Excursiones en bus, alquiler de bici y actividades en Valencia

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Explora Valencia al Completo en Tuk Tuk

¿Estás preparado para vivir una experiencia en Tuk Tuk en Valencia? ¡Únete a nosotros en esta increíble aventura! El tour comienza en uno de los lugares más importantes de Valencia, la Estación del Norte, en la oficina de TourismHub. Desde allí, comenzaremos nuestro épico recorrido turístico.

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Bus Turistico en Valencia

Un autobús turístico es una de las formas más emblemáticas de disfrutar de Valencia. Contemple las vistas desde la comodidad de su asiento mientras le conducen por las calles y sube y baja en las 17 paradas de Valencia, lo que le permitirá seguir haciendo turismo durante más tiempo.

Albufera Bus Turistico

Con el servicio Albufera Bus Turistic, podrá conocer el Parque Natural de la Albufera y disfrutar de un paseo en barco por el lago incluido en el precio.

Alquiler de Bicicletas por Día

Visitar Valencia en bicicleta es para muchos la mejor manera de hacerlo. Una de las características de la ciudad de Valencia es que es llana en toda su extensión, ideal para recorrerla en bicicleta. Vive la experiencia de pedalear por este bello lugar a tu ritmo y de forma sostenible.

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LAS MEJORES VISITAS Y EXCURSIONES

En TOURISMHUB le ofrecemos las mejores opciones turísticas para la ciudad de Valencia, aquí podrá encontrar las mejores visitas y excursiones que la ciudad ofrece

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Tourism Hub es una marca registrada de Noc Renting, S.L., que a su vez pertenece al prestigioso grupo empresarial Transvia. Nuestra experiencia nos avala ya que llevamos desde 1999 ofreciendo diferentes servicios turísticos en la ciudad de Valencia.

Tourism Hub es un centro turístico tanto físico como digital que ofrece las mejores excursiones y servicios turísticos para realizar en la ciudad de Valencia: desde divertidas visitas culturales en tuk tuk, alquiler de bicicletas, recorridos panorámicos en autobuses de dos pisos, visitas al Parque Natural de la Albufera y dispositivos de audioguía en alquiler para ser tu propio guía de la ciudad, entre otros servicios.

Nuestra experiencia, como transportistas y agencias de viajes, nos ha llevado a innovar y mejorar nuestros servicios año tras año, incorporando nuevos productos al mercado, como Valencia Bus Turístic y Tuk Tuk Valencia, y mejorando nuestra flota.

En el ámbito tecnológico, hemos desarrollado un sistema de audio propio, que nos permite ofrecer hasta ocho idiomas simultáneamente en nuestros autobuses turísticos.

Nuestros tuk tuks son 100% eléctricos para causar el menor impacto ambiental posible en nuestros recorridos y apostamos siempre por el turismo sostenible, promoviendo el alquiler de bicicletas como medio de transporte alternativo para visitar nuestra ciudad.

DESCUBRA POR QUÉ NUESTROS CLIENTES VUELVEN UNA Y OTRA VEZ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Adrian el guia fue espectacular, recomiendo la experiencia, distinta y a las ves muy novedosa. El recorrido es muy didáctico

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Muy recomendable. Hicimos un recorrido muy completo. Es una manera genial de hacerte una idea de Valencia. Nuestro guía Nacho genial. Nos dio un montón de información y fue adaptando el recorrido a nuestras necesidades.

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Ha sido una ruta muy chula...visitando lo mejor de Valencia y el conductor que nos ha tocado ha sido espectacular....mi niña lo ha pasado estupendamente.....desde luego que lo voy a recomendar ...

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Muy recomendable. Nos lo hemos pasado genial y hemos conocido cosas que no sabíamos de nuestra propia ciudad.

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How to get to aeroplane

The airport is 8 kilometres from the city, about a 15-minute drive on the V-11 motorway.

Metro lines 3 and 5 run between the airport and the city from the metro station on the ground floor of the regional flights terminal. The journey takes around 20 minutes.

City bus 150 takes you into the city centre in about 35 minutes. The bus runs from Monday to Saturday.

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How to get to train

Valencia has two main railway stations:

Joaquín Sorolla Station : High-speed AVE trains to Madrid, Cuenca, Seville, and Cordoba, and long-distance Alvia or Euromed trains between Valencia and Barcelona or other cities.  There is a free bus service to and from Estación del Norte for travellers arriving by train. You can easily leave the station by public transport: metro lines 1 and 5, bus line 64 and taxi services.

Estación del Norte : This station is mainly for local trains, known as the Cercanías network. You can easily leave the station by public transport: Metro lines 3 and 5, bus lines 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 32, 35, 40, 63, 70, 71, 73 and 81, and taxi services.

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How to get to boat

The Port of Valencia is about 5 kilometres from the city centre.

Many cruise lines stop here, mostly on routes to and from Italy and France.

There is a free transport service between the cruise terminals and the main terminal.

There are plenty of transport options from the port: bus routes 4 (to the city centre), 95 (to the City of Arts and Sciences) and 95 (to the beach). It also connects with bus line 30. 

How to get to bus

Valencia bus and coach station is in a very central location.

The following city bus routes run from the station: 1, 63, 79, 80, 90 

Metro line 1 connects to the rest of the metro network.

How to get there by road

The AP-7 motorway links Valencia to Barcelona and Alicante.

The A-3 motorway runs to Madrid.

During 2023, a large part of the city centre will become a Low-Emissions Zone, where driving and parking are restricted. If you plan to visit Valencia by car or motorbike, find out about the possible restrictions before your trip through your accommodation. 

Practical information

The main tourist areas can be explored on foot.

Tourist pass: Valencia Tourist Card can be used on the bus, metro and tram for 24, 48 or 72 hours, or you can choose a 7-day option without transport. Free entrance to some museums and monuments and discounts on leisure.

How to get around in metro/tram

The metro network operates from 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. during the week. On Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays, the hours are extended until 3 in the morning. 

How to get around in bus

Over 60 routes cover every neighbourhood in the city.

They normally run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m..

The night bus service begins at 10:00 p.m., at different intervals, on 23 lines (4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 40, 60, 62, 63, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 81, 92, 93, 95, 98, 99, C1, C2 and C3).

Take bus routes 24 or 25 or the Albufera Bus Turístic to get to La Albufera Natural Park.

How to get around in other means of transport

Taxi: easily identifiable white vehicles with a red stripe. A green light on the roof shows they are available.

Bicycle: an easy, unusual and sustainable way to get around the city. The city has an extensive cycle lane network. There are many bike rental companies, plus the municipal service Valenbisi.

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S itting on a beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast and bisected by a winding six-mile park that follows the old river, Valencia is a city that has seamlessly combined historic features and architectural elegance with the natural features it was blessed with.

Long overlooked in favour of the sprawling capital Madrid or perennially popular Barcelona , Valencia is beginning to show up more on the tourism radar. The city is happy for others to remain the dominant destinations, avoiding the overtourism that has plagued its Iberian neighbours and retaining its delightful balance of nature and city life.

A mix of palm-lined boulevards and tight-knit alleyways dominate its lively Old Town and the surrounding laid-back barrios . Gothic and modernist buildings add to an already abundant sense of Spanish charm, with the City of Arts and Sciences providing a dash of futuristic creativity.

Add in a refreshing lack of crowds, year-round sun and a gastronomic scene that belies its modest size, and Valencia has the ideal recipe for a weekend break (or longer). Discover the best of the city, but be sure to take some time exploring aimlessly, as you never know what you might find here.

Get to know the neighbourhoods

The Old Town, known as Ciutat Vella, is the heart of the city, linked by three squares. Start at Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the largest square in the city and home to the striking 18th-century City Hall, a vast post office featuring an intricate stained-glass ceiling and a daily flower market that has been operating from here since the 20th century.

From here, head north, firstly to Plaza de la Reina – the most scenic square in the city and a great place for a lunch, whether you fancy Italian, tapas or just sandwiches and crepes – and then to Plaza de la Virgen, which looks onto the cathedral and links the Old Town with the Carmen neighbourhood.

The city’s cathedral can be found on Plaza de la Virgen in the Old Town, known as Ciutat Vella

Carmen and hipster, international Ruzafa leave behind large plazas and well-known brands in favour of independent shops and hole-in-the-wall bars, hidden among a network of narrow alleys and cobbled streets. These are two of the main nightlife areas, though in the day they serve locals gathering for a quick coffee, a family lunch or a simple perusal of new stock.

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Explore by bike

Cycling is the most efficient way to see Valencia, helped by a proliferation of bike rental shops such as Hola! Rent a Bike and Ruzafa Bike Rent (prices from €7 (£6) per day).

Head to Turia Gardens, a park that runs along the bed of the old Turia River, which was diverted after a serious flood in the 1950s. It is now a winding route lined with palm trees, ponds and plant beds, with paths that lead down to the City of Arts and Sciences , the modern-day symbol of the city.

Head to the beach

Valencia’s golden sands and wide promenades are ideal for days spent by the sea, where visitors can rent seats and umbrellas for around €15 (£13) per day. Las Arenas and Malvarrosa are closest to the city centre and contain the majority of beach bars and restaurants, and the wide promenade directly links with Patacona, the quietest and least spoiled stretch, where locals enjoy colourful sunsets at a series of laid-back beach bars.

