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Things To Do In Valencia
Valencia continues to be one of the most vibrant and intriguing cities for visitors to explore in Spain. It has a unique combination of old and modern structures that combine together to create a spectacular environment. The additional charms of the Mediterranean Sea and beaches also attracts visitors all year around. Some of the best things to do can be found in the City of Arts and Sciences, a spectacular area full of attractions and things to do to suit visitors of all ages and financial backgrounds. The Central Market and Barrio Del Carmen neighbourhoods are great places to enjoy a delicious meal or a fun night out.
Explore the City Of Arts and Sciences
One of the best things to do in Valencia is to explore the City of Arts and Sciences complex, an amalgamation of 6 stunning modern structures which includes a planetarium, Europe’s largest aquarium, a cinema and unique botanical garden that is sure to blow visitors away. It is the cultural focal point for resident and international visitors alike. This is a great place to spend the day for families and young couples due to the sheer variety of things to do in the compound.
Explore the Oceanographic Aquarium
Another one of the most popular activities in the city is to explore this state of the art structure opened in the City of Arts and Sciences back in 2003. Home to over 45,000 distinct creatures from 500 diverse species, this is Europe’s largest aquarium. It is divided into different zones, each representing an inimitable environment. Everything from Beluga whales to dolphins, sharks and walruses can be spotted here. It is a great way to spend the day for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.
Visit La Lonja De La Seda
A UNESCO-listed heritage site, this is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the city. It was constructed in memory of the city’s most productive age, where it was considered to be one of the major ports of trade in the world. The name of the structure literally means Silk Exchange and the structure is filled with massive marble columns and intricate scriptures on the walls. It is an ideal place for visitors passionate about history and design.
Visit Valencia Cathedral
In keeping with the theme of Gothic masterpieces on offer in the city, this special church was created between the 13th and 14th century, utilising design influences from the Renaissance, Rococo and Neoclassical revisions created at intervals since then. The best part of the structure is Holy Chalice Chapel that was said to have been used by Christ during the last supper at some point.
In the cathedral’s complex is El Migulete, an octagon-shaped bell-tower that offers visitors stunning views of Valencia. Another Gothic edifice, it was first constructed back in 1381. The journey up to the top of the tower can be tiring as there are a massive 207 steps to scale, but the surrounding panoramic views on offer make it worth the journey and it is one of the most popular tourist activities in the city.
A great way to spend the day for food lovers and visitors just looking to unwind is to explore the Central Market. This complex offers visitors some of the most fresh and delicious produce ranging from meats to cheese and wines. There are nearly 400 vendors that set up shop here, leaving visitors spoilt for choice. It is a great place to stop off for a quick coffee and bite to eat as it is located in the heart of the city.
Barrio Del Carmen
The most happening part of the city, the North-eastern part of Valencia is full of nightclubs, cafes and infectious energy that makes it one of the best neighbourhoods to explore. The area draws influence from both Muslim and Christian design styles making for a unique combination. It is full of charming littles cafes, restaurants and bars that make it a huge draw for young visitors and families alike.
Explore Jardin Del Turia
Officially opened in 1986, this stunning complex is one of the largest of its kind in Spain, spanning nearly 9 km of green spaces, charming pathways and romantic hideaways that make it one of the best places to visit in the city. The garden is connected to the City of Arts and Sciences and complements the structures in the complex extremely well. It is a great place for picnic and to enjoy the Valencian sunshine.