City of Arts and Sciences
It is a architectural complex, which comprises a science museum, IMAX cinema and planetarium, opera house and an aquarium.
The Turia river flowed around the city until the 1950s when it was diverted after flooding. The river bed has now been transformed into a park, where locals walk, run and cycle.
The museum contains a chalice recognised by the Vatican as possibly the original Holy Grail. See paintings by Goya and other major artists, then trudge up the Micalet belltower 207 steps, for sweeping city views.
It was built in the 1920s, and it is one of the largest in Europe. You should definetely not leave Valencia without having some famous Valencia orange juice at the market.
Opposite the market, the 15th-century silk Exchange building is one of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture in Europe and has World Heritage status.
Plaza de la Virgen
Right in the heart of Valencia’s historic district lies the charming Plaza de la Virgen, an old little square that dates back to the Roman times.
Plaza de la Reina
Plaza de la Reina is one of the oldest and busiest plazas in Valencia. It is situated in the beautiful Old Town and marks the Kilometer 0.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Literally translated “Town Hall Square”, the grandiose Plaza del Ayuntamiento is the main square in Valencia and probably the best starting point from which to visit the city.
Estación del Norte
The North Railway Station is one of the modernist jewels of the city. On the front façane you can see the most typical elements of valencian culture: oranges, barracas (valencian traditional house), La Albufera (the lake)… Inside, there is a typical and elegant decoration.
Albufera Natural Park
Only 10 kilometres from Valencia you will find the Albufera Natural Park, a Mediterranean ecosystem with unspoilt dune beaches, forests, rice fields and a huge lake where you can enjoy boat trips.
This is where paella was invented and where you can try other culinary delights made with local products.
Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes)
This is one of the most important art museums in Spain. It houses works by Velázquez, El Greco and Valencian artists including Sorolla. A new room is dedicated to the museum’s paintings by Francisco de Goya.
National Ceramic Museum (Museo Nacional de Cerámica)
Even if you don’t want to go to the museum, at least come and gawp at the opulent alabaster façade of this 18th-century palace. Inside, there is a display chart the development of ceramics from the Iberian, Greek and Roman periods onwards.
Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM)
With permanent displays and several temporary exhibitions running. This contemporary art museum is always worth a look.
Many would say that a holiday is incomplete without a visit to the beach. Luckily, the city of Valencia has many beaches along its coastline. Try the most popular beach, La Malvarrosa, which starts around the port area.