Posted: June 4, 2017

Talking about places to visit in Valencia is to talk about more variety than Sorollas’s painting, as this is about Valencians. There are historical sites, modern sites, romantic sites, relaxing places, festive sites, baroque sites … Call it as you please, but in a city like Valencia you will never tire of visiting different places, curious and unknown to the general public. We offer you a small guide to maximize your days in Valencia. Wear comfortable footwear and get ready to walk or bike, through the streets of Valencia.

We begin the places to visit in Valencia in its historical center. Some of them you will already know because they are the typical postcard-ones like the Miguelete, the Cathedral, the Lonja, the Basilica of the Virgin or Town Hall Square. Others, however, are exquisitely beautiful and may not be so much in view for the visitor. Like the Royal College of the Patriarch, which houses works by Benlliure, Ribera or El Greco, a collection of unique Flemish tapestries and historical documents of great value like texts by Tomás Moro. As a curiosity, at the entrance you will see hanging on the wall a stuffed crocodile known as ‘the dragon of the Patriarch‘, which according to legend was a caiman that terrorized the fields of Valencia during the sixteenth century.

Near the College of the Patriarch another of the places to visit in Valencia that you can not miss is the Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas, which today houses the National Museum of Ceramics. Just seeing its façade is already worth it. The palace is one of the greatest examples of Baroque architecture in Spain, with an impressive alabaster cover depicting two men who represent the two rivers, Turia and Júcar, which irrigate the Valencian orchards. Inside you can see collections of ceramics and porcelain from all eras and places in the world.

Next door is the church of San Juan de la Cruz, and just behind it, in the San Vicente Street, the church of San Martín. Both are two other jewels of Valencian baroque, restored only a few years ago, which has allowed to bring back its splendor and beauty. Talking about places to visit in Valencia’s center and churches, do not forget to take a look at Santa Catalina, one of the most beautiful in Valencia, and also the famous church of San Nicolás with its impressive frescoes that have been compared even with those of the Sistine Chapel.

Leaving the center, we recommend going to the must-see venue of Valencia: the City of Arts and Sciences; the exponent of contemporary Valencia. But we invite you to go with another mindset; no longer as a tourist. If you like architecture take the opportunity to book a guided tour with an architect who will explain the details and curiosities of this authentic architectural wonder. And if you want to discover something different, you can make a visit to the Palau de les Arts, the opera of Valencia, its inner works, that will reveal all the ins and outs going on inside a theater of these characteristics.

Places to visit in Valencia also means visiting the best restaurants and taverns of the city. In Valencia the food is exquisite; it is no coincidence that the Mediterranean diet is so famous and has now been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of humanity. To enjoy a good rice dish or the authentic Valencian paella we recommend the area of the sea-front bulevard or go to El Palmar, a small village in the middle of the Albufera Natural Park where you will enjoy nature, gastronomy, and if you fancy, a boat ride.

In short, we could be talking for days about places to visit in Valencia that are unique and unrepeatable, we have only given you just a few ideas. If you want to learn more through the knowledge of our expert guides, checkout Valencia Guías and choose your experience. There are some you can enjoy as a couple and others with your group of friends like a gymkana through the center of Valencia. Or tours to see emblematic places of Valencia in a different way, like the Central Market. Whatever you fancy, Valencia Guías has the best plan for you.