Valencia can be a small city but also large in size. It is the third largest city in Spain with up to 2.5 million people. It is known for the City of Arts and Sciences with futuristic structures and also home to the very first paella ever made! I spent 24 hours in Valencia and here are the top things to do and see.
Where To Stay
I stayed at Catalonia Excelsior Hotel. The hotel is cute, clean and in the city center. I loved that the moment I walked outside I was in the center of everything. This hotel is walkable to many attractions and only a 5 minute walk to the Central Market.
What To Do:
The central market is a public market with hundreds of food stalls. It’s a great place to explore and eat tapas, best jamon and the freshest juices.
2. Climb El Miguelete Tower at the Cathedral of Valencia
El Miguelete is 2 euros and located inside the Cathedral of Valencia. There are a lot of stairs but when you get to the top it has beautiful views of the entire city!
3. Torres de Serranos
Torres de Serranos was constructed in 1392 and is one of the twelve gates that formed part of the city wall. As one of Valencia’s most iconic sights, this is worth a visit! Climb the gates and see views of the city!
4. Roam around Plaza de la Reina
Slow down and explore Plaza de la Reina. There is shopping and restaurants and lots of ice cream shops at the plaza.
5. Drink Horchata at Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina is famous for their noble horchata drinks, founded in 1835!! A must visit for a place that has been around for this long! Horchata actually originated in Valencia and is worth a try! It’s located near the cathedral so stop by for a drink after your visit.
6. Eat Authentic Paella
You must eat paella when in Valencia!! Paella was created in the Valencian region of spain. Paella is served in many restaurants but the best one is at Arroceria La Valenciana.
7. Watch a bull fight show at Plaza de Toros
If you’re up for a bullfighting show you can purchase tickets at here.
8. Find Street Art
There is street art everywhere! Look around and enjoy the beautiful art surrounding you.
9. Explore Russafa and go to Cafe Dulce de Leche
Russafa is a section with colorful buildings and cute cafes. Definitely visit Dulce de Leche!! It’s the cutest cafe in Valencia and has the most amazing pastries!
10. Eat Jamon
When visiting Spain, you must eat Jamon aka ham. They have the best and you can find it at the Central Market or shops around town. It’s great for a snack and one of my favorites was at Beher.
Torres de Quart is a twin gothic style tower that was built in the 1400s as one of the city walls.
City of Arts and Sciences is a futuristic and unique architecture built by architect Santiago Calatrava. I wish I had time to visit this beautiful building!
Comment below if you have visited Valencia!