Ayuntamiento from Plaza de la Ayuntamiento.

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Valencia’s handsome neoclassical town hall dominates the square that takes its name. Within is the Museo Histórico Municipal, a repository of items important to the city’s identity, such as the sword that Jaime I reputedly brandished when defeating the Muslim occupiers, the Moorish keys to the city, the flag they surrendered with and a fascinating 1704 map of Valencia. You can also explore the chandeliered grandeur of the function rooms and enjoy the view from the balcony.

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Nearby Valencia attractions

1. Estación del Norte


Trains first chugged into this richly adorned Modernista terminal in 1917. Its main foyer is decorated with ceramic mosaics and murals – and mosaic ‘bon…

2. Museo de la Seda

0.21 MILES

This visually elegant modern museum makes the most of its lovely location in the 15th-century (with baroque additions) palace that was the seat of the…

3. Plaza de Toros

0.23 MILES

This roughly 170-year-old bullring is an iconic site next to Estación del Norte. Similar in style to Rome’s Colosseum, the 10,500-capacity bullring has…

4. Museo Nacional de Cerámica

0.24 MILES

Inside a striking palace, this ceramics museum celebrates an important local industry. Downstairs (which also features a decadent hand-painted 1753…

5. Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas

0.24 MILES

Quite a sight from outside, this immoderate palace has a pair of wonderfully extravagant rococo caryatids curling around the main entrance. The exterior…

6. Public Library of Valencia

0.25 MILES

Obscured by palm trees in the gardens of a former psychiatric hospital, the city’s main public library is in a grand 16th-century building. The Gothic…

7. Centro Cultural La Nau

0.27 MILES

Long the headquarters of the University of Valencia, with a harmonious cloister-courtyard that's worth popping into. It's lined with plaques of notable…

8. Mercado Central

0.28 MILES

Valencia’s vast Modernista covered market, constructed in 1928, is a swirl of smells, movement and colour. Spectacular seafood counters display…