Inveterate travelers note that Valencia is much more attractive and cozy than Barcelona. Some believe that you can even sacrifice a trip to the capital of Catalonia for a holiday in a charming city on the south-east coast of Spain.
Even if you have at your disposal all day, you can explore the main attractions, fall in love with it and visit it later, in order to better know each nook and cranny.
The history of the city began more than two thousand years ago. It was inhabited by the Romans, conquered by barbarians and Moors. In the 15-17 centuries, the Kingdom of Valencia is one of the most important European shopping centers; at the same time comes his heyday. Now it is the third most populated city and the second largest port of Spain, a popular tourist destination.
People from all over the world are attracted by the mild climate (daytime temperatures do not fall below 15 ° C in winter, and in summer it varies around 30 ° C), incredibly picturesque nature, exquisite architecture. However, surprisingly, there are practically no noisy crowds of tourists; a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Spanish province and feel on their leisurely rhythm of life. In addition, it is an ideal place for those who like to walk - all the main attractions are relatively nearby.
So, how to have time to consider everything for a day?
If you exit from the metro station Xativa, then the eye will open a view of the legendary Plaza de Toros - an area where brave matadors have been fighting since 1859. But our goal - the city council in the square Ayuntamiento, which is translated as "town hall". This is a beautiful monumental building, in front of which fountains flow and pour into the sun.
There are countless cafes here, so choose a place closer to the council to observe a beautiful view accompanied by fragrant coffee. Moreover, for an open-air breakfast conditions are favorable: in a resort town ten months out of twelve are clear.
After breakfast to the shrine
Further we go on Calle San Vicente Martir and we get on Plaza de la Reina where the present relic is located. From the 13th century here stands the majestic Cathedral of Valencia. From the bell tower there is a wonderful city landscape. In addition, within the walls of the Cathedral you can see a cup recognized by the Pope as the Holy Grail.
From heavenly blessings to worldly things: a trip to La Lonja
The Silk Exchange building is a few steps away. It was erected approximately in the late 15th - early 16th centuries, when the architecture was dominated by the Gothic style. And since 1996, this historical monument is the world heritage of UNESCO. Now it is a museum, the entrance to which, by the way, is free. Every day it opens at 10:00 and runs until 20:30, on Sunday - from 15:00 to 20:30.
Lunch time: go to the Central Market (Mercado Central)
Where, how not in the market, you can feel the local flavor? The building appeared not so long ago, in 1928. However, the architects tried to completely repeat the structure of the open bazaar, functioning on this site for more than one hundred years. Here you will be met by amazing mosaics and stained-glass windows - examples of eccentric art nouveau style.
In addition to spiritual food, sellers are ready to treat you with vegetables and juicy fruits, nuts, hamon and cheese. Do not forget to stock up on spices and fresh seafood.
Work schedule: from 7:30 to 14:30. Sunday is a day off.
Fresh air and beautiful landscapes near the old river bed of the Turia
The former riverbed has a charming park zone, densely planted with palm trees and exotic plants. On the waysides of the paths are statues, fountains, there are even sports and playgrounds.
As you exit the market square, walk along Calle de Murillo. At the turn to the right is the street Carrer de Guillem de Castro. Passing by the University of St. Vincent Martyr and the Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia, you will see a bridge connecting the picturesque landscapes of the river - Puente de les Artes. We are in place.
From the past to the future
From the park you will find yourself in Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias, which is rightfully considered one of the brightest advantages of Valencia. It is a complex in a futuristic style. Work on it began in the late nineties, in 1998, and the first object determined the tone of the entire architectural masterpiece - the aspiration to the innovative future. On the territory of the City of Sciences and Arts there are five main facilities in which you can watch IMAX movies and go to the laser show, watch theater performances, listen to opera, stroll through the picturesque garden and not only.
Travel to an amazing underwater world
It's a real crime not to visit L'Oceanogràfic, where sharks, walruses and other representatives of marine fauna swim in the panoramic tunnels in centimeters from you.
He excels his "colleagues" in Dubai, Barcelona and Lisbon, is considered the largest in Europe. Pensioners and children under the age of 12 are given discounts, and children under 4 years are completely free. It opens every day at 10:00, however it is better to check the timetable and current prices for tickets on their website in advance.
For new things and souvenirs in El Saler
The shopping center is opposite Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias. Along with the fashion boutiques, there are benches with a jamon - this delicacy is ideal as a presentation for friends (if they are not vegetarians). Closing of the shopping center is at 22:00.
For dinner we order paella
Paella - the national pride of the country and Valencia, in particular. Nowhere it will not be cooked better. Paella is prepared on a flat frying pan of white rice, rabbit or chicken meat, snails and other seafood, with the addition of vegetables and legumes. It is served in almost any cafe.
All activity after sunset moves to the Carmen area. Hot parties begin at about midnight, but you can drink earlier.
The most popular place in Carmen is Radio City, where cool DJs play, and music will appeal to everyone. The entrance is free, and the exit is before dawn, at the end of the party at 3:30.