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 Ceramics Museum, which among others, houses an impressive ceramics collection, donated by Manuel Gonzalez Marti.
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:
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.
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.
This beautiful seventeenth century Baroque bell tower, with its majestic interior, affords a breathtaking view as you walk down Calle de la Paz towards Plaza de la Reina and the Santa Catalina Church.
Right next door, is the perfect place to try a typical horchata drink at one of the most traditional horchata makers in the city - the Horchateria el Siglo.
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.
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- Parks, gardens and bridges
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:
Valencia 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:
City of Arts and Science
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: (enter one the following addresses into GPS)
Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe - Avd. Autopista del Saler, no.7 - 46013 Valencia
Hemisfèric - Avda. Autopista del Saler, no.3 - 46013 Valencia
Oceanogràfic - Camino de las Moreras s/n. - 46013 Valencia
Umbracle - Avda. Autopista del Saler, no. 5 - 46013 Valencia
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:
- Galería Cuatro on Calle de la Nave 25
- Galería Punto on Avenida Barón de Cárcer 37
- Galería Luis Adelantado on Calle de Bonaire 6