This city not only has natural resources such as its beautiful beaches and its amazing Albufera natural reserve, it also has emblematic buildings that you should not miss.
If you’re wondering what to see in Valencia, it’s easy, as there’s a huge range of places to see and enjoy. Not only will you find buildings of great history and beauty, but also thematic buildings that will make you enjoy your five senses.
City of Arts and Sciences
An excellent theme park to visit in the heart of Valencia could be Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (the City of Arts and Sciences), which offers you the chance to learn while having a great time. With interesting workshops, amazing interactive exhibitions, a fantastic aquarium and more than 900 square metres of screen in the only IMAX DOME in the whole country, this city of Arts and Sciences is a whole world to discover and a tourist spot not to be missed. The City of Arts and Sciences is one of the options for those tourists who wonder what to visit in one day in Valencia.
This immense leisure park is located on the River Turia, which occupies some 350,000 square metres and is considered to be a large open geographical space. It is made up of 6 areas and considered, one of the main places to visit in Valencia in one day:
- The Reína Sofía Arts Palace, whose purpose is the performing arts.
- The Hemisferic; with its incredible IMAX cinema and its Planetarium.
- The Umbracle; a large garden that represents the backbone of the park, will not go unnoticed to any visitor, thanks to its meticulous decoration full of details that makes it very unique.
- The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum is an emblem of the 21st century and its motto is “it is forbidden not to touch, not to feel, not to think”, it will give you the opportunity to delight yourself with its wonderful exhibitions and workshops where learning and fun merge to give you a world of sensations and magic. Therefore, I recommend you to take your time so you can enjoy every corner of this unique creation.
- As if that weren’t enough, it also has an Oceanografic (aquarium); In this area you will be able to carry out surprisingly unique activities such as: sleeping and swimming with sharks, training cetaceans, watching penguins and many more experiences that will remain in your mind and in your heart for many years to come, because this theme park offers emotions and happiness.
- Last but not least is Ágora, an ideal place to hold events (concerts, exhibitions, congresses, conventions, etc.) and a really good place to relax while taking a pleasant stroll both day and night.
La Lonja de La Seda
In all its splendor and as a World Heritage Site, located in the historic centre of the city and in the market square (Mercado Central) itself, you will find one of the most beautiful places in Valencia, La Lonja de La Seda. This masterpiece of Valencian Gothic was created between 1482 and 1548. It is a faithful sample of the apogee of the Valencian bourgeoisie during the Late Middle Ages and a pride of the Valencian community, being considered, one of the main places to visit in Valencia in one day.
I could not miss in this article to speak of the Central Market (Mercado Central), a place that is mandatory to visit, in which, you will taste very typical local Valencian products. This market place of Arabic origin is a very popular place among Valencians and tourists. The new Central market building works began in 1914 and is a great example of modernist architecture in Valencia. Just taking a walk through this old, but fascinating Market, will make you know a lot about Valencian culture and habits.
Estación del Norte
The Estación del Norte is another prestige of Valencian modernism that was designed by Demetrio Ribes and its tiles and mosaics depict scenes from the Valencian orchard.
It was in 1917 when this work of art began to be built, whose 45 metres of open ceiling represented, at the time, a technological challenge.
The Almudín building was built on top of the old Muslim fortress at the beginning of 1307. In its origins it was used especially as a warehouse for wheat and other grains for sale and distribution throughout Valencia. You could imagine the importance of this building in a time of so much famine and misery …
Now it’s a museum, the Almudín’s greatest attraction is its wooden roofs. A museum that shows in its interior walls the details of the activities exerted in this emblematic Valencian building.
Cathedral of Valencia
It is not a museum but it could be, the Cathedral of Valencia has very interesting objects and much more history that is typical of the religious life of Valencian people.
A Visigothic church was built on top of a Roman temple, on which a mosque was built, and on top of this mosque, the famous Valencia Cathedral was built. Curious, isn’t it ? maybe that’s why the Holy Grail is in this Cathedral…?
The main bell was baptized in the day of San Miguel, and from there it comes the name of the famous bell tower of the Valencian Cathedral “El Miguelete”. This bell tower is next to the Cathedral and is one of the most symbolic buildings in the city.
The Water Tribunal
Another World Heritage Site, according to Unesco, is the Water Tribunal, an institution of Justice, which is responsible for resolving any difficulties that may arise in the use of irrigation water between farmers who own the orchards that surrounded the Mediterranean coast. Although there is no certainty of its origins, the most important hypothesis is that it comes from Roman culture.
As you can see, if there is anything left over in this Mediterranean city, it is culture…