A visit to the Plaza de la Virgin is central to Valencia. A must see when visiting the cathedral, the square is simply a pleasure to walk around or to sit down for a drink and enjoy this less frequented corner of the city.
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.
See all the sights of Valencia Old Town and other historic places to visit below, or choose a different type of attraction:
The Central Market is a display of Valencia's modernist architecture. With construction dating back to 1914, the building has been recently refurbished, displaying an impressive entry and colourful ceramic tiles.
Enjoy a guided visit to the market with a local chef on our Valencia Market Visit and Paella Class.
The Lonja de la Seda - or Silk Exchange - is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the most famous gothic monuments in Europe.
The Plaza de la Reina is without doubt, one of the hottest spots in the city. Come down to this square at Calle de la Paz and Calle San Vicente, just down from City Hall Square. With the Santa Catalina church tower emerging in the southwest corner, this pretty square is the perfect place to relax and taste a typical horchata at Santa Catalina’s two hundred year old cafe.
Built on the site of a former stately home, the existing palace was constructed in 1740. In 1954, the palace became the headquarters of the National Ceramics Museum, which among others, houses an impressive ceramics collection, donated by Manuel Gonzalez Marti.
This majestic building in Valencia's city centre boasts an impressive clock tower. The building's two annexes are joined and comprise the older 18th century “Teaching House” and a more recent 20th century construction which includes the facade onto the plaza outside.
The basilica houses the shrine of the Virgen de los Desamparados, the patron saint of Valencia.
Built on the ruins of the Roman forum, construction of the basilica began 1652 and was continually added to over almost two centuries, with its final completion in1824. This long period of construction gives the building its unique blend of architectural style including Baroque, Renaissance, Rococo and Neoclassicism.
These two sets of twin city gate towers are the most tangible remains of the ancient walled city of Valencia.
This beautiful seventeenth century Baroque bell tower, with its majestic interior, affords a breathtaking view as you walk down Calle de la Paz towards the Plaza de la Reina and Santa Catalina church.