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

    Museums and art

    Av. Autopista-del-Saler 7

    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 Valencia's Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 3 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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 is found here, in the form of an agate cup, in the chapel of the Santo Cáliz. The building is lit by a beau..

  • 4 La Lonja de la Seda Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. del Mercado

    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..

  • 5 Valencia North Station Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 7 Valencia Central Market Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. María-Cristina/Pl. del Mercado

    The central Mercado, built between 1910 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..

  • 8 Museo de Bellas Artes San Pío V Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    San-Pío-V 9

    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..

  • 9 Oceanogràfic Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Av. Autopista-del-Saler 1

    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..

  • 10 Modernist Valencia Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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 Archaeological Crypt of the Saint Vincent the Martyr Prison Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Pl. de Arzobispo 1

    The Cripta Arqueológica de San Vicente Mártir has a small and perfectly preserved funerary chapel, which is set up like a sepulture surrounded by four chancel slabs (choir screen), which are finely decorated with foliage scrolls. During the Islamic e..

  • 12 Palace of the Regional Government Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Caballeros 2

    The Palacio de la Generalidad 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 Drawing Room..

  • 13 Patriarch's College Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Calle Nave 1

    The former Corpus Christi 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 Triptych of the Passion by Dirck Bouts, and paintings by Riba..

  • 14 Valencia Town Hall Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    With a round fountain, florists' kiosks and statue of Francesc de Vinatea (1273-1333), the vast town hall square is the meeting point where locals come together for important occasions. The town hall, built in 1915, presents an eclectic façade (sculp..

  • 15 Serranos Towers Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. de los Fueros

    The Torres de Serranos, dating from the late 14C, guarded one of the many gates to the city, and provide a fine example of medieval military architecture. They also had a function as a triumphal arch, which explains the fine Gothic carving above the ..

  • 16 Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Guillem-de-Castro 118

    The Julio González Centre, dedicated to modern art and contemporary art, displays a permanent collection by the Valencian sculptor after whom it is named. Over 7 000 works by major artists, including Picabia, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, El Lissitzky, ..

  • 17 Charitable Centre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corona 36

    The Valencian Centre of Mediterranean Culture is housed in an old Augustine convent that was turned into a charitable house in 1840. Today it is home to a cultural complex made up of the Museum of Prehistory and Museum of Ethnology, centred on Valenc..

  • 18 San Juan del Hospital church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Calle Trinquete-de-Caballeros 5

    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

    The Umbracle, facing the science museum is a 320m-long architectural structure with white parabolic arches over a pleasant palm-grove garden, posing as an open-air contemporary sculpture. From this shady promenade, there is a magnificent overall view..

  • 20 Príncipe Felipe Science Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Entrée face à l’Hémisfèric

    The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe) stands behind a huge triangular pool filled with turquoise water (where you can float in enormous transparent bubbles). It is Europe's largest interactive museum and offers vi..

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