When you talk about Valencia, most people will think of a coastal city in Spain that year after year hosts thousands of tourists, but Valencia is much more than that.
If you’re going to spend a few days in this city, you can’t miss out on visiting the old quarters, where the Cathedral, the fish market and the Central Market are found.
As far as the modern part of the city is concerned, the City of Arts and Sciences is a must, whether travelling with your partner, with family or friends.
And no doubt, a stroll along the famous beach Malvarrosa is a perfect choice at any time of the year, and don’t forget to stop off for a drink at one of the snack bars by the sea.
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Post Office Building
The post office building in Valencia was designed by Miguel Angel Navarro and the construction works finished in 1922. It is of a Classicist style and its picturesque old antenna that used to send telegrams is worth seeing. It is one of the most emblematic and eclectic buildings in the city. The entire entrance is a distinguished feature, which is a projection framed by two Ionic columns and a semicircular arch.
Where: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 24, Valencia
The construction of Colon Market (Mercado de Colón) in Valencia was commissioned to architect Francisco de Mora who was deeply influenced by Modernist trends. This is a beautiful building and a late example of the major European markets that were established almost a century earlier. In 2003, the City Council decided to rehabilitate the building in order to make it more suitable for current use. It now houses a commercial centre with plenty of shops and restaurants.
Where: Calle de Jorge Juan, 19, 46023 Valencia
Further information: http://www.mercadocolon.es
City of Arts and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia shows the city’s commitment to cultural tourism. It offers to the public five major spaces in a futuristic and unique architectural style: the Hemisfèric (an IMAX projection room), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Umbracle (a large exhibition area), the Oceanogràfic (the largest aquarium in Europe) and the Palau de les Arts (a multi-hall majestic building). The museum exhibition program is not permanent, but rather periodically renewed. The Hemisfèric is host to the only planetarium space where three different astronomical phenomena simulations can be seen, together with avant-garde laser shows (laserium) and films in IMAX format.
Further information: http://www.cac.es/
Albufera Natural Park visit
The Albufera Natural Park is an impressive natural area located near Valencia City. You can make a trip in a small boat and learn about the fauna and flora of this unique place, while appreciating its rice fields and observing migratory birds such as flamingos and storks which visit the park when the season comes. All vehicles that take visitors for a trip through the park are open-top two story vehicles equipped with multilingual audio system providing information in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese and German.
Further information: http://www.albufera.com/parque/content/informacion-parque-natural
The cathedral is the ‘Mother Church’ of Catholicism in the city of Valencia. The oldest and well-preserved remains of the building date back to the sixth century within the Roman-Visigothic period. However, the first stone of the current Gothic cathedral was only placed in the thirteenth century at the request of Bishop Fray Andrés de Alba. Moreover, some Renaissance-style features can be also admired in the ornaments of the chancel, in the silver altarpiece or in the “Lonja de los Canónigos” chapel. Traces of different architectural trends that date to between the thirteenth century and the twenty-first century can be identified in the building, making it a particularly attractive site.
Where: Plaza Almoina, s/n, 46003 Valencia
Tel: (+34) 96 391 8127
La Pitanza Restaurant
La Pitanza restaurant offers market cuisine in the heart of Barrio del Carmen in Valencia and they use fresh seasonal products. Try some of their rice dishes with mushrooms or young broad beans, or some eggplant rolls with balsamic vinaigrette, among other delights.
Where: Calle Quart, 5, 46003 Valencia
Tel: (+34) 910 963 927
Further information: http://www.lapitanza.com
La Amstelería Beer House
La Amstelería is a different restaurant, with beer taps at each of the tables. You can taste the classic paella, mixed fideuá, baked rice and rice a banda (a kind of paella with the seafood served separately) as well as a variety of tapas. They also offer a daily set menu. It is located in the university area at the entrance to Valencia, with excellent transport links to both downtown and to the City of Arts and Sciences.
Tel: (+34) 963 695 567
La Mora Bar & Restaurant
Located in the heart of Valencia next to the Plaza España square, this is the perfect place to taste some of the typical home-style Mediterranean cuisine. Although their specialities are “tapas & raciones” (small and full portions respectively), they also offer daily specials, rice or pasta.
Where: Calle San Francisco de Borja, 1
Tel: (+34) 813 963 959
Further information: http://www.lamorataberna.com
El Pescaito Frito Restaurant
This restaurant bears the nickname of the “king of tapas” in the east and south of Spain. They serve fresh fish and seafood brought directly from the most important fish markets and local markets in the region. Their specialties are Mediterranean grilled fresh fish platters and seafood platters.
Further information: http://www.elpescaitofrito.com/nosotros.html
Many people from Valencia agree that this is one of the best restaurants for typical Valencian paella. Guests can choose between different types of rice dishes accompanied by a fine wine: Valencian paella, rice a banda, seafood rice, spiny lobster rice or lobster rice, among others.
Where: Calle Maestro Gozalvo, 19, 46005, Valencia
Tel: (+34) 963 951 528
El Saler Shopping Centre
Located next to the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, El Saler shopping centre is one of the most important recreational areas in Valencia. Since being renovated in 2001 it has a more modern and attractive image, with 160 stores, a cinema with nine screens and a hypermarket.
Where: Autopista del Saler, 16, 46013 Valencia
Tel: (+34) 963 957 012
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00
Further information: http://www.elsaler.com
Going to the markets in Valencia
If you want to find all types of products, from fruits and vegetables to clothes, shoes, kitchen utensils, etc., the street markets in Valencia are highly recommended. Normally, the stalls are set up in the early morning and they are open until half-past one in the afternoon. The markets are held every day in a different neighbourhood of the city.
