The City of Arts and Sciences
The ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ in Valencia is widely recommended as a must-see for any first-time visitor to the city. The futuristic buildings designed by local architects, The first one built, L'Hemisferic, was designed to look like a giant human eye. It offers, among other things, a 3D panoramic cinema, which is always popular with both locals and tourists.
Once you descend into the cinema, you are given 3D glasses which have built-in speakers, programmed to your own language so no matter what country you are from, you can sit back and fully enjoy the movies, of which there are many.
Then we find El Museu de
Then there is L'Oceanogràfic, which is basically a small version of Sea World, so expect to pay to visit. It’s not cheap, but it is well worth it for sure.
El Palau de
The beaches of Valencia
Many would say that a holiday in the sun is incomplete without a visit to the beach. Luckily, the city of Valencia has many beaches along its coastline, several of which are undeveloped places to sit down and chill, and maybe take a dip in the lovely blue sea here.
The city has a great location beside the sea, and the beaches are wide and long, with clean soft sand. Try the most popular beach, La Malvarrosa, which starts around the port area and is split into sections such as the Playa
A bit further away you will find the other local beaches such as Playa de Pinedo and Playa
Valencia's Central Market
Whilst the prospect of wandering around a food market is not everyone's first choice of what to do whilst on holiday, the historic Central Market of Valencia is quite unique and well worth a visit. Not only is it a great modernist building to admire, it is also somewhere where visitors get a closer insight into the daily life of the Valencianos.
The market itself is divided into sections, depending on the type of food available such as fish, a meat section, a fruit section and so on. Even if you get bored, there are loads of traditional shops,
Have a “Giant” Great Time at This Unique Spanish Playground! One of the most iconic images in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels occurs immediately after the hero has landed in the country of Lilliput. The Lilliputians, frightened by his giant size in their tiny land, bind Gulliver prone on the ground to prevent his escape. That is how the famous playground known as Parque Gulliver looks like.
This unique sculptural playground in Valencia, Spain is centrally located in the old Turia riverbed and surrounded by bridges. The sweeping curves of Gulliver’s rounded form make a natural climbing surface not only for children. Hidden steps provide quick access to multiple levels of ropes and
This splendid building, a Unesco World Heritage site, was originally Valencia’s silk and commodity exchange, built in the late 15th century when Valencia was booming. It's one of Spain's finest examples of a civil Gothic building. Two main structures flank a citrus-studded courtyard: the magnificent Sala de Contratación, a cathedral of commerce with soaring twisted pillars, and the Consulado del Mar, where a maritime tribunal sat. The top floor boasts a stunning coffered ceiling brought here from another building.
Valencia’s cathedral was built in
Left of the main portal is the entrance to the bell tower El Miguelete. Climb the 207 steps of its spiral staircase for terrific 360-degree city-and-skyline views. As done for over a thousand years, the Tribunal de las Aguas (Water Court) meets every Thursday exactly at noon outside the cathedral’s Puerta de