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Valencia Sightseeing & Points of Interest

Valencia is the administrative capital of the Valencian community. Visitors may find numerous places to see in Valencia.

The sights are plentiful and within walking distance of each other; you won’t need a week to see what this city has to offer leaving plenty of time to relax on the beaches without worrying about missing the culture.

Valencia Cathedral is the religious centre of Valencia and home to the prestigious Holy Grail. The cathedral is built from a melting pot of different stylistic influences, comprising of Gothic, Baroque and Neo-Classical, reflecting the infusion of a diverse range of cultures into the metropolitan area.

 

The interior is adorned with religious renaissance frescoes, elaborate effigies, famous pieces of art such as the work of Goya and allegedly, the real Holy Grail. This religious centerpiece of the city is also stunning enough to inspire a love of culture in even the most stubborn of culture-phobes.

The Plaza de Ayuntamento is the largest and most impressive square in the city, set in the midst of neo-classical, gothic and modernist buildings.

The city hall (the Ayuntamento) is the modernist focus-point of this square and houses the city government conferences, and you can visit areas within this building during opening hours; the Sala de Cristal (luxurious reception hall), the central hall and the historic museum, which displays antiquities from Valencia’s past.

The Plaza de la Virgin is representative of the Old Town, and is Valencia’s historic counter to its modernist developments. It was once the main square of the city, dating back to its Roman origins, and displays three outstanding Valencian buildings; the Basilica de Virgen de los Desamparados, the Palau de Generalitat (the seat of the Valencian Autonomous Region government) and the back of the main cathedral.

If you fancy wandering around a succinctly constructed exhibition after trekking around the city after the aforementioned sights, Valencia has plenty of museums and other displays of exemplary conceptions for you to have a relaxed meander around. One of the most famous structures in Valencia is the
City of Arts and Sciences, which is a huge, futuristic educational complex inspired by space-age designs and animal skeletons.

 

  It consists of 5 areas; the concert hall, the marine park (containing thousands of species of underwater flora and fauna, including sharks and dolphins), an IMAX cinema, the museum of science and The Greenhouse which is a luscious promenade with species of plants from all over the world. Other museums located in Valencia include the IVAM institute of modern art, the La Beneficencia Cultural Centre which includes a museum of prehistory, a museum of ethnology and a bullfighting museum, the Fallero Museum of the Las Fallas Festival and the Old Municipal History Museum amongst others. Bioparc Valencia is a natural zoo, a beautiful recreation area and a new generation zoological park in which the visitors are transported to Africa just at the center of Valencia.

 

The Central Market (Mercado Central) of Valencia is one of Europe’s largest markets, located inside a jewel of modernist architecture. At the Valencia Central Market visitors may experience the local produce and savor the local Mediterranean products and enjoy the local cuisine within more than 1000 stalls.

For a truly exquisite and well kept garden, visit the
Turia Gardens which has been likened to a green city. Turia Gardens is an urban and cultural hub over 11 km long that the visitors may find variety of beautiful trees and shrub species, children’s play areas such as the famous Gulliver, sports facilities such as the Estadio de Atletismo del Turia, and culture and leisure complexes such as the City of Arts and Sciences.

City walking tours and trips to popular tourist zones in Valencia can be made to the Historical Center, City of Arts & Sciences, Royal Marina, Albufera Nature Reserve and Cabecera Park, Bioparc & Congress Centre. Taking a walk around the barrio del Carmen, the City of the Arts and Sciences, eating a good paella and drink a horchata with fartons (sweet pastry) are the things that the visitors should not miss on their Valencia trip.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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