Valencia Cathedral#15 in Best Things To Do in Valencia
Located in the Plaza de la Reina, the Valencia Cathedral is probably most famous for its claim of owning the Holy Grail. Dating back to 1262, the cathedral was raised on the site of a former mosque and displays a number of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic.
Past visitors were impressed with the cathedral's interior, though they bemoaned the entrance fee. Others applauded the audio guide that is included with admission, saying it provided important historical context. Audio guides are available in a variety of languages, including English.
The cathedral is open daily, except from November to March, when it is closed on Sundays. Hours vary by season, but the cathedral usually opens at 10 a.m. and remains open until 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. When it's open on Sundays, it welcomes visitors beginning at 2 p.m. The cathedral is free to visit. Admission to the on-site Museo Catedral de Valencia, an art museum which features a variety of artworks and events, costs around 8 euros (or roughly $8.67) and access to the Gothic Miguelete tower, which offers remarkable views of the city, costs around 2 euros (about $2.17). The cathedral can be reached by bus lines Nos. 4, 5, 9, 19, 80, 81 and 94. For more information, visit the cathedral's official website.
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#1 Turia Gardens (Jardi del Turia)
The Jardí del Túria (or the Garden of the Turia) might seem odd to newcomers, seeing as how it boasts more than a dozen bridges built to span a river that's no longer there. One of the country's largest urban parks, Jardí del Túria was built after a fatal 1957 flood of the Turia river, which was then diverted over the course of the mid-to-late 1960s. Today, the gardens shelter orange and palm trees and rose bushes among the wide variety of flora. The park's facilities also include cafes, football (i.e., soccer) fields, children's play areas, rugby pitches, fountains, baseball diamonds, running tracks, skate parks and miniature golf courses. Predictably, the park is especially popular with runners and cyclists. It is also ideal for families with children.
The green space is highly appreciated by recent visitors for the range of activities on offer as well as the peaceful atmosphere.
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