The Old Town

Did you know that Valencia has one of the historically richest and largest old towns in Spain? Some other cities like Barcelona, Madrid and even Sevilla get more fame that this Mediterranean gem, but the word is already spreading, and Valencia is becoming increasingly popular among Spanish destinations: in 2015 it received over 4 million tourists!

Valencia’s rise in tourism is not surprising, though. Its charms could almost rival with Spain’s Mediterranean jewel, Barcelona: good weather, even better food, history, beautiful architecture, art, culture, party and beaches. Valencia has all the ingredients for a great vacation, and it may not be as big or have as many attractions as its eternal rival, Barcelona, but it has enough advantages to make up for it. It’s much less crowded (and that’s not a small advantage in high season, as Barcelona can be unbearably busy sometimes), and much more manageable… And it has the magnificent Turia Gardens, a beautiful green area that Barcelona would very much like for herself.

 

Valencia in three days - Day 1

If you’re travelling to this beautiful city, you’re in luck, because we have prepared a detailed itinerary to enjoy to three days in Valencia to the fullest. You’ll be able to visit every major attraction, to walk along the little streets of the old town, enjoy the sun and the food… And we even saved a day to visit Valencia’s most beautiful natural park, L’Albufera.

 

Are you ready to spend 3 days in Valencia? During day 1 we’re going to explore the beautiful city centre, where there are tons of monuments to visit and to learn from. We’ll start our tour in Portes de Serrans, two towers that were part of the city wall. They stand right next to a bridge, so it is a great spot to admire the beautiful Turia Gardens under it. Did you know that it is the largest urban park in Spain? It was built in 1986 where the river Turia used to be (it was rerouted outside the city after the 1957 Valencia flood). Serranos Gate is also the entrance to the old Town. We’ll continue until Plaça de la Verge, which was the old forum of the Roman city and is nowadays one of the neuralgic points of the city. Here you can see the Basilica de la Mare de Déu dels Desamparats, and right behind it you will find the impressive Valencia Cathedral or Saint Mary’s Cathedral, which was built in the 13th century in the Valencian Gothic architectural style. Valencian Gothic has its own characteristics, mainly a predominance of Mediterranean Gothic over French Gothic and influences of Roman architecture techniques and Flamboyant Gothic. The Valencia Cathedral is famous for its beautiful bell tower, known as Micalet or Miquelet, which is one of the symbols of the city. It was built in the 15th century.

Valencia en tres días - Día 1

On the other side of the Valencia Cathedral you will find Plaça de la Reina, one of the busiest spots in Valencia. From there, we can go to Plaça Redonda, one of the most charming spots in the city, an image that you’re not likely to forget: A perfectly rounded plaza completely surrounded by buildings, so you can only see it if you enter from one of the four doors that meet with the four cardinal points.

Our next stop is the Llotja de la Seda, another beautiful example of Valencian Gothic that was recognised as a World Heritage Site by the Unesco in 1996. It was a Commercial centre where merchants sold rice, stock, wheat, seeds, chocolate and many other products. Right next to it you’ll find the beautiful central market, a masterpiece of Valencian Modernisme. From there, we’ll go to the Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall of Valencia, where you can admire the historical Post Office building, an eclectic construction with Modernisme influence by architect Miguel Ángel Navarro. Our itinerary continues until the central train station, Valencia Nord, and the Bullring, which is right next to it, but it is far from over: in the other side of the city centre there are some other monuments that are well worth a visit! We’ll take Carrer de Xàtiva (which later becomes Carrer de Guillem de Castro), until we arrive to Torres de Quart, the other door from the ancient wall that still stands – remember that the other one was the beginning of our itinerary, Portes de Serrans. We’ll then go to the impressive Botanic Gardens, where you can see 20 different collections of more than 4.500 living species.

 

Valencia en tres días - Día 1

Here we end our itinerary for the first day in Valencia. Now you have a choice to make: you can either walk around the charming neighbourhood of El Carmen, which is perfect to grab a bite and a drink, or you can go back to the beginning and walk around the Turia Gardens.

 

VValencia en tres días - Día 1

Another option is to go back to your accommodation to rest, because we have a busy day tomorrow! If you thought Day 1 was packed with things to do, get ready for day 2… A whole other side of Valencia awaits you!

 

 

 

 

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At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.