The fine, gold sand of Malvarossa beach is full of volleyball courts, fitness areas and a mixture of locals and visitors

Wander galleries and landmarks

Valencia is home to an eclectic mix of landmarks. The Gothic cathedral guards the Holy Grail that purportedly Jesus sipped from during the Last Supper, while the Museum of Fine Arts, the second largest gallery in Spain, houses works from some of the country’s most famous artists, including Goya, Velasquez and Valencia’s own Joaquin Sorolla.

The 15th-century Silk Exchange, a large Gothic complex, is one of the most important historic monuments in the city. Made a Unesco World Heritage site in 1996, it is designated a “masterpiece of late Gothic architecture”, seen in its spiralling pillars, cross-vaulted ceilings and marble paving, and harks back to Valencia’s medieval importance as a major mercantile city on the Mediterranean.

Experience Las Fallas

The Fallas festival is the biggest event in the calendar, taking place annually in March. It celebrates Saint Joseph and old carpenters’ traditions between 1 and 19 March, where the daily  mascleta  show of gunpowder and fireworks takes place at 2pm. On 19 March, the Fallas figures – intricate, often satirical plaster monuments that can reach up to 80ft tall – are burned, having been on show across the city in the days leading up to the event. Visit during this time to see the city at its energetic best. 

During Fallas, a festival which takes place annually in March, up to 800 monuments line the streets

Where to stay

For easy access to the main station and a short walk to the city centre, Hotel Zenit is a good option, with comfortable, contemporary rooms and a great buffet breakfast.

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The Melia Plaza is located close to most of Valencia’s main attractions, with a rooftop terrace that gives great views over the plaza. Rooms are stylish and modern, making for a pleasant stay.

The Vincci Palace hotel sits just off Plaza de la Reina. This Spanish chain specialises in elegant hotels and this outpost is no different, with opulent decor throughout and spacious, on-trend rooms. For price-quality ratio, this is one of the best places to stay in the city.

The Las Arenas Balneario is up there with Valencia’s most luxurious hotels. Sitting just a few metres from the beach, this glitzy hotel contains indoor and outdoor swimming pools, top-of-the-range spa facilities and large, elegant rooms with terraces.

Casual Vintage has rooms that are spacious considering the price, with decor inspired by pop culture of years gone by. Air-conditioning and a welcoming policy towards pets are a bonus, as is the superb Old Town location.

Where to eat

For breakfast and brunch, choose the delicious cakes and pastries of Dulce de Leche or a dish from Eggcellent , an independent cafe where the quality of the eggs benedict is second to none. Cafes such as Federal offer brunches featuring smashed avocado on toast.

For homemade tapas dishes and Spanish specialties, try Portolito , which serves exquisite tapas and more substantial dishes.

Central Bar is a local favourite, run by a Michelin-starred chef and shrewdly positioned in the middle of the Central Market, with a pared-back menu of around a dozen classic dishes, from blood sausage sandwiches to chicken croquettes.

Locals and tourists alike love the exceptional meats, mixed platters and homemade accompaniments at El Porteno . Alternatively, sample the deep flavours of the pinxtos at Sagardi , or the excellent mix of Spanish and international tapas dishes, from padron peppers to duck samosas, at the eccentric Cafe Infanta . If you’re looking for a wider selection, the stalls at Mercado de la Imprenta sell anything from bao buns to Lebanese cuisine.

Dozens of restaurants and cafes line the mile or so stretch of sand between Las Arenas and Patacona, including the famed La Pepica , where authentic paella – which contains chicken, rabbit and vegetables, not fish – is the highlight, and beach bars such as Destino 56 , which offer a wider range of international dishes washed down with delicious cocktails.

Where to drink

The standard of coffee in Valencia is excellent, from the quick takeaways of  Panaria  to the various independent cafes.  Horchata , a local tiger nut milk delicacy, can be sampled at the long-standing  Horchateria de Santa Catalina , in the centre of the city, for an authentic Valencian experience.

Several of the city’s best watering holes are a fusion of morning cafe and late-night bar, best showcased in the quirky, old-fashioned  Cafe de las Horas , where sangria is served until the early hours of the morning in a glamorous 19th-century setting.

Valencia has a slew of great rooftop bars too, from the panoramic vistas over the Turia Gardens at Blanq Carmen to the summer parties on the terrace at L’Umbracle, another part of the City of Arts.

The two tapas chains of Cien Montaditos and La Surena provide amazing drink and food deals, such as “everything on the menu for €1” on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Where to shop

The city’s main thoroughfare is the Calle Colon, which is home to international brands and Spanish favourite El Corte Ingles , a large department store. Nearby Calle del Poeta Carol is the place to find high-end brands.

The winding streets of Carmen and Ruzafa are the destination for vintage shops, small boutiques and Spanish favourites such as Natura , a chain that sells a range of clothing, home decor and everyday items. In Carmen, Calle Caballeros is home to clothing stores such as Solea and Luna Nera, while Ruzafa – where you’ll find a vast range of second-hand stores – is the place to go to find quirky souvenirs, whether it’s Sixties posters at Novedades Casino or handmade jewellery at Gnomo .

To live like a local, buy fresh produce at the Central Market . Billed as the largest fresh produce market in Europe, its modernist structure and patterned ceramic tiles have become a symbol of the city. A staple in the life of many valencianos , its stalls welcome hundreds every morning, hunting anything from the catch of the day to deli meats.

Architectural highlight

The avant-garde structure of the City of Arts and Sciences is the modern symbol of Valencia. A collection of buildings that houses Europe’s largest aquarium, the Palau de les Arts cultural centre and several other features, it was inaugurated in 1998, but its design and complexity remain years ahead of its time.

The local architect in charge of the project, Santiago Contralto, often creates works that resemble living organisms. The Hemispheric, which contains a cinema and planetarium, is designed to resemble a human eye, while the Science Museum resembles the skeleton of a whale. The complex is open daily from 10am until 9pm in high season.

The avant-garde City of Arts and Sciences – a symbol of modern Valencia inaugurated in 1998 – remains years ahead of its time

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What language do they speak.

Spanish, but many people speak English.

Should I tip?

Service charges are rarely included, and a tip of 10 per cent is appreciated.

How should I get around?

Getting around the centre is best on foot, though the beaches are an hour away. Many people use bikes, while the metro is well-developed and efficient for longer journeys.

What’s the best view?

The Miguelete is the bell tower of the city’s cathedral, with a terrace around 50 metres up (it costs €2 to access). For a drink with a view, the Atenea Sky bar has sweeping views over Ayuntamiento. 

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While the siesta tradition has become less prevalent in Madrid and Barcelona, hundreds of businesses throughout Valencia will close for an hour or two in the early afternoon. Avoid doing the bulk of your shopping between 2pm and 4pm.

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Top 12 Places To Visit In Valencia

Valencia

If you're looking for a holiday destination that offers culture, history, and natural beauty all in one place, Valencia is the perfect spot for you.

Situated on the eastern coast of Spain, Valencia is home to some of the most stunning architecture and landscapes in the country. From its ancient cathedrals to its modern City of Arts and Sciences , there's something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant city.

And if that's not enough, Valencia also boasts miles of pristine beaches and lush countryside waiting to be explored.

What Are The Best Places To Visit in Valencia?

Here are the top 12 places you won't want to miss on your visit to Valencia.

1.   Plaza de la Virgen

Valencia Cathedral

The Plaza de la Virgen dates back to Roman times and is one of Valencia's oldest and most beautiful plazas. In the center of the plaza is an elegant Neptune fountain created by Silvestre Edeta, a local sculptor.

The square is surrounded by several important buildings, including the Palace of the Generalitat. Across from there is Valencia Cathedral Catedral and next to that is the most important Baroque church in Valencia, Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Forsaken (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Desamparados). This church contains a beautiful fresco on its dome ceiling, painted by Antonio Palomino in 1703.

Plaza de la Virgen is a central destination and a great place to start your walk through the historic downtown. There are also several cafes on the square, so it's a great place to stop for ice cream or a drink.

2.   Catedral de Valencia

Valencia Cathedral

Valencia Cathedral , or the Cathedral of the Holy Chalice, is one of Spain's most unique cathedrals because it is a combination of different architectural styles. The site on which the cathedral now stands has been steeped in history for centuries; first as an ancient Roman temple, then as a Moorish mosque. Construction on the cathedral began in the 13th century, with renovations taking place in the 15th and 17th centuries.

Be sure to walk around the entire building and take note of the different architectural styles used on each facade. Truly, a very unique building!

The Cathedral is beautiful and unique both from the outside and inside.

The Chapel of the Holy Grail inside the Cathedral contains beautiful vaulting and star motifs. It illustrates a scene with the 12 apostles in Heaven as well as the coronation of the Virgin Mary. The most precious item is a reliquary housing the Holy Chalice, which is an artifact from the early first century AD supposedly used by Jesus during Holy Eucharist.

The Cathedral of Valencia also has a museum, the Museo Catedral de València. You can also climb to the top of El Miguelete (the Miguelete Tower) for a panoramic view of Valencia's cityscape.

3.   Mercado Central

Mercado Central Valencia

The Mercado Central is a beautiful marketplace built in 1928. The Art Nouveau building is adorned with stunning decorative ceramics ( azulejos) that are typical of the region. The hall contains hundreds of market stalls selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and food products from Valencia as well as other areas of Spain.

Stop by in the morning for a coffee and to watch the locals go about their shopping. And pick up some fresh fruit while you're at it.

My personal favorite is the fresh juice. There are so many fruit flavors to choose from!

