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Things to do in Valencia

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Welcome to Valencia

In trademark Spanish style, Valencia combines Moorish treasures and fabulous food with fiery flamenco, a gorgeous beach, and a museum scene to rival Madrid. Historic highlights come in the form of Torres de Serranos, Valencia Cathedral—home to an agate chalice, which some believe is the Holy Grail and the mummified arm of a saint—and the Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda). First-time visitors can orientate themselves on a walking, bike, Segway, or hop-on hop-off bus tour, to see places such as Plaza de la Virgen, Bioparc Valencia, and the old town. As the birthplace of paella, Valencia offers no shortage of culinary opportunities, with food tours of every kind, including tapas, horchata, wine and—of course—paella, and cooking classes for those who want to get hands-on. Combine a sightseeing tour of Valencia’s historic center with a visit to Central Market (Mercado Central). In the City of the Arts and Sciences complex (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), buildings reminiscent of science-fiction movies house the Valencia Oceanografic (L’Oceanografic) and Valencia Hemisferic, home to an Imax cinema. Other Valencia must-dos include a flamenco show, a day trip to Albufera Natural Park, and a guided visit of the Lladró Museum, which must be booked in advance. Plus, with fast trains departing for Barcelona, Madrid, and major cities in Andalucia, Valencia serves at a great gateway to the rest of Spain.

Top 10 attractions in Valencia

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Albufera Natural Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera)

Albufera Natural Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera)

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Albufera, south of Valencia, is home to Spain’s largest lake and some of the country’s most scenic wetlands and lagoons. The park’s natural biodiversity features hundreds of native plants and 340 bird species, including rare and endangered ones. Locally grown rice is featured in many regional dishes, such as paella.More
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Bioparc Valencia

Bioparc Valencia

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Located in the northwest of the city, Bioparc Valencia is an immersion zoo, where the barriers between animals and visitors are hidden or removed, and animals of different species reside safely side by side. This creates the sensation of observing animals in the wilds of the savanna, equatorial forest, African wetlands, and Madagascar.More
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Valencia City of the Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

Valencia City of the Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

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Situated along Valencia’s old Turia riverbed, the visually striking City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias) was the work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The spectacular architecture is just part of the appeal of this futuristic complex though, which is also home to a science museum, planetarium, and more—all popular with families.More
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Valencia Oceanografic (L'Oceanogràfic)

Valencia Oceanografic (L'Oceanogràfic)

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One of several attractions within Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences, the Félix Candela–designed Oceanografic (L’Oceanogràfic) is not only architecturally impressive. It also ranks among the world’s best aquariums, with more than 45,000 animals representing over 500 species from the world’s main marine ecosystems.More
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Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos)

Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos)

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The twin stone Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos), built in the 14th century as Valencia’s main exit toward Barcelona and Northern Spain, are one of only two remaining portions of the original city walls. What once served as prison cells and a triumphal arch are now thought to be the largest Gothic city gateway in Europe.More
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Valencia Central Market (Mercado Central de Valencia)

Valencia Central Market (Mercado Central de Valencia)

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A highlight of Valencia’s Old Town, the Valencia Central Market (Mercado Central, or Mercat Central in Valencian) is also one of the city’s quintessential culinary destinations. Built in 1928 and celebrated for its Art Nouveau architecture, the covered market is one of the largest in Europe, housing hundreds of fragrant food stalls.More
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Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda)

Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda)

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One of Valencia’s best-known landmarks, the Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of the city. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries as a hub for the city’s silk and commodities traders, the exchange is a marvel of Gothic architecture.More
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Valencia Cathedral (Seu)

Valencia Cathedral (Seu)

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Known for its jumble of architectural styles, Valencia Cathedral (also known as the "Seu") is also famous worldwide as the home of the Holy Chalice. While the cathedral’s dome and tower are Gothic, the main entrance is Baroque and some of the chapels date from the Renaissance.Take a tour to learn more about the cathedral’s architectural history and treasures, or just pop in to pay your respects to the Holy Grail in the flamboyant Capilla del Santo Caliz near the main entrance. It’s claimed to be the chalice from the Last Supper.The de Borja chapel boasts some lovely frescoes by Goya and the museum reveals a rich collection of vestments and statues.More
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Plaza de la Reina

Plaza de la Reina

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Plaza de la Reina isn’t particularly old: it dates back to only 1878, when a triangular block of buildings was destroyed to make room for a large main square. Now the plaza – considered the city’s Kilometer 0 -- fills with cars, flower beds and pedestrians, and is lined by a host of cafes and outdoor terrazas (seating areas). In fact, this is where you’ll find one of the city’s oldest restaurants, Horchatería Santa Catalina, the ideal place to try Valencia’s signature beverage, the nutty-flavored and refreshing horchata.Perhaps more intriguing than the actual plaza itself are the sites that surround it, most notable of which is surely the Valencia Cathedral. Built on the site of a former mosque, the 13th-century church is a mixture of architectural styles, but predominantly Gothic. What makes the basilica particularly special, though, is that many believe it to be the most plausible home of the Holy Grail.A few other sites also skirt Plaza de la Reina, including the neighboring Plaza de Santa Catalina and its small church of the same name. Then, just a few steps farther away, you’ll find the Plaza Redonda, a circular-shaped plaza that usually fills with kiosks, and even a Sunday market.More
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Barrio del Carmen

