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Valencia is one the main touristic cities in Spain: Beautiful historic monuments, modern art, sandy beaches, and the City of Arts and Sciences make it a favorite destination. Don't miss out on these recommendations for a 3-day itinerary in the 'city of flowers.' The first day is focused on history, the second is focused on nature, and the third on modern Valencia. There’s something for everyone!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

14 Places

5 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

Valencia Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites

La Lonja de la Seda

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Iglesia de los Santos Juanes

Churches & Cathedrals

Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados

Sacred & Religious Sites

Torres de Serranos

Historic Sites

Reales Atarazanas

Historic Sites, Specialty Museums

Day 2

Parque Natural de la Albufera

Bodies of Water, Parks

Playa de la Malvarrosa

Beaches

Day 3

Bioparc Valencia

Zoos, Other Nature & Parks

Jardi del Turia

Gardens, Bodies of Water

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Aquariums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums

Hemisferic

Observatories & Planetariums, Theaters, Architectural Buildings

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Theaters

Oceanografic Valencia

Aquariums

yourlifeinspain's City Tips

  • Be aware that time schedules for food, shops, etc, are different in Spain than in other countries.
  • The weather in Valencia is irregular. It's always best to check online prior to your trip.
  • Valencia's city centre is easily walkable. Otherwise, the reliable Metro de Valencia (subway) or the tram are great options.
  • Valencia's airport (Aeropuerto de Manises) has flight links to the main cities in Europe and America. You can also easily reach the city from Madrid on the high-speed train (AVE.)
  • The traditional Valencian dishes to sample are paella, fideua, puchero and cocas. Also try alioli sauce, turrón, and horchata.
    Day 1
  • Valencia Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    Built over a Muslim mosque — that was built over a Visigoth basilica, that had been built on the former site of a Roman temple — this beautiful thirteenth-century building has a lot of different styles — Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, neoclassic — that reflect Valencia's rich history. You will be awed by this magnificent architectural jewel that's part of the cultural identity of Valencia. Not to be missed!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss out on the chance to climb up El Miguelete, the cathedral tower, from which you will enjoy excellent views of the city and the Mediterranean.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impossible to miss 02/20/2021
    • Must visit 10/26/2020
    • Valencia Cathedral
    Address:
    Plaza de la Reina
    46003, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 963 91 81 27
    Price range:
    $8 - $8
    Hours:
    Sun
    2:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • La Lonja de la Seda
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    Probably the finest example of a civil Gothic building in Spain, this 15th-century market was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, and is a beautiful reminder of the huge trading power the city held in the Middle Ages. You'll be amazed when you enter the 17-meter-high column room, with its intricately-decorated vaulted ceiling. Not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the nearby medieval Barrio del Carmen.
    • The entrance fee is low, so feel free to rent an audio guide to learn everything about the history of this place!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic Gothic style building 02/20/2021
    • Gorgeous building 09/19/2020
    • La Lonja de la Seda
    Address:
    Plaza del Mercado
    46001, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 963 15 39 31
    Other:
  • Iglesia de los Santos Juanes
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    This beautiful 13th-century church, built over an ancient mosque, suffered several fires and was rebuilt in the baroque style. Its imposing facade is one of the must-see views in Valencia, and inside you'll find numerous fresco paintings and beautifully decorated chapels. It's a gem!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit to Mercado Central, a Modernist-style traditional market where you'll find great healthy snacks.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    • Beautiful exterior - not worth paying to go inside 10/22/2019
    • Closed but great on the exterior 09/18/2019
    • Iglesia de los Santos Juanes
    Address:
    Plaza Mercado s/n
    46001, Valencia
    Spain
    Other:
  • Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    This relatively small church has an impressively decorated baroque dome and beautiful altarpieces, as well as important frescoes. It is the home to the patron Virgin of Valencia, so you'll find a religious atmosphere here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You'll find plenty of choices for places to eat around the cathedral area.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A time to pray 04/30/2020
    • Lovelyl 03/16/2020
    • Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados
    Address:
    Plaza de la Virgen 6
    46003, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 963 91 86 11
    Other:
  • Torres de Serranos
    Historic Sites
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    One of the former Twelve Gates to the City, this pair of towers dates back to the 14th-century. The towers were built as part of the medieval wall surrounding the city. Among Valencia's best-preserved monuments, they are considered the main city entrance. From here, the fallera mayor announces the beginning of the Fallas festival on the last Sunday of February. A true symbol of the city!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Climb up the towers for an excellent view of Valencia!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful entrance to the city 06/05/2020
    • next to the river 05/06/2020
    • Torres de Serranos
    Address:
    Plaza Fueros
    Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 963 91 90 70
    Other:
  • Reales Atarazanas
    Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
    yourlifeinspain Says:

