The city of Valencia is located on the southeast Mediterranean coast of Spain and it is the third biggest in the country, following Madrid and Barcelona. Valencia is a charming city, one of the most attractive in Europe, with an amazing climate, a dynamic social life and wealth of architecture and history.
Probably a weekend will not be long enough to see all the great touristic spots around or visit every interesting corner in Valencia city, but you can try at least.
If you have already decided to visit this beautiful Spanish city, then you should know what is Valencia popular with and what you can actually see during your stay there.
Now I will list all popular locations around so you can plan on what to visit and what to do in Valencia in advance. Done this way you can cover all of the suggested popular tourist attractions within a weekend.
Are you ready for our quick journey around Valencia city to start?
Most popular tourist attractions in Valencia
With its fascinating architecture, interesting nightlife, beautiful beaches Valencia offers everything you might want. The city is the birthplace of paella, which is part of the delicious Mediterranean cuisine and famous also around Spain.
Besides Valencia is home to one of the most famous football teams in Europe.
Many of the sights of Valencia are located in an area known as La Seu, which is located between two big square of Plaza Virgen and Plaza de Reina (Plaza de la Reina). There you can see the octagonal Belltower El Miguelete.
1. The Silk Market (La Lonja de la Seda; Llotja de la Seda; La Lonja)
The old Silk Market in Valencia is also popular as La Lonja de la Seda or Llotja de la Seda and La Lonja. If you have time to see only one landmark in Valencia, then this has to be La Lonja – the old silk market. The market itself is the size of a cathedral, covering almost 2000 square meters. It was proclaimed one of the most important Gothic buildings in Europe, and in 1996 entered the list of protected historical monuments of UNESCO.
2. Central Market (El Mercado Central)
Near the Silk Market is located the Central Market or El Mercado Central. This stunning masterpiece of architecture in Valencia, known as one of the largest and oldest European markets was designed by Francisco Guardia and Alejandro Soler in 1914 and was inaugurated in 1928 by King Alfonso XIII. Inside you can find almost everything in the more than 1000 selling posts: seafood, meat, fruits, spices, and vegetables.
3. Fallas Museum (Museo Fallero)
Exhibitions in the museum are focused on the festival of famous Las Fallas and include photos of the festival, traditional costumes worn during the celebrations, models of puppets exhibited during the Fallas festival from the past years and more. Las Fallas is a beautiful and very traditional festival with many fireworks held in commemoration of St. Joseph.
During this celebration, the streets of Valencia are full of tourists and people who enjoy the magnificent decoration of the city, combined with pyrotechnic art.T he fireworks are amazing and something really worth to see. Each neighborhood of the city produces an interesting monument, made of paper, wax, wood and polystyrene foam known as a falla which is burnt during the last day of the festival.
4. Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia (Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia)
This renovated art museum is among the best in Spain. Here you can see works by Goya, Velazquez, Jose Ribera, and Sorolla. The museum houses around 2000 works and has also sections dedicated to sculpture, to archaeological findings, and to contemporary art. Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia is housed in the St. Pius V Palace, built in the 17th-18th centuries.
5. The Historical Museum of Valencia (Museo de Historia de Valencia)
The Historical Museum is located in an old harbor station used to supply the city with provisions in 1850. The whole building is built of bricks and represents the most attractive examples of industrial architecture of the XIX c. With a total of 250 columns, this museum has archaeological, visual, photographic and virtual exhibitions.
6. Valencia Cathedral (Saint Mary’s Cathedral)
The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica was built on the site of a Roman temple, which later became a mosque. The cathedral has its origins in the thirteenth century. The building combines subsets architectural styles. The cathedral has a spiral staircase leading to the terrace overlooking the city of Valencia and the sea with an amazing view.
7. The Serrans Gate (Torres de Serranos; Puerta de Serranos)
Serranos Gate in Valencia is one of the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient city wall of the city of Valencia. Torres de Serranos is one of them. You will find this gate on the edge of the El Carmen district. The impressive monument is one to see and you can climb to the top for one of the best views over the old city.
8. Quart Towers(Torres de Quart)
Monumental entrance to the city of Valencia, Torres de Quart was part of the medieval wall that stood around the old town. The purpose of the towers was to protect the city from outside danger but also used for other purposes. For example in 1562 the towers were used as storage for gunpowder.
