Immerse yourself in one of the largest markets in Europe, the Central Market, located inside a pre-modernist architectural gem, and enter one of the most representative buildings of civil Gothic in Europe, the Lonja de la Seda, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Next to these buildings, don't miss the Iglesia de los Santos Juanes.
Valencia PLAZA DE LA VIRGEN AND THE CATHEDRAL COMPLEX
21 centuries of history in the heart of the city, where you will find heritage treasures such as the Cathedral of Valencia, the Miguelete, the Basilica of the Virgin or the Almoina. Don't miss the Water Tribunal declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO on Thursdays at 12:00 noon.
Valencia BARRIO DEL CARMEN AND ITS PALACES
The thousand-year-old neighborhood of the city grew between two walls, the Muslim and the Christian. A walk through its labyrinthine cobbled streets flanked by imposing medieval buildings takes us to other stages of history. Entering the palaces, going through the medieval gates of the Torres de Quart and the Torres de Serranos, and wandering through its most unique corners are itineraries that you should not miss.
The Marina Real Juan Carlos I is a reference point of the city, not only for the events that take place in it, but also for its unique buildings. In it are the 19th century Sheds, the Clock building and the Veles e Vents building, emblem of the new Marina. Its commercial premises, terraces and restaurants, which have wonderful views, is worth highlighting.
This innovative zoo in which the barriers are practically invisible and the animals roam freely, has an area of 100,000 m². It has the peculiarity of taking the visitor completely into the habitat of the animals unlike with traditional zoos. It embraces the concept called zoo-immersion.
Leopards, lemurs, hyenas, lions, giraffes, gorillas, rhinos, hippos, porcupines, ostriches, elephants, otters... coexist with each other in this zoo world, which offers exciting experiences in every corner of the park and every minute.
34 museums to enjoy art, history, architecture... Delve into 18th century Valencia through Baroque architecture and interior design at the National Ceramic Museum located in the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. See works by Sorolla, Goya or Zuloaga at the San Pío V Museum of Fine Arts, discover the Fallas at the Fallero Museum or contemplate contemporary art at the IVAM or MUVIM.
One of the most unique museums in this city and the largest museum of historical miniatures in the world. More than 95,000 pieces are exhibited and it grows every day. It has 17 permanent exhibition rooms, several temporary exhibition rooms, a shop, areas for events and a library on more than 3,000 m². It is located in an old Gothic-style palace located on Caballeros street.
The Albufera Natural Park transports us to a world of nature in its purest form where the only sounds that are heard are the songs of the birds or the sound of the water. Protected against human action, it is located just 10 km from the city. Visiting it is understanding the Valencian's passion for the environment and discovering the origins of Valencian gastronomy.
Free bus to Albufera with the Valencia Tourist Card / Reserve boat rides at Reception.
Valencia ROUTES THROUGH THE HUERTA DE ALBORAYA
The landscape of Alboraya is the Huerta, present throughout its entire municipal term. Its fertile lands, its climate, its irrigation system, and the effort of man have created a beautiful and changing landscape. The farmer makes a good effort to take care of his fields, forming together a large multi-colored mantle. In La Huerta, we can enjoy the sense of sight, and also smell, which surprises without warning with intense and unexpected smells.
Self-guided routes through the Alboraya garden have been organized for the visitor's enjoyment. Consult the routes, maps and information at:
A few kilometers north of our city, the Puig Monastery will introduce you to the medieval atmosphere of the conquest of Valencia by King Jaume I. The Royal Room, the reproduction of the king's sword, as well as the Ceramic Room are some of the attractions that can be seen in the guided tours organized by the Tourist Office.
Guided tours: Tuesday to Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.
Prices: groups of 30 people € 3 | single € 4 | children under 8 years free of charge. If not a large group, no prior reservation is necessary.
Within the rich and varied gastronomy of the city of Valencia, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy its typical dish par excellence: paella.
As the land of Rice, you can also enjoy other typical dishes such as baked rice, arroz a banda (with fish), black rice (with squid in its ink), arròs amb fesols i naps, a rice with beans and turnips or the fideuá (which substitutes rice for noodles). Another typical product of the land is horchata: a refreshing drink made from tiger nuts. This only grows on land prepared for it, so it is a totally indigenous product with a designation of origin. It is usual to have it accompanied by fartons and you can choose if you prefer it slush, mixed or liquid.
If you enjoy traveling by bike, Valencia is without a doubt the perfect place for it. Adapted to cycle tourism, Valencia is what we could call a “Bike Friendly” city due to its size, its flat terrain with little slopes and its bike lane infrastructures that connect all the city's neighborhoods with more than 120 km.
In addition, the city belongs to the Network of Cities for La Bicicleta, its traffic in the urban center is limited to 30 km / h and has the old Turia riverbed, a garden that crosses the urban nucleus and allows you to visit it by bike, without haste and enjoying a mild climate all year round.
CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
An example of futuristic architecture signed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, its colossal buildings house an IMAX cinema in l'Hemisfèric, the largest aquarium in Europe at l'Oceanogràfic, a didactic and interactive exhibition in the Principe Felipe Science Museum and most avant-garde opera at the Palau de les Artes Reina Sofía. In addition, the impressive Assut de l'Or bridge and the Agora are a feast for the senses.
You cannot leave Valencia without visiting L'OCEANOGRÀFIC, the largest aquarium in Europe. With seven different marine environments, you can see about 45,000 specimens of 500 different species, such as dolphins, belugas, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins and sharks. Do not miss the exhibition that takes place every day in the dolphinarium. Reserve at least half a day to visit it.