Valencia offers the perfect mix of historic buildings and modern architecture. Enjoy all the sights of Valencia and then take a moment to relax in the Jardines del Turia.
The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias contrasts strongly with all of the historic buildings in the city. This futuristic scientific complex was designed by Santiago Calatrava and officially opened on 16 April 1998. It consists of no fewer than seven buildings, including an opera building, cinema and the 40,000 m2 museum of science and technology. Set aside a day to explore the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and you won’t know where to look first!
According to the experts, La Lonja is the most beautiful Civil Gothic buildings in Spain. It is even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is an example of the prosperous Valencia of the 15th and 16th centuries. At that time, La Lonja was a famous silk exchange. You can no longer buy silk here, but you can enjoy the lovely Gothic architecture. Definitely worth a visit!
The Mercado Central is one of the busiest spots in Valencia. This market hall in the old city centre is where merchants sell their fresh fish and local produce as fruit and vegetables. Watch the locals looking for the best fish and negotiating feverishly for the best price. You can well imagine that the Mercado Central is absolutely buzzing with activity on a daily basis!
In the heart of the historic centre of Valencia is a Gothic cathedral dedicated to Saint Mary that was built between 1262 and 1356. What makes this cathedral so unique is that all three main entrances feature a different style: Roman, Gothic and Baroque. But the cathedral is especially known for containing the Holy Grail that Jesus Christ is said to have drunk from during the Last Supper.
The Jardines del Turia is a park that winds through the city. It is no less than 110 hectares in size and the most popular spot in town for residents to relax and escape the summer heat. It’s perfect for bike riding, strolling and playing football. It also has a botanical garden. Are you travelling with children? Make sure to take them to the Parque Gulliver, where you’ll find a huge statue of Gulliver from the book Gulliver’s Travels. He is tied up and children can climb all around him by way of steps, ropes and slides. Just like the Lilliputians in the book!
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