Once upon a time, the Moors called Valencia "the blessed land." Centuries later, the feeling of the city has not changed at all, although Valencia has since become a modern, dynamic metropolis. Over two thousand years of history, a tremendous cultural code has accumulated here.
Valencia was founded by the Romans in the 1st century. Since then, she managed to visit the province of a powerful empire, part of the Moorish state and an independent Christian principality until she entered the united Spanish kingdom.
In the urban area of Valencia there are several beaches awarded the “blue flag”, where you can have a great vacation, it is also home to the famous fire festival “Las Fallas”, which annually attracts thousands of tourists. And the delicious Valencian paella is probably tried by all the guests of the city.
What to see and where to go in Valencia?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.
1. City of Arts and Sciences
A modern entertainment complex, a true architectural pride of all of Spain. The futuristic ensemble created by Santiago Calatrava contrasts strongly with the historic city blocks. Here is an exhibition gallery, a museum-city of sciences, a planetarium (which includes a cinema and a theater of laser shows), an opera house and an aquarium. The complex has been opened for visiting since 1998, during the following years it was completed.
2. Gate of Serranos
Ancient city gate, preserved from the XIV century. They were intended for the purpose of defending the city and repelling enemy attacks. Over the past centuries, the gateway towers managed to serve as a prison for noble nobles and a storehouse for museum exhibits during the war (the collections of the Prado Museum were specially evacuated here in order to protect them from possible bombardments). Nowadays, Serranos perform a symbolic function.
3. Gate Quart
The second (after Serranos Gate) ancient gates that have survived to our time, guarding the entrance to Valencia. From here begins the entrance to the old central part of the city. The building was built in the Neapolitan style of limestone and stone and resembles a medieval Italian fort. Centuries ago, a women's prison was located in the gate towers. In 1931, the building was given the status of a historical monument.
4. City Hall Square
The square is located in the historical part of Valencia. Important social events for the city are held here. Several attractions are located on the square at once: the central post office, the building of the Trade Assembly and the Municipality (City Hall). The last building deserves special attention. This is a picturesque palace of the late XVIII century, decorated with baroque bas-reliefs, figured arches and balconies.
5. Plaza de la Reina
Queen's Square is one of the most crowded and lively in Valencia. Several large streets converge here at once. The place was named in honor of the wife of the ruler of Alfonso XII Queen Mary. The area is decorated with flower beds, alleys and cozy cafes. On the north side is a cathedral with a high bell tower. From Plaza de la Reina, the mileage report of all Valencia roads begins.
6. Valencia Cathedral
Cathedral in honor of St. Mary, the main Christian church of Valencia. It was erected even before the arrival of the Moors on the Iberian Peninsula. During the times of Arab rule, it was turned into a mosque. In the XIII century. the cathedral again became a Christian monastery with the blessing of the Valencian bishop. The building was built in the so-called "Mediterranean Gothic" style. Here lies one of the most significant Christian relics - the Holy Grail.
7. Basilica of the Virgin Mary Defender of the Disadvantaged
The temple is located next to the Cathedral of St. Mary and is connected to it via a gallery. This seemingly inconspicuous church plays an important role for local residents, since it is here that the image of the patroness of the city, St. Mary the Intercessor, is stored. The statue is considered miraculous, people turned to it during the onset of disasters, wars, epidemics and other troubles that fell on Valencia.
8. Church of St. John
The temple is dedicated to two biblical characters - John the Theologian and John the Baptist. The building was built in the XIII century on the site of the destroyed Arab mosque after the expulsion of the Moors. In the XIV and XVI centuries. two severe fires occurred in the temple, after which the building was rebuilt. The final appearance that has survived to this day is the construction of the sample of the XVIII century with an elegant facade in the Baroque style.
9. Church of St. Catalina
The temple, located near the cathedral of Valencia, dedicated to the Christian martyr Catalina. According to legend, Catalina suffered for her faith and wisdom. By order of the emperor Maximilian, they skinned her alive. The cult of St. Catalina quickly spread throughout Europe. The Valencian temple in her honor was built under Jaime I on the site of the demolished Arab mosque.
10. Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia
The building of the XVII century, where the school for the clergy used to be located. Here are collected outstanding collections of famous Spanish artists, including El Greco, Velazquez and Goya. Separate expositions are dedicated to representatives of the Valencian art school - Nicholas Falco, Rodrigo de Oson and others. The museum also boasts canvases of famous Italian and Dutch masters.
11. Palace of the Marques of Dos Aguas
The palace is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. The building is decorated with an intricate and luxurious baroque facade - a real work of art. The interior is also decorated with great pomp. The palace houses a ceramics museum, where several thousand exhibits are exhibited. Here you can find unique ceramic products dating from the 16th century. Also presented are jewelry collections, furniture and home decoration.
12. The Palace of Generalidad
The residence of the Government of the Autonomous Region of Valencia, open to tourists at certain times. The construction of the palace was begun in the XV century by order of the Council of Deputies. The northern facade of the building faces Piazza de Manises, on the opposite side is a cozy, picturesque garden. Generalidad survived a large-scale reconstruction in the middle of the 20th century and retained almost its original appearance.
13. Lonja de la Seda (silk exchange)
The architectural complex, consisting of several buildings of the XV and XVI centuries. This is an outstanding creation of Spanish architects. In the Middle Ages, silk was traded in the complex. The ensemble includes a tower, an orange courtyard, a meeting room and a main columned hall, in which trade transactions were directly carried out. In this room on the floor of multi-colored marble, the rules of trade in Latin are carved.
14. North Station
The main city station, where trains from Madrid arrive. The building was built at the beginning of the XX century in the style of "southern Art Nouveau" with some pretentiousness and pomp. The interiors are originally decorated with tiles, tiles, mosaics, stained glass and images of fruits. The architect Demetrio Ribes worked on the project. Perhaps he was trying to capture the image of a blooming garden in stone.
15. Plaza de Toros (bullfighting arena)
Large round amphitheater for bullfighting. Located near the North Station. The site was designed in the XIX century by Sebastian Monleon. The arena’s diameter is 52 meters and its capacity is up to 16 thousand spectators. The best bullfighters play here, and about 25 fights are held annually. Inside there is a bullfighting museum where you can learn about the history and features of this national show.
16. Central market
A large grocery market where products from all over the region are transported. Here are the best farms in the Autonomous Region of Valencia. On the shelves sell dozens of varieties of cheese and jamon, sweets, fish, seafood, nuts, ingredients for the preparation of paella. The market is always lively and noisy. The building itself, where the shops are located, is a picturesque building with colored stained-glass windows and wrought-iron bars.
17. Columbus Market
An Art Nouveau marketplace, named after the great discoverer, but which has nothing to do with it. Here you can not only buy fresh products or souvenirs, but also eat or taste countless and varied tapas. On holidays, the market is transformed and becomes a concert arena, where they give various performances.
18. Gardens of the Turia River
A huge park complex in the former riverbed. Turia, which stretches across the city. It consists of several areas, which include the Royal Gardens, the City of Arts and Sciences and the Botanical Garden. In the middle of the 20th century, after another major flood, the authorities decided to change the bed of the Turia river, and in the resulting place they organized a green park zone (at first they planned to build a road). So modern Gardens appeared.
19. Valencia Biopark
A progressive city zoo, where the most natural and comfortable conditions are created for animals. Opened for visit in 2008. There are no enclosures or cages in the biopark, so animals can move freely over a large area. Visitors are forbidden to feed and touch the inhabitants of the zoo. The territory is divided into several zones where animals from different continents are placed.
20. Albufera Natural Park
The lake in the vicinity of Valencia and the swampy areas around it, which the locals call the "little sea". This is the habitat of a large number of waterfowl. They nest here in whole flocks and are not at all afraid of people. In the park of Albufera there are several species listed in the Red Book. The best way to explore the natural beauties of the area is to take a boat excursion.
