What to see in Valencia

Valencia Attractions

A holiday in Valencia offers attractions to suit all tastes, from beautiful beaches right on the doorstep, to a host of museums, art galleries, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, a full calendar of exciting festivals, and historic attractions. There are some wonderful beaches near Valencia, with favourites like El Saler, El Puig and Sagunto all less than an hour out of the city; the beaches within the city are less glorious but still good for a swim and a suntan.

Valencia has some lovely green lungs as well, including the Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia park, and the Bioparc Valencia, which is a great zoo. Historical attractions in Valencia include the ancient Crypt of Saint Vincente, which contains evidence of the city's Visigoth, Roman and Muslim heritage; the UNESCO-listed Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda), founded in 1469; the Valencia Cathedral, which is said to be the final resting place of the Holy Grail; and the beautiful, oppulently decorated Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas. A wander through the atmospheric El Carmen district is a must, as is a lazy meal, or drink in the Plaza de la Virgen.

With a comprehensive bus and metro system, it is easy to get around Valencia while sightseeing. The metro system is not extensive, consisting of four lines, but covers the major points in the city, including a tramway to the beach. Buses, on the other hand, will get you to just about anywhere. More active visitors can opt to hire a bicycle, and enjoy Valencia's great network of cycle paths. Much of the city can also be explored on foot.

City of Arts and Science

The impressive, futuristic landscape of the City of Arts and Science covers a vast area, rising out of a man-made lake in what was formerly the bed of the River Turia, and encompasses various attractions,…

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Crypt of Saint Vicente

The Crypt of San Vicente is an ancient part of Valencia and exploring the space takes visitors on an intriguing archaeological journey through the history of the city. The crypt has existed in many…

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El Carmen

The picturesque Old Town of Valencia remains the heart of the city, and within this ancient district El Carmen is the city's favourite 'chill out' zone, with its narrow alleyways, honey-coloured buildings,…

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Plaza de la Virgen

One of Valencia's loveliest squares, the Plaza de la Virgen is a great place to sit and soak up the atmosphere among the flapping pigeons. In the centre of this square, which was once the site of the…

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Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda)

One of Valencia's UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the old Silk Exchange, founded in 1469, copied from a similar structure built in Palma de Mallorca. The crenellated tower and flamboyant Gothic trading…

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Valencia Cathedral

It is reputedly the resting place of the Holy Grail, but whether you believe that or not the ornate Valencia Cathedral is worth a visit just because of its unique history and combination of architectural…

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