Valencia has all kinds of tourist attractions, for which this Spanish city attracts and impresses different kind of travelers. Due to its diverse tourist attractions, Valencia is perfect for single travelers, couples, group of friends or families.
Best Valencia tourist attractions
- City of arts and sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)
This vast area spread over 35.000 square meters and with all the modern architecture is one of the most recognizable sights in Valencia. The whole area was constructed by world famous, but local architect Santiago Calatrava.
We were so impressed over this area that we visited it twice during our stay in Valencia. We did not go inside (except for the Oceanografic) of the buildings, but next time we will for sure visit some of them as well – The Hemisferic (3D cinema), Science museum, Art palace, Oceanografic (Aquarium).
- La Lonja
La Lonja was historically important ever since 15th century. The place was used as silk and commodity exchange. Its Gothic interior sure is worth seeing.
- Central Market (Mercado Central)
Valencia has one of the biggest and nicest markets in Europe. It was built in 1928 and contains 350 stands, selling local goodies – from fruit, vegetables, sea-food, meat, cheese, bread and even cooked food for a quick and yummy bite, so come hungry.
The market is opened from Monday to Saturday from 7.30am to 3 pm.
- Bull fighting arena
Oh yes, bull fighting in Valencia is still very life tradition. We actually were in Valencia during the bull fights and seeing the ticket lines, bull fighting, even though tickets are not cheap (the cheapest were 81 EUR), is still very popular event.
- Russafa district
Lots of tourist don’t go further from the old city center, but if you want to find the most popular and trendy district where locals meet and hang out with friends in the evenings, you have to stop at Russafa. Russafa is mostly known for trendy tapas bars and restaurants among locals, but be aware that the best are not opened before 9pm.
- Turia gardens
Throughout history, Valencia suffered from flooding, but when the major flood in 1957 damaged the city, it was decided to change the course of Turia River.
Instead of the Turia River, you can now find one of the largest urban parks in Spain. From one end to another, the park is 9 kilometers long what makes it a great leisure and recreation area.
Turia gardens have great cycling lines, walking trails, numerous children playgrounds. They offer peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the city. A walk under 18 historical bridges is a great way to get to know a different face of Valencia.
Turia gardens must be especially nice during the spring time, when flowers and trees are in full bloom and everything looks charmingly green.
- Mestella stadium – home to FC Valencia
If you are keen on football, you just cannot go pass the Mestella stadium. It is close to the Turia gardens, meaning you can hear loud cheering if you are somewhere close during the football match. Believe it or not, but we did visit the Mestella stadium solely because we heard loud cheering, which made us curious.
The stadium was built in 1923 and ever since then, it is home to the FC Valencia. It has 49.500 seats, but for all the enthusiastic football fans, they are building even a larger one, which will hold up to 75.000 visitors.
Even though you will not visit Valencia for the food, you will be happy to know, you will eat great here, including some of Valencia’s specialties. Did you know the famous Spanish dish paella originates from Valencia? Read more about food in Valencia here.
- City beaches
The area where we can find the long promenade and sandy beach is so vast it actually includes three different beaches – Playa de las Arenas, Playa de la Malvarossa and Playa de la Patacona.
If you enjoy museums, you came to the right place, as Valencia is full of them. Most of them are based in beautiful historical buildings, what makes it a great place to wander. Oh and if you happen to be in Valencia during the rain, museums are great way to avoid it.
- City tower (Torres de Quart)
Valencia was once fortified city and the Torres de Quart dated in 15th century. The tower is known as the most beautiful one in Spain. You can visit it and climb up, but only in a dry weather as the floor gets slippery during the rain.
- Picturesque streets
You might decide not to see any of the above tourist attractions and you will use your time in Valencia for exploration its streets. The streets are like an open-air museum, full of history, cute traditional cafes, bars, orange and palm trees… You for sure will not be bored.
- Laguna La Albufera
Not far from the city, around 25 kilometers, lies an interesting lagoon, where rice is being grown. The rice is used in traditional paellas. Some of the best restaurants, where you can eat paella can be found in the lagoona. The lagoon is also popular for bird watching and short boat trips.
Tourist attractions in Valencia for young and old
- Gulliver Park
One of the best tourist attractions in Valencia for kids is the Gulliver Park. It is not great just because it is free of charge, but also because it is suitable for young and old. You can climb on top of Gulliver and slide down from his head, belly, and finger. Some slides are pretty high and steep, so prepare for some adrenalin rush.
Oceanografic is the largest aquarium complex in Europe and we visited it as well. We first thought to be there with our baby boy, who would just love it, but because of his illness we visited it by ourselves at the end and still enjoyed it a lot!
The water for the tanks is being pumped directly from the sea, but its quality is always measured. The Oceanografic is not just an ordinary aquarium, but it is also a research and training center.
We can find more than 45.000 animals – out of 500 different species.
The largest attraction in Oceanografic is its enormous shark tank and aquarium with belugas. You won’t even miss the dolphins, which will put a shine on your little ones for sure – especially in their own show.
The Oceanografic tries to educate people, how important is saving the environment and try to make it a better place for sea-animals, especially in reducing all the plastic which we used daily in our lives.
How many times you wanted to go on a safari, but it was too expensive for your budget or you were post-pone it because you or your children could catch malaria.
Sure, being on a real safari somewhere in Africa is unique experience, but you can still explore some of Africa on your travel to Valencia.
The Bioparc in Valencia is some kind of modern zoo, which contains only African animals. The best thing about it is you can almost forget you are in a zoo, as animals are not found in old-fashioned cages, but on large open spaces.
Bioparc tries to educate its visitors about the animals, about their natural inhabitant and also how to respect them and make the safe environment for them.
You can see leopards, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, gorillas, lions…. And guess what – you can even visit “Madagascar” and walk freely among lemurs – watch out, as they can cross your path.
Currently the Bioparc covers only flora and fauna from Africa, but the plans are to enlarge the Bioparc to flora and fauna of South America and SE Asia.
No matter how many tourist attractions in Valencia will you visit, the only danger out there is that Valencia will charm you and you will want to visit it again – at least I know we do, but next time we are not leaving home without our little munchkin.