What to Do
- Join the early morning hubbub in the Central Market, where you can participate
in thc boisterous play between shoppers and sellers enacted six days a week.
- Dare to climb the 207 steps to the top of the
Miguelete Tower ( 19Kb )
, the belltower of the
Cathedral ( 21Kb )
, from which you can visually conquer the clty.
- Order an aperitivo at the terrace bar in the plaza de la Virgen, the
city's natural salon behind the Cathedral.
If it's Thursday, you can witness a
session of the Tribunal de las Aguas ( 9Kb )
(Water Court), where for the last thousand
years local farmers have settled irrigation disputes on the spot in the local
language (12.00 noon, Gothic door to the Cathedral).
- Stroll around the ancient city centre, seeing the Gothic Lonja, the hexagonal
Tower of the Santa Catalina Church, the
Cathedral ( 21Kb )
, and the Palau de la Generalitat on your way east to the
Serranos Tower ( 44Kb )
overlooking the ancient
- Wonder at the unique Baroque-style
alabaster facade of the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas before entering
to tour the impressive González Martí National Ceramics Museum.
- Sightseeing at the port? Take a long walk on the long Levante pier, or take the
Golondrina boat for a pleasant ride to the lighthouse.
- On Sundays and holidays, come to the Mercaderes barrio next to the Central
Market and browse around the open-air market at the Plaza Redonda.
- No one will believe you on your return if you say you didn't have an authentic
Valencian paella ( 33Kb )
. Trying one is a must!
- Take an educational tour round the
San Pío V Fine Arts Museum. ( 20Kb )
leave, continue on to the Jardines del Real and enjoy a scenic stroll through
- Get into the swing at the 18-hole
golf course in El Saler ( 15Kb )
, one of the best courses in Europe, just a few yards
from the sea.
- If the heat and thirst get you down, there's nothing better than an original
horchata de chufa in Alboraya to pick you up. For a mid-afternoon
snack, order some fartons to dunk in this cool, refreshing drink.
- Wander through the Turia riverbed gardens in the early evening, but be sure to
arrive on time for a concert at the
Palau de la Música. ( 21Kb )
- Look around the shops and department stores in town and pick out some authentic
artisan's work to take home. Or survey the creations of Valencian furniture and
fashion designers. Don't forget to stop at the Centro de Artesanía de la
- Drive down to the lookout over the
Albufera lagoon ( 30Kb )
south of Valencia at sunset,
before the red and golden hues disappear into the night.
- Valencian cuisine will enable you to rediscover the culinary taste of
past epochs. Indulge in a good dinner, enjoying old recipes combined with new
- Visit the
IVAM ( 25Kb )
(Centre Julio González and Centre del Carme) and see
their important collections of modern and contemporary art.
- Mingle with the Valencians on their night haunts. When the moon is up, come to
the pub areas in the Malvarrosa, Cánovas or the Barri del Carme. Start
with some Agua de Valencia, but go easy at first if you want to last the
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