1. City of Arts and Sciences
The city of art and sciences (La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is an architectural complex that has become a real symbol of the city and the modern face of Valencia. Its design was developed in 1996 by the project of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrave, and now the complex is an outstanding example of modern architecture. This futuristic attraction of Valencia is suitable for both cultural enrichment and entertainment.
The cultural and entertainment complex, which will amaze you with a combination of dazzling white and azure blue, includes several buildings:
- L’Hemisfèric: IMAX cinema, planetarium, laser theater
- El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe: Scientific Museum
- El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía: opera house
- L’Hemisfèric: IMAX Cinema, Planetarium
- L’Umbracle: gallery and botanical garden
- L’Oceanogràfic: Oceanographic Park
The cost of visiting the science museum is 8.00 €, the planetarium 8.80 €. You can purchase combined ticket options in several places at once. Opening hours from 10 a.m. to evening (usually until 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., depending on the specific day). More details on the official website.
2. Oceanographic Park
In the city of art and sciences, there is the largest oceanarium in Europe, which means this attraction of Valencia can not be missed. The area of the Oceanarium (Oceanogràfic) is 110,000 square meters, and it really amazes with its scope. Here you can observe marine animals of 500 different species (40,000 individuals), including sharks, penguins, large jellyfish, dolphins, fur seals, walruses.
Animals are kept in 9 aquatic aquariums in the form of towers. The oceanographic park includes elevated and underground levels, many tunnels and panoramic survey planes that create the effect of presence. For example, you will certainly be impressed by the 35-meter glass tunnel with huge sharks. In marine zones, all kinds of inhabitants of the tropical seas and polar oceans are represented. In addition to them, the park has a mangrove zone, a garden with more than 80 species of various plants, and even a dolphinarium!
The cost of visiting the aquarium is 29.10 €, you can purchase combination tickets with other objects of the City of Art and Science. Opening hours: every day, from 10.00 to 18.00-20.00 (the exact time is better to look at the official website).
3. Central market
Another key attraction of Valencia, which reflects the gastronomic preferences of the inhabitants of the city, is the Central Market (Mercado Central). Built in the historical center of Valencia, it has become one of the best examples of Valencian modernist architecture. In appearance, the building looks more like a cathedral than a place for trade. Mercado Central is Europe's largest market specializing in fresh produce.
The market area is divided into two large pavilions: the first sells vegetables and fruits, the second - fish and seafood. Here you can buy typical Valencian products relatively inexpensively, but a huge number of tourists are unlikely to provide you with a free walk between the counters. The central market in Valencia is open from 8 to 14.30 from Monday to Saturday. The entrance is free.
4. Silk Exchange
Opposite the central market is one of the most beautiful sights of Valencia - the Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda). This building is a unique example of late Gothic architecture, and in 1996 it was rightfully declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its construction began at the end of the 15th century and continued throughout the first half of the 16th century, becoming the first shopping center in Valencia. Within its walls, farm deals were held for the sale of rice, cattle, feed, flour, seeds, legumes, soap, chocolate. That is why this attraction of Valencia is also referred to as the "Trading Exchange". The name "Silk Exchange" was fixed, since silk fabric from the fourteenth to eighteenth century was the most powerful industry in the city.
Today, the silk exchange in Valencia is open to the public as a museum, so the old interiors of the building will certainly help you to feel the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday, from 9.30 to 19.00, on Sunday until 15:00. A visit to the museum costs 2 euros, on Sunday and on holidays - free of charge.
5. Town Hall Square
A few meters from the exchange is Town Hall Square, the main administrative square of the city (La plaza del Ayuntamiento). The square is surrounded by modernist buildings that were built in the first half of the 20th century. At the head of the architectural composition is the town hall building with a colorful clock tower (Ayuntamiento de Valencia), which is made in the Baroque style and covers an area of more than 6.000 sq.m. Nearby is another attraction of Valencia - the monumental structure of the Palace of Communications (Palacio de correos y telégrafos).
