Valencia things to do

Valencia sights – main attractions

Valencia city and its surroundings have so much to offer…. It is impossible to give you all the ins and outs, but here some must see & do´s. Valencia things to do:

The old city center and squares

valencia things to do plaza de la virgen

Just have a stroll in the old center of Valencia…. you will discover various beautiful squares. Start at the Torres de Serranos and just walk straight to the Plaza de la Virgen (picture above) and visit the old basilica. From here you will walk to the Plaza de la Reina with the Cathedral. For the sporties amongst us climb the 207 stairs of the tower. You will be rewarded with the most beautiful view over the city of Valenica. At the end of the Plaza de Reina you will see on the right the Catalina church and close by the Plaza Redonda. Just walk straight into the Calle de Sant Vincente Martir with all the nice tapas bars. Then you will come to the Plaza Ayuntamiento, with the townhall and the old post office.

valencia things to do plaza de ayuntamiento

Just continue your pleasant walk and you will see he central train station: Estación del Norte. At the left you will see the Plaza de Toros, the old bull ring. Then you can decide whether you want to shop in the main shopping area of the Calle Colon. Or head to the old bario of Ruzafa with all nice shops.

Mercado central

valencia things to do mercado central

One of the biggest and oldest markets in Spain is the Mercado Central. With a surface area of over 8000 square meters. Inside you can find almost everything in the more than 1000 selling posts: fresh fish, vegetables, meat, fruit… You must go inside to feel the atmosphere of the market, and being surrounded by the smells and colours of this place. Try to visit during the morning, because it’s open from Monday – Saturday from 7.30 AM – 2.30 PM. From the Mercado you can walk to the old barrio of El Carmen with nice shops and restaurants. You can also visit the other indoor markets as Mercado Colon and Mercado de Tapineria. On Sunday mornings you will find a flea market at the parking of the Mestalla Football stadium.

The modern city of ´Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias´

valencia things to do

If you don´t have much time, then take at least a look at the outside of this modern City of Arts and Sciences. These modern architecture is situated at the end of the former riverbed of the river Turia. Designed by the famous architect Santiago de Calatrava and officialy opened in 1998. It consists of several buildings, from an IMAX theatre to museums and the dolphinarium Oceangrafico. From here you can have a stroll in the Turia gardens (no cars allowed) which stretch for over more than 9 kilometers.

Relaxing at one of the beaches

valencia things to do marina beach club valencia

After all those activities it´s time to take a rest and enjoy some hours of sun at one of Valencia´s beaches… Go to Playa El Arenal with all the restaurants and the new Marina Beach Club Valencia. Or Playa Malvarrosa with all sport activities or the more quiet and trendy Patacona beach.

Eating & drinking

valencia things to do tapas-in-valencia

Valencia is the place to be for eating and drinking all day long…. During the day you can drink a refreshing horchata, originally from Valencia. Horchata is a kind of almond milk. It is served ice-cold as a natural refreshment in the summer. Often combined with fartons, a sweet glazed with sugar cake.

The lunch is the most important meal of the day in Spain. A typical Valencian lunch dish is the Paella Valenciana, consisting of rice with chicken, rabbit and sometimes snails. Or you can try a 3 course menu´s for around 10 euros you can find almost everywhere in the area.

As a nice cocktail in the afternoon you can try the Aqua de Valencia. It is made from a base of cava, fresh orange juice, vodka, and gin. In general, it is served in pitchers of various sizes and drunk in a broad cocktail glass.

At night you can go to one of the numerous restaurants in town. You can have a good dinner or just a drink and eat some tapas. You can find some nice Spanish restaurants in barrio El Carmen and do visit the lively Canovas area. In Calle Conte Altea you will find some really nice restaurants and bars.

valencia things to do el carmen at night

Valencia surroundings

Besides the city also the Valencia surroundings have a lot to offer… There are various hiking and cycling trails. You will find many nice Spanish villages you can visit or just explore the rural areas by car. Here some suggestions you could visit.

La Albufera 

Valencia’s Albufera Natural Park is home to the largest lake in Spain. It is one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a place of great ecological interest with rare species of wading birds and a rich variety of wildlife. Its waters have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers, supplying ingredients and inspiration for many of the regions most succulent dishes.

valencia things to do la albufera 2

To sample the best of the local gastronomy, go to the village of El Palmar. It is an excellent place to try classic dishes such as Paella, Arroz a Banda, or All i Pebre with eels freshly caught from the lake. After the meal you can relax on board of a boat trip on the Albufera lake. Contemplating the red and amber tones of the setting sun dancing across the water.

Requena & Utiel

valencia things to do utiel-requena

Come to the region of Utiel-Requena in Valencia and discover the exciting world of wine. This wine-growing area is located in the northwest of the province within a one hour drive from Valencia on the boundary with the Castile-La Mancha region. This area has been producing exceptional wines for over 2,500 years. There are various wine routes and trips. You’ll be amazed at the mountain landscapes where vineyards are interspersed with beautiful natural areas. Discover the rich artistic and historic heritage to be found in the medieval architecture of Requena and Utiel.



valencia things to do El Castillo de Sagunto
Sagunto still preserves many archaeological remains and monuments in the old town, which bear witness of its importance in the ancient world.
Its Roman theatre, built in the 1st century, has been declared a National Monument. Sitting on the hill from which the city overlooks the fertile irrigated, region of Valencia is a castle almost a kilometre long which encloses a large space, surrounded by Roman and medieval walls. The castle, essentially Moorish, is divided into seven squares, still preserves parts of the forum, cisterns, walls and retaining walls, basilica, curia, and the Roman “tabernae”.
Sagunto’s main square, which is arcaded and leads up to the Jewish quarter and the castle, was the commercial and cultural hub of the medieval town. The Jewish quarter has narrow streets of whitewashed houses and pointed arches which connect them and calle Mayor gathers together splendid noble palaces.

A short distance from Sagunto is its port, with 13 kilometres of sandy beaches dotted with banks of dunes, which receive tourists searching for sun and sea.


valencia things to do Xativa

Xátiva preserves a wealth of artistic heritage to be discovered: the Renaissance collegiate church; the hermitage of San Félix, the oldest in the city; the church of Sant Pere, the Royal Hospital, which still preserves its original Renaissance façade intact; the palaces of the Marquis de Montortal and the Marquis of Alarcó. And the fountains: San Francisco, which is baroque; Trinidad, which is Gothic; and the Neoclassic fountain with 25 jets.
Most outstanding, with 30 towers and four fortified gates, is its enormous castle, the result of the fusion of an Iberian-Roman fortress and a later Arab one. Running down from the castle are the walls which until the 10th century enclosed the Roman city. A second wall was added later which took in what today is the historic quarter. Xátiva is located at only a 45 minutes drive from Valencia.


valencia things to do chulilla

Chulilla is a municipality inland to the Region of Valencia belonging to the Region of La Serranía at about a 50 minutes drive from Valencia. This municipality is located in the middle basin of the Turia River, at 322 meters above sea level. From the town one can stroll through its narrow and steep mediaeval streets which have been preserved throughout time in perfect condition. Its beautiful landscapes and its thermal waters will continue to make Chulilla one of the more attractive tourism places, as the days pass by. There are also a lot of hiking and climbing trails in the area. These trails run through the most beautiful areas of the region. During your tour you will alternate between spectacular cliffs, vegas, river landscapes, steep mountains and lush countryside.

valencia things to do - chulilla

Valencia things to do

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