4.   Torres de Serranos

Torres de Serranos

The Torres de Serranos, located in Valencia, is a grand fortification symbolic of the town. The structure represents one of the ancient gates into the Old Town and harkens back to a time when Valencia was surrounded by walls for defense purposes. These town ramparts were constructed during the 14th century upon Roman foundations.

The Serrano Towers have been restored to their original beauty and stand as a monument in the city. These courts not only offer an amazing view of the skyline but also transport visitors back in time. As you walk through the grand entrance, which is complete with Gothic details and shields from the city's coat of arms, you'll feel like you're stepping into another era.

Tip: Take the time to climb to the top of the tower. The entrance is free and you'll enjoy a beautiful view of the city.

5.   Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas

Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas

The Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas is famous for its luxurious exterior and intricately designed interior.

This 18th-century palace originally belong to a noble family, but now holds the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics, which opened in 1947.

Inside you will find over 5,000 examples of traditional pottery from Valencia and the neighboring area.

Additionally, there are many other fascinating pieces on display such as ancient Greek, Roman, and Arab pottery; as well as delicate porcelain originating from the Silk Route in China or Japan.

The collection also has some amazing modern art, including some of Picasso's works.

6.   Museo de Bellas Artes

Museum of Arts Valencia

The Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia is Spain's second-largest art gallery. The museum displays art from the 15th to 19th centuries, including works by important Valencian painters like Joaquín Sorolla and Francisco de Goya.

For any art lover, this is a must-see stop.

Gothic art lovers will be especially impressed, as there are several rooms containing artwork in that style. For a deeper understanding of the Valencian school, I recommend taking a look at the works of Pinazo and Benlliure included in the collection. This will give you an interesting look into the city's culture and rich art and historical tradition.

In addition to its outstanding Renaissance paintings--with Valencia being the point where this style entered Spain--the museum also features important works by Velázquez.

7.   Bioparc Valencia

BioParc Valencia

At Valencia's zoo , the landscape of the park simulates native habitats as closely as possible to provide animals with the best environment.

Rather than separating different species, they exist together as if in their natural environments. For example, lions, giraffes, antelopes, and rhinoceros all live together on the savannah just like they would in nature. Gorillas live amongst the dense trees of an equatorial forest while hippopotami and crocodiles take refuge in the water to cool down.

The zoo is known for its large collection of African animals and its focus on sustainability.

8. La Lonja de la Seda

Lonja De La Seda Valencia

The Silk Exchange buildings are one of the hidden gems of Valencia many tourists miss.

The collection of buildings, constructed between 1482 and 1533, was once used for trading silk (thus its name, the Silk Exchange). It has always been a hub for commerce and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site .

The grandiose Contract or Trading Hall illustrates the prosperity and power of a major trading city in southern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. The architecture is an exemplary example of the late Gothic style and is well worth a visit.

9.  Plaza Redonda

Plaza Redonda Valencia

The Plaza Redonda, designed by Salvador Escrig Melchor in 1840, is one of Valencia's enchanting tourist attractions.

You can browse small stalls selling lace, embroidery, fabrics, and Valencian souvenirs while surrounded by traditional craft shops.

If you stand by the fountain in the center, you can take in the beautiful view of Santa Catalina's Late Baroque bell tower. The three-story building is capped off with a magnificent structure, which offers visitors a wonderful sight to behold.

10. Horchaterías de Santa Catalina

Horchateria Santa Catalina

Horchata, a sweet drink that resembles milk, is very popular in Valencia. It's made of chufas--tiger nuts that originally come from Egypt but now are grown in Alboraya (located in the province of Valencia).

Oftentimes, you can get a farton (a sweet pastry) with your horchata in Valencia--and it's the perfect combination! This was my favourite combination.

Horchaterías de Santa Catalina located around the corner from Plaza Redonda is a beautiful cafe designed in the Art Nevou style and the perfect place to stop for a refreshing horchata.

11. Turia Park

Turia Park Valencia

If you're looking for a breathtaking place to take a walk or go on a run, the Turia Garden is your perfect spot.

This urban park in Spain crosses 18 bridges and boasts 9 kilometers of gorgeous green space. As a bonus, it's also full of historical landmarks and runs by some of the city's most popular museums.

Interesting fact: The gardens were once the riverbed of the Turia. After many flooding incidents, the river's course was changed to prevent future floods. This is why you'll still see many bridges throughout the park.

So if you're a runner, cyclist, nature enthusiast, or just looking for a beautiful place to relax with your family, the Turia Garden should be at the top of your list!

12. La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències de València

Reina Sofia Arts Centre

The City of Arts and Sciences is an incredible cultural and scientific center located in Valencia. The complex, which stretches two kilometers along the Turia River, was designed by world-renowned architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.

The Ciudad complex is divided into six sections: the Hemisfèric IMAX Cinema, which screens 3-D digital films and serves as a planetarium; the Umbracle landscaped area with stunning views; The interactive museum of Science, environment, and Technology known as Museu de les Ciències; Europe's largest aquarium, Oceanogràfic; Palau de les Arts opera house; and lastly, Ágora concert space.

A contrast to the historic downtown, this avant-garde complex is worth a visit.

Wrapping Up And My Experience In Valencia

Valencia is a beautiful and historic city with plenty to see and do. From its stunning cathedrals to its modern architecture, there's something for everyone. And of course, let's not forget the delicious food!

I spent a week here in the summer of 2022 and would have gladly extended my stay. The city is easy to navigate and the people are friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend a visit to Valencia, whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly holiday.

From exploring Valencia's rich history to its exciting present, you're sure to have a wonderful time.

Have you been to Valencia? What was your favourite part of the city? Let us know in the comments below.

This travel experience was kindly contributed by Alisa Goz ,  a digital nomad, travel blogger, and passionate life-long learner.

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In a dreamy seaside setting, this balmy Mediterranean port town lives up to the local saying "a piece of heaven fallen to earth." Under the warm rays of the southern sun, Valencia's palm-fringed plazas are full of life, and its churches sparkle with brightly colored azulejo domes.

As the old capital of the kingdom of Valencia, the city is rich in cultural attractions. Magnificent historic monuments, such as the 15th-century Silk Exchange, the 18th-century Marquise Palace, and the Museum of Fine Arts, tell the story of a wealthy merchant and aristocratic past.

Valencia has a charming historic center, the Ciutat Vella (Old Town), but the city has entered the 21st century with gusto. The sleek Modern Art Institute, along with the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences immerse visitors into a brave new world of artistic and scientific discovery.

Learn about the best places to visit with our guide to the top attractions and things to see and do in Valencia, Spain.

1. La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

2. las fallas festival, 3. oceanogràfic de valència, 4. la lonja de la seda, 5. go shopping at mercado central, 6. iglesia de san nicolás de bari y san pedro mártir de valència, 7. admire the catedral de valència, 8. plaza de la virgen, 9. iglesia de santo tomás y san felipe neri, 10. meet the animals at bioparc valència, 11. museo arqueológico de la almoina, 12. palacio del marqués de dos aguas (ceramics museum), 13. museo nacional de bellas artes de valència, 14. institut valència d'art moderne, 15. torres de serranos (ancient town gate), 16. spend a day at playa del saler, 17. day trip to the medieval town of requena, where to stay in valencia for sightseeing, map of tourist attractions in valencia, valencia, spain - climate chart.

La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

You can discover the fascinating world of arts and sciences at this futuristic complex on the outskirts of Valencia. La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (The City of Arts and Sciences) is one of Europe's most impressive centers dedicated to cultural and scientific exhibitions.

In a two-kilometer space along the Turia River, the complex includes several stunning examples of avant-garde architecture designed by architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.

The Ciudad complex has six main areas: the Hemisfèric IMAX Cinema , which screens 3-D digital films and serves as a planetarium; the Umbracle landscaped area that features shaded walkways; the Museu de les Ciències , an interactive museum with exhibits about science, the environment, and technology; the Oceanogràfic , Europe's largest aquarium; the Palau de les Arts opera house; and the Ágora concert space.

The City of Arts and Sciences also hosts conferences, exhibitions, and workshops related to science and art topics.

Address: 7 Avenida del Professor López Piñero, València

Official site: http://www.cac.es/en/home.html

Las Fallas Festival

Valencia is one of the best places to visit in March . For over two weeks during the month of March, the city becomes a scene of joyous celebration during the Fiesta de San José (Feast Day of Saint Joseph), a lively religious festival that brims with creative spirit and interesting things to do. The festival includes traditional music and food (paella), a parade, fireworks, and unique art exhibits.

This festival is known for its creative installations called fallas , large floats featuring figures made of papier-mâché. These creations are set up in the streets and then burned at midnight on the last day of the fiesta. The custom originated in the Middle Ages, when carpenters and other craftsmen would burn leftover scraps of wood and other materials on the feast of Saint Joseph.

The Museo Fallero (Fallas Museum) on Plaza Monteolivete offers a chance to see the ninots (figures) that have been created over the years. It is interesting to see how the ninots have evolved with technology, from early wax figures dressed in real clothes to cartoon-like modern figures made of papier-mâché and most recently of polystyrene.

Address: Plaza Monteolivete 4, València

Oceanogràfic de Valencia

This striking building designed by architect Félix Candela as part of The City of Arts and Sciences houses the largest aquarium in Europe .

It is actually a complex of several buildings, each dedicated to one of the earth's most important marine ecosystems and environments: Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical, Oceans, Mediterranean, Antarctic, Arctic and Islands, and the Red Sea.

