Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas (Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas)#11 in Best Things To Do in Valencia
The Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas is widely regarded as among the best instances of Baroque architecture in Spain. (It takes its name from a Valencian noble family.) When first constructed in the 15th century, it was a Gothic building; it was reworked in the Baroque style in the 18th century, when the ornate entryway was added. Some of the rooms retain the original Gothic look. Since 1949, when the Ministry of Education bought the building, it has housed the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics. The museum boasts the largest collection of ceramics in the country and features pieces from the 18th century to the present, including work by Pablo Picasso.
Recent travelers reported feeling awe-struck by the opulent architecture. Though the building itself may be what impresses people the most, the ceramics museum is also generally deemed well worth a visit.
The palace and museum are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours on Sundays and public holidays are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. Admission costs 3 euros for adults (or approximately $3.30) and 1.50 euros (around $1.65) for anyone younger than 18 or 16 and older. It's free on Saturday evenings starting at 4 p.m. and on Sundays. During July and August, it's open until midnight. The palace can be reached via bus routes Nos. 70 and 71 and by metro lines 3 and 5. 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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