Best Things To Do in Valencia, Spain

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WHAT TO SEE

  • Plaza del Mercado: This square is worth a visit as it is home to 3 interesting buildings – the Silk Market (a UNESCO site as an excellent example of gothic architecture); the colourful Central Market in a modernist building; and the baroque style Santos Juanes Church.
  • Torres de Serranos: These gothic towers were constructed at the end of the14th century, serving as prison cells, fortification, and as a symbol for festive occasions. This is something that you will definitely want to see when you visit Valencia.
  • El Miguelete, La Catedral and Plaza de la Virgen: These three cathedral gates are built in three different styles – the Baroque Irons Gate, the Gothic Apostle, and the Romanesque Place Gate. You can enjoy spectacular views of the city from the El Miguelete bell tower.
  • La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias: For a more modern touch, visit the City of Arts and Sciences complex. This modern building houses four main sections – the interactive science museum, the Palau de les Arts Opera House, L'Hemisferic Laserium and L' Oceanographic, a huge marine park.

WHERE TO BE

Shopping: 

  • For a shopping trip, Patriarca Square has a great variety of local brands. If you are a tourist looking for fashion items, then this is the place to be.

Nightlife: 

  • If it’s nightlife you’re after, Barrio del Carmen is Valencia’s major nightlife hotspot, with plenty of dance halls, restaurants, and bars. You can spend your romantic evening there or even with friends.
  • Radio City: This mix of a bar and a club has a crowded dance floor and plays a variety of world music. The crowd is made up of both locals and travelers from around the world.
  • Cafe Infanta: This bar and cafe has outdoor seating, interestingly decorated with Hollywood insignia and memorabilia.
  • El Tornillo, Velvet Underground, Wah Wah, Matisse: These four famous pubs are popular with young people on the weekends and all are located in and around Calle Campoamor. During the week these pubs are not very busy although there is always somebody doing something there.

Below we have a list of things to do in Valencia and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Valencia getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Valencia with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Valencia

Here is the list of things to do in Valencia and tourist attractions in city.

  1. City Of The Arts And Sciences

    Science Museum, Arena, Aquarium, Walking Area

    This freaky place puts Valencia on the map. Eye catching and brilliantly detailed, the complex is possibly Valencia’s most popular destination. There are five main buildings: the Opera House, the Imax Theatre, the Science Museum, the Agora (sports venue), and the Oceanographic (Europe’s largest aquarium). Even if you don’t visit every building here, it’s a good place to ...Read more
  2. La Lonja De La Seda

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    La Lonja De La Seda

    Historical Site, Architecture , Heritage Building

    This lovely gothic hall was once a major mercantile hotspot. So much so the UNESCO named it a world heritage site. It stands as a prominent reminder of the rich, secular heritage of a great commercial city. The architecture is unusual, featuring gargoyles, lovely stained glass windows, a beautiful central courtyard, twisted columns and coffered ceilings. Visit for the sheer atmosphere.
  3. Turia Gardens

    Outdoors, Garden, Biking Trail, Walking Area

    This large garden is beloved of Valencia and Spain. Take a cycle or just stroll through it’s pretty paths. It’s set into an ancient river bed, a site that’s been popular through the ages. It’s perfect for romantics too, with plenty of places to just sit down and lounge. There are some quaints like disfuntional water fountains, and a skateboarding area that is very popula...Read more
  4. Bioparc

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    Bioparc

    Wildlife Sanctuary , Zoo, Educational Site, Food And Drinks

    This zoo is pretty unusual in that it allows the animals a great degree of freedom of movement. The enclosures aren’t all that strict and that makes for a very personal experience as you can get pretty close to the animals. Naturally, that makes it a kid’s paradise. Most visitors observe that the animals here seem very happy. Beautifully constructed and well thought out, the park al...Read more
  5. Oceanografic

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    Oceanografic

    Wildlife Sanctuary , Aquarium, Educational Site, Performance

    Nine massive underwater towers representing the various ecosystems of the planet house a wide range ecosystems, and within them, a fantastic range of life. Sharks, dolphins, penguins, walruses, sea lions and whales… this place pulls out all the stops and impresses beyond all measure. The facilities are pristine and the staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. And it’s massive&hel...Read more
  6. Palacio Del Marques De Dos Aguas

    Art And Culture, Museum, Historical Site, Palace

    This beautiful building houses a ceramic museum. Yes, it’s a strange combination, but that’s part of the charm. Those not quite interested in pottery will be able to just wander about the place taking in the lavishness of the interiors.It was a royal palace after all. All in all, there isn’t much to see here, but take an hour.
  7. St Mary's Cathedral