Barrio del Carmen

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Situated in the ciutat vella, or old town, Valencia’s Barrio del Carmen is in many ways where you’ll encounter the soul of the Spanish coastal city. Once sandwiched between the 11th-century Muslim wall and the 14th-century Christian one, it’s a neighborhood packed with history, dating back over 1,000 years.You can still see remnants of its distant past among El Carmen’s streets. The most impressive of these sights certainly includes the medieval towers, Torres de Quart and Torres de Serrano, both of which once belonged to the now-destroyed Christian wall. Then there’s the Portal de Valldigna (located on the street of the same name) that once served as the gate through the former Muslim wall to the Moorish and Jewish quarter. And the past also lives on in the district’s name, derived from the 13th-century Convent of Carmen, which is now a museum dedicated to the 19th century.These days, El Carmen is hardly just about the past, though, as this barrio makes up arguably the most hip, trendy and bohemian in town. It’s home to a diverse population of people, and of course the mix of establishments that they frequent. As such, expect to find a healthy concentration of eclectic restaurants, shops, and especially bars since El Carmen is quite noted for its nightlife. The neighborhood is also blanketed by street art, ranging from colorful graffiti to wood installations, and message-filled murals that cover the sides of entire buildings.More

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Top activities in Valencia

Valencia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Valencia

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Great tour of the Best aquatic features of Valencia Province.
Gordon_B, Oct 2021
Natural Hot Springs Day Tour
Great tour to some of the best aquatic features of Valencia, including a waterfall and a lake with thermal water.
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Dont miss it
Iasonas_M, Oct 2021
Thermal Springs Adventure
I really enjoyed my stay in Valencia, it was one of my best trips and Thermal Springs had a large role to play with it.
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Best way to get to know a city.
Mark_L, Sep 2021
Private City Kickstart Tour: Valencia
Tips on what else to see in Valencia, especially San Nicolas.
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Biking in Valencia.
Lewis_G, Sep 2021
Valencia Bike Tour from the City to the Beach
An excellent way to see the city.
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Great walking tour!
Shelley_G, Aug 2021
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Valencia Private Tour
The tour gave us a springboard to other Valencia activities that we never would have found.
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Must do!
Shea_H, Aug 2021
Thermal Springs Adventure
You get to see amazing places that you would otherwise never see as a tourist, as they are secluded and harder to reach with public transport.
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Get to know Valencia
Shelley_C, Aug 2021
Valencia Bike Tour from the City to the Beach
He gave lots of great recommendations for places to eat and things to do in Valencia.
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Awesome sidecar tour of Valencia
Denesha_M, Jan 2022
Enjoy Your Vintage Sidecar Tour And See The Highlight Of Valencia
I sis the tour at night and it was great to see the city lit up.
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What an extraordinary night !
LiMei_N, Jul 2021
Valencia City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine Tasting and Tapas
Sofia is super professional and knowledgeable, and I had the best homemade tapas ever on top 33 floor to see the best view of Valencia!
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Great experience
Mnica_N, May 2021
Fun Segway Valencia Tour
Great experience to visit the old town of Valencia.
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History Lesson
Mark_M, Sep 2020
Private City Kickstart Tour: Valencia
He took the time to answer all of our questions, sometimes in both English and Spanish, and even recommended places we could try Valencia’s signature cuisine.
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excellent walking tour
SalvatoreG_V, Dec 2019
Essentials of Valencia and its World Heritage sites
Anais was an excellent guide and she even adapted the tour to allow the group to see a special event that was going on that day: the "Tribunal de las aguas".
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Great personalized tour of Valencia
Robert_N, Oct 2019
Tuk Tuk Valencia - Complete Tour (Center - Arts - Marina - Beach)
The guide (Dan) spoke English and he stopped at many locations for us to get off and walk for a few minutes to take pictures etc.
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Great Experience and great way to appreciate the City of Valencia
Emmanuel N, Oct 2019
Valencia City Sights Bike Tour
tour bike is the best way to see Valencia.
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Excellent guide
Linda_D, Sep 2019
All of Valencia Private Bike Tour
This was a perfect way to see Valencia.
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The best wine tour I've ever been on!
Sarai_T, Aug 2019
Private Wine Tour with Wine Tasting and Full Lunch
I learned so much about wine and it was amazing to see how the beautiful wine I tried was made.
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Valencia guided tour
Ian T, Jun 2019
Valencia City Sights Bike Tour
There is so much to see and learn in Valencia.
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Amazing valencia
GabbiSoyer, Jun 2019
Valencia City of Arts & Sciences Tour with Rooftop Wine Tasting and Tapas
The views were amazing and to see the sunset was spectacular .
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Great way to see the city
Manisha J, Oct 2018
Grand Valencia Private Segway Tour
The Segway tour was so much fun We had a very short time in Valencia hence this was the perfect way to see the main sites in one morning Miriam was lovely and very knowledgeable A must do when visiting Valencia
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Very nice tour. Quick as Valencia...
alex, Nov 2017
Valencia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Quick as Valencia is not that big but a great start to visiting this beautiful city.

All about Valencia

When to visit

Valencia’s Mediterranean climate means it’s warm enough for the beach even in spring, with the added benefits of fewer crowds and cheaper hotels. Travelers visiting close to Easter should look for the Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions, which are part of the city’s unique maritime-themed celebrations that pair religious pomp with fishing-village culture.

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