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  • 1 Ciutat de les Artes y les Ciències Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. Autopista-del-Saler 7 E - 46013 Valencia

    This vast cultural and leisure complex covers an area of 350 000m2. It consists of a series of white buildings with a futuristic design which are reflected on sheets of turquoise water, and comprises a variety of facilities and pieces of equipment re..

  • 2 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    E - 46001 Valencia

    Dominated by the Miguelete Tower, the Cathedral, despite its baroque façade, dates mainly from the 14C and 15C. It is said that the Holy Grail can be found here, in the shape of a cornelian cup, in the chapel of the Santo Cáliz. The building is lit b..

  • 3 La Lonja de la Seda Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. del Mercado E - 46016 Valencia

    The Lonja (Silk Exchange) was built in the 15C at the request of the city's silk merchants, as the old building was considered too small for the volume of business conducted there. Its Flamboyant Gothic façade, crowned by a tower, is adorned with a c..

  • 4 Estación del Norte Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 46001 Valencia

    The North railway station was built between 1909 and 1917 by Demetrio Ribes, an admirer of Austrian Modernist architecture. Its interior decor is highly appealing, particularly its wooden ticket counters and panels of azulejos depicting scenes from t..

  • 5 Palace of the Marquess of Dos Aguas - National Ceramics Museum Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - Valencia

    This magnificent building houses the González Martí National Ceramics Museum. In 1740 the Marquess of Dos Aguas commissioned painter Hipólito Rovira y Meri to redecorate his austere 15C residence in the Baroque style. All its walls were painted by Lu..

  • 6 Central Market Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. María-Cristina/Pl. del Mercado E - 46016 Valencia

    The central Mercado, built between 1914 and 1928, is a fine example of Modernist architecture. This huge glass and metal structure houses an extremely busy morning market. The profusion of fruit and vegetables here is a good indication of the agricul..

  • 7 Museo de Bellas Artes San Pío V Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    San-Pío-V 9 E - 46010 Valencia

    This fine arts museum covers the extensive period from the Middle Ages to the 20C. Although it contains a fine collection of works from the Golden Age, notably by El Greco and Velásquez, its main attraction is its collection of primitives. A number o..

  • 8 Oceanogràfic Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Av. Autopista-del-Saler 1 E - 46013 Valencia

    This aquarium, the largest in Europe, is located in the heart of the City of Arts and Sciences. Its displays of marine life are specific to each of the Earth's main climate zones: the Mediterranean; tropical and temperate (turtles and grey seals outs..

  • 9 Valencia's Old Town Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - Valencia

    Valencia's historic centre is one of Spain's largest and most important, bearing witness to the city's blossoming in the 15C. On Plaza de la Reina are the Cathedral with its masterly Baroque façade, and the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de los Desampara..

  • 10 Modernist Valencia Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - Valencia

    The city's economic boom at the end of the 19C meant the development of new districts and a remodelling of the historic centre. Some extraordinary buildings went up. The Central Market and the Northern Station are representative of the prevailing Mod..

  • 11 Cripta Arqueológica de San Vicente Mártir Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Pl. de Arzobispo 1 E - 46003 Valencia

    The Archaeological Crypt of the Saint Vincent Prison is a small Visigothic chapel. It conceals two stone sarcophagi and a tomb surrounded by four finely engraved railings. It is one of the rare relics of Visigoth civilisation to be admired in Valenci..

  • 12 Palace of the Regional Government Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Caballeros 2 E - 46001 Valencia

    The Palace of the Regional Government was until 1707 the seat of the members of Parliament responsible for taxation. Built around an elegant patio, this Gothic palace dates from the 15C, except for the towers. One of the finest rooms is the Gold Draw..

  • 13 Del Real Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    San Pío V, s/n E - 46010 Valencia

    The Valencians also call the Del Real Gardens, which used to be part of the Royal Palace, Viveros (greenhouses). It is the largest park in the city and an ideal place to relax. On one side, it continues into the pretty Monforte Garden and is fronted ..

  • 14 Patriarch's College Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Calle Nave 1 E - 46002 Valencia

    The seminary founded in the 16C by Archbishop Juan de Ribeira now houses a museum. As well as a wonderful 14C Byzantine cross, works by Juan de Juanes, the precious Tryptych of the Passion by Thierry Bouts, and paintings by Ribalta, Morales and El Gr..

  • 15 Serranos Towers Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. de los Fueros E - 46001 Valencia

    The Serranos Towers, dating from the end of the 14C, guarded one of the many gates of the city. They have been very well restored and provide a fine example of medieval military architecture, with their lines of machicolations. It is noteworthy that ..

  • 16 Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Guillem-de-Castro 118 E - 46003 Valencia

    The Julio González Centre, dedicated to modern art, displays a permanent collection by the Valencian sculptor who gave it its name. It also accommodates in rotation pictures by Tàpies, Saura, Millares, Chillido and the Equipo Crónica. Several streets..

  • 17 Charitable Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    Corona 36 E - 46007 Valencia

    The Charitable Centre of Valencia was established in 1840 in an old Augustine convent. Today it houses a Museum of Prehistory and a Museum of Ethnology centred on Valencia and its surrounding area, as well as the Parpallo Room, a place for temporary ..

  • 18 San Juan del Hospital church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Calle Trinquete-de-Caballeros 5 E - 46001 Valencia

    The church of San Juan del Hospital, founded in 1238, was built in early Gothic style. It consists of a single nave crowned by broken-barrel vaulting, with several chapels on either side of the aisles. The walls of the chapel on the Evangelist side o..

  • 19 The Umbracle Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    E - 46013 Valencia

    The Umbracle, facing the science museum, is a magnificent palm-grove garden. Protected by an unusual structure made up of white parabolic arches, it offers a splendid overall view of the vast culture and leisure complex known as the Art and Science C..

  • 20 Prince Philip Science Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Entrée face à l’Hémisfèric E - 46013 Valencia

    The Prince Philip Science Museum (Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe) stands behind a huge triangular pool filled with turquoise water. The building, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, houses Europe's largest interactive museum. The car..

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