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Two days in Valencia



  • Walkway in the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences

How to make the most of the weekend in this Mediterranean city? By exploring its City of Arts and Sciences, taking a stroll through its historic centre, enjoying a day on its beaches, sampling its famous paella…


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Two days in Valencia


DAY 1: THOROUGHLY MODERN VALENCIA

One of the symbols of Valencia is its avant-garde City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural complex designed by Calatrava with spectacular architecture. If you want to see everything it has to offer, you'll need most of the day to visit the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (highly interactive), the Hemisfèric (3D cinema) and the Oceanogràfic (with its amazing 30-metre long tunnel offering an underwater view of various species of shark). For lunch, the best option is to choose one of the restaurants in the complex. Dinner in the historic quarter The climate in Valencia is ideal for strolling in the streets, so this could be your plan for the early evening. Head for the part of town around the squares of La Virgen and the Town Hall and you're bound to find a perfect place to have dinner. In this area you'll also see examples of the city's traditional architecture such as the cathedral, the basilica of Los Desamparados and the Valencia Regional Government building.

Two days in Valencia


DAY 2: MARITIME AND GOTHIC VALENCIA

In the morning you can make for the Royal Marina, the port area and the site of the Veles e Vents building. Then keep walking along the seafront promenade beside the beaches of Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa. If the weather's good, what about a dip in the Mediterranean? If that's given you an appetite, what better than to take a seat in one of the outdoor restaurants and enjoy a delicious paella overlooking the sea. Gothic Valencia Make the most of the afternoon to explore the city centre by daylight. We recommend buildings like the Silk Exchange (declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO), the Central Market, the Valencia Regional Government building and the cathedral, where you should make sure to go up to the top of the Miguelete tower. The views are certainly worth it. Then head for the Torre de Serranos tower which will take you to the Puente de Serranos bridge and the main green area of the city: the Turia Gardens. By the way, don't forget to try the tiger-nut drink known as 'horchata'!

Two days in Valencia


THINGS TO REMEMBER

If you have a little more time it's well worth visiting the Quart towers, the National Ceramics Museum and the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM). You can book guided tours at the tourist office. The sightseeing bus is a good option for moving around. You can purchase a sightseeing card to explore the city. http://www.valenciatouristcard.com/