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5 Things to Explore in Gorgeous Valencia

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Valencia, like many cities in Spain, has a long and interesting history. The Romans founded it in 138 BC, and it later became influenced by Islamic culture in the 8th century. In the 13th century, when Christians from Aragon took control, Valencia became a capital. Today, it is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third most populated city in Spain. It is located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, near the Turia River. Valencia has a mix of old and new, with ancient churches and modern buildings. It is also known as the birthplace of paella, a rice dish with meat, and horchata, a drink made from soaked, ground, and sweetened tiger nuts.

Tip: Book The Valencia Tourist Card for 24, 48 or 72 hours. It offers discounts, free travel and entrance to the museums. Ready? Here are the 5 things to Explore in Valencia:

City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is one of the highlights of the city. This remarkable architectural complex stands as a symbol of modern innovation. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, this futuristic masterpiece is located in the Turia Gardens and comprises several stunning structures dedicated to culture, science, and entertainment. The complex includes an opera house known as the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, a planetarium called the Hemisféric, a science museum known as the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, an interactive exhibition space called the Ágora, and the visually striking L’Umbracle, a landscaped walkway. The avant-garde design and the integration of cutting-edge technology make the City of Arts and Sciences a must-visit destination.

Also this futuristic architecture could be perfect addition to your sketchbook.

Look at official site to plan your visit.

Valencia Cathedral

Valencia Cathedral is  a splendid Gothic masterpiece. It is a key architectural gem in the heart of Valencia. Cathedral construction began in the 13th century and continued over several centuries, blending various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance. The cathedral is famous for its iconic Miguelete Tower, from there opened panoramic views to the city. Inside situated  the Holy Grail Chapel, which is said to house the chalice from the Last Supper. The designed doors and stunning frescoes add to the cathedral’s allure. Valencia Cathedral is a great spot to capture in your sketchbook.

Santa Catalina Church

Santa Catalina is a Roman Catholic church that was built in the 13th century. It situated  at the Plaza de la Reina. Prior to its construction, the site housed a mosque that was later transformed into a church. The exterior of the church displays distinctive Gothic architecture, while the interior underwent a Baroque-style reconstruction following a fire in 1548. The bell tower, originally a minaret with a hexagonal shape and five levels, was reconstructed in the Baroque style during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. A visit to this ancient and historically rich site is highly recommended, offering a glimpse into its amazing architectural history. I encourage you to sketch this church or at least a tower with an urban view around it.

Tip: Book a private guided walking tour with the Cathedral, to learn more about Valencia.

Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall of Valencia

This is the largest plaza of Valencia, situated nearby the City Hall. It has a triangular shape, with vendors of flowers in the middle and a large fountain. On the eastern side of the plaza you can find a Cinema, many restaurants and bars. So if you are hungry or wanna go to the movies you should check it out. Excellent place to sit on the bench to rest and calm and also sketch whatever you like: architecture, flora, or people.

Botanical Garden of Valencia

The Botanical Garden of Valencia serves as an open-air museum, tracing its origins back to a modest apothecary’s garden. Its roots date to the 15th century, coinciding with the establishment of the medical faculty at the University, where the demand for medicinal plants fueled its inception. The garden’s mission extends to preserving the historical legacy of scientific collections nurtured over decades. Pioneering the cultivation of sweet potatoes, soybeans, and peanuts, the garden showcases a diverse array of 4500 tree, bush, and flower species from every continent. The thoughtful arrangement of plants allows visitors to explore the evolutionary history of flora, making it a captivating destination for botany enthusiasts and an ideal haven for botanical sketchers. More information about the gardens you can read on the official site.

Valencia is an amazing city, it captures history and modern both together and also has places where you can calm and relax. Have a great vacation!

If you are traveling from Valencia, I highly recommend you to visit Madrid. And you more than welcome to read my post about things to do in Madrid.

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