Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in North Ciutat Vella

Catedral

Valencia’s cathedral was built over the mosque after the 1238 reconquest. Its low, wide, brick-vaulted triple nave is mostly Gothic, with neoclassical side chapels. Highlights are rich Italianate frescoes above the …
Top Choice Historic Building in North Ciutat Vella

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 Valencia was booming. It's one of Spain's finest examples of a civil G…
Top Choice Gallery in Northern & Eastern Valencia

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 haun…
Top Choice Notable Building in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

The aesthetically stunning City of Arts & Sciences occupies a massive 350,000-sq-metre swath of the old Turia riverbed. It’s mostly the work of world-famous, locally born architect Santiago Calatrava. He's a con…
Top Choice Market in North Ciutat Vella

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, while the fruit and veget…
Top Choice Castle in Sagunto

Castillo de Sagunto

Sagunto's castle is majestically located, with stone walls girdling a twin hilltop for almost a kilometre. Mostly in ruins, its seven rambling sections each speak of a different period in Sagunto’s history. In truth…
Top Choice Castle in Xàtiva

Castillo de Xàtiva

Xàtiva’s castle, which clasps to the summit of a double-peaked hill overlooking the old town, is arguably the most evocative and interesting in all the Valencia region. Today, behind its crumbling battlements you’ll…
Top Choice Museum in South Ciutat Vella

Museo Nacional de Cerámica

Inside a striking palace, this ceramics museum celebrates an important Valencia-region industry. Downstairs (if you can take your eyes off a decadent hand-painted 1753 carriage) you can learn about the history of ce…
Top Choice Gallery in South Ciutat Vella

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 Re…
Top Choice Zoo in Western Valencia

Bioparc

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