Authored by Veselina Dzhingarova
Valencia was once the capital of the Valencia kingdom and is currently the third largest city in Spain. It is close to the Mediterranean Sea, right on the Rio Turia bank, in Huerta De Valencia. Visitors flock here to enjoy the bustling streets, beautiful churches, and a local climate which is milder than many expect from a town in Southern Spain.
There are plenty of amazing tourist attractions to see in Valencia, though you will want to consider the following options first, as these are the attractions not to miss. It’s easy to book a taxi in Valencia, to make sure you get everything in.
A lively spring festival celebrated in March, during this month, a traditional celebration is held in commemoration of St Joseph.
Valencia is given over to a carnival of bonfires, fiesta, fireworks and a healthy dose of satire known as Las Fallas, the fires. Figures made out of rags and papier-mâché often reaching 20 feet tall are paraded through the city streets and then burned during the midnight of the fiesta’s last day. The five days and nights of Fallas are a continuous party!
The original custom appeared during the Middle Ages as craftsmen burned leftover wood scraps during the St. Joseph feast.
The Town Hall & Plaza Del Ayuntamiento
You haven’t visited Valencia unless you have paid a visit to the Town Hall. It is similar to what you would expect to find in Barcelona, with a Spanish heritage which is quite strong.
Casa Consistorial is located directly west of Plaza Del Ayuntamiento, being home to the popular Municipal Historical Museum and the Municipal Library. The Plaza Del Ayuntamiento is always full of life; surrounded by offices, cafes and hotels, this is also the site of Valencia’s most popular musical fountain. The square also holds a highly colorful flower market, one you definitely want to visit!
Both these locations can be included in the same travel day since they are so close together and offer so much to see. You will love everything that is offered here.
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The Bullfighting Museum – Bullring
The Bullfighting museum is a popular attraction in Valencia, and, founded in 1929, it is one of the oldest and most important in Spain. It contains historical objects from the XVIII, XIX, and XX centuries and seeks to give as much projection as possible to its bullfighting exhibits.
It is located in the center of the city, in the southern region of Plaza Del Ayuntamiento, close to Estacion Del Norte. Make sure you walk in to see Plaza de Toros, the largest bullring in the country, featuring an impressive 18,000 seating. The Museo Taurino is attached right to it.
The main bullfights take place during Fallas (March) and at the July Fair. Travel Tipsor lists the Bullring as one of Valencia’s most premiere tourist destinations.
Calle De San Vincente
This is the main street of Valencia. All visitors should make time to take a walk, as it has a highly vibrant day and night scene. The northern side is the most busy.
Lonja De La Seda
To the west of the Valencia Cathedral you will see Plaa Del Mercado with its Lonja De La Seda. This is the old Silk Exchange, a location where Valencian silk was sold all across Europe.
An incredibly beautiful historic building with a late Gothic architecture, it appeared in 1498 and features windows and doorways that are richly decorated, together with impressive gargoyles.
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