Explore Barrio del Carmen in the old part of Valencia.
Barrio del Carmen is a charming little neighborhood located right in the center of the main city. Walk through this Enchanting neighborhood and enjoy the scene of medieval houses.
Fun Fact: Barrio del Carmen grew enclosed between two walls, one Muslim and another Christian, in order to better defend the city. At first, Monasterio de Nuestra Señora del Carmen was built outside the Muslim walls in 1281. It was not until 1356 that the new Christian wall was built, leaving the monastery within the city limits and creating what we now know as Barrio del Carmen.
Visit the famous Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias y Oceanografico.
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A selfie is a must here. This is probably the most famous building in Spain after the Sagrada Familia. The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias y Oceanografico aka The city of arts, sciences and oceanography is exactly what its title suggests. You can go in explore the exhibits and see the animals. See the prices for each section here.
Go to the Natural Park of Albufera ( Parque Natural de Albufera)
It’s a bit out of Valencia, but worth the view.
Palacio del Marques de dos Aguas
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If Museums are not your thing, you might have to think again when it comes to Palacio de Marques de dos Aguas. This luxurious palace combines the style of Rococco, neoclassical and oriental elements into its design. The Palace is both beautiful on the outside and the inside.
Go to the beach
Valencia has tons of beaches to choose from. Some of the notable and preferred beaches are Las Arenas, La Malvarosa, El Saler, La Garrofera beach, and the Albufera national park.
Stop by the hidden round plaza (Escondida plaza Redonda) and take a picture
If you are lucky enough, you’ll find this hidden round plaza area in the center of Valencia. There is not much to do there but just mostly shopping.
Go to the Mercado Central (Central Market)
Visit la Lonja de la Seda
La lonja de la seda is one of the world’s oldest heritage monuments. It used to be a silk trading room, hence the name ‘Lonja” which means silk. Today it’s a monument and a museum.
Take a pic with one of Valencia’s street art figures
Valencia is a city full of many street artworks. One of Valencia’s well-known graffiti artist is David Lemon. He frequently changes the location of his street art, so you might have to seek them.
Visit Valencia’s hipster neighborhood
Ruzafa is known to be Valencia’s hipster neighborhood. It is home to the best tapa restaurants and the most interesting art galleries. Learn more about Ruzafa
Hope you found these tips useful to start your day in Valencia.