    Art Gallery, Church, View Point, Historical Site

    This eleventh century cathedral is essentially Gothic, but melds multiple influences into its structure, a result of a long period of construction and expansion. It’s quite important to Christianity in general, seeing how it houses what is purportedly the chalice from the Last Supper (the true Holy Grail). It was the official chalice for many popes. Make sure to at least climb the bell to...Read more
  8. Mercado Central

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    Mercado Central

    Landmark, Historical Site, Food And Drinks, Market

    Among the famous markets of the world, this one doesn’t get nearly as much fame as it ought to. It’s one of Europe’s oldest markets, specialising mainly in foodstuffs and restaurants. Not knowing any Spanish isn’t going to be a problem; the vendors are all very helpful. Beef, fish, fruit, Jamon, cheese… it’s all here and cheap as anything. The atmosphere is ...Read more
  9. Torres De Serranos

    4.6 (1308 Votes)
    Torres De Serranos

    View Point, Historical Site, Monument, Architecture

    This is only one of the dozen gates that led into Old Valencia. It’s one of Valencia’s best-preserved monuments. The best time to visit would be in the morning. Catch the sunrise as dawn hits Valencia. The views are nothing short of spectacular. There’s not much to do here in terms of exploration, but it’s a wonderful place to relax, take in the Pace of Valencia’s ...Read more
  10. Albufera

    Outdoors, Water Body, Waterfront, Wildlife Sanctuary

    This is one of those times where human intervention actually pays of well for nature. Man transformed this once saltwater lagoon to a freshwater estuary, making it a bird and bird watcher favourite. Rice paddies, sand dunes and sea all come together to make a pretty unique ecosystem. Herons, martins, finches and others will be your companions here. See if you can find a guided tour to lead you ...Read more
  11. Miguelete Tower

    View Point, Historical Site, Tower, Architecture

    This Gothic tower, built in the thirteenth century, derives its name from the giant bell (Miguel) that resides within it. 207 steps spiralling up to the top of the tower will lead you to some terrific views of Valencia’s rooftops, old gates and many squares. Try and get there as the bell chimes; it’s loud and quite and experience; don’t fall off in shock. Naturally, the best t...Read more
  12. Toy Soldier Museum

    Museum, History Museum, Educational Site, Specialty Museum

    If the name isn’t enough to incite your curiosity, then you might as well give this place a miss. Or just come on in and rediscover the inner child in you that you’ve lost. Dozens of glass cabinets depicting soldiers from different eras of military history will take you through a wonderful and special little historic journey. In one of the largest collections of miniatures in the wo...Read more
  13. Casco Antiguo

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    Casco Antiguo

    Bar, Walking Area, Historical Site, Restaurant

    This is the heart and soul of Valencia, it’s historical and cultural influences blending together with the modern in a series of quaint and beautiful neighbourhood. Hundreds of tiny narrow streets will lead you astray in this old quarter, and you’ll only be too happy to be lost as you explore boutiques, bars, restaurants, and marvel at the magnificent architecture at every next corn...Read more
  14. Plaza Ayuntamiento

    Historical Site, Food And Drinks, Performance, Leisure

    This is said to be the best place to begin your tours of Old Valencia. The buildings surrounding the square are magnificent: The Town Hall is splendorous, the Post Office is always worth a visit and the fountain in the middle of the garden is lovely. Photo opportunities abound, so make sure you’re carrying your cameras and see if you catch a few shots of the Spanish city life. The restaur...Read more
  15. Valencia Museum Of Fine Arts

    Art Museum, Art Gallery, Historical Site, Palace

    The museum is worth visiting for two things: its preservation of Valencia’s cultural heritage, and the beautiful palace within which it resides. Luca Giordano, Bartolommeo Esteban Murillo and Juan Valdes Leal are only a number of Valencia’s favored painters showcased here. Other than that, there’s a whole collection sculptures and artefacts gathered from all over Europe. While...Read more
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  • We are traveling to seville spain for business and want to take a side trip. I enjoy the ocean. What are your suggestions. Do you prefer Valencia or Barcelona?

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    • As you are traveling to Sevilla, you will find a number of good beaches around there as well. And when it comes to a side trip, I would definitely say Barcelona. Be it Sagrada Família or Park Güel, you will love visiting these attractions. Shopping in La Rambla is also a good idea. I would suggest selecting from different Barcelona tours and activities to make the most of your time. 

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