More than 500 different marine species are represented by 45,000 sea creatures, visible in nine towers that allow viewing as though you are underwater. The most dramatic of these is the tunnel, where you walk surrounded on both sides and overhead by swimming sharks.

Some of the most popular things to see are the beluga whales, sea lions, walruses, penguins, seals, sea turtles, and dolphins. Along with watching the sea life, you can experience mangrove swamps, marshlands, kelp forests, and other wetland environments with their native plant species.

If you're looking for something special to do, enjoy a meal at the Submarine Restaurant within the Oceanogràfic de Valencia building. The dining room is surrounded by a circular aquarium and features a chandelier that looks like a swarm of jellyfish. The menu focuses on modern-fusion cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. The restaurant serves lunch every day and dinner Monday through Saturday.

The Oceanogràfic de Valencia is open every day year-round. You can purchase combined tickets for admission to the Oceanogràfic aquarium and the Museu de les Ciències or the Hemisfèric.

Address: 1 Carrer d'Eduardo Primo Yúfera, València

Official site: https://www.oceanografic.org/en/

La Lonja de la Seda

This magnificent Gothic structure was built in the 15th century to house the city's Silk Exchange , the marketplace where the famous Valencian silk was traded with merchants (to be sold all over Europe). The monument is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

One of the finest examples of Gothic civil architecture in Europe, La Lonja de la Seda resembles a medieval castle with its crenellated exterior and formidable tower. The façade features richly decorated doorways, decorative windows, and gargoyles (the grotesque carved creatures that function as water spouts). The main hall has rich stellar vaulting borne on twisted columns.

You can climb the 144 stone steps of the tower's helical staircase. From the top of the tower, the views of the town are stunning. This attraction is open to the public daily (except Mondays).

Address: Plaza del Mercado, València

Mercado Central

Just steps away from La Lonja de la Seda, the Mercado Central ( Central Market ) is a spacious marketplace built in 1928.

The Art Nouveau building is lavishly adorned with azulejos, decorative ceramics typical of the region. The hall contains hundreds of market stalls where vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and food products from the Valencia region, as well as other areas of Spain.

The Iglesia de los Santos Juanes , a lovely historic church, is found on the Plaza del Mercado immediately next to the Mercado Central. This National Historic and Artistic Monument was built between the 14th and 16th centuries on the site of a hermitage church that replaced an old mosque.

While the interior is Gothic in style, the exquisite Baroque façade was designed by Vicente García in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Gorgeous frescos grace the interior's vaulted ceiling; the fresco paintings were created by Antonio Palomino in 1700.

Address: Plaza de la Ciutat de Bruges, València

Official site: https://www.mercadocentralvalencia.es/

Frescoes at St. Nicholas of Bari and St. Peter the Martyr Church

This church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari and St. Peter the Martyr was founded in the 13th century on the site of a Roman sanctuary. The Romanesque church was renovated in the Gothic style in the 15th century, and its interior was finished in the 1690s in the Baroque style.

Although the exterior is quite simple and somber, the church has a sumptuous interior that is one of the most ornate of all Valencia's churches. The sanctuary features breathtaking wall and ceiling frescoes designed by Antonio Palomino, while the actual painting was completed by Dionis Vidal. The frescoes represent scenes from the lives of Saint Nicholas and Saint Peter Martyr.

With its lavish frescoes and sculptural embellishments, this church is a gem of Baroque art and is sometimes compared to the Sistine Chapel in Rome . The impressive scale of the ceiling frescoes is unique in the world.

Address: 35 Calle de los Caballeros, València

Valencia Cathedral

The Catedral de València (Catedral del Santo Cáliz) stands out as one of the most unusual cathedrals in Spain owing to its mishmash of architectural styles. Originally this location was the site of an ancient Roman temple and then a Moorish mosque.

At this spot that is steeped in history, the cathedral was constructed beginning in the 13th century. Renovations were made in the 15th century and 17th century.

The exterior combines original Romanesque architectural elements with sculptural details added later in the Middle Ages. Spend some time admiring the façade before entering the cathedral. The splendid Puerta del Palau doorway dates to the Romanesque era, while the Puerta de los Apóstoles (Apostles' Doorway) dates from the 15th century.

The interior has an inspiring ambience with its majestic domed ceiling and a rose window illuminating the space. Dazzling in its Gothic splendor, the somber high-vaulted nave is embellished with Renaissance paintings and elegant Baroque art. The various chapels are adorned with masterpieces of art, including paintings by Goya and a crucifix by Alonso Cano.

A highlight of the sanctuary is the Chapel of the Holy Grail (Capilla del Santo Cáliz), with delicate vaulting and star motifs. This chapel illustrates a scene of the 12 apostles in Heaven and the coronation of the Virgin Mary. The most sacred object is a reliquary containing the Holy Chalice, an artifact from the first century CE said to be the goblet that Jesus used to perform the Holy Eucharist.

The Cathedral of Valencia also has a museum, the Museo Catedral de València , which displays a prestigious collection of religious art. A variety of styles from different time periods (Gothic, Renaissance, etc.) are on display. The museum boasts many exceptional artworks including paintings by Mariano Salvador Maella and Francisco de Goya.

In addition to visiting the interior of the cathedral and the cathedral museum, you may ascend El Miguelete (the Miguelete Tower) to admire superb views. The 207-step climb to the top of the tower rewards with panoramic vistas of Valencia's cityscape.

The Cathedral of Valencia and the Cathedral Museum can be visit with an admission fee, which includes an audio-guide with various language options. Both the cathedral and its museum are open to the public year-round every day (except for Sundays during wintertime). The Miguelete Tower is open daily year-round; admission requires a small entrance fee.

Address: Plaza de l'Almoina, València

Official site: http://www.catedraldevalencia.es/en/

Neptune Fountain on the Plaza de la Virgen

Overlooking the cathedral, the Plaza de la Virgen is among the oldest (it dates to Roman times) and loveliest of Valencia's many plazas.

The graceful Neptune fountain at the center of the Plaza de la Virgen is the work of Valencia sculptor Silvestre Edeta. Lighted at night, it's a favorite meeting place among locals.

The square is bordered by several landmark buildings. Across the square is the Palace of the Generalitat and next to the Catedral de València is the Real Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados , the most important (and also the first) Baroque church in Valencia. This church is renowned for its magnificent fresco on the dome ceiling that was painted by Antonio Palomino in 1701 and is considered a masterpiece of Spanish Baroque art.

Iglesia de Santo Tomás y San Felipe Neri

With its dazzling blue-tiled dome, this beautiful church exemplifies the characteristic Mediterranean style of Valencia. Built in 1725, the Church of Saint Thomas and Saint Philip was listed as a National Historic Monument in 1982.

The church has a fancifully decorated Baroque façade, and the architectural layout was modeled after the much-imitated Il Gesú church in Rome . The breathtaking interior has a spacious central nave lined with numerous side chapels.

Catholic mass is held at the church daily. The monument is not open to the public for visit, but tourists may attend a mass to see the lovely sanctuary.

Address: Plaza de San Vicente Ferrer, València

Elephants at Bioparc

Valencia's zoo covers 25 acres north of the park created by the diversion of the River Turia's course. The landscape was created to house animals in as close to their native habitats as possible, and the zoo is especially known for its large collection of African animals.

The environment is designed so that you immediately feel as though you have been transported to Africa as they view animals almost barrier-free in landscapes typical to the savannah, Madagascar, and equatorial Africa.

Instead of separating different species, they coexist as they would in their native environments. On the savannah, for example, lions, giraffes, antelopes, and rhinoceros all live together as they do in the wild. Gorillas inhabit a dense equatorial forest, while hippopotami and crocodiles cool in the water.

Bioparc is actively committed to sustainability of resources and to wildlife conservation, using solar panels to heat water, and recycling more than 95 percent of it.

Address: 3 Avenida Pío Baroja, València

Museo Arqueológico de la Almoina

Beneath a sleek modern building across from the cathedral, La Almoina Archaeological Museum offers a glimpse of the civilizations that have contributed to Valencia's heritage. Discovered during excavations between 1985 and 2005 are well-preserved remains of the first settlement here by the Romans, more than 2,000 years ago.

There are remnants (dating to the 2nd century CE) of the Roman baths and streets, including a sanctuary, part of the forum portico. A baptistery and the apse of a church are from early Christian times. The era of Moorish rule is revealed in vestiges of a courtyard, pool, and fortifications from the Alcázar of the old Muslim city.

Together with historic pottery and other artifacts found underneath modern Valencia, the excavated area is considered one of Europe's best archaeological sites . The ancient ruins are covered with plexiglass to allow for easy viewing, and walking paths are lined with railings for a pleasant experience.

Address: Plaza Décimo Junio Bruto, València

Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas (Ceramics Museum)

Near the Església de Sant Martí (Church of San Martín) is the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas, an 18th-century aristocratic palace that belonged to a prominent noble family. The palace is renowned for its opulently decorated façade and refined, ornately decorated interior.

The palace now houses the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics , which opened in 1947. The museum presents more than 5,000 examples of traditional pottery from Valencia and the surrounding area, azulejos (blue glazed ceramic) from Teruel, and faience (glazed earthenware) from Toledo and Seville.

Other interesting items on display include ancient Greek, Roman, and Arab pottery; and fine porcelain from the Silk Route (China) and Japan. The collection also contains modern pieces, including works by Picasso, and contemporary items.

