The imposing big city of Valencia, located at the center of the Spanish Levante coast is often overlooked by those who visit Spain.
Perhaps because other coastal cities like Barcelona and Malaga dwarf it by popularity. But, there’s vastly more to Valencia than most would imagine.
Shortly said, it has exciting beautiful architecture with some of the most outstanding works of art on a nation-wide scale, it’s a great place for eating, has a vast clean white sandy beaches, hosts temperamental festivals like the Falles and more…
You won’t get bored in Valencia, that’s for sure!
Plus: it’s much cleaner and safer than Barcelona, more diverse than Madrid, it’s also more affordable than either one, so why miss out on Valencia?
Escape Hunter’s Valencia guide is a walkaround thorough exploration guide providing deep details about the location, going through multiple aspects, such as top attractions, skyline, food and drinking and others… Undoubtedly a good starting point for planning your trip to Valencia.
Several things make Valencia a special city to travelers…
The Architectural Paradise
Indeed, Valencia is a paradise for those who have a passion for architecture.
You will encounter fine examples of Baroque and Rococo, as well as plenty Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau representatives, some Art Deco as well and, hypermodern buildings like the ones in the “City of Arts and Sciences” – designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Valencia’s architectural diversity is jaw-opening. The city colourfully boasts with an incredible diversity of shapes, fine delicate details on some of the buildings.
And, amazingly almost all of the buildings are in excellent condition.
You can walk for hours on end, exploring the beautiful streets, checking out the buildings.
One of the most beautiful Baroque – Rococco buildings in the city is the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, which is home to a Ceramics Museum.
Old Town, Heritage, History
The Romans founded the city under the name of “Valentia” in 138 BC. This makes it one of the oldest cities in Spain.
The Moors invaded in 714 AD and have ruled for hundreds of years with subsequent Christian-Muslim conflicts undergoing and Valencia shifting hands between Muslim and Christian rule.
The city’s Old Town used to be surrounded by protective city walls during medieval times. Segments of the wall are still intact today. So, you will be able to see several double turrets (in between are the entrance gates) and some remaining city wall portions.
The most beautiful turrets remaining are the Torres de Quart (which guarded and entrance gate).
Several ancient churches and other old buildings await you in the Old Town – don’t miss the Cathedral, which was finished in 1262. Its tower (Miquelet) offers a splendid panorama view over the city for only 2 EUR. Worth climbing 207 steps.
A unique attraction is the “Holy Grail” – a cup that held inside a chapel belonging to the Cathedral.
See the Old Town guide on Escape Hunter for further details…
Some of Spain’s Largest Sandy Beaches…
Yes, Valencia is home to some of Spain’s largest white sandy beaches: Las Arenas, Malvarrosa and El Cabañal are the top ones. Very clean and quieter than the ones in Mallorca, Benidorm or Alicante.
Although the Valencian beaches are rarely mentioned in travel guides, they’re not at all bad places for hanging around. And they’re huge… some having widths well in excess of 150 m.
If you want more excitement, more noise, more exciting landscapes, then you can take trips to nearby Calp, Denia, Alicante, Benidorm – which are some of Spain’s most notorious beach destinations.
If you just want to check out a single beach in the proximity of Valencia, then go to Malvarrosa, which is right at the edge of the city, near the port.
The Túria Gardens Inside the Former River Bed
This is one of the most unique places within Valencia: the former Túria River Bed has been transformed into to a long and wide stretch of vast green recreational area by diverting the old river’s course. Part of its water still runs here and it is used to irrigate the green area.
Open-air sports facilities, even the museum-aquarium complex of the “City of Arts and Sciences” are found here.
By looking at Valencia’s map, you’ll notice a thick stretch of green, which is in fact the immense green Túria Gardens.
Eating & Drinking in Valencia
The Paella –recognized as Spain’s national dish actually originates from Valencia. You can come across it almost everywhere.
Of course, the tapas and beer bars are highly popular.
Especially in and around the old center you’ll find plenty of places to eat. Pinchos, tapas, paellas or even foreign (non-Spanish) specialities.
In addition, Valencia is a great place for tasting cookies, delicious pastry products and they also have a large number of candy stores – which clearly stand out.
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