What To Do In Valencia

What To Do In Valencia

Excursions and activities in Valencia

You have chosen one of the most impressive places in Spanish geography, the pure Mediterranean Valencia, full of adventure and nature.

And to experience it more intensely, there are certain essential things to do. You must stop for lunch every day around noon, listen to a mascletá, or immerse yourself in the Fallas festival.

But if you don’t come during the time for the latter, don’t worry because Valencia offers you the possibility to engage in diverse activities, from listening to music of all kinds at the Palau de les Arts to strolling through the nature of the Turia Gardens.

Why visit the city of Valencia?

Must-visit places in the city of Valencia

Mainly because of what Valencia is as a city and its people. It is a city that hosts festivals like Las Fallas, a UNESCO World Heritage, welcoming visitors and embracing a festival that is internationally recognized. With this, you can already get an idea of the closeness of its citizens and the harmony between the beauty of a port city, its cultures, and the warmth of the population that is constant while strolling through its streets.

Furthermore, Valencia itself showcases impressive examples of architecture from today, yesterday, and tomorrow. The futuristic forms that leave us in awe are found in the buildings that make up the CIUTAT DE LES ARTS I LES CIÈNCIES.

Valencia deserves to be visited in its entirety because it combines artistic expressions from its old town with the beauty of its historical monuments.

Valencia Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Chalice or Holy Grail, is one of the most important artistic and monumental resources of the city. Stepping inside and taking a deep breath will make your body soak in the scent of incense, the ecclesiastical aroma of a mystical and sublime experience.

It is known worldwide because it houses the most important treasure of Christianity, the Chalice or Holy Grail with which the apostles and Jesus Christ shared wine during the Last Supper. The archaeological remains and written sources indicate that it is located in the building, and it is exhibited in the Chapel of the Holy Chalice.

The cathedral building is Gothic style and its construction began in the 13th century, with the tower being completed in the 14th century. In the 18th century, it was covered in a Neoclassical style, and in the 20th century, its Gothic structure was restored.

During your visit to the Cathedral, you should make a stop at the museum. It is a new museum that houses Roman, Visigothic, and medieval remains.

The Miguelete tower is a tower located within Valencia Cathedral and was built on top of the original Roman temple. Today, it is also predominantly Gothic in style and if you dare to climb more than 200 steps, it will offer you the best views of the city of Valencia.

By the way, don’t forget to delve into the legend or history of the Virgin of Buen Parto, perhaps then you will understand why many pregnant women wander inside the Cathedral and pray in front of it.

In Valencia, there is an impressive place known as the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences).

It is a complex of buildings dedicated to scientific dissemination, including the Hemisfèric, the Umbracle, the Museu de les Ciències (Science Museum), the Oceanogràfic, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and the Ágora, which houses the CaixaForum. These buildings are a contribution from the two prestigious Spanish architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, who have turned the space into an architectural complex of unique and extraordinary beauty.

Another Gothic building par excellence is one of the must-see attractions in the city of Valencia. La Lonja de la Seda, also known as the Silk Exchange, is a symbol of the city’s economic prosperity from the 15th century that has reached us today.

This building was named a National Monument and later declared a World Heritage Site, and its beauty and magnificence were key in its construction. When the proposal for the construction of this building emerged in the 15th century, the intention to make it a symbol of the city was crucial, and today it remains one of the most impressive places in the city.

Even if you’ve been in Valencia for a short time, you’ve surely noticed that culture is a passion in this city.

The Palau de la Música and its concerts, along with the opera at Les Arts, are two of the most impressive buildings dedicated to musical culture. Enjoying a concert in either of these venues is a pleasure.

But even if you’re leaving the city without going too far, you’ll also find great tourist attractions that are worth visiting.

What to see in the Province of Valencia?

Not far away, just a 10-minute drive separates the city from pure nature. This Natural Park is a coastal lagoon with shallow waters, and it holds great ecological value due to the thousands of native and migratory species that pass through each year.

The best thing about Albufera is that it is a vast area divided into four territorial regions, encompassing 13 municipalities.

It is a wide territory where you can escape from the city, and the Mediterranean climate prevails, providing pleasant temperatures. Traditional activities such as hunting, fishing, and agriculture, with rice cultivation being predominant, are still practiced here.

We are in the birthplace of Paella! That’s why you shouldn’t leave without taking a trip to one of the surrounding villages known for their expertise in this Valencian dish. We recommend El Palmar, among others, for its delicious Valencian paellas.

And before leaving Albufera, make sure to visit Laguna de Anna, a lake surrounded by forests where you can rent a boat and fully disconnect from the noisy world.

“A village carved into the rock” is the best definition for this town. Its historical old town, declared an Artistic Historic Site, is a must-visit. Stroll through its streets adorned with flowerpots and make a stop at its hermitages and parish church.

As you pass by and catch a glimpse of the bullring, you cannot miss how the solution to its construction led to the bullfighter’s barriers being carved into the rock, or how the design of the bullring itself adapts to the peculiarities of the terrain.

A town like this, with such rich history, allows us to learn more through a visit to the Vicent Casanova Museum, the municipal archaeological museum. It showcases remains from the Iberian culture that once inhabited the area.

Located near Alicante, we find the town of Ontinyent. It is a place of history, evident in the Vell Bridge (Pont Vell), which connected the oldest part of the town with the modern area known as La Vila. La Vila is a place that, while showcasing signs of modernity, still preserves its most emblematic historical buildings and monuments.

If you happen to pass through Ontinyent, we recommend making a stop at the Valencian Textile Museum, which will give you an idea of the town’s industrial past.

Take a moment to visit the Church of Santa Maria and its square, and explore the Tortosa and Delgado air-raid shelters.

One of the towns in the Valencian Community with the most tourist attractions, Cullera offers beaches, monuments, and one of the most beautiful lighthouses in Spain.

Cullera and its beaches are renowned for their beauty, including L’Éstany, a magical spot that inspired the renowned artist Sorolla in his paintings.

But Cullera is not only about its beaches. It also boasts the Pirate’s Cave Museum, ideal for visiting with children, and the Muslim Castle standing atop Raboses Mountain, offering breathtaking views.

The province of Valencia is rich in hiking trails and places of great interest. But in this case, we will focus on one in particular, the route through the Murta Valley. It is a well-marked and officially approved trail suitable for all types of hikers.

The route follows a circular path around the ruins of the Monastery of la Murta, located in the municipal natural area of Alzira, the capital of Ribera Alta. It is a flat and easy forest track, suitable for all skill levels.


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