A highlight of the collection is the fully-equipped 19th-century Valencian kitchen featuring traditional tiles.

The González Martí National Museum of Ceramics is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Address: 2 Calle Poeta Querol, València

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Valencia

The National Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful place to discover the artistic heritage of the Valencia region.

The museum displays archeological findings, paintings, and sculptures, from the medieval period to the 20th century. Much of the art collection represents medieval religious paintings created by Valencian artists or works created for Valencia churches.

Among the museum's most precious works are the 14th-century altarpiece of Fray Bonifacio Ferrer (a Valencian friar) and a triptych of the Passion by Hieronymus Bosch. The assortment of 16th- to 19th-century Spanish paintings is also interesting.

Highlights of the Valencian painting collection are the Last Supper and Saint Bruno by Francisco Ribalta and Saint Jerome by Jusepe de Ribera. Other Spanish masters represented include Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, El Greco, Francisco de Goya and Luis de Morales.

Adjoining the Museum of Art is the Jardines del Real , a peaceful green space filled with statues, fountains, and walking paths.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free of charge.

Address: 9 Calle San Pío V, València

Institut València d'Art Moderne

Housed in a surprising space-age building, the Valencia Institute of Modern Art is dedicated to the avant-garde art of the 20th century. The permanent collection covers all movements of modern and avant-garde art, including Analytical Abstraction, Pop Art, and New Figurative.

The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures, and workshops. In striking contrast to the modern building, an underground room of the museum reveals ruins of Valencia's medieval city wall. The archeological remains were uncovered during construction of the museum.

Well-designed for visitors, the museum has a trendy casual restaurant, Mascaraque , which serves contemporary-style Mediterranean cuisine and has a pleasant outdoor terrace.

There is also a library with a bookshop and Reading Room; the library contains over 40,000 books and documents on topics of modern art.

The Valencia Institute of Modern Art is open Tuesday through Sunday and is open late on Fridays. Admission is free of charge.

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Torres de Serranos (Ancient Town Gate)

This impressive landmark is a symbol of Valencia . The Torres de Serranos represents an ancient gate of the Old Town and recalls an era when the town was surrounded by defense walls. The town ramparts were built in the 14th century on top of Roman foundations.

In 1930, the Serranos Towers were restored to their former glory. From these massive towers, take in sweeping views of the cityscape. The archway of the entrance gate features decorative Gothic details and two shields of the city.

Address: Plaza dels Furs, València

Playa del Saler

One of the most popular beaches in the Valencia region, this pristine stretch of sand is just 16 kilometers from Valencia in the La Albufera Natural Park . Two other beautiful beaches border El Saler Beach: Playa L'Arbre del Gos; and to the south, La Garrofera beach. This idyllic stretch of fine sandy shoreline extends for 2.6 kilometers and is protected from the wind by dunes and pine trees.

The medieval town of Requena

Located 68 kilometers from Valencia, the charming medieval town of Requena reveals a typical Hispanic-Arabic ambience with its old Moorish castle , many narrow pedestrian streets, peaceful squares, and houses adorned with decorative tiles and wrought-iron balconies.

The town has two important 14th-century churches, the Iglesia de Santa María and the Iglesia del Salvador ; both feature ornate Isabelline Gothic facades. Other noteworthy medieval monuments include the El Cid Palace and the Iglesia de San Nicolás .

For those seeking relaxation, the Fuente Podrida spa resort is a worthwhile 30 kilometers from Requena in a pristine natural environment.

The top tourist attractions in Valencia are mostly in the Ciutat Vella (Old Town), the historic city center around the cathedral and Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Fortunately for tourists, other attractions (such as the beach) are accessible by an excellent transit system. These highly rated hotels in Valencia are convenient for sightseeing:

Luxury Hotels :

  • On a quiet street near the cathedral, the five-star Caro Hotel occupies the Palacio Marqués de Caro, a historic monument that has been beautifully restored. The recently updated interior décor is sleek and minimalistic. Amenities include a concierge, small swimming pool, and a Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant.
  • Styled with Art Deco interiors, the five-star The Westin Valencia is in a quiet neighborhood near The City of Arts and Sciences. Lush Mediterranean landscaping, a fitness center, spa, indoor swimming pool, and three restaurants make for a resort-like atmosphere.
  • The five-star Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort is a beachfront property with a large outdoor swimming pool. Many guest rooms feature private balconies with sea views. The hotel is on a metro line to the center, a good compromise between the beach and sightseeing.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • Ideally located in the center of Valencia on the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the four-star Meliá Plaza is within walking distance of many historic attractions, as well as shops and restaurants. Some rooms have balconies with views onto the Plaza de Ayuntamiento. The hotel's restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine.
  • The three-star Petit Palace Plaza de la Reina is located in the historic center of Valencia near the cathedral and the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. The contemporary-style guest rooms feature modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions and iPads. Some rooms feature balconies with city views.
  • The SH Ingles occupies a beautifully restored 18th-century palace in the historic La Xerea neighborhood near Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. This four-star boutique hotel has a concierge, 24-hour front reception desk, and a gourmet restaurant known for its authentic paella. The guest rooms are spacious, bright, and minimalistic in style.
  • Within easy walking distance of The City of Arts and Sciences, the four-star AC Hotel by Marriott Colón Valencia offers sleek contemporary-style guest rooms, a fitness center, and room service.

Budget Hotels:

  • Just off Plaza del Ayuntamiento, near restaurants and historic attractions, the three-star Catalonia Excelsior offers well-situated accommodations at affordable rates. The hotel provides a 24-hour front reception desk, concierge services, and a buffet breakfast.
  • The four-star Barceló Valencia is just opposite The City of Arts and Sciences, with great views of the iconic buildings. The hotel offers many luxuries for the price, including a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and sundeck.
  • Another hotel overlooking The City of Arts and Sciences, the three-star NH Valencia Las Ciencias is a 15-minute drive to the beach and a 10-minute bus ride to the historic center (Ciutat Vella) of Valencia. Amenities include concierge service and a 24-hour front reception desk.

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Exploring the Mediterranean Coast : The beaches of Mediterranean Spain are some of the loveliest in the world, one of the most famous being El Milagro in the UNESCO-listed Tarragona , which sits north of Valencia. Iconic Barcelona is just beyond, famous for its medieval Barri Gòtic, Modernist architecture, and sandy beaches.

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Historic Towns near Valencia: South of Valencia, the Castillo de Santa Bárbara looks down over the extensive beaches and historic town of Alicante . For those who want to venture inland, the art museums of Madrid and cultural diversity of the medieval walled city of Toledo are top picks for sightseeing.

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Other Must-See Cities in Spain : A treasure-trove of cultural attractions, Zaragoza boasts ancient Roman ruins, as well as Moorish and Baroque landmarks. West of Alicante, Córdoba is best known for its UNESCO-listed mosque, La Mezquita. To the south, Andalusia 's pride, Granada is a top tourist destination thanks to its vibrant cultural life full of flamenco dancing and cuisine influenced by neighboring Arabian countries. From here, the seaside old-world paradise of Málaga is just a short jaunt to the southern shores.

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Valencia is a sustainable destination thanks to its excellent public transport network, which connects all neighbourhoods and major tourist areas. Although the city’s size allows you to get almost everywhere on foot or bike, for longer journeys, we recommend the underground, tram or bus.  Here is everything you need to know for your travel convenience – at the best price, while reducing emissions !  

How to get around in Valencia  

The city offers  60 bus lines, 5 metro lines and 4 tram lines, as well as  180 metropolitan bus routes and 6 commuter trains  to take you wherever you want. There is a connection to the airport, the center, the trendy neighborhoods, the beach, l'Albufera, local towns and all other points of interest.  

The whole city is connected!  

First stop: pick up a Valencia Tourist Card  

If you have decided to opt for public transport on your visit to Valencia, this card is the most convenient and affordable option. It offers unlimited trips for 24, 48 or 72 hours . It will be activated when you first use it (on a bus/train or other establishments), and you can use it as often as you want  on any of the  city and metropolitan bus lines, metro, tram and commuter trains . So forget about buying tickets and travel for less. 

The Valencia Tourist Card  includes the Valencia-Airport-Valencia route (metro lines 3 and 5), which by taxi would cost you around 15 euros each way. And you can also reach  l'Albufera, Port saplaya, El Puig, El Saler, Pinedo, Puçol and Sagunto with it. 

Plus, you get  free admission to city museums and monuments , discounts at leading tourist attractions and numerous stores in Valencia, and two tapas with free drinks. 

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Bus: price, timetables and frequency .

If you have not purchased a Valencia Tourist Card , you have to pay for the ticket. You can buy a single ticket (1.5 euros) when boarding the bus or through the EMTicket app, a bus pass for €10.50 (€8.50 + €2 for the card), or the SUMA card for 10 trips on urban and intercity buses, metro, tram and suburban trains for €10 (€8 + €2 for the card). Both cards have to be activated when boarding the bus.  

The bus pass can be purchased at tobacconists, kiosks and EMT customer service offices, and it can be reloaded online at www.emtvalencia.es and in the EMTValencia app. Each trip is valid for one hour and allows unlimited transfers between EMT buses.

The SUMA10 card can be purchased at the ticket offices and self-serve machines in Metrovalencia and Renfe Cercanías stations, in kiosks, tobacconists and other usual points of sale of the ATMV sales network, and it can be reloaded through the RecargaSUMA app. Each trip is valid for 90 minutes. Transfers are only allowed within the same zone or for 110 minutes if traveling in different zones.

