Valencia’s rich culture and history offers many sites and attraction for visitors to the city.
Along with the impressive parks, gardens and bridges, you will find a range of museums, the Valencia Old Town and historical sites.
With exciting attractions spread all over the city, there is something for everyone, including the famous City of Arts and Sciences, the Turia River Bed Gardens traversing the capital, and of course the new Royal Juan Carlos I Marina.
See below for descriptions of all attractions or choose by type of attraction:
The Museum of Fine Arts houses an impressive collection encompassing both Valencian and international works.
Works by respected Valencian painters such as Joan de Joanes, Francisco Ribalta, Espinosa, Vicente López, Sorolla, and Pinazo are featured, alongside artists of international fame such as Pintoricchio, Andrea del Sarto, Van Dyck, Murillo, Velázquez, El Greco and Goya.
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.
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.
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.
Valencia has plenty of culture on offer, among which many of the highlights are its great museums.
If you enjoy immersing yourself in art, history, customs and culture, then you’ll love the museums featured here. If you are travelling with your family, the Science Museum is a great option for the kids.
See below for descriptions of all museums or choose a different type of attraction:
Designed principally by Santiago Calatrava, the City of Arts and Sciences includes the Prince Felipe Museum of Science, L'Hemisferic 3D cinema, the Oceanografic aquarium, the Opera House Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, the Umbracle Gardens and the Agora building.
With its impressive avant-garde use of structure and space, Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences is well worth a visit for many of its attractions, one of which is merely to appreciate its architectural value.
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TIP! The Oceanographic aquarium is open at night for those who would like to sleep with sharks or swim with dolphins.
Located at the eastern end of the Turia Riverbed Gardens, The City of Arts and Science is surrounded by attractive walkways and landscaping with water features and lush vegetation. Interwoven ornate roads and shallow lagoons surrounding the buildings, provide great photographic opportunities.
For those wishing to visit the aquarium and museum, we recommend you spend two days, as there is plenty to see.
TIP! For the outdoor or eco-friendly types, why not cycle to the City of Arts and Science, or better still, book our comprehensive bike tour!
How to get there:
Bus: lines 19, 35 and 40.
Metro: Lines 3 (red) and 5 (green) to Alameda. Approximately 15 minute walk from the station.
Train: Catch a train to either Cabanyal or North Station (main station). City buses are available from both stations to the City of Arts and Science.
Bus Station: Cross to the other side of the river and take bus number 95.
Car: Underground parking available at the Umbracle.
Valencia is a cosmopolitan city with an array of cultural activities and art exhibitions.
As well as major galleries and museums such as the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) and the Museum of Fine Arts, you'll also find exhibitions in various art galleries around the city. While more modest, these exhibitions are equally interesting and worth a visit.
Some of the smaller exhibitions can be found in the city centre in an area forming a triangle between Calle Avellanas, Plaza de la Virgen and Calle del Mar. You’ll also find galleries in the suburb of Ruzafa and Barrio del Carmen.
We’ll keep you up to date with exhibitions in our Latest News section, in the mean time, be sure to check out some of these favourite galleries below. For more information please check the Galleries Association.
- Galería Luis Adelantado on Calle de Bonaire 6 - Rosa Santos on Calle de la Bolsería, 21 - Misterpink on Av. Guillem de Castro, 110 - Plastic Murs on Calle Denia 45