Things to do in

Valencia

The hometown of paella blends fascinating museums, futuristic architecture, and fantastic seafood.

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The 7 best things to do in Valencia

When Madrid and Barcelona jostle for the limelight, Valencia doesn't seem to mind. It, too, has superb cultural attractions and neighborhoods to soak up the local vibe. To top it all off, it's got las Fallas, a pyrotechnic extravaganza unlike any other.

  • City of Arts and Sciences

    1. City of Arts and Sciences

    Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the vast cultural center, including a promenade of art and greenery, comprises five shell-like structures that reflect the influence of the sea.

  • L'Oceanogràfic

    2. L'Oceanogràfic

    Europe's largest aquarium hosts a dolphinarium and exhibits the world's main ecosystems. For a unique, culinary experience, dine among the fishes at the underwater restaurant.

  • Bioparc Valencia

    3. Bioparc Valencia

    The park boasts three African habitats, in which animals coexist as they would in their natural environment. The design also enhances the effect of viewing the animals up close.

  • La Llotja de la Seda

    4. La Llotja de la Seda

    The former Silk Exchange from the 16th century reflects the city's mercantile prosperity, with the grand Contract Hall as the center of the merchants' wheeling and dealing.

  • Valencia Cathedral

    5. Valencia Cathedral

    Many believe, and some question, that the cathedral houses the Holy Chalice from the Last Supper. The polished Grail dates to around the first century AD.

  • Central Market

    6. Central Market

    The famed El Mercat has been a mecca for foodies since its inauguration in 1928, offering a bounty of local produce and regional specialities at hundreds of different stands.

  • Torres de Serranos

    7. Torres de Serranos

    The imposing, Gothic towers from 1391 once marked the main entrance into the former walled city.They served not only as a prison, but also a ceremonial entrance in their day.

Frequently asked questions about Valencia

What top attractions are a must-see in Valencia?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Valencia?

    Allow yourself a minimum of four full days to take in the sights at a leisurely pace, setting aside one for the City of Arts and Sciences and one for the Bioparc. If you're looking for sun, sea, and sand, add another day or even two for Valencia's great beaches. If you arrive during las Fallas in mid-March, you may want to tack on an extra day to experience it.

  • Getting around

    It's easy to get around Valencia by bus, tram and subway. The purchase of the Valencia Tourist Card (VLC) includes free public transportation and admission to public museums and monuments. The city is also bike-friendly, providing plenty of enjoyable places to ride, such as through the 5-mile Turia Park. It stretches from the area near the Bioparc Valencia to the City of Arts and Sciences.

  • Where to stay in Valencia

    Valencia's Old Town (Ciutat Vella) is a popular and central area to be. Russafa is a nice alternative and located in the adjacent district of Eixample. For beach-goers, who'd rather stay closer to the sea, La Malva-Rosa is a nice option, approximately 30 minutes away by metro to the city center (e.g. Colón metro station).

  • Tickets for the City of Arts and Sciences

    You can either purchase tickets for the one place you'd like to visit (Hemisfèric 8€, Oceanogràfic 27.90€, Science Museum 8€), or mix and match with a packaged price. You can book all three for 32€, which includes a 10% discount when booking online. When selecting the Hemisfèric, you'll need to choose one IMAX film session you'd like to watch. You can buy all tickets online for a specific date.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    There is no bad time to visit this city, which never gets too cold. In the summer, though, there are more crowds, while in the winter some attractions offer shortened opening hours. Late spring, before the summer crowds arrive, may be best.

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What people are saying about Valencia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,488 reviews

Reasonably priced for such a big attraction. Every tank has wonderful creatures, fish or crustaceans. Really well cared for clean and spacious aquariums. An absolute must visit for anyone at any age. We spent all day sitting and watching the wonderful fish and even went back to see them again.

Well-organized and well-maintained activity! The composition of the group is very important, but it was great with us! Not to forget the friendly guide!

IT was absolutely spectacular. The artists singers guitarist and dancers over the top. Incredible atmosphere and wonderful staff.show to must go and see

Very informative and guide enthusiastic and pleasant. Only down side was 3 hours on a bicycle without a coffee break which could easily be factored in.

Amazing. Beautiful cathedral and seeing the Holy Grail. Words can’t describe it. Make sure you go up the tower. Great view of Valencia.