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Best Things To Do in Valencia

Valencia's three beaches feature soft golden sand and spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Visitors who enjoy spending time outdoors can spend their days strolling dozens of gardens located within the city or hiking the trails of the nearby La Albufera National Park. For the art aficionados and science fans, we highly recommend a visit to the expansive City of Arts and Sciences. Foodies looking for a real taste of Valencia should try sampling some fresh produce from the Mercado Central.

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#1
Central Market (Mercado Central) Free attraction
Shopping | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This is where local Valencians gather to do their shopping, though you'll find the atmosphere a bit different than ... read more»

#2
Plaza Ayuntamiento Free attraction
Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This city square contains the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), which is open for tours. Many travel experts say the Plaza Ayuntamiento ... read more»

#3
City of the Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)
Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Zoos and Aquariums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Open daily, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (also known as the City of the Arts and Sciences ... read more»

#4
Cathedral (Seu) Free attraction
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located in the Plaza de la Reina, the Seu Catedral is probably most famous for its claim of owning the ... read more»

#5
Fine Art Museum of Valencia (Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're a fan of Spanish artists, such as Velázquez, Goya and El Greco, you won't want to ... read more»

#6
Instituto Valencia d'Arte Modern (IVAM)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Spread across two buildings -- the contemporary Julio González Centre and a 13th-century convent, the Center del Carmen -- the Instituto Valencia ... read more»

#7
Bioparc Valencia
Zoos and Aquariums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Bioparc Valencia is a zoo, located in the northwest of the city. But this isn't just any kind ... read more»

#8
Albufera Nature Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera) Free attraction
Hiking and Parks | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: To commune with nature -- specifically 250 bird species and miles upon miles of walking and biking trails -- make a visit ... read more»

#9
La Lonja de la Seda Free attraction
Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) was built between 1482 and 1548 and is considered a great example of ... read more»

#10
Valencia Beaches Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're looking for a bit of R&R, the Valencian beaches are not to be missed. Bring your ... read more»

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