Day 1 in Valencia
Explore the attractions of the Old Town!
Valencia is known for its one of the largest historic centers in Spain – a true heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions. So, in order to visit as more beauty spots as possible, from time to time use the metro, bus or tram.
Visit the Marques de Dos Aguas Palace that houses the Ceramics Museum at the moment. The palace was once the home of a Valencian noble family – Marquis de Dos Aguas, and the collection of ceramics was donated by Dr. Gonzalez Marti, in 1949. This is a luxurious palace whose incredible Baroque entrance never fails to impress the tourists. However, inside, more marvel awaits you: the entirely furbished interior and the best ceramics Valencia has to offer. As well, there are permanent exhibitions that display tapestry, furniture, glass, paintings, and even a carriage that dates back from 1750.
Then move to the heart of Valencia – Saint Mary’s Cathedral, that is situated on the place where the first temple of Valencia was built. The Cathedral is an amalgam of architectural style, including Romanesque, French Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, but the predominant one is the Valencian Gothic. Many tourists flock to this church namely for its popular relic – the Holy Grail, kept in one of the Cathedral’s chapels. Climb those 207 stairs of Miguelete Tower and admire Valencia from its top! Take a rest in one of the plazas that surround the Cathedral: Plaza de la Reina or Plaza de la Virgen.
Head to the Lonja de la Seda, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is one of the most famous Gothic constructions in Europe. The building was initially used for silk transaction (from where its name comes from), and it always was a trade center.
Right next to the Lonja de la Seda, the Mercado Central (Central Market) is located. This is one of the main places where you can go shopping in Valencia and is considered one of the oldest European markets. First of all, you will remark its glass and iron Art Nouveau building. Here, you can delight yourself with different types of food and dried fruits, but also Greek cuisine. As well, here you can find stalls with souvenirs, so don’t hesitate to buy some for your relatives, friends, but also for you, to remember this trip.
Night is the right time to find out how the Valencians have fun. The nocturnal life in Valencia is special, the ones who prefer nighttime activities being able to drop into clubs with good music and specific drinks, but also conversations full of humor and joy. One of the districts which is particularly popular among youth, tourists, as well as locals is El Carmen. The district differs from the other ones with its uncommon mix of old stone bridges, antic gates, narrow streets and groups of night clubbers. It is a must for a tourist to explore El Carmen!