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If you know that you are intending to visit a number of the sights during your short break to the city then it is well worth investing in a Valencia Card that provides unlimited access to the city’s public transport system as well as providing discounted prices and vouchers against entrance costs at a number of the main attractions. This will also provide you will further discounts in shops and restaurants as well as providing you with information about more things you can do during your stay.
There are so many places of interest to see during your visit to Valencia that you will find it hard to fit everything in. Some have been recognised by UNESCO as world heritage sites, such as La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Market) and as you walk around the town you will stumble across a others such as churches, monuments and old buildings that each has its own story to tell. There are also quite a few museums such as the Museo se Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum), the Museo Nacional de Ceramica (National Ceramics Museum) that provide a further insight into this culturally rich and diverse city, and all this before you even think about heading to the beach. Don’t be surprised to feel like you want to come back again.
Must-see attractions in Valencia
Plaza de la Virgen - The picturesque symbol of the city's historical Old Town, backing onto the equally impressive Valencia Cathedral. The plaza is home to some of the most important historical structures in the city including the Palai de Generalitat.
City Hall - This architectural treasure is the principal building occupying the Plaza del Ayutamiento and acts as the city's primary government building. There is an intriguing glass room and museum inside, with detailed engravings and sparkling chandeliers.
City of Arts and Sciences - Luxuriously bound together with lush greenery and water pools, this space age complex really is a city within a city. It houses the largest marine park in Europe, an enormous IMAX cinema and an interactive science museum.
San Miguel de los Reyes - This 16th century Jerinome monastery has acted as a Muslim farmhouse, prison and monastery over the years and was built on the site of the old abbey. Today, it houses a huge conservation library.
Plaza del Mercado - In this picturesque square you can visit the Silk Market (Lonja de la Seda) and Church of Santos Juanes, as well as the Mercado Central.
Mercado Central - This central food market is one of the oldest in Europe and gives a great insight into everyday life in Valencia. In a huge art nouveau building with bustling food stalls loaded with seasonal produce, this is a great place to pick up some local specialities.
La Catedral and El Miguelete - There are three main gates at the Cathedral all designed in a different style, the Irons, the Apostles and the Palace. Climb the El Miguelete Bell Tower to enjoy sunning views across the city.
Torres de Serranos - The 14th century Serranos Towers create the largest Gothic gateway to any city in Europe.
La Lonja - Valencia's 15th century silk exchange is one of Europe's best examples of Gothic architecture and is proudly listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Lavishly decorated and sparkling with life, it's one of the city's biggest emblems.
Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital - Built in the 13th century this is one of the oldest churches in the city, with impressive chapels and a single nave.