Fine Art Museum of Valencia (Museu de Belles Arts de Valencia)#12 in Best Things To Do in Valencia
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If you're a fan of Spanish artists, such as Velázquez, Goya and El Greco, you won't want to miss the free Museu de Belles Arts, which also houses a sizeable collection of medieval paintings. Among its holdings are approximately 2,000 paintings and statues, some dating back to the 14th century. The building itself is also quite interesting. It was once the home of the Seminary College of Saint Pius V, which dates back to the 17th century.
Recent visitors appreciated the wide array of artistic styles on display (as well as the quality of the food at the on-site restaurant). However, a few said this is not a must-see unless you're interested in Spanish artists.
The museum is located on the northern bank of the Turia River. You can get there off the Alameda metro stop or on bus Nos. 6, 11, 16, 26, 28, 79, 94 or 95. Alameda and Pont de Fusta are the nearest metro stations. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance is free. For more information, visit the museum'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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