The Town Hall Square celebrates the traditional Valencian festival of fire Fayas, which is held annually in March and is celebrated with the greatest scale just in Valencia. From March 1 to March 19, a grand pyrotechnic show takes place in the center of the square, so the whole city is going to the square. Every last Sunday of the month, Town Hall Square becomes completely pedestrian from 10.00 to 20.00.
6. North Station and Bullring
Even if you do not plan to travel by train, visiting the main railway station in Valencia (Estación del Norte) is definitely worth it. Its building is a modernist monument of impressive size, the work of architect Dimitrio Ribes. The facade of the building is distinguished by its decorative richness and large proportions. Once in the lobby of the station, you seem to be transported back in time, to the beginning of the century, with its old wooden cabinets, decorated with ceilings and mosaics.
Near the North Station is another notable attraction of Valencia - Bullring (La Plaza de Toros). It was built in the middle of the XIX century and is a vivid example of the neoclassical style of architecture. It was built by Valencia architect Sebastian Monleon Estell. The development of such a design was inspired by the amphitheaters of the Colosseum and Nimes.
If you visit the city with children or like to watch animals yourself, be sure to visit one of the main natural attractions of Valencia - Biopark (BioParc). A feature of this zoological park is that it is devoid of typical barriers between visitors and animals (cages, gates). This creates the feeling that you are in the immediate habitat of animals in the wild.
Valencia Zoo specializes in African fauna and is divided into 4 zones: dry savannah, wet savannah, forests of equatorial Africa and Madagascar. The area of the zoological park is 80,000 square meters. meters, which contains 116 species of animals (800 individuals). At the zoo there is a restaurant with delicious Mediterranean cuisine, from where you can continue to observe the animals walking around you.
The park is large enough, so lay 3-4 hours for a visit. If you plan to explore all the sights of Valencia in one day, then visiting the Biopark may have to be postponed until next time. The cost of visiting the zoological park is 23.8 €. The park is open every day from 10.00 until the evening (usually until 18.00 and until 20.00). See the official website for more details.
8. Queen's Square and St. Virgin's Square
Queen's Plaza (Plaza de la Reina) is one of the noisiest and busiest squares in Valencia. This is a very beautiful square, where there are always a lot of tourists and life is in full swing. The name of the square is dedicated to Queen Mary, the first wife of King Alphonse XII. On this square are the best tourist cafes and restaurants that will give you the real atmosphere of Valencian Spain.
Near the Queen's Square is another attraction of Valencia - the Square of the Holy Virgin (Plaza de la Virgen). In its center is a fountain, the main figure of which symbolizes the Turia River. This square is essentially the heart of Valencia, because it was from it that the city began to be built. There are three main symbols of the city around Saint Virgo Square: the Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de Valencia), the Basilica of the Holy Virgin of the Les Miserables (La Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados) and the Palace of Government (el Palacio de la Generalidad).
9. Cathedral of St. Mary
Near the Queen's Square is the main pearl of the city - the Cathedral of St. Mary (Catedral de Santa María de Valencia), which is one of the most famous sights of Valencia. The temple was built in the XII century in the Gothic style with elements of Baroque, Renaissance and neoclassicism. Inside the cathedral, the Holy Grail is stored, dating from the first century and transferred to the cathedral by King Alfonso the Great in 1436.
If you want to enjoy panoramic views of the city, then be sure to go up to the bell tower of the cathedral - Miguelete Tower, which was built in the XIV century in the Gothic style. It has been the best vantage point in Valencia for many centuries, becoming a real witness to the entire history of the city. From the height of the bell tower you can see many sights of Valencia, but you will have to overcome 207 steps if you want to reach the top.
The cathedral is open from 10.00 to 18.30, the entrance costs 7 €. The price includes an audio guide, including in Russian. Migulette Tower is open from 10.00 to 19.30, the entrance costs 2 €.
