Valencia is a port city that is placed on the famous Silk Route that is located at Spain’s South-West. It has one of the biggest historic districts of the country, along with a great cultural offer. Worth mentioning is its local festivities, the Fallas, UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage, that this year is going to be celebrated during the first week of September as an exception, as they were cancelled in March 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19. Now with Wiber you can rent your car at Valencia’s airport and ride around this wonderful city. To help you out we’ve designed this 3-day route where we have marked the most relevant spots that you shouldn’t miss.
DAY ONE – “La Ciutat Vella” or Valencia’s city centre
Valencia’s city centre is known as “Ciutat Vella” or “old town”, and it’s the part of the city where the historic district is located. This means most of the city highlights are here, so we have marked the spots on the following maps together with their landmarks:
- Torres de Serranos, a part of the ancient wall that used to defend the city.
- Plaça de Manises, that holds a tower that used to be part of a church that was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
- Plaza de la Virgen, with monuments like the Túria fountain and the Cathedral
- Valencia’s Cathedral, that has a museum with Roman ruins underneath it, and a legend that talks about how the Holy Chalice is hidden here.
- The Virgen de los Desamparados basílica, where the virgin patron saint of Valencia is found, commonly called “la geperudeta” (the hunchbacked).
- El Micalet, the bell tower from Valencia’s Cathedral and that is called like that because its bell is called Miquel (Michael), the saint that protects the city. Climb the stairs to see a wonderful view of Valencia!
- L’Almoina museum, an archaeological centre that has Roman ruins for baths, other buildings, inscriptions, coins, and ceramic remainders.
- Santa Catalina tower, the bell tower for the church Santa Catalina Mártir, one of the most beautiful baroque constructions of Spain. In front of it you can find the Horchatería Santa Catalina, one of the most renown of Valencia.
- Lope de Vega square, where at its number 6 you can find the narrowest house of Europe, with only 107cm wide.
- Plaça Redona, where a popular market is held.
To follow up after a bit of resting, it’s a great idea to visit:
- La Lonja de Valencia, a building classified as Human heritage that is part of the Silk Route.
- Santos Juanes church, in front of La Lonja de Valencia, considered a Historical Artistic National Monument.
- Plaça del Mercat, where an ancient market from the Arabian era was celebrated.
- Mercat Central, with a great architecture and beautifully ornamented tiles that represent “l’horta”, the Valencian vegetable garden.
- Marqués de Dos Aguas palace, with a beautiful façade that you need to see.
- The post office, found at Plaça del Ajuntament, a classic example of Valencian modernism.
- The city hall, famous for its balcony where many festivities kick-off are taken place.
- Estació del Nord, the centre train station for Valencia with a modernist façade covered by orange fruit ornaments.
- “Tardeo” around the Carmen neighbourhood, so you can enjoy the urban art around you as you have a drink and chat with your friends on the many bars around it.
- San Nicolás church, known as the Valencian Sistine Chapel, because its vaults hold frescos that remind of the Roman ones.
- Torres de Quart, as the Torres de Serranos, are defensive towers from the ancient city wall. These hold cannon shots from over two centuries ago.
DAY TWO – The City of Arts and Sciences and a walk around Ruzafa neighbourhood
We recommend you start today by walking through the old Túria riverbed, so you can see the Gulliver Park, a monumental sculpture of Gulliver where kids can enjoy themselves with its sledges. After about 30min of walking, you will arrive to the City of Arts and Sciences, a highlight of the city that has appeared in series as HBO’s WestWorld or movies as Tomorrowland. And what is there to see?
- El Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía, where the Valencian Community orchestra has its home.
- L’Hemisfèric, the famous eye-shaped building, which is an IMAX cinema and a planetarium.
- Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe, the big building with a shape that reminds of a whale skeleton, holds inside an interactive science museum that kids love.
- L’Oceanogràfic, the biggest marine aquarium in Europe.
- L’Umbracle, the landscaped path filled with rosemary, lavender, honeysuckle, and other native species.
- El Ágora, the covered square where some concerts are celebrated.
When you are finished visiting all of this, we recommend you go back to the city centre so you can visit the most chic neighbourhood in Valencia, Ruzafa, filled with cute coffee shops and American-style bakeries, along with cool bars. This is possibly the best spot to finish your day and have a drink!
DAY THREE – Cabanyal neighbourhood, Malvarrosa beach and Albufera
Since on your third day visiting Valencia your feet must already be quite tired, we recommend for today you hop on your car and have a trip to some spots a bit further away from the city centre.
Our first stop for today is the Cabanyal neighbourhood, an old sailors’ district that hold modernist aesthetics as a surprise. Many of its houses are protected from humidity with ceramic tiles, which offers us beautiful designs to see. You should visit its Lonja de Pescadores, the Mercado del Grao or simply contemplate the houses around the streets of Sant Pere, La Reina or Escalant, enjoying the slow tourism.
After that, we recommend you walk the promenade for Malvarrosa’s beach and eat a panoja (ear of corn cooked with embers) while you see the artisanal street market. You can also sunbathe on the beach or stop by the Casa Carmela to eat a great paella. A visit to Valencia’s harbour is also a great idea, as it is the fourth with most traffic in Europe, and the biggest one in Spain.
If you are tired of the city, you should visit L’Albufera, a natural park located at a 30min drive from Valencia. There you should stop at El Palmar, a tiny village where you can rent a boat to navigate its canals and the lake and enjoy the sunset. Here you can also enjoy the Devesa del Saler, a sandy meadow with dunes that separates the lake from the sea, divided in three beaches with a Mediterranean forest of pine trees.
And we have already seen Valencia! We know the route we’ve made is quite intense, but we’ve done it so you can go back with a backpack full of memories and unforgettable experiences. If you come back for a few more days, we hope to find you on the road to share with you a new #WiberExperience around the Comunitat Valenciana. And if you already know it all about Valencia but wish to dig deeper into Spain’s beautiful city, we would love to have you at Mallorca, Málaga and Alicante.