Valencia is a destination that holds many adventures for travellers seeking urban adventures, excursions outside of the city and opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking the Gulf of Valencia, it’s one of the most popular destinations for tourists seeking a taste of Mediterranean Spain.
Popular tourist destinations in Valencia include:
Parque Natural de la Albufera
Located just outside of the city, the Parque Natural de la Albufera is easily accessed through city buses leave towards El Saler, where tourists can enjoy boat trips to the pristine lagoon. Filled with unusual birds, lush landscapes and active fish, the park is a must-see for nature enthusiast seeking something different from the urban tourist destinations.
The Central Market
The Central Market is well known for stocking local cheese and wine, in season produce and local handmade artifacts. Located in the Plaza del Mercado, the Central Market is one of the oldest in Europe and boasts ceramic and mosaic accents throughout the architecture of the covered outdoor space. The market is open between the hours of 7:30 and 2:30, Monday to Saturday and is one of the premier destinations for local fare and souvenirs.
The renowned aquarium offers multiple areas where different types of aquarium ecosystems can be viewed. There aquarium is the largest in Europe and is located in the City of Arts and Sciences, making for easy transit to the popular tourist destinations. The popular destination boasts an underwater restaurant, impressive walking tunnels surrounded by aquariums and over 500 different species of fish and other life forms inside the structures.
Special activities include allowing visitors to become a trainer for a day, or sleep with the sharks – in addition to visiting the more than 45,000 fish and creatures that Oceanografic is home to.
Valencia by Bike
There are many tour companies available offering bike tours of the popular landmarks in Valencia and includes both the bike and helmet rental in the tour fee. Travellers can experience three hours of landmarks throughout the central Valencia excursion, through stops that include unique stores, medieval cathedrals, The City of Arts and Science and the unique landscape and photo opportunities available throughout the city.
The Plaza Ayuntamiento is one of the three main plaza squares in Valencia, and includes the popular photo opportunity of the tall fountains, surrounded by some of the most influential buildings in the city including the bell tower, post office and a hotspot for locals seeking a unique meeting place. A great place to immerse yourself in local culture, the Plaza Ayuntamiento features unique designs through the buildings and a place to enjoy warm and sunny weather on the grounds adjacent to the fountains. It’s one of the best places in the city to enjoy a picnic lunch.
With many places to see, things to do and new experiences to enjoy, Valencia is one of the foremost destinations for tourists from around the globe who want to experience everything Spain has to offer. Low cost flights to Spain can be booked from almost every European city, and dining out, hotels and entertainment in Spain are generally quite affordable. You’re almost certain to have a wonderful time!
About the Author:
Travel blogger Martin from Go Travel Spain shares these tips for things to see in Valencia. His site is a great place to get inspiration and ideas when you’re planning a Spanish holiday.