Amazing Architecture

Catedral de Valencia Gothic naves and neoclassical chapels, plus what's claimed to be the Holy Grail.

La Lonja Twisted pillars and decorated ceilings in a beautiful 15th-century building.

Mercado Central A Modernista marvel that is still a vibrant, functioning food market.

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Stunning collection of modern architecture housing various museums.

Torres de Quart The most impressive city gate in Spain.

Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas Flamboyantly designed palace housing a ceramics museum.

Fantastic Food

Refugio Innovative dishes shine in a simply decorated setting.

La Gallineta Market-fresh food and innovation at great prices.

Entrevins Classy but affordable dining in a comfortably elegant 1st-floor space.

El Poblet Imaginatively presented, top-quality fine dining.

Navarro The place to sample traditional Valencian rice dishes.

Gran Azul High-quality new-town grill doing delicious meat and fish.

Bodega Casa Montaña Characterful, centuries-old tapas bar serving exquisite food.

Delicat Innovative tapas lunch menu handy for the cathedral.

Museums & Galleries

Museo de Bellas Artes Roman mosaics, medieval altarpieces and works by Goya, El Greco and Velázquez.

Museo Catedralicio Diocesano This renovated collection is a handsome addition to the cathedral.

L'Iber Thousands and thousands of toy soldiers.

Museo del Patriarca Small but excellent collection of religious art.

Museo de la Seda Discover the silk trade in this noble old guild headquarters.

Bombas Gens Repurposed factory with an excellent photography collection.

Museo Fallero Collection of statues saved from the annual Fallas festival.

Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe Interactive science museum that's particularly popular with kids.

Oceanogràfic Huge aquarium with different zones and underwater tunnels.

La Beneficència Two-museum complex with an ethnographic collection in one and an archaeological collection in the other.

Being Outdoors

Jardines del Turia Former riverbed park, perfect for outdoor activities or just strolling.

Jardín Botánico Spain's oldest botanic garden is a pleasant retreat from the city.

Playa de las Arenas The city's closest stretch of beach has plenty going on in summer.

Plaza de la Virgen Fountains, cafes and imposing buildings line the city's main square.

Bioparc A zoo but not as you know it, with open spaces for animals to roam 'free'.

Playa de la Patacona More beach action, with several trendy eating options.