They were built in the fifteenth century by Francesc Baldomar, known as one of the masters of architecture at the time. It is well worth the climb for the view of the old city and a photo.
9. The Botanical Garden of Valencia (Jardí Botànic de la Universitat de Valéncia)
The Botanical Garden of Valencia has a major botanical collection, with over three thousand tree and plant species from all five continents. In Jardí Botànic, which has a nice park for a walk, especially interesting are the collections of palms and tropical trees, and those of cacti and other desert plants.
10. City of Arts and Sciences (La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)
This is a center that offers cultural and intellectual entertainment, an area of 350,000 square meters. The entire center consists of four buildings with unique architecture. Among the biggest attractions of the city is the L’Oceanogràfic.
The Oceanographic or Oceanarium is the largest complex of its type in Europe with a surface of 110,000 square meters and a water capacity of 42 million liters. The Oceanographic is made up of different buildings, each one identified with one of our planet’s seas and oceans, and housing the exhibitions of the most typical environments and ecosystems.
11. Bioparc Valencia
Bioparc Valencia is the most modern zoo in Europe, where the fences are practically invisible and animals feel in their natural environment, covers an area of approximately 100,000 square meters. The basic idea of the park is to provide its visitors with the unique feeling of being in the natural environment of animals.
Bioparc Valencia promotes respect for animals and engages the public with the importance of protecting the environment by committing to education and protection of animals.
12. Malvarrosa Beach (Playa de la Malvarrosa)
Valencia is a city which has a lot to offer to any visitor. Certainly, the beach is one of the best places to visit while in Valencia.
The Malvarrosa beach is about 7 km long, with nice golden sands and it is very wide. Just next to the beach there’s a boulevard where you can cycle, run or walk along. Plus there are more than enough places to eat or have a drink when you decide to.
13. Bullring in Valencia (Plaza de Toros de Valencia)
Plaza de Toros was built between 1850 and 1860 on the site of an old bullring in the city that due to financial problems never came to an end. Before getting up the current scene, for several centuries the city of Valencia celebrated bullfighting parties but without a fixed bullring.
There were ephemeral constructions to meet specific needs. After another stage of improvised and different stages, in 1850 the governor Melchor Ordónez ordered the construction project of a fixed Plaza de Toros.
Plaza de Toros is located meters away from the Main Railway station in Valencia, Estació del Nord.
14. Turia River Bed Gardens (Jardines de Turia)
Turia Gardens is one of the largest urban parks in Spain. Jardines de Turia runs through the city along approximately 9 kilometers of green space boasting footpaths, sports areas and leisure places, plus romantic spots where you can relax. The former riverbed passes by the city’s main museums and monuments on either bank park and is crossed by 18 bridges full of history.
Turia Park is one of the city’s most unique assets and welcomes over seven million visitors a year. This diverse urban space has been built and slowly developed along the dry bed of the river Turia, after authorities redirected its course further south following severe flooding in 1957, changing the city’s landscape forever.
The Turia park is one of the most popular places in Valencia it’s home to many city icons such as the famous playground Gulliver, the City of the Arts and Sciences, Valencia Concert Hall (Palau de la Musica) and has really a lot to offer to every visitor of any age.
15. The Mestalla stadium (Camp de Mestalla)
The Mestalla Stadium is home of Valencia Club de Fútbol and one of the oldest stadiums in Spanish Football. Mestalla has been the setting for many important international matches, has hosted several Cup finals, has been home to Levante, home to the Spanish team and, above all, it has hosted the greatest feats of Valencia FC.
Experience the history, passion, and legends of Spain’s oldest stadium in a tour through the stadium. Explore the Museum, the VIP Area, Trophies, Press Conference, Fans’ Balcony, Dressing Room, Bench and Pitch, Legends Tunnel and more.
The stadium has been an exile for teams of Castellón and Real Madrid in the European Cup and also it has been a place to watch stars such as Pelé and Maradona, so even for those who are not football enthusiasts, Mestalla Stadium will be an interesting place to visit.
16. Albufera Natural Park (Parque Natural de’ Albufera)
Albufera Natural Park is home to the largest lake in Spain. Here many protected species have found their home. The lake is used by fishermen and farmers growing rice. In case you decide to taste the best of local cuisine, visit the village of El Palmar (El Palmar).
To get to the national park you can use lines of regular public transport.
If you plan to visit Spain I would like to recommend you to read “The interesting facts about Spain that will surprise you”.