Plaza Redonda Market
Every Sunday morning, Plaza Redonda in Valencia is full of stalls that sell paintings, books, plants, leather goods, etc. It’s interesting to walk around and soak up the good atmosphere of this place.
Central Market of Valencia
The Central Market of Valencia is a Modern style building and only for this reason it’s worth having a walk through it. Besides that, here you can buy seasonal fruits or vegetables, fish, etc.
Where: Plaza del Mercado, 6, 46001 Valencia
Tel: (+34) 963 829 100
Colon Market just is like the Central Market of Valencia, is a sample of late Modern architecture in the city. Nowadays it is completely renovated and inside you’ll find cafes, a small shopping centre and traditional handicraft shops.
Where: Calle de Jorge Juan, 19, 46004 Valencia
Tel: (+34) 963 525 478
The Canovas area in Valencia is a great place to go out and suit all ages. Traditionally, it was divided into two areas; the upper area was reserved for the more mature crowd and the lower area for the younger people. This trend is now changing and more and more the two crowds intermingle..
The Carmen neighbourhood in Valencia is a good area to go out as it is highly diverse and you can find a multicultural environment. It is located in the historic downtown area and many homes have been refurbished as bars and pubs where you can have a good time with friends. Most establishments in the area close at three in the morning.
In the area around Juan Llorens Street you can enjoy pop and Latin music as well as all the dancing you’re willing to endure. People more than 25 years old usually go out here.
Blasco Ibañez is the university nightlife location par excellence. It is found just behind the universities bringing together all the students.
Fallas in Valencia
“Fallas” is the popular name given in Valencia to the fiestas josefinas (patron saint celebrations), which is a display of the city’s art and culture. This is the most international event in Valencia, where art, ingenuity, humour and satire are shown, which is the result of months of preparation of monumental cardboard figures (ninots) that are then set on fire in a marvellous spectacle. Therefore, this is the way that spring is received in Valencia. The winter days when the carpenters lit their workshops with a wooden lamp are commemorated, these lamps were formerly burned in the street the day before the Patron Saint’s Day of San José, and they were human-shaped and were adorned with rags. They have evolved into large figures that nowadays offer a unique and colourful spectacle. The Fallas celebrations are classified as an International Tourist Attraction.
When: March 15 – March 19, 2011
Festivities in honour of Saint Vicente Ferrer
One of the most representative events of this festival is the procession through the streets of Valencia carrying the city patron image. Children have a lead role in the procession. Most of them, accompanied by their parents, approach what was previously the Saint’s house, nowadays converted into the Chapel of Saint Vicente, where they are given “Pouet de San Vicente” to drink. The drama performances of the so-called “miracles” are also events that make up this festival.
When: March 16 – March 19, 2011
European Grand Prix – Formula 1
The European Grand Prix Formula 1 in Valencia attracts the attention of millions of viewers since 2008. The race takes place in the Valencia Street Circuit, a spectacular street circuit designed by German architect and engineer Hermann Tilke with a length of 5.4 km and a width of 14 m. Everything is thought of by the technicians of the Spanish and international racing federations to have the necessary security measures to celebrate this event, that for seven years will give an excellent reputation of Spain and the Valencian Community to the world.
If you plan to attend, it’s best to book as soon as possible as this event attracts many visitors.
When: June 24 – June 26, 2011
Further information: http://www.valencia-grand-prix.com/index.php?lang=es
La Tomatina is a rather surprising festival held in Buñol, Valencia. Those who attend will have fun taking part in a major battle where tomatoes are thrown at one another. At the end of the battle the cleaning process starts, where the participants are hosed down with water. This traditional celebration is held in August and in 2002 it was declared as a National Tourist Attraction. This festival has aroused such widespread popularity and interest that year after year the media coverage goes to the Valencian Community as well as people from all over the world to live the experience and witness this peculiar event.
When: August 31, 2011
Valencian Community Festival
The Valencian Community Festival is held on the 9th of October. This day commemorates the conquest of Valencia by Jaime I when it was in the hands of the Muslims. The highlight of the celebrations is a civic parade lead by the flag of the Valencian Community (La Senyera).
On the same day of the calendar Saint Dionis’ Day is celebrated, which is “Valentine’s Day” in this autonomous community. As a tradition, the so-called Mocadora or Mocaorà is given as a gift, which is a tray of marzipan sweets wrapped in a handkerchief.
Tourist Information Offices
Get further information from the tourist offices in Berlin.
Tourist Airport Information
Where: Arrivals, Manises, Valencia
Tel: (+34) 9961 530 229
Fax: (+34) 961 598 451
Reina Tourism Office
Where : Plaza de la Reina, 19, Valencia
Tel: (+34) 963 153 931
Fax. (+34) 963 153 920
“Ayuntamiento” tourist Information
Where : Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Valencia
Tel: (+34) 963 524 908
Opening hours: Monday- Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Port Tourist Office
Where?: ACCIONA station, Muelle de Poniente, Valencia
Tel: (+34) 963 674 606
Opening hours: During cruises arrivals
Language: Spanish | Money: Euro | Electricity: 230 volts at 50Hz | Time: GMT -1 | Country code: +34 Documentation: Passport or valid identity card required from EU residents. For citizens of other countries, a visa (exception: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zeland, Panama, Paraguay, Korea, San Marino, Vatican City, Singapur, Uruguay and Venezuela. The maximum time to stay as a tourist is 90 days
Tuesday 15 March 2011 11:55 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Categoriy: Hotelopia Travel Guides