Valencia is a very popular tourist destination, owing to its many cultural and gastronomic attractions and a climate that remains pleasant throughout most of the year.
Below, we recommend a number of places for you to visit, so that you can enjoy your time in the city outside the Seminar.
HISTORICAL CITY CENTRE
Valencia’s city centre boasts exceptional artistic and historical heritage. We highly recommend a visit to Valencia Cathedral, La Lonja (the old Silk Exchange), Central Market and the Serrano Towers.
Some of the many other iconic buildings that are worth a visit include the Estación del Norte train station, Valencia City Council, the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas (which currently houses a museum of ceramics and decorative arts) and the Palacio de la Generalidad (home to the headquarters of the regional government).
LOCAL NATURE SPOTS AND BEACHES
Of particular note is Albufera Natural Park, a large wetland area some 10 kilometres south of Valencia. The city’s two urban beaches, Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa, boast extensive and popular promenades.
Valencia is also home to many parks and gardens, such as Turia Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, the Royal Gardens and Cabecera Park.
The City of Arts and Sciences (CAC) is one of Valencia’s icons: a landmark cultural complex that has become a must-see destination.
It is dedicated to the promotion of science and culture and comprises six different buildings: the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía (opera house), the Hemisfèric (cinema complex and planetarium), the Oceanogràfic (aquarium), the Àgora (sports centre) and the Umbracle (gardens).
Valencia is a city with many traditions and festivals, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Las Fallas.
The festival runs from 15 to 19 March, although every day from 1 March onwards the skies above the city echo to the sound of the mascletá, a spectacular fireworks display that attracts both tourists and locals alike.
How to get
Valencia is located in the centre of Spain’s east coast. It is an open, cosmopolitan city with a population of around one million, which makes it the country’s third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona.
Valencia Airport is located in the town of Manises, some eight kilometres west of the city, and offers connections to around 76 different destinations.
The Valencia region boasts an extensive road network. Major arteries include the AP-7, which runs along the Mediterranean coast, and the A-3, which links the city to Madrid.
Valencia has two train stations: the Estación del Norte, which is mostly served by local lines, and Joaquín Sorolla Station, where high-speed AVE trains connect the city to Madrid, Cuenca, Seville and Cordoba.