In Valencia, the buses run from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm. Average wait time is 12 minutes. Stops with a shelter have a panel informing passengers of the wait time for the next bus. The night bus service begins at 10 p.m., with different frequencies on 23 lines (4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 40, 60, 62, 63, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 81, 92, 93, 95, 98, 99, C1, C2 and C3).

Bus to L’Albufera Natural Park 

If you're planning to visit the lagoon, woods and paddy fields of the nature reserve, the best thing is that you can get there by bus! Municipal bus numbers 25 and 24 will take you to El Palmar and El Perellonet, respectively. If you're planning on a traditional boat ride on L’Albufera Lagoon, the Embarcadero and El Palmar stops are the closest. Buses on both lines run from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm. These buses also go through Pinedo, El Saler and El Perellonet, which boast spectacular natural beaches. 

Buses to visit nearby towns 

These are the typical yellow buses (Metrobus) that let you travel from Valencia to the main residential developments and shopping centers on the outskirts, as well as to most landmarks in the metropolitan area: Port saplaya, El Puig, El Saler, Pinedo, Puçol, Sagunto and more. 

With the Valencia Tourist Card, you can travel by Metrobus to all the stops in zones AB.

Download the EMT city bus app 

For your convenience, download the EMT Valencia app . The app can tell you how long it will be before the next bus; figure out how to get to any spot in Valencia; show you three route options; help you locate stops based on your location using GPS; and allow you to save your stops and locations as favourites to make it easier to use the app. Available for iOS and Android. 

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Underground and tram: price, timetables and frequency 

The underground and tram system offers 9 lines , which can be combined to get you anywhere you want in the city. A single underground ticket costs €1.50 for one zone, €2.80 for two zones, €4.80 for three zones. Your choice will depend on how much and where you want to travel. This price is in addition to €1 for the reloadable card. You can also purchase a bono SUMA (travel card) for €8 (plus €1 for the card). This includes 10 journeys and also allows you to transfer from the underground and tram to the bus, or vice versa. All these tickets can be purchased at underground or tram stations. Valencia underground and tram system map.  

Hours are 4.00 am to 11.30 pm on weekdays. On Fridays, Saturdays and holiday eves, the schedule is extended until 3 a.m. And since we’re always thinking about sustainability in Valencia, bikes are permitted in the carriages.  

A few of the stations are notable for their design. Among them is Alameda Station (underground lines 3 and 5), designed by internationally renowned Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The Amado Granell-Montolivet station is home to a spectacular mural by Valencian illustrator Paco Roca, 2018 National Comic Award winner. And at Colón Station, you can visit the Sala Lametro cultural exhibition space.

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The pleasure of biking .

If you’d rather hop on a bike, Valencia will be a paradise for you. There are over 200 kilometres of bike lanes throughout the city. Additionally, you can ride along the old course of the River Turia, which has been converted into a bike-friendly garden running through the entire city centre.  

The city’s terrain is flat, ideal for pedalling, and motor vehicles are limited to a maximum speed of 30 kilometres per hour. This is a great help in terms of safety. The beaches, L’Albufera Natural Park and La Huerta agricultural area are all incredible spots and accessible by bike. You can purchase bike tours to visit different sights around the city or travel around on your own with bicycle hire. 

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How Spain’s Valencia region is trying to attract US tourists

Authorities want to set up a direct flight between new york and the popular mediterranean destination as a way to tap further into a growing market with high purchasing power.

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Spain’s Valencia region , located on the country’s eastern coast, has set out to attract tourism from the United States. Although this Mediterranean region is already a popular tourist destination, Americans are still a minority market, and what’s more, they are travelers with high purchasing power who, according to the latest tourism studies, have recently been focusing on the purchase of real estate and the search for cruise ship bases.

The European market, especially the British one, is already well consolidated, and America has become the new focus where Valencia authorities are trying to find new visitors to improve on the record arrival figures achieved in 2023. The Valencia Department of Tourism is aiming to grow the airports of Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández and Manises (Valencia), to pave the way for a direct flight linking the U.S. to one of those airports, most likely the one in Valencia.

The current lack of this route places the Comunidad Valenciana at a disadvantage with regard to its main competitors in Spain, since Madrid, Barcelona, Mallorca, Tenerife and Málaga (the latter since last year) already have it. According to a source at the tourism department, the goal is not just to make the trip easier for the occasional tourist, but also for the growing number of retirees whose presence has been detected, especially Latinos with a residence in Florida and who want to purchase homes in Spain, “where they get more value for their retirement money and they can enjoy a high level of security.”

The latest report on the U.S. market collected by the Valencia regional government, using data up to July 2023, shows that visitors from the U.S. preferably choose the province of Valencia, staying mostly in hotels and spending an average of €2,257 ($2,452) per trip. In accumulated figures for July, 86,765 tourists spent €199 million ($216m). Most visitors were there for leisure and stayed nearly two weeks, according to the tourism department. However, the growth of this market in the region is still below not only its main competitors, but also the Spanish average. Figures for mid-2023 show that the number of Americans passing through the three provinces (Valencia, Alicante and Castellón) increased 15.9% year-on-year, compared with the Balearic Islands (101.8%), Andalusia (57%), Catalonia (52%) and Madrid (37.6%).

A report by Turespaña, the national tourism institute, notes that except for the global threat of inflation, the U.S. economy is consolidating and 83% of Americans, according to a survey by Destination Analysts cited by Turespaña, plan to travel during this year. The overwhelming majority will remain within the country’s borders, but those who prefer an international destination mentioned Europe as a priority. The report indicates that Italy and the United Kingdom are at the top of the list, with Spain in fifth place. On the other hand, Spain placed third in terms of satisfaction indexes.

Data from the tourism institute show an acceleration of the market between January and August 2023 that surpassed 2019 figures. Around 2.6 million travelers departing from a U.S. airport came to Spain, where they spent a collective €5.2 billion ($5.6b), numbers that make the United States the sixth largest country of origin for tourism, but fourth in terms of spending.

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Valencia or Seville: An Honest Comparison To Help You Decide!

I f you’re looking for fun in the sun, Spain is one of the best destinations to choose. It gets some of the best weather in the whole of Europe, as well as boasting fantastic food and thrilling cultural experience for every visitor.

Valencia and Seville easily rank as two of the top Spanish cities to see. They’re both situated in the southern part of the country, enjoying almost never-ending sunshine and high temperatures, and they both have some super touristic landmarks to check out.

At first glance, these cities may seem to have quite a lot in common. They’re both lively, bustling, beautiful places with decent nightlife scenes and delicious food. But when you start to look a little closer, some big differences begin to emerge.

In Valencia, for example, there’s the truly special City of Arts and Sciences, filled with awe-inspiring, otherworldly structures and fun activities. This city also has beaches – unlike Seville – and is generally better for families.

Meanwhile Seville is a historical haven, with Roman ruins and striking Moorish architecture. Expect a livelier nightlife scene here too, as well as a more romantic vibe due to the gorgeous buildings.

We’ll be highlighting all of those key differences throughout this guide as we put Valencia and Seville side-by-side in several key categories, including activities, nightlife, shopping, food, and much more.

By the end, you’ll have a much clearer picture of what these cities can offer and which one is best for you. Let’s get started!

  • A Quick Overview

Which Is Best For Activities?

  • Which Is Better For Festivals & Live Events? 

Which Is Better For Day Trips? 

Which is better for nightlife , which is best for shopping , which has the best food .

  • Which Is Better For A Family Trip?
  • Which Is Better For Couples?  

Which Is Better For Backpackers? 

Which is cheaper , where to stay according to your budget.

  • Which Has Better Weather?
  • Which Is The Better Choice? 

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A Quick Overview: Valencia vs Seville

Valencia: a quick overview.

Valencia is Spain’s third-biggest city, trailing only Madrid and Barcelona in terms of its total population; nearly 800,000 people live here, with approximately 2.5 million in the metropolitan area.

The city itself is located in the southeast part of the country, right on the coast, with several miles of sandy beaches.

The history of Valencia goes back over 2,000 years. It was founded by the Romans in 138 BC, and grew slowly over the centuries, enduring many difficult moments.

However, in the 15th century, Valencia experienced its ‘Golden Age’, enjoying huge growth that saw the construction of many iconic landmarks, such as the Serranos Gate and Lonja de la Seda.

Nowadays, Valencia is famed for having a very busy container port and being a key trade hub for the Mediterranean region.

It’s also a cultural and tourist center, renowned for its great mixture of old landmarks and bold new developments, as well as being a popular place for live events and festivals.

Like many large Spanish cities, Valencia has a lively and welcoming vibe, and a lot of the locals here spend much of their time outdoors, soaking up the sun and giving the city a really vibrant, dynamic feel.

It’s also known for being one of Spain’s very best beach cities, with some truly world-class coastal conditions for visitors to enjoy.

View on Peniscola from the top of Pope Luna's Castle , Valencia, Spain. Sunsetting over Valencia and the sea

Seville: A Quick Overview

Seville (or Sevilla, in Spanish) is the fourth biggest city in Spain, with a total population just a little smaller than that of Valencia; around 700,000 people live here, with 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.

It’s situated in the southeast part of the country in the Andalusia region, of which it is the capital city.

Like Valencia, Seville’s origins date back to the time of the Roman Empire. It was founded under the name Hispalis, around 2,200 years ago.

