Choose from 20 Fun Things to Do in Valencia
Known for its jumble of architectural styles, Valencia Cathedral (also known as the "Seu") is also famous worldwide as the home of the Holy Chalice. While the cathedral’s dome and tower are Gothic, the main entrance is Baroque and some of the chapels date from the Renaissance.
Take a tour to learn more about the cathedral’s architectural history and treasures, or just pop in to pay your respects to the Holy Grail in the flamboyant Capilla del Santo Caliz near the main entrance. It’s claimed to be the chalice from the Last Supper.
The de Borja chapel boasts some lovely frescoes by Goya and the museum reveals a rich collection of vestments and statues.
For city views and a workout, climb the 207 spiral steps to the top of the octagonal Miguelete bell tower.
Valencia Cathedral is in the heart of the old city center on one of Valencia’s three main squares, Plaza de la Reina.
The grand Plaza Ayuntamiento is one of Valencia’s three main squares.
The stunning plaza has a fountain and patch of grass at its heart, and is flanked by some of Valencia’s most important buildings.
The bell tower of the neoclassical town hall chimes on the hour, and inside the opulent decor features marble and richly carved wood.
The post office is more like a theater than an administrative building, with a leaded-glass dome. The plaza is a popular meeting spot for local Valencians, and is the focus for fireworks displays during the annual Fallas Festival.
Plaza Ayuntamiento is the main square of Valencia’s old quarter, a few blocks south of the central market on Plaza del Mercado.
- The Oceanografic is a must-see for animal lovers and families.
- Many of the exhibits are outdoors, so don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- The entire Oceanographic is accessible to wheelchair users; free wheelchairs are available.
- English audio guides are available at the ticket office.
- The Albufera Natural Park is a must-see for bird-watchers and nature lovers.
- Guided tours from Valencia can last anywhere from 90 minutes to six hours, depending on the option you choose.
- Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a sun hat, as La Albufera offers little in the way of shade.
- Come hungry, and don’t leave without trying traditional paella in the very region where the dish was born.
- Offering one of the best views of Valencia, the Serranos Towers is a must for photographers.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
- Be prepared to climb about 50 steps (some without handrails) to reach the top of the towers; there is no elevator.
Valencia's fine arts museum, the Museo de Bellas Artes, is one of the finest in Spain. Lovers of Spanish art will swoon over the works by El Greco, Goya, Velazquez and Murillo displayed here.
Gothic art is also a highlight, including tempura paintings by early Spanish painters. Perhaps the gallery's most famous artwork is the brooding self-portrait by Velazquez.
The Valencia Museo de Bellas Artes is just north of the Turia Gardens, directly north of the city center. The closest metro stop is Alameda.
Valencia’s Hemisferic cinema forms part of the Valencia City of Arts & Sciences, southeast of the center of Valencia.
Buses run here from the center of town, and the Alameda metro stop is a 15 minute walk from the complex.
- The City of Arts and Sciences is a must-see for architecture buffs and families.
- Choose between a single attraction ticket or a combo ticket with access to the science museum, aquarium, and planetarium.
- Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and water, as much of the complex is outside without much shade.
- The City of the Arts and Sciences is accessible to wheelchair users.
- Bioparc Valencia is a must-visit for animal lovers and families traveling with kids.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a fair amount of walking.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- The entire zoo park is wheelchair accessible.