Valencia Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Valencia

If you have extra time, Cathedral (Seu) is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Valencia
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    #1 in Valencia
    Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    This is where local Valencians gather to do their shopping, though you'll find the atmosphere a bit different than your local supermarket. One of the oldest food markets in Europe,Mercado Central(Central Market) is adorned with Valencian-style mosaics and filled with Valencians purchasing local foods from trusted vendors. Open Monday through

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    Plaza Ayuntamiento
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    #2 in Valencia
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    This city square contains theAyuntamiento(Town Hall), which is open for tours. Many travel experts say the Plaza Ayuntamiento is a good place to start off any sightseeing, as the square is filled with decadent buildings raised during Valencia's golden age. In the square's center is a fountain, which is then

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    Cathedral (Seu)
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    #4 in Valencia
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located in the Plaza de la Reina, the Seu Catedral is probably most famous for its claim of owning the Holy Grail. Built in 1262, the Seu was raised on the site of a former mosque and displays a number of architectural styles, including Romanesque, baroque and gothic. The cathedral

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    Fine Art Museum of Valencia (Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia)
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    #5 in Valencia
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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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 visiting the free Museo de Bellas Artes. Located on the northern bank of the Old Turia River, you can get there off the Alameda metro stop or on buses # 1,

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    Albufera Nature Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera)
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    #8 in Valencia
    Hiking and Parks, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking and Parks, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    To commune with nature -- specifically 250 bird species and miles upon miles of walking and biking trails -- make a visit to the Albufera Nature Park. Just south of Valencia, you can get there on a bus that departs from the corner of Sueca and Gran Vía de Germanias

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    La Lonja de la Seda
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    #9 in Valencia
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    TheLonja de la Seda(Silk Exchange) was built between 1482 and 1548 and is considered a great example of the late Valencian gothic style. Today, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly because of this style, but also because that style was applied to a secular building rather than a religious

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    Valencia Beaches
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    #10 in Valencia
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you're looking for a bit of R&R, the Valencian beaches are not to be missed. Bring your towel and beach book, and lay out on the khaki-colored sand. You also might want to bring some euros in case you get hungry for a dish of paella or a glass

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