Posted: April 30, 2017

Organising a bespoke visit in Valencia is a perfect idea if you are planning to spend a few leisurely days in the Turia city. Surely you have looked at hotels, maps, restaurants, areas of interest, the main monuments … we all, in some way, plan our trips. But have you considered making a bespoke visit to Valencia covering all the main sites of the city?. If you really want to get to know in depth the best kept secrets of the Valencian capital, a visit with a professional and specialised guide that is dedicated exclusively to you or a small group is an option that is becoming increasingly popular. Because it is comfortable, assures quality and allows you to dive into all of Valencia’s hidden curiosities.

It may come as a surprise, but Valencia has one of the largest historical centers in Europe. When faced with such a great number of monuments, churches and historical places that you will find in your path, you have a choice of things to do; either wander around the Carmen neighbourhood without in-depth exploration of what you are seeing, or go with a guide on a bespoke visit who’ll explain the evolution of Valencia, from the Roman Valentia, through the Arab Balansiya, the Valencia of the Reconquest and Gothic, Baroque and modernism.

When you wander through the alleys of the historic center of Valencia, it is not the same to go with a map than with a private guide who will discover, for example, that you are in front of the narrowest house in Europe – located in Plaza Lope de Vega – or that one of the towers of the Palau de la Generalitat is not originally Gothic, but was built 60 years ago in the exact same style … but do you know which one? Or, that the fountain that presides over the Plaza de la Virgen is a representation of the River Turia with all the canals that irrigate the Valencian market-gardens and form the Tribunal de las Aguas (Water Court); which is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and which meets in the same square at the door of the cathedral.

If you are passionate about architecture or a student of this discipline, a bespoke visit in Valencia is an excellent option if you want to know a little more about the contemporary Valencia, exemplified by the City of Arts and Sciences of Santiago Calatrava. It is not the same to visit this complex of buildings on your own than in the company of an architect that explains to you the details of the work, as well as its anecdotes and curiosities. Also you can see the inside of the Opera House – the Palau de les Arts – which will allow you to know the ins and outs of one of the symbols of modern Valencia.

Valencia is also a city of museums. And museums for all tastes. If you are a fan of the archaeological remains and the origins of the cities, visit l’Almoina, the archaeological center behind the basilica of the Virgen de los Desamparados and which houses the ruins of the Roman foundations and Visigothic Valencia. If you are more into art and paintings, Valencia has one of the largest art galleries in Spain: the Museum of Fine Arts San Pio V, with one of the largest collections of Gothic and Renaissance tables in Spain, as well as works from Goya, El Greco, Sorolla or El Bosco. And if you are a follower of modern art, you can not miss a visit to the IVAM -Valencian Institute of Contemporary Art – where you will contemplate works of all contemporary currents of the last century. Whatever museum you choose, go with a private guide. He or she will explain the curiosities of each work and painter and will allow you to squeeze every last drop out of each visit instead of getting lost between museum rooms.

In short, bespoke visits to Valencia are a rising trend in the world of tourism; a way for us to practice our first-hand knowledge of the industry, visiting all the most popular sites in detail, and without getting lost. Valencia Guias offers you the best service of bespoke visits in the capital of the Turia with accredited guides that are trained in history, art and architecture. Visit our website and discover all the plans we have for you in Valencia and make the most out of this jewel of the Mediterranean.