Valencia is a popular destination for a city trip. Often affectionately called Orange City because of the fragrant orange trees that bloom in the centre. Valencia offers more than 300 sunny days a year. And Valencia is just a 2.5-hour flight away. This makes Valencia an ideal place not only for sun-worshipers but also for culture lovers and explorers. From the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias to the historic heart with the impressive cathedral, Valencia is a city of contrasts. Add the endless beaches, and you have the perfect mix for an unforgettable city trip, vacation or workation. In this blog, we have listed our top 10 sights that you should not miss and are easy to reach from Tres Reinas Valencia Apartments in El Cabanyal! Want to know more about this destination? Also, check out these handy Valencia tips from Reischeck.nl.
- Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Valencia’s pride: the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. This impressive complex is a gem of modern architecture, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Spread over six futuristic buildings – from a gigantic aquarium (Oceanografic) to an impressive opera and theatre building (Palau de les Arts) – there is plenty to experience. The water surrounding these buildings gives them an almost otherworldly glow, especially on a sunny day. Swimming may not be allowed, but taking photos with this watery backdrop is a must. Cycling to this gem of Valencia is the ideal way to get there!
- Jardines del Turia
Think of Central Park, but Valencian style. Those are the Jardines del Turia. This immense park, stretched over 10 kilometres in a former riverbed, cuts the city in half. It is the perfect place for a relaxing walk or an active bike ride. Surrounded by palm trees, orange trees and fresh green lawns, this is the meeting place for locals and their guests. They picnic, jog and enjoy the outdoors here, from the zoo to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.
- Plaza del Ayuntamiento
In the heart of Valencia is the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the central square of the city. The square, where the imposing town hall is unmissable, has had several names over the years. Here, historic buildings and a beautiful fountain mix into an impressive whole. In the evenings the square is attractively lit, making it a popular hang-out for both tourists and locals. Ideal to start or end your night out in Valencia!
- Mercado Central
Fancy an authentic Valencian snack? Then visit Mercado Central! Here you will find everything from fresh fish to crispy vegetables and sweet fruit. It is buzzing with activity early in the morning. Stroll along the stalls, taste local delicacies and feel like a real Valencian. And, as a bonus, fill your picnic basket for a relaxing lunch in nearby Turia Park. This market is also a feast for the eyes: the colourful mix of modernist architecture, with iron beams and colourful ceramics, makes this a real must-see. The richly decorated dome is especially beautiful!
- The harbour and the beach
Valencia’s beach and harbour are close to Tres Reinas Valencia Apartments and more than just worth a visit. Stroll along the pier, admire the yachts and enjoy the sea breeze. In the harbour, you will find clubs, cosy bars and a variety of restaurants. A true attraction is the Marina Beach Club. Here you can eat, dance and lounge in style. The iconic Veles e Vents building, built for America’s Cup, now houses several dining options with beautiful views over the harbour. Valencia’s beach is wide and stretches for 3 kilometres, from the giant Spanish and Valencian flags to the village of Alboraya. My favourite? The beach El Cabanyal with bars on the beach and beach volleyball. With a stroll to the south, you will find the beach of Patacona with some nice restaurants and also beach bars directly on the sand.
- Torres de Serranos: the old city walls
Valencia was once known for its mighty city walls. The Torres de Serranos, two Gothic towers, are a beautiful remnant of this. They mark the entrance to the centre and one of the bridges over Turia Park. Today the Torres are a popular attraction. You can climb the towers for a phenomenal view of the city.
- La Catedral en el Miguelete
In the middle of Plaza de la Virgen stands the Valencia Cathedral, a historical gem from the 13th century. This structure once started on the remains of a mosque, is now an iconic symbol of the city. Especially special: the Holy Grail is kept here. Next to the cathedral is the 63-meter-high El Miguelete tower. Ready for a climb? 207 steps take you to a breathtaking view of the old city. A real must-see for every Valencia visitor.
- La Lonja de la Seda
Looking for something unique? La Lonja de la Seda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the place. This Silk Exchange from the late Gothic period consists of three parts. The main hall, the Hall of Contracts, is impressive with its twisted columns and rich decorations. Then there is the Pavilion of the Consulate, where the first merchant navy tribunal once resided. And the icing on the cake, you find the central tower, where merchants with debts were once locked up. This place is full of history and splendour.
Eixample is Valencia’s chic district, famous for its wide avenues and elegant facades. Here you will find the Valencia Estació del Norte, a train station with a breathtakingly beautiful interior full of mosaics and ceramics. In addition to the station and the Plaza de Toros, Eixample is also home to the Mercado de Colón and the Church of San Juan and San Vicente. But what makes Eixample special are the homes themselves. The graceful facades and rich ornaments are a feast for the eyes and a tribute to early 20th-century architecture.
- Albufera Natural Park
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Albufera Natural Park is your answer. This extensive nature reserve, just outside Valencia, is perfect for lovers of nature and tranquillity. Walk through the dunes or take a boat trip on the immense lake. Bird lovers can indulge themselves. A sunset boat ride is magical, with the reddish and golden hues on the horizon. The craft boats, called albuferencs, offer trips of about 40 minutes. Combine this with a visit to a traditional barraca or an authentic paella. Highly recommended for a day out of the city.