28. Valencia  SPAIN  |  Total Sights: 35+

 

 

 

 

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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Valencia

Spain  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.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

 Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

6.25/10

7.5/10

6/10

4.5/10

6.5/10

6.75/10

6/10

9.5/10 [4th]

6/10

6.5/10

7/10

5.5/10 [0.800 Mio.]

191.50

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.

Futuristic Complex

Best Things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | No. 24: Valencia | Ciudad de los Artes y las Ciencias (futuristic complex)

Oceanogràfic  7
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)

Things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | No. 24: Valencia | Oceanogràfic (aquarium)

Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas  6
This Baroque palace features a magnificently decorated entrance (#2), a breathtaking façade, an extravagant interior and it is home to the remarkable National Ceramics Museum since 1954.

Palace and Museum

Best Things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | Valencia | Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas (palace) Best Things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | Valencia | Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas (palace)

#2 by PMRMaeyaert / CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

Zoo

Best Things to do in Valencia | Bioparc Valencia by Googledance / CC BY-SA 1.0

Mercado Central (Central Market)  5
Market Hall  (completed 1928)

Best things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | No. 24: Valencia | Mercado Central (Central Market)

Old Town  5
Historic Area

Best Things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | Valencia | Old Town

Cathedral  5
Cathedral

Things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | No. 24: Valencia | Cathedral

LA LONJA DE LA SEDA (Silk Exchange)  5
Historic Building  (World Heritage Site since 1996)

Things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | No. 24: Valencia | LA LONJA DE LA SEDA (Silk Exchange)

Antiguo Cauce del Río Turia (Jardín del Turia)  5
Park  (1.82 km2 [450 acres], created 1986)

Best things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | No. 24: Valencia | Antiguo Cauce del Río Turia (park)

Malvarrosa Beach  5
City Beach  (Jun-Oct, 22-26° C)

Best things to do in Valencia | Best Cities | Valencia | Malvarrosa Beach (Jun-Oct, 22-26° C)

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Valencia

-Plaza de la Virgen (square)  5

-Museo de Bellas Artes San Pío V (museum)  5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Valencia

Sagunto (city with castle and Roman theater, 35 km from Valencia) 5

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
Cathedral  5
LA LONJA DE LA SEDA (Silk Exchange)  5
Antiguo Cauce del Río Turia (park) 5
Malvarrosa beach (Jun-Oct, 22-26° C)   5

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