Attractions

Top Choice Architecture in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

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 arch…
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 the Valencia region. Behind its crumbling battlements you’ll find flowe…
Top Choice Cathedral in North Ciutat Vella

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 frescoes …
Top Choice Museum 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 baroque …
Top Choice Church in North Ciutat Vella

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 enough …
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 Palace in Gandia

Palacio Ducal dels Borja

Gandia’s magnificent palace was built in the early 1300s and was for centuries the home of the Borja dukes of Gandia, who included the Jesuit saint Francis Borgia. Though much remodelled in the 19th century, the bui…
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 the city was booming. It's one of Spain's finest examples of a civil G…
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 of creatures such as gorillas in limited spaces raises mixed feelin…
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…