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
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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 Saturday, the Mercado Central is open early morning through early afternoon.

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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
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    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This city square contains the Ayuntamiento (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 surrounded by fragrant flower stalls. And if you're in a shopping frame of mind, simply turn off one of the square's side streets: Many of the city's best shops line the adjoining streets.

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    Cathedral (Seu)
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    #4 in Valencia
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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 is open daily, though closed for siesta each day. Admission is free, but if you want to climb the gothic Miguelete tower or visit the Museo de la Catedral, you'll have to pay a small fee.

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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
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    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, 5, 6, 8, 16, 26, 36, 79 or 95.

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    Albufera Nature Park (Parque Natural de la Albufera)
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    #8 in Valencia
    Hiking and Parks, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking and Parks, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    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 in Valencia. Buses tend to leave every 30 minutes in the summer/every hour other seasons, from 7 a.m to 9 p.m.

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    La Lonja de la Seda
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    #9 in Valencia
    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    The Lonja 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 one, as was the norm in that time. Pay close attention to the gargoyles that crouch throughout the Silk Exchange: Their expressions range from funny to naughty.

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    Valencia Beaches
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    #10 in Valencia
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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 of Spanish wine at one of the many restaurants and cafés that line the shore. 

    Valencia's beaches, especially the Arenas and Malvarrosa beaches, are situated just minutes from the city center. You can get there by walking eastward on Avenida del Puerto, taking the tram (#4 or 6), bus (# 2, 19, 31, 32 or N1) or the metro (to Marítim Serrería).

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