Valencia (Spain): what to see


What to see in Valencia, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the city of arts and sciences, the Cathedral and the Barrio del Carmen.

Tourist information

Founded by the Romans in 138 BC, who called it Valentia Edetanorum, or strong city of the Edetani by the name of a tribe in the area, Valencia is famous in the gastronomic field for the Paella, a typical rice-based dish whose name derives from the metal container in which it was originally cooked.

The heart of the city is the Plaza de la Virgen, where the Cathedral of the Virgen de los Desamparados, the Torre del Miguelete and the Palau de la Generalitat are located.

One of the most beautiful buildings in the city is the Lonja de los Mercaderes, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The Palacio de Marquès de dos Aguas, used as a ceramic museum, is in Baroque style.

The great creative genius of the architect Santiago Calatrava owes the masterpiece of contemporary architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences, a citadel where, among other things, the Hemispheric planetarium, the Palau des Artes theater, the science museum and the oceanographic aquarium.

What see

The Valencia Cathedral is accessed through three portals, the Puerta de Los Hierros, in Baroque style, the Puerta del Palau, in Romanesque style, and the Puerta de Los Apostoles, in Gothic style.

Dating from the thirteenth century, it was erected on the site of a Roman temple and later an Arab mosque.

From the large tower it is possible to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the historic center.

Many tourists who visit the Duomo wish to see the Holy Grail, or the Chalice believed to have been the one used by Jesus during the Last Supper.

The Barrio del Carmen, one of the districts of the historic center located in the area around the Carmen Calzado convent, is one of the busiest places in the city, even at night, where there are many clubs and shops.

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The central market of Valencia is housed in a particular steel structure, where the stained glass windows and the colored ceramic inserts placed on the facade stand out.

Hundreds of stalls for the sale of fresh products are grouped in this place, including fruit, vegetables, meats, local meats and fish.

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