Valencia

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Top ChoiceArchitecture in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

This aesthetically stunning complex occupies a massive 350,000-sq-metre swath of the old Turia riverbed. It’s occupied by a series of spectacular buildings that are mostly the work of world-famous, locally born...

Top ChoiceCathedral in North Ciutat Vella

Catedral de Valencia

Catedral de Valencia

Valencia’s cathedral was built over a mosque after the 1238 reconquest. Its low, wide, brick-vaulted triple nave is mostly Gothic, with neoclassical side chapels. Highlights are its museum, rich Italianate...

Top ChoiceMuseum in South Ciutat Vella

Museo Nacional de Cerámica

Inside a striking palace, this ceramics museum celebrates an important local industry. Downstairs (which also features a decadent hand-painted 1753 carriage) you can learn about the history of ceramics from...

Top ChoiceChurch in North Ciutat Vella

Iglesia de San Nicolás

Iglesia de San Nicolás

Recently reopened to the public after a magnificent restoration, this single-naved church down a passageway is a striking sight. Over the original Gothic vaulting, the ceiling is a painted baroque riot, with...

Top ChoiceGallery in South Ciutat Vella

Museo del Patriarca

Museo del Patriarca

This seminary was founded in the late 16th century by San Juan de Ribera, a towering Counter-Reformation figure who wielded enormous spiritual and temporal power in Spain and beyond. With an impressive if austere...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in North Ciutat Vella

La Lonja

La Lonja

This splendid building, a Unesco World Heritage Site, was originally Valencia’s silk and commodity exchange, built in the late 15th century when the city was booming. It's one of Spain's finest examples of a...

Top ChoiceZoo in Western Valencia

Bioparc

Bioparc

This zoo devoted solely to African animals has an educational and conservationist remit and an unusual approach. Though, as always, the confinement of creatures such as gorillas in limited spaces raises mixed...

Top ChoiceGallery in Northern & Eastern Valencia

Museo de Bellas Artes

Museo de Bellas Artes

Bright and spacious, this gallery ranks among Spain’s best. Highlights include a collection of magnificent late-medieval altarpieces, and works by several Spanish masters, including some great Goya portraits, a...

Top ChoiceMarket in North Ciutat Vella

Mercado Central

Mercado Central

Valencia’s vast Modernista covered market, constructed in 1928, is a swirl of smells, movement and colour. Spectacular seafood counters display cephalopods galore and numerous fish species, meat stalls groan...

Top ChoicePark in Northern & Eastern Valencia

Jardines del Turia

Jardines del Turia

Stretching the length of Río Turia’s former course, this 9km-long lung of green is a fabulous mix of playing fields, cycling, jogging and walking paths, lawns and playgrounds. As it curves around the eastern part...

Top ChoiceMuseum in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe

This interactive science museum, stretching like a giant whale skeleton within the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, has plenty of touchy-feely things for children, and machines and displays for all ages. It...

Top ChoiceGate in Barrio del Carmen

Torres de Quart

Torres de Quart

Spain's most magnificent city gate is quite a sight from the new town. You can clamber to the top of the 15th-century structure, which faces towards Madrid and the setting sun. Up high, notice the pockmarks...

Gallery in Barrio del Carmen

Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

This impressive gallery hosts excellent temporary exhibitions and owns a small but impressive collection of 20th-century Spanish art. The most reliably permanent exhibition on display is the Julio González...

Aquarium in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

Oceanogràfic

Oceanogràfic

Spain's most famous aquarium is the southernmost building of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. It's an impressive display, divided into a series of climate zones, reached overground or underground from the...

Arts Centre in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Brooding over the riverbed like a giant beetle, its shell shimmering with translucent mosaic tiles, this ultramodern arts complex, grafted onto the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, has four auditoriums and...

Gallery in Northern & Eastern Valencia

Bombas Gens

This conversion of a handsome art deco factory that once made hydraulic pumps has created an intriguing space for modern art. There's a particularly good photography collection, displayed to great advantage in...

Gardens in Northern & Eastern Valencia

Monforte Gardens

Monforte Gardens

These under-the-radar ornamental gardens designed in the mid-19th century are a peaceful spot to escape the city. Marble statues, sculpted hedges and a goldfish-filled pond complete the neoclassical style, and...

Beach in Valencia's Beaches

Playa de la Patacona

Playa de la Patacona

The northern stretch of Valencia's main beach has a quieter, more local scene, but still gets busy in summer. It's backed by lovely traditional houses that have been converted into eateries, and there are also...

Gate in Barrio del Carmen

Torres de Serranos

Torres de Serranos

Once the main exit to Barcelona and the north, the imposing 14th-century Torres de Serranos overlooks the former bed of the Río Turia. Together with the Torres de Quart, it is all that remains of Valencia’s old...

Cultural Centre in Barrio del Carmen

Convent Carmen

In the grounds of a former convent, this cultural space hosts everything from music and movies to yoga and debates. In the large garden, food is served from converted shipping containers. Fairy lights add...