Old Town and historic sights

This section highlights some of the magnificent monuments and historical buildings in Valencia Old Town and other areas, which define the city's unique persona.

Among our top suggestions is the famous Central Market, the Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda), the Towers (Las Torres) and the imposing Cathedral.

See all the sights of Valencia Old Town and other historic places to visit below, or choose a different type of attraction:

Plaza Redonda

What was once a fish market years ago, has become a unique "square" (it's actually round), and an ideal place for a stroll and some souvenir shopping.

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Miguelete Bell Tower

Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, Valencia Cathedral’s Miguelete bell tower hovers on the horizon of the city. A climb to the top of the Gothic octagon structure is well worth the effort as you are rewarded with wonderful views from this 167 foot (51 metre) tower.

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Colon Market

The Colon Market is another of the wonderful examples of modernist architecture on show in the city of Valencia, which shouldn’t be missed.

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Palau de la Musica Concert Hall

Since opening in 1987, the Palau de la Musica concert hall has been the centre of musical life and culture in Valencia.

Designed by architect José María Paredes, this magnificent building boasts a huge glass dome, which sits parallel to the river suggesting freshness, transparency and integration with the environment.

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La Nau Old University

La NAU - the historic building of the University of Valencia - is located in the heart of the city and houses a cloister well worth visiting as well as an historical library, an auditorium, assembly hall and 5 exhibition halls.

Built in the so-called Valencian Golden Age in 1493, it was first given authorisation to award degrees by Pope Alexander VI in 1501.

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Carmen Church and Old Convent

The Carmen Church and Old Convent is somewhat off the tourist trail, which makes it all the more authentic and attractive.

Today the church is in use and home to the Santa Cruz parish. The former convent houses the Carmen Museum, which is dedicated to temporary exhibitions and is connected to the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Patriarch Plaza

Patriarch Plaza is another great place to visit while strolling around Valencia city centre. While not frequented by tourists, it is well worth taking a look.

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