the walls before getting on with their travels. The station is also clean, well maintained, and free to enter.

Information

  • Name: North Station
  • Address: Carrer d’Alacant, 25, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain

23. Plaza Ayuntamiento

Valencia, SpainSource: Yasuhiro Chatani

Plaza Ayuntamiento is a perfect place to start a tour of Valencia. The plaza is surrounded by many of the city’s historical buildings like the Plaza de Toros, the old post office, and town hall. Visitors can also take a break and enjoy the beautiful flower stalls and the fountain found in the center of the plaza. Plaza Ayuntamiento is a venue for the mascletas and the Fallas.

Information

  • Name: Plaza Ayuntamiento
  • Address:  Carrer de l’Arquebisbe Mayoral, 1, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain

24. Turia Gardens

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Created at the end of the 20th century, the Turia Gardens are ten kilometers of greenery making it one of the biggest urban parks in Spain. Designed to recreate former river scenery, the gardens are lush with trees, flowers, ponds, and fountains. There are many things to do in the Turia Gardens as there are many sections for different activities such as biking, football, baseball, and other games and sports.

Information

  • Name: Turia Gardens
  • Address: Antiguo cauce del Turia, Valencia, Spain

25. Visit the town of Xativa

Valencia, SpainSource: Jorge Sanz

Sitting at the foot of a hill, Xativa is a wonderful place for sightseeing as there are many beautiful sights in this town. There’s the grand Castle of Xativa on top of the hill, the Collegiate Basilica, the Royal Monastery of the Assumption, and many other gothic churches. The town itself is fun to explore with its narrow winding streets and breathtaking views.

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