There is a lot to see and enjoy in the city of Valencia. If you want to know exactly what to visit in Valencia, I suggest a sightseeing tour to make the most of your stay. If you are coming just for a weekend (or for any other 48 hour visits), check the following article.
Walk around Valencia old town. It may sound like a cliché, indeed, but strolling around theold town is really worthwhile. Visit the city centre and the main Valencia attractions, like: La Lonja de la Seda, the Central Market, the Cathedral, El Miguelete, Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza de la Reina, Plaza de la Almoina and Torres de Serrano (Serrano Towers).If you prefer a Valencia walking tour around the old town, this is my suggestion: “City tour Valencia”.
Don’t miss the Central Market of Valencia. If you are in the city during the weekend, Saturday morning is the best moment for a visit to the market. Personally, I think it is the best moment to experience the hustle and bustle of the city centre and to admire its architecture. You will probably find many tourist groups, each with their own guide, visiting this modernist jewel.
Rent a bike and ride through the Turia Gardens. Any time of the day is good to go into the riverbed and discover every corner of the largest green area in the city of Valencia. Within the 11 kilometres of the Turia riverbed that crosses the city there are recreational areas, sports facilities, the Bioparc (a zoo) and the City of Arts and Sciences.
Discover the City of Arts and Sciences. You might already know this architectural complex built in the nineties. Several buildings of futuristic design by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava are currently one of our biggest tourist attractions. Some of the buildings are: Museu de lasCiènciès Príncipe Felipe (Prince Phillip Science Museum), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía(Queen Sofía Opera House), the Hemisfèric (an IMAX cinema) and the crown jewel, the Oceanogràfic (the biggest aquarium in Europe). If you want more information about fares and opening hours, you can visit their website: http://www.oceanografic.org/
In addition, if you come to the city in summer, you can watch the night show with dolphins and synchronized swimming.
Go to the port area, even if it’s just for a little walk. Enjoy the Mediterranean sun and discover a district that was recently renewed to host the America’s Cup. Apart from the “Veles e Vents” building, created specifically for the race, you will have the opportunity to visit the beaches of Valencia: Malvarrosa and Las Arenas. If you want to grab a bite, there is a wide promenade with small restaurants, very popular among locals. Some of the best known are: La Pepica, La Marcelina, L´Estimat and Tridente (restaurant of the Neptuno hotel).
You must not leave without visiting La Albufera de Valencia. The best time for this is sunset; it is actually considered one of the best seven sunsets in Spain. There are different options depending on your preference: a boat ride, watching the sun going down from the Gola de Pujol quay or enjoying the calmness of the lake during a wine tasting.
If you like visiting museums, don’t miss the Fine Arts Museum of Valencia. It is the most important museum in the city and one of the most important in Spain. It has one of the best Gothic Tableau collections in the country, and an exhibition expressly devoted to the Valencian artist JoaquínSorolla. You can find more information on their website:http://museobellasartesvalencia.gva.es/
If you prefer the Roman era, visit the Almoina archaeological centre, in Old Town Valencia, just behind the cathedral. You will find the first evidence of the Roman foundation of the city towards the year 138 AD.
If you want to take a trip out of the city, you can go to Sagunto and the caves of La Valld’Uixò. Sagunto is just 25 kilometres from Valencia, and you can take a train there. For the train timetables, visit: http://www.renfe.es. You have to take it at the Estación del Norte in Valencia, so you can take the opportunity to visit the building, another one of the modernist jewels of Valencia. If you are going to La Vall d’Uixò, we recommend going by car.