Valencia

Medieval knights, marshlands and avant-garde

This city has an important port which has been in use since the old times. It was the scene of some of the best novels about knight battles written in the world. Nowadays, it has modern and spectacular establishments such as the City of Arts and Sciences.

Plan your stay in Valencia

Things to do in Valencia always involve its huge historical-monumental heritage and its diverse cultural spaces; so it may take us several days to go through all the main sights that this city offers. In case you had more time, you could visit El Palmar, the Albufera Natural Park, or towns such as Buñol or Alzira.

Among the Roman traces in this city we find the archeological site Vía Augusta. From the Arab wall, they have the Posada del Ángel Tower (11th century), the Almohad Tossal Gallery (12th century). Where the Alcázar was placed we have San Luis Beltrán Plaza, where you will find the interesting construction know as the Almudín (14th-16th centuries). The Quart Towers (15th century) can show you some traces from the French siege in 1812. Some other main sights you will find are the Serranos Towers (late 14th century, which used to be a prison), the Atarazanas (14th century), and the Archeological Center L’Almoina for a global vision of this marvelous city.

The Cathedral (13th-18th centuries) has amazing constructions from the Gothic and early Renaissance period such as the Resurrection Chapel and the Micalet Bell Tower. Do not miss the Cathedral Museum if you want to know more about this amazing temple and the paintings and sculptures held inside. Also, regarding churches, we highlight the Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados Royal Basilica (17th century), the Santos Juanes Royal Church, the Santa Catalina Church (standing out by its bell tower) and convents such as Corpus Christi, Santo Domingo or Trinidad Royal Monastery.

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Valencia Cathedral

Regarding palaces, we are sure that you will enjoy Benicarló Palace (15th century, headquarters of the Second Spanish Republic), the Generalitat Palace (15th-16th centuries) and the Justice Palace (18th-19th centuries). If you liked these constructions, that means that you are a history lover. This is why the following main sights will not let you down either: the old Hospital (16th century) which now works as the Provincial Library, Valencia’s Archive, and the University of Valencia (18th-20th centuries). The Bull ring may be interesting as well.

However, the most interesting thing for tourists is the Lonja (1483), maybe the Central Market (1914), and definitely the museums (learn more about markets in Valencia in our post in English of the most interesting markets this city has). The City of Arts and Sciences is the most acclaimed spot among visitors: it housed the Prince Felipe Science Museum, the Hemisfèri and the Oceanogràfic, and has several cultural events in the Reina Sofía Art Palace. House museums such as Mariano Benlliure or Vicente Blasco Ibáñez are worth going to. You will enjoy the San Pío V Fine Arts Museums of Valencia (which has numerous works by Joaquín Sorolla), the Modern Art Institute of Valencia (paintings from the 19th century to the 20th century). The last craze in art can be found in the Enlightenment and Modernity Museum of Valencia (IVAM). If you like arts, you will enjoy our post in English on Valencia for art lovers.

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Practical data

Coordinates

39º 28’ 0” N, 0º 22’ 30” W

Distances

Alicante 166 km, Castellón de la Plana 73 km, Madrid 355 km

Altitude

15 m

Inhabitants

792 303 (2013)

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