- Learn about the historical heart of Valencia
- Admire impressive buildings
- Discover hidden gems
- Hear about Valencias silk history
- Walk through gorgeous courtyards
- Appreciate a beautiful fountain
Head back in time and discover the old historical heart of Valencia. Go beyond plates of paella, the sunny beach and market halls. Let your local private guide show you or your group the most ancient side to the city. Valencia Old Town is full of small winding souk-like streets and is a reminder of its Moorish past.
Start your 1.5-hour walking tour at Plaza de la Virgen, the most symbolic square of Valencia. If theres something that defines Valencia its this square. Your private local host will be happy to tell you all about the local rituals and events that take place here. Admire the fountain and stroll around to appreciate the beautiful architecture.
As you walk, youll stop at places like the largest Gothic city gateway in all of Europe. Youll even take a peek inside a bakery that still holds part of the 11th century city wall inside. Your private guide will tell you all about the Arabic cultural impression that is still notably present in architecture and even in modern Spanish vocabulary.
While you wander past secret alley ways, your local hostwill point out a neighborhood where monks used to live. This part of the medieval old town is peaceful during the day and bursting with life at night. Today, this neighborhoods has a renewed purpose as one of the citys main cultural spaces and is famous for its cozy cafes, bars and restaurants.
Valencias silk weave history is not one to forget. Wander past the street that still maintains a silk craft workshop today. If youre lucky youll even catch a traditional weaver at work. Make your way to stunning courtyards and little-known plazas that trace the route of the northwestern portion of the Arabic defensive wall from that period. Check out remaining bits of the wall and top it off with a panoramic view over the city.
Top off your tour with a peek inside a typical parish church that was remodeled. Its restoration has been classified as the most important architectural and pictorial-ornamental work ever carried out anywhere in the world. Its a must-see! End the tour at a square that leads to the old Moorish quarter. Your host will be happy to leave you with the best food and drinks recommendations before you say goodbye.
The awesome locals are eager to show you their own unique personal anecdotes with you. Get a glimpse into their daily lives and feel free to share any specific ideas to make this private tour most suitable to your preferences.