When visiting Valencia, there are two absolutely unmissable sights of the city: The Old Town and the City of Arts and Sciences. Both are completely quintessential to the spirit of Valencia and show the unique architectural dichotomy for which the city has become known. The city of Valencia in general is very accessible, meaning that it is easy to reach all of the key sights in one day or a leisure 2 days in Valencia. The Sea Saffron team has prepared a Valencia Sights map encompassing the two aforementioned main areas as well as another must-see: the beach!
To have a full context of Valencia, your first port of call should undoubtedly be Valencia Old Town. The historic center is a wealth of rich architectural offerings, community traditions and culinary delights. With remnants of Moorish, Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic architecture, there is certainly plenty to experience.
Europe’s largest food market can be found in the heart of the Old Town. Spend a leisurely morning sampling olives, winding through aisles of fresh produce and discovering local culinary treats. Not only is the interior endlessly fascinating, the Mercado Central is one of the Old Town’s most stunning architectural feats.
It may be a 207-step climb up an ancient spiral staircase to reach the top of El Miguelete bell tower, but the views once you emerge from the stairwell are worth it for any history buff. You will be granted a view across the rooftops of Valencia's Old Town—its historic quarter. Particularly noteworthy is the spectacular aerial view of Valencia’s 13th century cathedral. The tower is located in the Plaza de la Reina, a square that itself deserves recognition as an excellent spot in which to pause and soak up the atmosphere in the center of Valencia's Old Town.
Sea Saffron invites you to join their intimate small group tour. This TripAdvisor award-winning tour company combines the most important Valencia sights with the most typical local food and wine in the city’s most historic venue. Join your passionate host and uncover the folklore tales behind the winding sidestreets. Explore the most important landmarks including the incomparable Church of San Nicolás and its stunning frescoes. Discover a private dining venue, nestled in the heart of the Old Town, where your host will take you on a journey of traditional Valencian tapas paired with prizewinning wine from the region. This immersive tour allows you to experience Valencian culture through the sights, smells and tastes of the city.
The City of Arts and Sciences put Valencia on the map as a must-see tourist destination and is why Valencia is the city it is today. It was pioneering in its architecture and provides a total contrast to the city’s historic roots. Santiago Calatrava was the Valencian mastermind behind the buildings. Delve deeper and you will discover that this futuristic architecture has subtle links to the classic architecture of the Old Town. Imperceptible at first glance, explore the complex with a Sea Saffron host and they will explain the hidden homages and little details included by the architect.
Experience unmissable panoramic views of the City of Arts and Sciences and the surrounding region from Valencia’s highest rooftop. In the top-rated activity on TripAdvisor, Sea Saffron invites you on an intimate small group tour to explore the astounding architecture. After learning all the secrets of the city, ascend to the city’s highest private rooftop terrace with incomparable skyline views. In this unique setting, enjoy a menu specially designed to showcase the best of the region. Your passionate host explains the architecture as well as the importance of each tapas and wine pairing. Sit back and watch the sunset as you sample the finest regional wines and tapas.
No trip to Valencia is complete without entering the Turia gardens. The Turia is a park which stretches 9km across the entire city. Once a riverbed, this verdant paradise is now the perfect location for a leisurely stroll, energising run, sunny cycle or a relaxing picnic.
For the sun-seekers amongst you, the beach of Valencia is the answer to your prayers. A short bus or metro out of the city center, you will find Malvarrosa beach and the Marina of Valencia. With clear, refreshing waters and clean sands, engage in a game of beach volleyball or simply relax and soak up some rays. If you get too hot out on the sand then pop into one of the many bars and restaurants that stretch along the length of the beach to enjoy a cold glass of wine and some tapas. This is also a great location to experience one of the breathtaking sunsets that Valencia boasts. Yet another one of the Valencia sights ticked off your bucket list!
The beachfront is home to some of the most traditional restaurants where you can try some of the best paella in valencia.
The Marina is home to many tranquil spots perfect for soaking up a stunning sunset. During the summer months especially, the port is the perfect zone for any party animals. The area comes alive at night but is equally beautiful for a harborside lunch or relaxing afternoon drink.
As you can see, Valencia has something to offer everyone. Whether you are interested in the city's rich history or its more modern developments, you are sure to find something here to suit your tastes. In order to truly experience two of Valencia's most iconic sights, the City of Arts and Sciences and Valencia Old Town, discover a tour with the Sea Saffron team and see why we are the top-rated company on TripAdvisor. Sea Saffron seamlessly blend the best of the city's landmarks with an intimate gastronomic experience, showcasing the best tapas and wine of the Valencian region.