    These medieval dockyards are an indicator of the importance of Valencian sea trade centuries ago. Used not only as a place to build ships, but also as a defensive building against African pirates, and as a salt warehouse later on, they are now home to the Maritime Museum. A nice visit near the harbor.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Free to visit on Sundays and holidays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #187 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    • Building better than the contents 01/18/2020
    • Fascinating old site 05/22/2019
    • Reales Atarazanas
    Address:
    Plaza Juan Antonio Benlliure s/n
    46011, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 963 52 54 78
  • Day 2
  • Parque Natural de la Albufera
    Bodies of Water, Parks
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    Just a few miles south of Valencia, this beautiful natural park is the perfect place for a day out. Albufera means 'saltwater lagoon' in Arabic, and it's separated from the sea by just a strip of sand. This natural environment is full of life and the park has a huge ecological value, as it's home to many endangered species. Here you'll find a flooded landscape covered in rice paddies where you might spot rabbits, ducks, snails, and all sort of fish. There are beautiful views everywhere you look, and photography aficionados will be thrilled with the endless possibilities of Albuferas magnificent sunsets.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For lunch, choose one of the many restaurants at El Palmar village and ask for a traditional Valencian paella!
    • The best way to reach Albufera is by car on the V-15 road. You can also go by bus: Bus Turistic, Herca, and line 25 of EMT will all take you there.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The most beautiful sunset 08/23/2020
    • Boring boat trip. 03/13/2020
    • Parque Natural de la Albufera
    Address:
    El Saler
    46012, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 963 86 60 00
    Other:
  • Playa de la Malvarrosa
    Beaches
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    Playa de la Malvarrosa is the main beach in Valencia city proper. A visit is not complete without walking barefoot on the soft sand of this long, wide beach any time of year. Both the beach and seafront promenade are very lively all day long: You'll find all sort of restaurants, bars and pubs to refresh in, and many activities that take place on its vast space. Another option is renting a parasol with a safe and enjoying a nice bath in the clean waters of the Mediterranean.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Playa de la Malvarrosa is easily accesible from the city centre on public transport.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sun, beach, restaurants and sport! 09/10/2020
    • Amazing beach 02/27/2020
    • Playa de la Malvarrosa
    Address:
    Platja de la Malva-rosa
    30456, Valencia
    Spain
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Day 3
  • Bioparc Valencia
    Zoos, Other Nature & Parks
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    This zoo is one of the best rated ones in Europe. No wonder, the reproductions of African natural habitats are really well achieved. There is a wide variety of animals that are better taken care of than in most zoos. You'll feel as if you were visiting them in their real homes, as the park has been built to conceal the barriers between visitors and animals.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are musts during the summer months!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 100% recommend 01/10/2021
    • Lovely 10/26/2020
    • Bioparc Valencia
    Address:
    Avenida Pio Baroja Escriptor 3
    Yes
    46015, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 960 66 05 26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Jardi del Turia
    Gardens, Bodies of Water
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    This beautiful park is a referent point in the city, known as the 'lung of Valencia.' It spreads over 10 miles, from Bioparc to City of Arts and Sciences, and is perfect for running, strolling, and cycling. Its interesting shape is due to it having been built over the former riverbed of Turia River, which was diverted to the south of the city after huge floods during the 1950s. You'll find leisure, nature, and interesting architecture along the way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Gulliver's Park section, where you'll be able to climb up the enormous figure of Jonathan Swift's hero.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Valencia's green belt 02/20/2021
    • Magnificent 10/12/2020
    • Jardi del Turia
    Address:
    Avenida Manuel de Falla S/N
    46015, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 963 59 99 67
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
    Aquariums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    In the Turia Gardens you will find two bridges designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava. One is Pont de l'Exposició (popularly known as 'La Peineta' — 'The Comb',) and the other is l'Assut de l'Or (or "El Arpa" — 'The Harp'.) Calatrava's futuristic works have many admirers but also numerous detractors. Go visit and decide for yourself!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's best to start with Pont de l'Exposició and keep walking down the Turia Gardens towards the City of Arts and Sciences, where you'll find l'Assut de l'Or.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must visit 01/23/2021
    • Bland 11/06/2020
    • Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
    Address:
    Av. Professor Lopez Pinero 7
    46013, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    96 197 44 00
    Price range:
    $12 - $12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Hemisferic
    Observatories & Planetariums, Theaters, Architectural Buildings
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    This modern cinema is part of the City of Arts and Sciences and has a huge IMAX dome that projects science and technology documentaries in 3D, as well as astronomy shows. From the outside, the impressive building by Calatrava reflected in the water will remind you of an eye, both by day and by night. You definitely shouldn't miss this new emblem of Valencia!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It's best to eat outside of the City of Arts & Science complex, as food prices can get really expensive inside. There are two big shopping centers just a couple minutes away.
    • To avoid lines, try to go to the first session.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    • Love this building 05/16/2020
    • Great imax theatre 03/08/2020
    • Hemisferic
    Address:
    Av. del Professor Lopez Pinero, 3
    46013, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 961 97 46 86
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    Other:
  • Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
    Theaters
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    yourlifeinspain Says:

    Palau de les Arts is Valencia's Opera Theatre and headquarters of the Valencian Community Orchestra. Here you'll be able to enjoy top-quality performances by the best musicians and singers, both in the main hall (opera and musicals) and the auditorium (which fits 1,500 people.) The building, designed by Calatrava, has superb acoustics!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You get a 50% discount on all performances booked less than to hours prior to the start of the show.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice!!! 09/02/2020
    • Beautiful architecture 05/16/2020
    • Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
    Address:
    Avinguda Professor Lopez Pinero 1
    Historiador de la Medicina
    46023, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 961 97 58 00
    Price range:
    $117 - $117
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Oceanografic Valencia
    Aquariums
    See more photos
    yourlifeinspain Says:

    Oceanografic is the largest aquarium in Europe. You might feel a little uneasy walking through its tunnels with sharks and rays swimming over your head! The main marine ecosystems are exhibited here: Mediterranean, Antartic, Artic, Red Sea, tropical seas, islands, and wetlands... and there's a dolphinarium. You'll see over 500 different species of fish, mammals, reptiles, and birds!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the chance to visit Principe Felipe Science Museum, also in the City of Arts and Sciences.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 309 things to do in Valencia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simply amazing! 11/03/2020
    • Excellent 10/26/2020
    • Oceanografic Valencia
    Address:
    Carrer Eduardo Primo Yufera, 1
    46013, Valencia
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 960 47 06 47
    Price range:
    $42 - $42
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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