If you are planning to visit Las Fallas you will forgot to make time to do a little bit of sightseeing in the beautiful city of Valencia after so much party, for sure! Well, don’t worry! Here you have a short guide to help you see Valencia in only a day.
IN THE MORNING
The beautiful Valencian weather is perfect for breakfast on one of the city’s many terraces. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee accompanied by toast with olive oil and tomato spread and get ready to explore one of the most charming cities on the peninsula.
You can start your day at Calle Cristóbal Colón, the main shopping boulevard located in the heart of the city. However, since you only have a day in Valencia, you might want to direct your attention away from the shopping centers and towards the Plaza de Toros (the bullring) where you will stumble upon the Norte de Fondo Station, the place where all trains arrive to Valencia.
From the station, walk to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento where one of the city’s most beautiful buildings is found; the Palacio de Comunicaciones was a palace that is now converted into the city’s central post office.
If you head north from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento you will find yourself in the Plaza de la Virgen, a central area for the fallas celebrations. In this important square you will find the Santa María Cathedral, The Basilica de la Patrona de Valencia, The Virgin de los Desamparados, and the Generalitat Palace.
Don’t waste any time heading over to the historic Carmen Neighborhood to experience the Central Market and the silk auction which is often taking place there. By now, your stomach must be growling a bit. What a perfect time to eat! Outdoor seating on one of the city’s many restaurant terraces is highly recommended for beautiful sunny days.
IN THE AFTERNOON
All that sightseeing will surely leave you exhausted so the best plan for the afternoon would be to take a nice stroll by the water. Exit the Carmen Neighborhood through the Serrano Towers, as this route is sure to provide a fantastic view of the city. You’ll end up at the Turia Gardens, located next to the old riverbed of the Turia river and constructed after the big flood that inundated all of Valencia in 1957. Here, you will also find the Sea Bridge and the Palace of Music and Gulliver’s statue. We’re not kidding!
Keep walking to run into one of the architect Calatrava’s most famous masterpieces, the City of Arts and Sciences. Take a walk around this work of art and view it from different angles. It’s truly remarkable!
The city center is once again the place to be at night. Valencia at night provides a lovely atmosphere perfect for grabbing a drink in the areas with more nightlife like the Cedar Square, Tossal Square, or the Doctor Callado Square. Don’t forget that Valencia is a city full of university students making it the preferred destination for Erasmus students with both a bustling day life as well as night life. Take advantage of it! In summertime there’s no better plan than going out to boat parties. An unforgettable party experience!
If the party continues until morning, you can go to the beach to watch the sunrise. This is the best way to say goodbye to the beautiful city of Valencia. A must!
Photographs from Turismo Valencia.