Oranges, Palm Trees & Paella
Why visit Valencia?
Valencia boasts the best of Barcelona – the weather, the laid-back Mediterranean vibes, the beaches, and vibrant colours – as well as Madrid’s sophistication and sense of historical importance.
And it continues to evolve, too. On our last visit, I sensed a youthful undercurrent: trendy little shops and boutiques, bars and cafes, live music, and beautiful street art. And because it’s so much smaller than Barcelona or Madrid, you can discover it all in less time.
There are places you can not miss!
Plaza de la Virgen is the physical heart of Valencia. Take a seat at one of the bars overlooking the square and sip Valencian orange juice (or vino) while enjoying views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Basílica de la Virgen de Los Desamparados, and baroque Generalitat Palace.
The iconic Fuente del Turía (Turia Fountain) in the centre of the square depicts Neptune with eight women pouring water into a basin – each representing the important irrigation channels that feed Valencia.
Valencia’s Mercat Central is the largest covered market in Europe and undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful.
The Holy Grail
The Holy Grail, as in the chalice from which Jesus drank at the last supper, is said to be housed in Valencia’s cathedral. Of course, no one really knows if it’s the real deal or not, but it’s worth a quick visit.
The Torres de Quart and Torres de Serranos are the remains of the ramparts that once encircled the entire city. The walls were later demolished, but these two imposing entranceways were preserved and the views over the city from the top are spectacular. You can also enjoy sweeping vistas over Valencia from the top of the cathedral’s iconic Miguelete bell tower.