Valencia is a city whose visit to the sights of the city should be allocated at least 2-3 days. During this time, you can slowly visit the most popular places, and just enjoy a walk around the city. If you are as desperate as we are and are ready to walk more than 20 km in a day, then it is possible to explore the city in 1 day.
But it is necessary to come to Valencia for a longer period.
This article will be a little unusual, rather, it will be a photo review of the sights of Valencia. I will show those places that we were able to see in 1 day, and give a brief (most useful) information about these places.
What to see in Valencia in 1 day or 2 days , you can see on a map of Valencia with the sights :
You can start your day in Valencia with a visit to the Central Market (Mercado Cantral) . It is open daily from 7:00 to 15:00, except Sunday. It’s a very colorful place, it’s nice to just walk around, look at the windows. You can buy vegetables, fruits, meat, cheeses, seafood, olives, prepared food and pastries, as well as souvenirs.
Then you can go to the center of Valencia – to the square of Ayuntiento (Plaça de l’Ajuntament) . It is here that the City Hall (a building with a clock) is located, on the contrary – the building of the Central Post Office . Perhaps the most recognizable place in the city.
From the square you can move south and see the Bullring Arena and the North Station, but we will go the other way – to the Cathedral. First, go to Queen’s Square (Plaza de la Reina)
Here is the entrance to the Cathedral . This is the central Cathedral of Valencia, it is here that the Holy Grail (or rather, one of the many existing ones) is stored, but it was this thicket that the church recognized as a true shrine. Entrance to the Cathedral is 8 euros (September 2018). you can take an audio guide since it is included in the price). The Cathedral is also famous for its paintings by Goya and its museum, and you can still climb the bell tower. We left visiting the Cathedral next time 🙂
UPD 10/2018: Lay at least 2 hours to visit the Cathedral. Entrance to the Cathedral (as of September 2018) costs 8 euros, for seniors 5.50 euros. At what exact age I can’t say, they showed me to my parents, and grown up “senior?” and gave preferential tickets. Here at the box office they give an audio guide, set up in Russian, the guide is included in the price, but you need to leave a document as a deposit, Russian rights or passport will do. One document for all devices (we had 4). There were queues at the cash register, but not critical.
The climb to the tower is 2 euros, the steps are very high, and the passage is very narrow, it seemed to me that it is even more difficult to climb than to the Dome of St. Peter ‘s Basilica or Černá Věž in Ceske Budejovice . Therefore, evaluate your strength. There is no roof on the tower, the observation deck is in the open, keep in mind if you go up in rainy weather!
By the way, not far from the Cathedral is one of the historical horchaterias – Horchateria Santa Catalina (Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6), you can go after or before visiting the Cathedral.
Horchata – 2.95 euros, churros – 2.20 euros for 4 pieces, fartons (typical Valencian sweetness, for me it tastes better than churros) – 0.95 euros per piece.
Next, head to the Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos) . This is one of the city gates, built back in the late 14th century! True, starting from the 16th and for four centuries, they were used as a prison. Entrance to the towers is paid, but it costs a symbolic 2 euros. You can climb the towers daily from 9:30 to 19:00. From them, by the way, a good panoramic view opens.
The gardens of Turia have become, for me, probably my favorite place in Valencia. Perhaps this is due to the fact that in our city, I need to go to the other end of the city to take a walk in a small park, and here – gardens stretch across the city, people relax, play sports, read books …
This is easy to guess when you see the numerous bridges over the gardens, however, I will clarify. Today the gardens are in the former channel of the Turia River. The channel itself was shifted to the side by 3 km and, by the way, it happened not so long ago – after a severe flood in 1957.
After the Gulliver Park, we are already approaching the symbol of Valencia – the City of Arts and Sciences. The complex consists of 5 structures. These are: Opera House, Hemisferic (it houses the IMAX cinema, planetarium), Gallery, Museum of Sciences and the Oceanarium. The design of all objects belongs to S. Calatrava.
The Valencia Oceanographic Park is one of the largest in Europe, divided into 10 zones, including the sea zone, dolphinarium, and a garden with tropical plants. Official website – http://www.cac.es/en/oceanografic/descubre-el-oceanografic.html I publish the schedule and cost of tickets, as well as parking information below:
At least half a day or even more should be allocated to the park, so we are moving further towards the port.
Walking along the beach, we return to the city.
In Valencia, bullfighting is not prohibited, so the bullring is used here for its intended purpose. An average bullfight ticket costs between 40 and 100 euros.
Near North Station
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Of course, this is far from all the sights of Valencia, to see all, probably, not even a week will be enough. Anyway, it’s nice to just walk around Valencia, see the city, various details, enjoy the weather, the sun, and finally cleanliness.
I think that I will definitely return to this city, but for now I’m finishing it. Please share the article on social networks, write comments. Have a nice day!