These are the ten places you can not miss when visiting the city of Valencia:
1. The Carmen
This old neighborhood was developed between the Muslim and Christian wall. Walking through this maze of cobbled streets flanked by great medieval buildings will transport you to another era. Be sure to enter the palaces, cross the medieval gates of the city, the Torres dels Serrans and the Torres de Quart, and discover everything there is to see here.
2. The City of Arts and Sciences
This work by Santiago Calatrava of Valencia is an example of architecture at its most futuristic. The colossal building houses an IMAX(located in the Hemisfèric), as well as Europe´s largest aquarium, The Oceanographic, educational and interactive exhibits in the Science Museum Príncipe Felipe and the opera house at the Palace of Arts Reina Sofia. You’ll also discover the striking bridge l´Assut de l´Or, and the Agora, the headquarters of Valencia’s tennis tournament.
3. The Silk Exchange and Market Square
Enter the Central Market, one of the largest markets in Europe, which is located in the interior of a pre-modernist architectural treasure, and immerse yourself in one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in Europe, the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange). In addition to these buildings, be sure to visit St. John’s Church.
4. The Plaza de la Virgen
Right in the center of Valencia you’ll find historical treasures like the Miguelete, the Almoina or the Basilica of the Virgin and the Cathedral of Valencia. At noon on Thursday, attend the Tribunal de las Aguas. (Water Court).
Choose from among the city’s 34 museums of art, history and architecture. Travel back to 18th-century Valencia via the baroque architecture of the National Museum of Ceramics. View works by Goya, Sorolla and Zuloaga in the Fine Arts Museum Pio V, get to know the Fallero Museum, or see the contemporary art on display at the MUVIM and IVAM.
6. The beaches of Valencia and the Royal Navy
The Marina Real Juan Carlos I with its unique buildings and the events that are held there is a landmark of the city. Check out the Clock Building, the 19th-century Tinglados (warehouse buildings), and the Candles and Winds Building. You´ll also find shops, terraces and restaurants with spectacular views, a playground, and the North and South Marinas which are full boats and incredible yachts.
A little ways away, you’ll make out the Malvarrosa and Cabanyal beaches, accompanied by an attractive promenade. I highly recommend trying some delicious paella while enjoying a view of the water or a drink at one of the bars. If you prefer a wilder stretch of beach, check out el Saler beach next to the Albufera Natural Park.
7. The Town Hall Square
It is surrounded by some of the most emblematic buildings of the city, such as North Station, the Plaza de Toros, the Central Post Office, the Town Hall of Valencia and the Plaza Redonda, to name a few. It is best known for the celebrations of the “mascletás” that occur during the Fallas (celebration of the feast of St. Joseph) and in March.
8. The Albufera
This natural park transports us to a peaceful world, where you’ll hear only birdsong and the sound of water. Located just ten miles from the city, you will be captivated by the nature here.
9. Oceanogràfic and Bioparc
From east to west, Valencia is full of activities that are both leisurely and educational and will help you become more familiar with the animal kingdom. You can even go on an African safari in the Bioparc or travel through the underwater world in the Oceanogràfic.
10. The Turia Gardens
This garden extends from east to west and is more than nine kilometers long along the old Turia riverbed. Explore it by bike or train, travel over its many interlaced bridges and made a short stop at the Music Palace.
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