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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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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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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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Valencia Cathedral (Seu)

Valencia Cathedral (Seu)

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Valencia Cathedral is famous the world over for its holy chalice, which many believe to be the Holy Grail of Christian legend. It’s also a fantastic place for fans of architecture, integrating Gothic, baroque, and Renaissance elements into its construction.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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Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM)

Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM)

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Contemporary international and Spanish art are showcased at Valencia’s renowned Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM).Educational courses, workshops and concerts accompany the gallery’s permanent collection, and temporary exhibits are also displayed here.The Centre Julio Gonzalez houses the exhibitions, while the underground Sala de la Muralla hosts temporary shows and highlights the medieval ramparts unearthed during the building’s construction. Central to the collection is the gallery’s display of sculptures and drawings by Miguel Navarro.More
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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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Turia Riverbed Gardens (Jardí del Túria)

Turia Riverbed Gardens (Jardí del Túria)

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Just beyond the borders of Valencia’s old town, bridges cross over a river’s canal. But you won’t find water flowing below those bridges – not anymore, that is -- and instead the Turia Riverbed Gardens (Jardí del Túria).Indeed, until 1957, the River Turia gushed through Valencia. But then a devastating flood prompted citizens to shift the river’s course, diverting the waterway just west of the city. Though this several-kilometer long swath of land was at one time destined for use as a motorway, it was ultimately turned into a garden, making it Spain’s largest urban getaway, and Valencia’s beloved green haven.Along its meandering course, you’ll find all sorts of park paradise. There are fountains and ponds, cafes and climbing walls, and loads of paths for walkers, runners and bikers. Kids will find their bliss at Gulliver Park, a giant playground inspired by its namesake children’s tale. Along the way, centuries-old bridges cross over the slithering greenery, just as they did when this channel filled with water.Perhaps the most famous of the Turia Riverbed Gardens’ sites is the City of Arts and Sciences, which sits at the eastern end of the park, near where the original river arrived at the Mediterranean Sea. Here’s where you’ll come upon a complex featuring a collection of buildings with futuristic architecture, and serving both educational and entertainment purposes. Among them are Europe’s largest Aquarium, and L'Hemisfèric, home to a planetarium, laserium and IMAX theater.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

Valencia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Valencian Paella cooking class, Tapas and Market Visit
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Thermal Springs Adventure
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Valencia Bike Tour from the City to the Beach
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Tapas and Sightseeing Tour

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Valencia Sailing Trip, Tapas Dinner and Flamenco Show
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Valencia Shore Excursion: Highlights Tour, Tapas & Wine in 11th Century Monument
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Recent reviews from experiences in Valencia

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Great bike ride
j_E, May 2022
Valencia Bike Tour from the City to the Beach
Great way to start a holiday in Valencia and see the sites and get the recommendations for places to visit abd where to eat Absolutely recommend to anyone, Luke was a star
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Fantastic Tour & Experience
Stephen_M, May 2022
Fun Segway Valencia Tour
Segway is very good way to see sights at any city..
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Mike is a fantastic host,...
Sarah_E, Apr 2022
Natural Termal Springs Day Tour
The hot springs are absolutely stunning although less hot and more luke warm, but a beautiful surrounding and well worth a visit!
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Great introduction to Valencia
Sharon_W, Apr 2022
Valencia Bike Tour from the City to the Beach
Great introduction to the city and gave us some fantastic tips of what to do and see in Valencia from someone who clearly loves the city.
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Best tour to see Valencia
bernard_s, Apr 2022
Discover Valencia at Tuk Tuk
Best tour to see Valencia …..
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Great day in the springs!
Alan_R, Feb 2022
Thermal Springs Adventure
Hot springs helped revitalise us after a late night, would highly recommended this tour to anyone visiting Valencia.
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Paella 101 ♥️
Gerard_O, Feb 2022
Valencian Paella cooking class, Tapas and Market Visit
It was nice that their English was so good for those that did not speak Spanish.
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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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Great tour of the Best aquatic features of Valencia Province.
Gordon_B, Oct 2021
Natural Termal 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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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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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
The Beauty of Valencia by Bike: Private 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.

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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