10. El Carmen District
After visiting the main Valencian squares, you can stroll through the oldest district of the city - El Carrio (El Barrio del Carmen). Here, the historical era and modern fashion trends in the form of street art and graffiti are amazingly combined. It is in this area that original boutiques for lovers of vintage style in clothing are located. Here is another curious attraction of Valencia - the miniature House of Cats (La casa de los Gatos), created in 2003 by the sculptor Alfonso Juste Navarro.
In the center of El Carmen, there is the eponymous square with a fountain, which is led by the Old Carmen Monastery (Antiguo Convento del Carmen). Several pedestrian streets converge on this square, which makes it a meeting place for young people and teenagers at the weekend.
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11. Towers of Serranos and Towers of Quart
When strolling around the Carmen district, remember to approach the Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos). Since the XIV century, they have been part of the gate, guarding the old part of the city from the outside. Gothic-style Serranos towers are one of the main icons of Valencia and its invaluable architectural monument. The towers did not manage to deceive time and completely keep their walls untouched, however, do not miss the opportunity to climb to their top. The panoramic view of the city from there is no less impressive than from the height of the Migulet Tower.
Las Torres de Quart is a 10-minute walk from Serranos Tower. These twin towers were also part of the medieval wall that used to surround the old city. The Quart towers are really huge, and their size clearly shows us why they were the defensive line of the city. Unlike the Serranos towers, which are polygonal, the Quart towers have a cylindrical shape, and with this you can distinguish these sights of Valencia from each other.
The Quart Towers and Serranos Towers are open to visitors from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00, on Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00. Entrance costs 2 €, on weekends and Sunday admission is free.
12. The Royal Gardens
The Royal Gardens (Jardines del Real-Viveros) is one of Valencians' favorite places to have a good time outdoors. Now it is a modern park, and earlier there were palace gardens. However, the gardens still preserve the greatness of past centuries: hedges, fountains, sculptures make the park truly royal. The real highlight of the park was the rose garden, which presents more than 100 species of roses. The entrance is free.
In close proximity is the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia), which is not only an architectural masterpiece, but also offers a rich collection of works of art. The museum is open from 10:00 to 20:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. The entrance is free.
The Royal Gardens also houses the Museum of Natural Sciences (El Museo de Ciencias Naturales), where you can see the best examples of South American fossils throughout Europe. The museum is open from 10:00 to 19:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. The cost of visiting is 2 euros. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays, admission is free from 15.00 to 19.00.
13. Embankment of Valencia
To visit the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and not visit it would be an unforgivable mistake, so even in cool weather, go to the promenade, which is also the top attraction of Valencia (Paseo Marítimo). The embankment offers an impressive view of the golden seashore, which is filled with people in the summer.
Paseo Maritimo extends along city beaches, but even in colder times, the promenade is a very busy tourist destination with many cafes and restaurants where you can taste traditional Valencian dishes. Various sculptures and monuments were erected along the promenade, which is an additional decoration of this picturesque place. Toward evening, the embankment turns into one of the noisiest places in the city with open-air discos.
14. Gardens of the Turia River
One of the main features and at the same time the sights of Valencia are the Turia River Gardens (Jardín del Turia). This is a public city park, whose area is 110 hectares, and the length of the park exceeds 7 km. Currently, the Turia River Gardens is visited by more than 3 million people annually, so it is the most visited park in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. Numerous playgrounds and sports grounds have been built here, fountains have been erected and gardens beautiful in beauty. The park has become a permanent place for walking and cycling, walking with children and training in the fresh air.
The history of this city park is extremely interesting. It was founded in 1986 after a flood in Valencia in the 1960s, which destroyed a significant part of the city and led to numerous casualties. The city council decided to change the channel and drain the river, and in its place they first wanted to build road interchanges. But after numerous protests by citizens who wanted to preserve the natural part of the city, it was decided to create a park area and a place for leisure. The Turia River Gardens extend from the City of Arts and Sciences to the Biopark.