In the 8th century, it fell under Islamic rule, and a group called the Almoravids later took over, building grand structures – many of which are still standing – and helping the city become a very beautiful and powerful location at the time.

Seville’s development and evolution continued further in the centuries that followed, with the city emerging as a key location of trade, culture, and economic prosperity.

It’s also known as the epicenter of Andalusian culture and expression – visitors here can enjoy lively traditional festivals, romantic Flamenco dancing, and unique Andalusian recipes.

Tourism is a big part of this city’s economy, and it’s often referred to as one of the most visually impressive cities in Spain.

Seville’s namesake oranges can be spotted growing on trees throughout the city, while a myriad of Moorish buildings, Roman remnants, and intriguing museums provide travelers with plenty of ways to pass the time.

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain, blue skies and building framed by arch

Arguably the most important factor for most people when deciding between two cities is: what do they have to offer? What can you actually do in both of these locations, and what are the very best experiences to have and most impressive landmarks to see?

Well, both Valencia and Seville have plenty of activities and attractions to keep you busy for a few days or even a full week.

But there are some notable differences in this area; Seville, for example, has a wealth of grand historic buildings, including everything from Ancient Roman ruins to Moorish palaces, as well as many churches and one of the world’s biggest cathedrals. 

In comparison, even though Valencia has quite a sizable historic center, it doesn’t have quite as many breathtaking historic buildings. Instead, the true star of the show in this city is the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences complex, made up of various structures with mind-blowing designs.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the main activities and attractions you can enjoy on your visit to either Valencia or Seville.

Valencia: The Activities

As stated above, the biggest highlight of Valencia has to be the City of Arts and Sciences.

Classed among the 12 Treasures of Spain, this extraordinary park has cost close to €1 billion to create and is made up of a selection of fantastical and futuristic buildings, each housing something different.

There’s L’Hemisfèric, for example, which has its own planetarium and enormous IMAX movie theater, as well as L’Umbracle, with its slender arches perched above a garden, filled with local flora and decorated with artistic sculptures.

You’ll also find a massive opera house here, along with the biggest oceanographic aquarium in Europe and a stunning science museum.

The City of Arts and Sciences really steals the spotlight, but it’s not Valencia’s only treasure.

This city also has some beautiful buildings that date back several centuries, like its fabulous cathedral and the famous Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange). The Mercat Central is also worth a visit, and Valencia has many museums focusing on art, history, and more.

Prefer to spend time outside? Valencia has got you covered. It’s one of Spain’s leading beach cities, with the Playa de Las Arenas just a short walk from the city center and several other brilliant beaches right nearby.

T his is a big plus point for Valencia, as Seville is situated inland, over an hour from the coast.

Aerial view of Valencia city, Spain at sunset with bull arena.

Seville: The Activities

Seville’s long history and wide range of impressive buildings provide plenty of scope for sightseeing, and visitors will want to start off in the Barrio de Santa Cruz area.

This winding web of narrow streets takes you right to the historic heart of the city, with several pretty churches and charming plazas to discover along the way.

Visitors to this city won’t want to miss out on a visit to the extraordinary Alcazar Palace – this is one of the best examples of the city’s distinctive Mudejar architectural style, which blends Islamic, Renaissance, and Gothic elements.

The palace also has extensive, picturesque gardens, and it’s been used as a filming location for shows like Game of Thrones.

Other must-see landmarks include the General Archive of the Indies, which is by far one of the most striking buildings in Seville, as well as Seville Cathedral, where Christopher Columbus lies in rest.

There’s also the Giralda bell tower, which was once a minaret, the Torre del Oro watchtower, the Royal Tobacco Factory, and the Palacio de las Duenas.

Seville also has an array of museums, like the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, and you can learn more about Andalusia at the Flamenco Art Museum, Bullfighting Museum, or Andalusian Art Center. Plus.

And while Seville may not have any beaches, it has some fabulous parks and gardens, like Maria Luisa Park and Parque del Alamillo y San Jerónimo.

Overall, it’s clear to see that Valencia has the edge in terms of diversity, providing a nice mix of history, modernity, and all of those lovely beaches to soak up the sun.

However, if history and culture are what you’re looking for, Seville is the place to be, with so many churches, museums, and historic structures to admire.

Golden tower (Torre del Oro) along the Guadalquivir river, Seville (Andalusia), Spain.

Which Is Better For Festivals & Live Events? 

Both Valencia and Seville are famous for their festivals. These cities really come alive at certain times of the year, with parades, fireworks, music, dancing, and more.

And, if you time your visit just right, you can participate in all of those fun things! But which city is the top spot for fiestas and celebrations?

Well, Valencia’s most famous celebration is the Fallas. This is held every March, involving pyrotechnic displays and the creation of artistic monuments – called Fallas – which decorate the streets, before being burned as the event comes to a close on its final day. This UNESCO-listed event is one of Spain’s best cultural experiences.

This city also has terrific Holy Week – or Semana Santa – celebrations, along with a grand July Fair that lasts the whole month, incorporating fireworks and even a fun ‘Battle of the Flowers’, where people parade through the streets on flower-covered floats before plucking and throwing the flowers into the crowd.

Not to be outdone, Seville also has several famous festivals. The city’s Holy Week is known far and wide as the biggest in all of Spain, with multiple parades and processions passing through the city’s streets, along with traditional music and artistic displays.

For religious people, or simply those with an interest in Spanish culture, it’s a very moving and powerful event.

Given that Seville is the capital of Andalusia, it also hosts major Flamenco dance events, like the Bienal de Flamenco, which is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world.

There’s also the April Fair, also known as Seville Fair, which involves colorful outfits, dancing, amusements for children, and parties throughout the day.

In terms of other live events, Valencia has opera, concerts, and sport, with a successful football team. Seville, meanwhile, has the aforementioned Flamenco dances, many live theatrical performances, and not one, but two successful football teams for sports fans to check out.

Overall, both cities are exceptional for live entertainment and festivities.

The Valencia Fallas is undoubtedly one of the best celebrations in the whole of Spain, but many travelers will also fall in love with Seville’s lively Flamenco dances and religious processions.

Man and woman in flamenco costume performing a dance on the shadow of the Spain Square in Seville

Clearly, there’s lots to do during the daytime in both Valencia and Seville, but how about the night?

Well, Valencia has a spectacular nightlife scene, often classed among the best cities in Spain for clubs and bars.

You can take your pick from any of the many nightlife hotspots throughout the Barrio del Carmen, or head down to the sands for wild summer beach parties.

Seville also ranks among Spain’s best nightlife cities, with its own admirable collection of nightclubs and bars. In fact, this city’s nightlife scene is pretty rowdy, with many locals and tourists staying out until 6am in areas like Alfalfa and La Alameda.

There are some intense dance clubs here, and even serious party-lovers might be surprised at how lively Seville can be.

Overall, if you’re looking for a good night out, you won’t be disappointed with either one of these cities.

Seville is a little more hardcore, but Valencia has a fun mix of crazy clubs and more laid-back cocktail lounges.

Young women dancing in a nightclub

Feel like leaving Seville or Valencia behind for a day and seeing some other parts of Spain during your visit? If so, you have quite a few options to choose from, as both of these cities have good transport links with the surrounding area.

From Valencia, it’s common for travelers to take day trips to the historic hub of Sagunto, where you can tour an enormous, expansive castle.

Castellón de la Plana is another charming city to visit for a day, and the Albufera Natural Park is a dream location for outdoor adventurers – only 10km from the city, this place is home to Spain’s biggest lagoon for boat trips and more.

From Seville, there are so many options! You could try Jerez to taste amazing sherry and visit a Moorish fortress, for example, or tour the breathtaking city of Ronda, set atop a dramatically deep gorge.

Or, if you want to visit a big city and see the beach at the same time, hop on the train to whitewashed Huelva or the sun-drenched summer-loving city of Malaga.

Overall, both cities have super day trip destinations within easy reach, but Seville might just have the edge, thanks to its wider range of big cities, small villages, and natural areas.

View of beach in Nerja. Malaga province, Costa del Sol, Andalusia, Spain

Valencia and Seville are both great shopping cities, with long, pedestrianized thoroughfares, filled with big-brand stores, luxury boutiques, fashion halls, and more. 

In Valencia, shopaholics will want to head to the Calle Colon, the city’s primary shopping street – here, you’ll find all the big Spanish and Euro high-street brands.

The city’s Mercat Central is one of the biggest covered markets in all of Europe, while Calle Don Juan is great for high-end fashion and Plaza Redonda is fun for buying gifts and souvenirs

Over in Seville, the Calle Sierpes is the main shopping street, and it’s a top spot for snagging some quirky souvenirs or Spanish fashion.

The Calle Tetuan and Calle Asuncion are also pleasant places to browse major brand stores, while the Calle Feria is best for quirky gifts and unusual finds.

Overall, it’s a close call, but Valencia just about takes the win here, with slightly more exciting markets and a deeper shopping scene overall.

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No matter whether you pick Valencia or Seville, you’re guaranteed to have some delicious meals, as both of these cities serve up some of the finest Spanish cuisine.

However, there are some interesting regional specialties to try in each location, and you may have a slight preference for one over the other.

Valencia is the home of paella, and it’s one of the best places on the planet to eat this classic rice dish.

It also has a super menu of additional local delicacies, like fideua – similar to paella, but with noodles – and orxata – a sweet milky drink, adored by the locals. You can get some great sweet treats here too, and there are restaurants, cafes, and bakeries for all budgets.

