Valencia top ten tourist attractions
For first-time visitors to the city, we offer a list of the most popular museums, sights and tourist attractions in Valencia. Find out the famous places to visit, from the Miguelete to the City of Arts and Sciences. This is the highlights that you can’t miss. The top ten tourist attractions.
Main sights and attractions
Plaza del Mercado: Lonja & Mercado Central
The Plaza del Mercado is home to 3 buildings of interest, the Lonja, one of the best examples of gothic civil architecture in Europe which is Patrimony of the Humanity (UNESCO), the Iglesia de los Santos Juanes and the Mercado Central, a colourful market in a beautiful modernist building.
La Catedral and Plaza de la Virgen
Each of the three gates of the Catedral has a diferent style: Irons Gate (baroque), the Apostles Gate (gothic) and the Palace Gate (Romanesque). The bell tower El Miguelete where you can enjoy amazing views. And the Plaza de la Virgen sits on the site that once was the Roman forum.
Torres de Serranos
The Torres de Serranos are considered to be the largest Gothic city gateway in all of Europe, and were constructed at 14th century by Pere Balaguer as part of the city's fortification. They provisionaly housed prison cells and served as a triumphal arch on many festive occasions.
Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital
The Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital is one of the oldest churches in Valencia, built around 1261. The temple has a single nave covered with a pointed barrel vault. Inside, you may contemplate the magnificent chapel of Santa Barbara with painted murals from the Gothic period.
Museo de Bellas Artes San Pio V
The Museo de Bellas Artes San Pio V is one of the most outstanding painting archives in Spain, renowned for its collections of primitive Valencian painters, although there are also works by El Greco, Velazquez, Murillo, Goya, and some archeological pieces. Located in a Baroque building.
Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti
The Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti is housed in a palace from 15th century and was refurbished in 1740 on rococo style with a magnificent alabaster entrance. Inside, you can find the 19th century rooms and a collection of tiles made in the Royal Ceramics Factory in Alcora.
Monasterio de San Miguel de los Reyes
The Jeronime Monastery of San Miguel de los Reyes was erected in the 16th century over the old abbey. The facade is in the Renaissance style and is framed by two towers with salomonic Baroque columns. The monastery also has two cloisters surrounded by arch galleries.
La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
The City of Arts and Sciences complex includes five buildings: Hemisferic is an IMAX cinema, the Museo de las Ciencias is a science museum, Oceanographic is a giant marine park or aquarium, the Palau de les Arts is an Opera House and the Agora is a multi-functional space.
El Puerto and La Playa
Valencia was hosting of the 32nd America's Cup, the international yact race, in summer 2007. Visit the Puerto and enjoy with the team bases, the house of America's Cup and the port sheds. After, walk by the promenade seafront in the Playa Las Arenas and Playa La Malvarrosa.
Bioparc Valencia is a new generation zoo conceived with the zoo-immersion philosophy. When entering the more than 100,000 m2 park, the visitor feels totally submerged in the wild habitats that have been recreated here: the Savannah, Madagascar and Equatorial Africa.