What to see in Valencia? This is what you can’t miss!
If you want to know what to see in Valencia, you’ve come to the right place. Find out the most fascinating locations and don’t miss them!
Valencia is one of the most important cities in Spain. Being placed in the Mediterranean seashore transform it into one of the most dynamic ones in the country. Gastronomy, culture, history, nature… It doesn’t really matter what your tourist interests are. Valencia will satisfy them. And, although it’s the cradle of paella, it’s much more than this unique dish. Don’t know what to see in Valencia yet? These are the places you can’t miss!
CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES. IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SEE IN VALENCIA, YOU MUST START HERE
This cultural complex hosts the most cutting-edge exhibitions of art and science in the country. It’s formed by a sort of modern buildings by the architect Santiago Calatrava. Each one with a different purpose. Palau de les Arts is an opera house. Hemisferic is the house of the planetarium of the city. Besides that, there is a large garden to stroll called Umbracle. Museu de les Ciènces is a science museum. Also, Ágora is an event venue. And to conclude, the most fascinating one, Oceanografic that is an aquarium. All of them are surrounded by large pools and landscaped zones to chill.
Although to get into some of them is necessary to buy tickets, the visit to the City of Arts and Sciences is a must. Especially if you don’t know what to see in Valencia! As you cant see in the pictures, it’s a joy to behold. Its futuristic and magical appearance turned it into an icon of the city and one of its biggest tourist attractions.
Even though I visited it during the day, I suggest that you go all over it during the night. Why? Because you’ll be able to delight with the reflections of the buildings in the water. It’s awesome!
As you read previously, Oceanografic is an outdoor marine park where all the different habitats of the world are represented over a 110,000 m2 area. This makes it the largest aquarium in Europe and one of the greatest ones in the world. It also gives you the chance to discover the oceans’ secrets meanwhile you walk under sharks in the more extensive submarine tunnel of the continent.
Besides that, at the Oceanografic, you’ll find more than 45,000 specimens of more than 500 different species: dolphins, tortoises, rays, jellyfishes, crustaceans, penguins, seals, reptiles, birds, and infinite kinds of fishes. What’s more, you’ll have the incomparable opportunity of meeting the only family of belugas in Europe. Now, take a look at a brief summary of what you’ll see in this unique place.
In addition to all that I quoted before, Oceanografic offers shows where the animals are the stars, several fast-food restaurants, souvenir shops, and even a submarine restaurant. As you can see, this is a visit that all the family will enjoy. You can’t miss it!
The North Station is the principal railroad station in Valencia and one of the busiest in Spain. It is a modernist building inaugurated in 1917 where it seems like time has stopped. If you think its façade is beautiful, you should visit its lobby! Its decoration is mainly made of ceramics, glass, marble, and mosaics inspired by local agriculture. That makes it a unique attraction. Definitely, a place to see in Valencia!
In addition, due to the intense bombing that the city suffered during the Spanish Civil War, the North Station has an air raid shelter that can be visited today.
CITY HALL SQUARE, ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL squares TO SEE IN VALENCIA
A few meters from the North Station, you will find the City Hall Square. It is considered the heart of the city. This is because it is one of the largest and most important as it is surrounded by iconic buildings such as, for example, the Casa Consistorial, the seat of the City Council of Valencia.
In the center of the square, you will find a large circular fountain and beautiful gardens. This is one of the most emblematic places of the Fallas because here is where the famous Mascletá is performed. In addition, in this square are placed numerous flower kiosks that bring a lot of color to the atmosphere.
The City Hall Square is one of our favorite places to walk around at night! If you don’t know what to see in Valencia, you must start your visit here.
Santa Catalina Tower
Now let’s talk about one of the most beautiful Spanish baroque buildings. I mean the Santa Catalina Tower. It is a bell tower with more than 56 meters of height built between 1688 and 1705. Its ornamentation, capitals, and, more specifically, its Solomonic columns make it a unique architectural work. But, to be honest, you don’t have to be an expert to admire its beauty, do you?
Although this is not the only thing that gives it a certain peculiarity. It is said that its construction was paralyzed by a funny lawsuit. Apparently, the architect did not build a staircase inside the tower claiming that it was not reflected in the contract. For this reason, its spiral staircase is more modern than the rest of the building.
But if you are not satisfied just observing it from the street, you also have the opportunity to visit it and go up to take a look. Inside, you will have to face more than a hundred steps, but everyone says it’s worth it. There are such beautiful views of the city! So, if you are passionate about panoramic views, the Santa Catalina Tower is definitely something to see in Valencia!
Horchatería Santa Catalina
Although Horchateria Santa Catalina is not a tourist spot per se, many reasons make it an obligatory stop in the city. And not only for the horchata! By the way, if you’ve never heard of this drink, they explain it very well on their website.
On the one hand, we are talking about one of the oldest horchaterias in the city. It is so old that nobody knows the exact year of its foundation, although it is known that it has two centuries of history. With so much experience, it is not surprising that it is considered one of the best horchaterias in Valencia.
On the other hand, its decoration makes it a unique place since visiting it is like traveling back in time. Inside, we can find a combination of modernist and bohemian elements. But if there is something that stands out is its ceramics of Manises, a type of traditional Valencian tile. All this gives it a particular atmosphere!
Whether to taste typical Valencian products such as horchata or fartons; or admire its decoration, Horchatería Santa Catalina is a must-visit place!
St Mary’s Cathedral and Miguelete Tower
The cathedral, as well as its bell tower, is one of the most iconic buildings to see in Valencia due to the many different architectural styles that converge in it. Although it is said that its origin is Gothic, the fact is that this has been a worship place since Ancient Roman times. Subsequently, the first cathedral was erected over this temple during the Visigothic period. With the Arab conquest, it became a mosque, and, after the reconquest, it was converted into a Christian church. The main structure of the building dates from this period, but its construction lasted for centuries. For this reason, it is so different from other cathedrals you will find in Spain.
Inside, you will find wonders such as the Holy Chalice, which is supposed to be the one used by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper. It is also worth seeing the Renaissance frescoes of the High Altar, representing 12 angels playing musical instruments.
To finish the visit, you can not miss the opportunity to visit the Miguelete, the cathedral’s bell tower. This 70-meter high tower has a spiral staircase with more than 200 steps. So if you did not have the chance to visit the Santa Catalina Tower, this is another excellent option to have an unbeatable view of the city. I am sure you will love its panoramic views!
Virgin square, one of the most iconic places to see in Valencia
Virgin Square is one of the most emblematic of the city as it is one of the points with more nightlife during the weekend. It is a pedestrian space that invites you to stop at one of its many terraces to contemplate all the monumental buildings in the surrounding area. Among them are the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, the Gothic palace of the Generalitat, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.
In addition, in the center of Virgin Square, you will find an imposing fountain with a bronze sculpture representing the Turia River. The style of the representation of this figure reminds us of how the Romans depicted their Neptune. Not surprisingly, the origin of this square dates back to the forum of Roman times.
Visiting this square is to contemplate one of the most historical places in the city. For this reason, and in my opinion, this is one of the places you must see in Valencia.
There is a lot to see in Valencia, and this is just the beginning. Little by little, I will give you more information about what to see in Valencia. If you’ve already known where to find the best paella in the city, but you want to know more. There is more coming soon!
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