Seville might not have invented anything quite as iconic as paella, but it’s still got a super food scene. It’s got some of the best tapas bars in all of Spain, with local favorites including fried squid and grilled meat.

This city is also terrific for sampling Andalusian specialties, like gazpacho soup and exceptional seafood, along with some of Spain’s finest wines.

Overall, there’s no clear winner here, and it all comes down to personal taste.

If you want to taste the world’s finest paella, head to Valencia. But if you love the Spanish habit of snacking on tapas, choose Seville instead.

Spanish tapas

Which Is Better For A Family Trip? 

If you’re heading to Spain with children, Valencia is one of the best destinations to choose.

Kids will marvel at the astonishing structures of the City of Arts and Sciences, and there are numerous fun things for families to do together, like meeting the animals at the city’s wonderful Bioparc zoo or admiring marine life in the gigantic Oceanografic aquarium.

Valencia’s Science Museum is also super for kids of various ages to learn about the world around them, while little ones will love the fairy-tale style Gulliver Park and active families can spend hours exploring the Turia Gardens or playing games and swimming in the sea at Valencia’s beaches.

Over in Seville, there are lots of fun play areas dotted across the city, and kids can have fun exploring the sci-fi style Setas de Sevilla structures.

Children can also appreciate the historic palaces and towers of Seville, as well as its science museum and aquarium, among a few other attractions.

Overall, even though Seville isn’t a bad choice for a family trip, Valencia is even better.

It has lots of great things to do for kids of any age, including very young ones, and it also has the key advantage of being right by the sea.

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Which Is Better For Couples? 

For couples, the choice between Valencia and Seville really comes down to personal preference, as both of these cities can work equally well for romantic getaways and city breaks with someone special.

In terms of romance and beauty, Seville is the clear winner. It’s a sublime city, with so many amazing structures and grand buildings that simply make you stop and stare, and it’s the ideal place for long walks, hand-in-hand with your loved one.

It’s also a dream destination for history lovers, with so many museums to explore and landmarks to check off your list.

Then, there’s Valencia. It may not be as flawlessly attractive as Seville, but this city has lots of things to do.

For active and energetic couples, Valencia is a great place to be, and you can fill up your travel itinerary with trips to the City of Arts and Sciences, tours of the Old Town, and visits to the beach.

Again, it’s tricky to decide on a clear victor here. For traditional romance and unique cultural experiences, choose Seville. For a more diverse selection of activities, including beaches, opt for Valencia.

Views of Seville city, with Guadalquivir river and bridges, towers, streets and Squares in Spain. Horse and carts in the foreground, with building behind them.

Spain is a great place to backpack, and many of its large cities – including Valencia and Seville – are very safe and welcoming places for travelers from all over the world, with plenty of hostels and warm, friendly locals waiting to greet you.

Valencia has a super selection of hostels around its center, and the local public transport is pretty reliable, so you can easily make your way around and see all the sights with minimal fuss.

It’s also got a solid nightlife scene for backpackers who like to party, and quite a lot of free ways to spend your time, like a day at the beach or a walk in Turia Gardens.

In Seville, you’ll also find no shortage of safe, budget-friendly hostels, and this city is a little more compact, with many of the main landmarks, museums, and sightseeing spots all clustered together, so you may not need to use public transport at all.

The tapas scene is also terrific for backpackers, and it’s a great way to meet some locals or mingle with fellow travelers.

Overall, both cities are great for backpackers and budget-conscious travelers, but Seville’s simple layout and plentiful tapas bars give it the edge.

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Finally, let’s discuss costs, as you might be eager to know which one of these two cities is the cheapest to visit.

Well, the fact of the matter is that average prices for Seville and Valencia are more or less identical.

When we look at typical hotel rates, menu prices in restaurants, public transit costs, and even the prices for tours and activities, the two cities are almost exactly aligned with one another, so you won’t need to worry about spending significantly more if you choose Valencia over Seville, or vice versa.

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Budget: The 3-star Soho Valencia is a classy hotel in a fantastic central location. Considering the price, location and modern set-up, this hotel easily has one of the best price-quality ratios in the city. See photos and rates!

Luxury: For a taste of luxury in a quirky hotel full of character, then the five-star MYR Palacio Vallier is a must. The location of this boutique hotel is excellent, the service is superb, and the food is excellent. See photos and rates!

Budget: Set in a 16th century building, Hotel Posada del Lucero  is located directly in the city’s old town and despite its very reasonable prices, it comes with gorgeous decor, fantastic service and even an outdoor pool. See photos and rates!

Luxury: With world-class service and a gorgeous outdoor pool, Hotel Alfonso XIII is a luxury stay in one of Spain’s most prestigious hotels. The rooms are photogenic and classy, while the location is perfect. See photos and rates!

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Which Has The Best Weather?

As well as all of the gorgeous architecture and tasty food, the wonderful weather of Spain is one of the key reasons why it’s one of Europe’s most-visited countries. But which city gets the best weather, between Valencia and Spain?

Well, since both of these cities are situated in the southern half of the country, it should come as no surprise that they both see a whole lot of sunshine. However, since Seville is significantly further south, it gets the hottest temperatures, by far.

During the peak summer months, temperatures can approach 100°F (38°C) in Seville. In contrast, average summer highs for Valencia are around 86°F (30°C). So, as we can see, there’s a pretty big difference!

Seville has even been nicknamed the ‘Frying Pan of Europe’, due to its almost overwhelming heat, and some travelers may simply want to avoid the summer months entirely! Valencia, meanwhile, is more bearable.

Winter temperatures are quite similar for both of these cities, but Seville gets more heat in spring and fall.

So, if you want to avoid the summer crowds but still enjoy warm temperatures, Seville is the place to be.

A Hispanic brunette flamenco dancer wearing a white polka dots dress, posing against an old building in Seville, Spain

Valencia vs Seville: Which Is The Better Choice?

Before we announce our grand winner of this comparison, it’s important to state that both of these cities are 100% worth visiting.

They’re wonderful places where you can see, taste, and experience some of the very best things that Spain has to offer.

With that said, Valencia is probably the better choice for most travelers for two main reasons. Firstly, it has a wider range of activities to please people with different tastes.

Secondly, it’s on the coast, so you can simply walk to the beach and stretch out on the sand whenever you feel like it, which is such a big advantage, especially with Spain’s sunny, warm weather.

Nevertheless, Seville is still a fantastic city. It’s more scenic than Valencia, with a distinctly romantic vibe in the air, making it an idyllic destination for couples.

Seville also has countless historic landmarks to check out, along with all of those awesome Andalusian customs and traditions.

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Florida sea turtle hospital nominated for '10Best' free attractions. How to vote

USA TODAY’s list of nominees for the 2024 Readers’ Choice “10Best” list of the top 10 free attractions in the U.S. is full of iconic and famous locations this year, like the Alamo, Central Park, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Griffith Observatory.

And nestled among these famous places is a lesser-known Florida gem: Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Here’s how to vote for USA TODAY’s list of the “10Best” free attractions in the U.S., when voting closes and what to know about Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach if you plan to visit.

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center isn’t just one of the best free attractions in Palm Beach County . It’s a sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation center, with a sea turtle hospital .

The locally loved nonprofit organization has a full-service veterinary hospital, local marine life exhibits, an outdoor classroom and a research lab.

“Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, saltwater aquariums and displays of local wildlife, as well as educational displays about South Florida's marine environment,” Loggerhead’s website says . 

The center also hosts hands-on experiences like public sea turtle releases , hatchling releases, summer camps and guided turtle walks. 

How long does it take to visit Loggerhead Marinelife Center?

Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s public guided tour only takes about an hour. On the public guided tour, visitors get a guided experience of the outdoor sea turtle hospital and meet any turtle patients staying there.

The tour covers each turtle's story, from their rescue event to their diagnosis, rehabilitation process and release plan.Some of the other experiences at the center , like the guided turtle walk, can take up to three hours.

Does Loggerhead Marinelife Center keep any of the turtle patients permanently?

No. The center doesn’t keep any turtles. All of the turtles that stay there as patients are released when they’re healthy enough to re-enter the wild. If a turtle can no longer survive outside of captivity, the turtle is transferred to another facility that hosts resident animals.

“The patients admitted to The Sea Turtle Hospital at LMC follow a ‘Rescue-to-Release’ protocol,” the center’s website says.

“This means that all patients admitted are taken through a treatment and rehabilitation process that aims for their recovery and eventual release back into the wild! We do not keep any patients here permanently.”

Where is Loggerhead Marinelife Center?

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is on the beach in Juno Beach, about a 30-minute drive from West Palm Beach.

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Buc-ee's just opened the largest travel center in the world — again — in Luling, about 51 miles south of Austin. At a whopping 75,000 square feet, it's roughly 1.5 times as big as an NFL football field.

The giant Buc-ee's is an upgrade from the brand's first-ever travel center, built in 2003. The center will feature 120 fuel pumps, as well as thousands of snack and meal options. It will also create at least 200 jobs, according to the release. The new store will be located at 10070 I-10.

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Headquartered in Lake Jackson, Buc-ees has now grown to 49 locations across nine states since opening its first expansion in 2003. Texas leads the way with 35 locations, including the new location, which the company boasts as the world's largest convenience store. (The brand also claims the world’s longest car wash with 255 feet of conveyor at its location in Katy near Houston.)

Locations currently under construction or planned include:

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