15. Albufera Natural Park
There is nothing more beautiful than spending a day in the natural park of Albufera (El Parc Natural de Albufera), which is located 5 km south of Valencia. This is the largest freshwater lake in Spain and a place of great environmental interest. Rare species of water birds that are listed in the Red Book winter here, so the place has been declared a closed reserve.
The rich waters of the lake are traditionally of interest to fishermen and farmers, which leads to real gastronomic delights. Be sure to try the delicious fish dishes and real Valencia paella. And after lunch, there is nothing better than a quiet boat trip along Albufera, during which you can calmly admire the reddish shades of sunset over the expanse of water.
If you still had doubts about visiting Valencia, then after reading the article you probably realized that this city is ideal for tourists. You can get around the main sights of Valencia in 1-2 days, but if you want to feel the atmosphere of the city, be sure to stay here for at least a week.
Torres de Quart Towers
Description of the sights of Valencia begin with the Towers of Torres.
The beginning of the second half of the 15th century was marked for provincial Valencia with the completion of the construction of these famous medieval towers.
Construction began in 1441 under the supervision of Francesc Baldomar, Bonfill Pere and Pere Compte.
Built in Gothic style with masonry using carved stone towers a bit like the Arc de Triomphe in Naples. It was precisely its outlines that the architects took as the basis for the design of the Torres-wu-Quart towers.
The towers managed to survive several bloody wars, after which numerous holes remained in the fortress walls, gradually inhabited by nimble birds. Most of the damage to the buildings was received during the French siege of 1808.
These towers are attracted not only by the opportunity to touch the past, but also by the desire to admire the roofs of famous Valencia buildings. City guests rush to the observation platform of this attraction, which is open daily. Its role is played by specially equipped roofs of two brick towers, still striking in their power!
|Plaça de Santa Úrsula, close to several metro stations - Turia and Angel Guimera.||Mon-Sat from 9.30 to 19.00, on Sundays and public holidays from 9.30 to 15.00. |
Ticket sales stop 20 minutes before closing time.
Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda)
Enjoy plenty of views of Valencia and visit the building of the former Silk Exchange.
Now, it is unlikely that any of the multinational visitors to this complex can immediately guess about the trade transactions that have taken place here.
The building was built in 1498 on the site of a Moorish fortress. The famous Valencian silk was made in the room, followed by merchants from all over Europe.
Travelers come to the modern stock exchange, which has become a famous museum and a popular attraction, for the beauty of its interior rooms, the main of which is decorated with slender columns that look like tall palm trees.
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For tourists with a fairly rich imagination, it even seems that a small garden with cypress and orange trees, broken in the courtyard, has existed since the 16th century, far from us.
UNESCO has made this historic monument a World Heritage Site.
The Silk Exchange is within walking distance of the Towers, the Cathedral and the Central Market.
|Carrer de la Llotja, 2. |
Metro stations: Angel Guimera and Alameda.
|Tuesday-Saturday from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 16.30 to 20.30. |
On Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 to 15.00.
Closed for a siesta.
Entrance fee 2 euros. For those who like to save money, we invite you to visit the attraction for free on Sunday and holidays.
Cathedral (Cathedral de Valencia)
Valencia's main attraction is within walking distance of the Silk Exchange.
Many Christians dream of approaching the legendary Grail, which has a sacred miraculous power. Reputable historians claim that it is located in the local Cathedral. The erection of a complex of buildings lasted more than 400 years and ended only in 1702. This world-famous door and sights are hospitably open for parishioners almost around the clock.
In the building of the sacred complex you can see not only the famous chalice from which Christ drank sacred wine, but also the canvases of Roman and Valencia masters of painting. The performance of the famous cathedral choir for many years attracts a large number of listeners. Professional singing, combined with the magnificent acoustics of the building, leaves a lasting impression of a visit to the cathedral.
|Address and time of work:||Site:|
|Plaça de l’Almoina. |
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11.30 to one in the morning.
Thursday from 16.00 to 18.00.
Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia)
The beginning of the collection of this cultural institution, which is extremely important for the city, dates back to 1786. The building of a luxurious museum, hosting numerous connoisseurs of painting on any day, excluding the main Spanish holidays, was erected almost a century earlier.
The place for construction was chosen on the banks of the old channel of Turia. Framed in a picturesque park, the building houses the Catholic College of St. Pius the Fifth. Consists of two parts - college and church.
During the civil war, a military hospital was located in the building.
Now, paintings of Spanish and Western European painters - Granell, Titian, Van Dyck, Rieber, El Greco, Bosch, Sorolla - are “looking” at visitors from museum walls.
A large collection of Gothic iconostases and religious paintings is also available to visitors. A simple listing of famous names with a mention of their work can take more than one hour!
We recommend adding this place to your itinerary of the city.
|Carrer de Sant Pius V, 9. |
Metro Stations: Facultats and Alameda.
|Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 20.00. |
Monday is a day off.
When planning a visit, keep in mind that the largest number of visitors is from 11 to 13 hours.
City of Science and Arts (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)
One of the main modern attractions is considered to be the City of Science and Arts.
Fateful for Valencia, 1998 was marked by the appearance of the City of Science and Arts, erected in a record two years. A unique complex of 6 buildings was built in line with the drained Turia River.
The most crowded in the Oceanographic Park, where you can see a variety of outlandish fish, frolic dolphins, as well as careful sharks. Agora, a gigantic architectural structure, will give travelers joyful minutes of watching sports.
At the Palace of Arts, the audience is expected to stage ballet, music and opera performances. Other buildings also prepared many surprises for guests of this unique city.
Design developed by local architect Santiago Calatrave. When planning your visit to this modern landmark of Valencia, set aside at least a few hours. Among futuristic buildings, it’s easy to get lost.
|Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7. |
Metro station: Maritim-Serreria.
You can get from the metro by bus No. 1A. The bus runs every 15 minutes. Travel time 20 minutes.
For lovers of hiking - The distance from the metro to a cultural attraction is approximately 2 km.
Museum of Ceramics (Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas)
Near the church of San Martin is a magnificent 18th-century mansion. One of the attractive features of the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas is the alabaster carvings on the facade of the building.
In 1947, the Museum of Ceramics was opened in the building. The collection includes more than 5,000 samples of local traditional ceramics from Valencia and the surrounding area, azuleos (blue glazed ceramics) from Teruel and faience from Toledo and Seville.
In addition to the works of Spanish potters, the museum features ancient Greek, Arabic and Roman ceramics. Porcelain from China and Japan. Contemporary works by Mariano Benliure and Picasso.
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The highlight of the collection is, so to speak, a tourist attraction in the sights - a fully equipped Valencian cuisine of the 19th century with traditional tiles.
|Rinconada García Sanchiz, 6. |
|Tuesday - saturday: 10:00 to 14:00, 16:00 to 20:00. |
Sunday and holidays: 10:00 - 14:00.
Night admission in July and August: 20:00 to 00:00.
3 euros for adults.
1.5 euros for groups.
For visitors under 18 and over 65 admission is free.
Museum of Religious Art (Colegio del Patriarca)
The Colegio del Patriarca building was built in 1586 - 1610. The attraction is a prime example of Renaissance architecture.
Originally used as a seminary for the training of priests. The school was founded by the Archbishop of Valencia, Juan de Ribera.
Over time, the seminary buildings were transformed into a museum. For the initial collection, works of art were used that decorated the walls of the school.
The Capella de la Concepcion features 16th-century Flemish tapestries. The former rector’s house has magnificent paintings by Diric Bout, Rogier van der Weyden, Juan de Juanes, Francisco Ribalta, Luis de Morales and El Greco. There you will also find rare Belgian tapestries.
In the seminary of Iglesia Corpus, the altar is adorned with Ribalt's magnificent painting, The Last Supper.
|Calle de la nave 1 |
|Monday - Friday: 11:00 to 13:30, 17:00 to 19:00. |
Weekend: 11:00 to 13:30.
