Top Ten things to do in Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain was by far my favorite city that I visited in Spain. It is the city that is famous for its original paella.  Here are a few things I would recommend that you do while in Valencia, Spain:

1. Eat Paella:Valencia is known as the city that paella was first originated. They are famous for their seafood paella. The best paella that I had, was definitely in Valencia.

Valencian Paella

2. Enjoy the Architecture:Take a walk through the streets of this beautiful city and enjoy some of the many varied styles of buildings. Even look down at the street itself. It is artistically enchanting.

A beautiful street view
Beautiful streets
Old Valencia
Entryway divider from old medieval Valencia to new Valencia
Walking through the city
Walking down city streets
Beautiful buildings

3. Go to the beach:Valencia had some beautiful beaches. We visited one with a cute little restaurant/coffee shop right by the seashore. The vibrant blue waters were alluring even though it was freezing while we were there in December. It was the warmest city of the three that I visited, but it was still not enticing enough to put my feet in the water.

Beautiful Ocean
Beach area

4. Visit the City of Arts and Science museums: As if the buildings themselves weren’t unique and beautiful enough they offer a unique view into the sciences and the arts. Just walking around outside of them you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There are themed displays that change periodically. When I was there they had a dinosaur exhibit. There were also student’s sculptures lining the walkways.  The science museums also include a marine mammal exhibit. Check them out! 

Museum artist sculptures
Outside the museum
The City of Arts and Sciences

5. Visit one of the many city gates: The Serrano Towers are the most famous, and these are the Torres de Quart below. They had a defensive function as part of the city walls and were a point of entry into the city.

Torres de Quart

6. Climb to the top of the bell tower “El Miguelete” Church and get a                          bird’s eye view of the city:

El Miguelete…if you can manage the 207 steps to the top, you can enjoy great views of the city.
View from the bell tower onto the Plaza
View of the city from bell tower
The bell the tower is named for, it weighs more than ten tons

7. Visit the botanical gardens:Even though we were there in December, which is notably not the best time for plants and flowers, it was still an interesting view into the type of horticulture available in Spain. There were also an abundance of ‘squatters’ in the form of stray cats hanging out in the garden. They didn’t always get along with each other, but a few of them were friendly to the visitors.

One of many plants
Botanical garden residents

8. Check out the local bull fighting stadium: Visit Plaza de Torros in Valencia. Although, I would never want to endure a bull fight in is a popular part of their culture. I would at least check out the stadium. There is also a bullfighting museum that is very informative.

Bull fighting stadium

Bullfighting Stadium

9. Visit the Mercado Central:Check out fresh local seafood, produce, and crafts. Spain’s version of an indoor farmers market.

Entrance to Mercado Central

10. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the park: Escape the crowds or rush of the city. Take a moment and chase the many pigeons.

Chasing the birds in the park
I thought this tree was amazing

Valencia has many things to offer and enjoy. I only had a couple of days, and wasn’t able to thoroughly explore the city. There are many things to see, smell, eat, and do. Take a moment and fully immerse yourself in the Spanish culture. I am sure you will find that the discoveries are endless. 


About Sunshine Stanfield

I am a 30 year old single female. I was born and raised in Chico,Ca. All of my life I have loved to travel. I needed to do something fresh and I moved to Germany. I spent the last year traveling and exploring Europe and learning amazing things along the way. I can't wait to continue my journey again and continue to meet new and interesting people and cultures. I love to share my experiences with others and show others that when it comes to new and beautiful things in life... the discoveries are endless.
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