A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Valencia
While Valencia with a population of around 800,000 inhabitants contains many historic monuments (like its cathedral, the world heritage Silk Exchange hall or the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas) its highlight is without doubt the modern City of Arts and Sciences. This futuristic complex , designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, encompasses an outstanding aquarium (#1 in Europe and #9 in the world), an opera house, museums, cinemas, theatres, and more.
The River Turia once ran through the centre of the city, but it was redirected and replaced after a devastating flood on 14 October 1957 by one of the largest and beautiful urban parks in Europe.
Scoring very solid in all categories with almost 3,000 hours of sunny weather each year Spain’s third city is especially known for its glorious weather and appealing climate.
Furthermore the city features fantastic sandy beaches.
Even though Valencia has fantastic beaches, the sea is away from the city center and could be better connected.
5.5/10 [0.800 Mio.]
B. Best Things to Do in Valencia (Detailed List with Photos and Information)
These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.25/10.
Ciudad de los Artes y las Ciencias 7
This tremendously futuristic looking complex of seven highly photogenic buildings designed by the world-famous architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela has nearly tripled the initial expected cost of €300 million.
Set up on the former Turia River bed, these gems of modern architecture (amongst them a performance hall, an open-air oceanographic park, a planetarium, an opera house, a science museum and a white cable-stayed bridge) have been inaugurated successively between 1998 and 2009.
Designed by the famous Spanish architect Félix Candela, this outstanding aquarium is composed by nine elegant and futuristic underwater towers that house samples of the most important ecosystems.
We consider the Oceanogràfic as the best aquarium in Europe (very closely followed by the Oceanario de Lisboa) and also one of the top 10 aquariums in the world.
Aquarium (7 million litre tank, 70+35 m tunnel)
Bioparc Valencia 5
Located in Valencia's Turia riverbed and opened in 2008 this 10-hectare (25-acre, 0.10 km2) modern zoo is certainly one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Designed under the concept of zoo – immersion, it is well-known for displaying animals from the Savannah, Madagascar and Equatorial Africa in their natural exhibits with hidden barriers, moats, and glass between the animals and visitors.
E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Valencia (including close-by excursions)
Ciudad de los Artes y las Ciencias (futuristic complex) 7
Oceanogràfic (aquarium) 7
Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas (palace) 6
Bioparc Valencia (zoo) 5
Mercado Central (Central Market) 5
Old Town 5
LA LONJA DE LA SEDA (Silk Exchange) 5
Antiguo Cauce del Río Turia (park) 5
Malvarrosa beach (Jun-Oct, 22-26° C) 5