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Sights in Valencia

Which sights in Valencia should not be missed? Discover the best attractions, famous monuments, incredible museums and unique sights of Valencia!

Top 11 sights in Valencia

Lot's of sun, nice beaches and a vibrant historic centre. That's Valencia. Walking through Valencia, you will quickly see that the city is full of interesting sights and places. The historic city centre alone is one to fall in love with. The picturesque streets and squares are always buzzing with life. In Valencia, people know how to enjoy themselves. Relax in one of the beautiful parks, visit interesting museums and marvel at futuristic-looking architecture. Valencia has a fine mix of attractions to offer. These are the top sights of Valencia!

La Lonja de la Seda

The Silk Exchange is one of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture in Europe. Silk is no longer traded, but you can visit the immense trading hall. In earlier times, traders who were no longer able to pay their debts were locked up in the tower.

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Torres de Serranos

The imposing gateway to the city is flanked by two gothic towers. They've served as a prison for about 300 years. In dry weather you can climb the towers. The Torres de Serranos were part of the city walls of Valencia until the 19th century.

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Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe

The Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe (Valencia Science Museum) is part of the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias by architect Santiago Calatrava. The buildings themselves are worth a visit, but the museum is also a must, for both young and old.

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La Seu, Valencia Cathedral

A sharp contrast to the modern construction of Calatrava is the cathedral of Valencia, La Seu. The biggest attraction is in the museum: the Holy Grail. Legend has it that this is the stone cup that Jesus used during the Last Supper.

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Mercado Central

A visit to the Mercado Central (Mercat Central in Valencian) should not be missed during your city break in Valencia. This is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe. Enjoy all the delicious local vegetables, fruit, fresh fish and last but not least the delicious hams.
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Turia Gardens

Ex-dictator Franco once had the unfortunate plan to turn the dry riverbed of the Turia into a highway. That didn't happen and the bed is now a green lung right through the city. The Jardins del Turia are a meeting place for Valencians, but also a place where many festivities are organized.

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l’Oceanogràfic

The largest aquarium in Europe is located in Valencia. You will get a lot of information about marine life and thousands of fish and other marine animals live in the various tanks. A special experience is dining in a restaurant while the fish are swimming around you. l'Oceanogràfic is a fun attraction to visit with the whole family.

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Barrio del Carmen

Valencia's old working-class neighbourhood is now the vibrant centre of modern art. During the day it is a fairly quiet area with narrow alleys and attractive squares. In the evening El Carme undergoes a metamorphosis: it is the most popular nightlife area in the city. Visit Barrio del Carmen if you really want to experience Valencia's identity and culture.

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Museo del Gremio de Artistas Falleros

Valencia's largest festival is held just before early spring: Las Fallas. Each neighbourhood makes a more than life-size caricatural doll, which is carried along in processions. The makers of these dolls have a museum in the north of Valencia, but there is also a Fallas Museum in the center.

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Plaza del Ayuntamiento

If you are a lover of architecture from the 19th and early 20th century you should go to the Plaza de Ayuntamiento. The town hall is impressive (inside and out) and the post office and the building of the Banco de Valencia are also worth a visit.

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Lladró Museum

Just outside Valencia are the studios and workshops where the world-famous Lladró porcelain figurines are made. Here you can see how these figurines are created and how the designs have changed over the years.

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3 sightseeing tips

  1. In Valencia you will find a beautiful 13th century church, the San Nicolás de Bari and San Pedro Mártir (Saint Nicholas Church). The decorations in the church are beautiful. The church is closed on Mondays
  2. Valencia also has a nice zoo. In Bioparc Valencia they attempt to imitate the natural habitat of the animals as close as possible. So don't be surprised if you see lions and rhinoceroses together
  3. The Valencia National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts (González Martí) is located in a beautiful building. In the museum you will find a beautiful collection of Valencian ceramics and porcelain. The Albufera Natural Park (Parc Natural de l'Albufera de Valencia) is about 20 kilometres from Valencia. In addition to a large lake, rice is also grown here and you can spot special birds. Don't forget to taste the traditional local paella in the village.

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