Ticket price: 3 euros. The ticket includes a tour of the museum, Purishima Chapel and the monastery.
Church of St. Thomas and St. Philip
The building with a dazzling blue tile dome is an example of the typical Mediterranean style of Valencia.
Iglesia de Santo Tomás y San Felipe Neri was built in 1725. In 1982 she was given the status of a National Historic Landmark.
It is worth paying attention to the original, fancifully decorated, baroque facade and architectural layout. By the way, the layout was almost 100% copied from the Church of Il Gesu in Rome.
The breathtaking interior has a spacious central nave, lined with numerous chapels. The Catholic Mass is held in the church daily. The attraction is closed to visitors, but tourists can attend Mass to see the beautiful sanctuary.
Address: Plaza de San Vicente Ferrer.
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Opposite the Silk Exchange is Mercado Central. Spacious market built in 1928. The Art Nouveau building is richly decorated with azulejo, decorative ceramics typical of the region.
Market aerial view:
There are 1300 trading stalls in the hall, where sellers sell fresh fruits, vegetables and products from the Valencia region, as well as in other parts of Spain.
When visiting the market do not forget to go to the church of St. Juan. The 14th-century building is in close proximity to the covered market. This church has an exquisite baroque facade and magnificent ceiling painting, created by Palomino in 1700.
Zoo (Bioparc Zoo)
Created in 2008, the zoo belongs to the city, but is managed by a commercial zoological company. It is located along the gardens of Turia and has a modern concept of determining habitats for animals that people visit, and not vice versa.
Instead of separating animals from people by railings and cages, they use natural reliefs, such as large stones, ditches and rivers, to keep them separate. African animals are the highlight of the zoo, although there are other examples of other world ecosystems.
|Avenida Pío Baroja, 3. |
Bus: 3, 29, 67, 81, 95.
Nearest underground station: Nou d’October (lines 3, 5)
|Adults (13-64): EUR 23.80. |
Children (4-12): 18 euros.
Seniors (65+): 17.50 euros.
Children under 4 years old - free of charge.
Central Beach (Playa de la Malvarrosa)
Valencia's main city beach, Malvarrosa, is a wide and open beach with fine sand along Mediterranean waters. Near the beach is the magnificent Paseo Maritimo promenade, where guests can leisurely stroll, rollerblading, jogging or go to a restaurant for a delicious paella and a glass of wine.
The beach is rightfully one of the modern attractions of Valencia. He made an indelible impression on us with the width of the coastal edge and the length.
The house of the famous Valencian writer Vicente Blasco Ibáñez is located on the beach of Malvarros and turned into a museum with an exhibition of his personal belongings and literary works.
Turia Park (Jardin del Turia)
A park of 110 hectares is located near the City of Art and Science. This is the largest city park in all of Spain. Almost seven million people visit it annually. Opened in 1986, it was built on the site of the old channel of the Turia River with children's play parks and sports fields. Today it is significant for the whole city.
Many designers and architects worked on the creation of the Jardin del Turia. First of all, the post-modern Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill (father), who developed a place near the Palau de la Muzyca (concert hall), using several orange trees and palm trees. The Vetges Tu I Mediterrania team then designed the northern section, located between Casa del Agua and Turia Metro Station. It is also worth mentioning the Conselleria de Agriculturalura (Agricultural Council), which planned the part between the Ademuz bridge and the towers of Serranos: the creation of the Bulgarian urban (urban forest), which collected thousands of pines.
Closer to 2000, the Exposition Bridge and Gulliver's Kindergarten were added. In 2005, the City of Arts and Sciences was completed, and finally, all this was open to the public. In addition, in 2008, the new Valencia Zoo was opened, located in the northern part of the park.
Address: Av. de Manuel de Falla.
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Having discovered such a many-sided Valencia with its various attractions, travelers cannot help but become at least a little Valencia - with their cheerful and optimistic approach to life. Returning to their native lands, tourists seem to endow others with positive emotions brought from this part of hospitable Spain.