What to see in Valencia and surroundings in 7 days

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The port city of Valencia is located on the southeastern coast of Spain, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It is known to be the city of arts and sciences, which includes futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanographic and an interactive museum. But Valencia is also home to numerous beaches, some of which are located within the Albufera park, a marsh reserve with a lake and hiking trails located not far from the city.

If you have a week this is a perfect destination, besides the city you will be able to explore the magnificent surroundings! Here is everything you need to know about what to see in Valencia and surroundings in 7 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Valencia
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start your visit to Valencia fromimpressive Cathedral: visit the interiors and climb the Torre del Miguelete. It is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturdays and the eve of holidays from 10:00 to 17:30, Sundays and holidays from 14:00 to 17:30.
After 400 meters (via Carrer de la Corretgeria) you reach the Lonja de la Seda, one of the most representative buildings in the city. It represents the economic power of late th century Valencia, and is one of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture.
A stone's throw from Lonja, immerse yourself in the everyday life of Valencia, al Mercado central, the city's first covered market built in 1914, spread over 8.000 square meters and with over 300 stalls where you will find fresh and high quality products, from fruit to fish, but also the typical tapas. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 7:00 to 15:00.

For lunch, stop at the El Trocito del Medio restaurant, located outside the market: with € 14,00 they will cook what you bought at the counter!
But Valencia is also beach and sea! From de l'Ajuntament - Cotanda, take bus 19 and get off at Armada Espanyola - Francesc Cubells (about 30 minutes, 17 stops). Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the Malvarrosa beach and Cabanyal, huge expanse of free sand.

The area is very lively. You can stay on the beach until late and stop here for dinner, for example at the Panorama-Valencia Restaurant (average cost per person € 50,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,2 km / 1 h 54 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral and Torre del Miguelete (€ 6,00), Lonja de la Seda (€ 2,00), Mercado central (free), Malvarrosa beach and Cabanyal (free beach)
  • Daily shopping: € 75,00
  • Hop-on Hop-off bus tour bike tour
  • Lunch at El Trocito del Medio (Get directions), Dinner at Panorama Restaurant-Valencia (Get directions)

2 day

For this second day we propose a day trip to Alicante. 180 km from Valencia, it can be reached in 1 hour and 40 minutes by train from Valencia Joaquin Sorolla to Alicante-Termino, € 16,00 or, with the same timing, by car (via the A7) or by bus n. 530, € 25,00 and 2 hours and 30 minutes.

After Valencia, Alicante is the second largest city in the region by number of inhabitants, as well as the capital of the province of the same name.
Alicante is a port city where you can breathe the atmosphere of an old fishing village. It follows that the most interesting attractions are right on the sea, starting with Explanada de Espana, characterized by 6 million small white, black and red marble tiles.
If you want to enjoy an hour of sea, you can relax on the city beach, the Playa del Postiguet.

For lunch, stop by El Portal (€ 40,00).
Devote the rest of the day to culture. Moving to the interior of Alicante, interesting to visit are the Co-cathedral of San Nicola and the Castillo of Santa Barbara (open from 10:00 to 22:00), 160 meters on Mount Benacantil, the largest medieval fortress in all of Spain.

Upon returning to Valencia, you can have dinner in the station area at Txintxo Portatu (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 359 km / 4 h 2 min including transfer from / to Valencia
  • Places visited in Alicante: Exlanada de Espana (free), Playa del Postiguet (free), San Nicola Co-Cathedral (free), Castillo Santa Barbara (€ 2,70)
  • Daily shopping: € 95,00 including the return train ticket
  • food walking tour castle tour by E-Bike market tour and paella cooking class
  • Lunch at El Portal (Get directions), Dinner at Txintxo Portatu (Get directions)

3 day

Reach the most modern and famous area of ​​Valencia, the Ciutat de las Arts i les Ciències, an architectural complex consisting of five different structures, divided into three thematic areas: art, science and nature, which rises in the area where the Turia river once flowed. The complex covers an area of ​​350.000 square meters and is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturdays until 20:00.
Dedicate the morning toOceanografic, the largest marine park in Europe (here entrance ticket to the Oceanographic Museum).

For lunch you can stop at Submarino (average cost per person about € 40,00).
Then stroll through the complex and admire the various architectures designed by Calatrava. Visit theHemisferic ,great structure that stands out overall and which resembles a "big eye" or an oyster. Upon entering, you can enjoy a cinematic show with suggestive effects, given the 3D projection.
Once the visit is over, from Inst. Obrer de Val. (impar) - Autopista Saler take bus 35 and after 10 stops (quarter of an hour) get off at Marqués de Sotelo - Passatge Rex. Reach the beating heart of the city, Plaza de Anyuntamento where you will have a wide choice of where to dine.

For dinner we recommend you stop at Cybergourmet (average cost per person € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,1 km / 53 min
  • Places visited: Oceanografic + Hemisferic (€ 32,80), Plaza de Anyuntamento (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 98,00
  • entrance ticket to the Oceanogràfic City of Arts and Sciences with Hemisfèric tasting, science museum and Oceanogràfic
  • Lunch at Submarino (Get directions), Dinner at Cybergourmet (Get directions)

4 day

Another day trip, this time to Chulilla, 60 km from Valencia. By car, via CV-35, 40 minutes are enough, otherwise the Autocares La Hispano Chelvan bus (€ 8,00) takes 1 hour and 40 minutes, this is the recommended solution. The train is the most expensive option because it does not arrive directly at the desired place but must be integrated with a taxi: train C3 to Cheste and then from there you have to continue by taxi, approximately € 70,00.

Chulilla is a small village with only 600 inhabitants. Its beauty lies right in its authenticity and in the surrounding nature, in fact, there are many trekking or mountain bike trails. It is located at the base of a promontory above which the Arab Castle, once an important strategic and defensive point, today an artistic monument, always accessible

For lunch, unless you are dedicated to sports and bring a packed lunch, you can opt for a quick lunch at El Cerrao (€ 10,00), a baker where you can find pizzas, sandwiches and various baked goods.
After lunch spend an afternoon in contact with nature, following one of the many trekking routes in the city, such as the Cueva del Gollizno. At the tourist information office of the city you can find all the trail maps and choose the one that suits you best. And if you are a sporty person, a lover of mountains and climbing, you should know that there are walls set up specifically for this sport, such as the Sector peñeta escalada.

Back in the evening, have dinner in the center of Valencia from Puerta del Mar (€ 25,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 127 km / 1 h 58 min by car including transfer to / from Valencia
  • Places visited: Chulilla (free), Arab Castle (free), Cueva del Gollizno trekking route (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00 including return bus ticket
  • Lunch at Paniza (Get directions), Dinner at Puerta del Mar (Get directions)

5 day

For this fifth day we recommend a visit to the Albufera Natural Park, just 10 km from the city.
The destination can be reached via the EMT city bus line 25, which leads to El Palmar and El Perellonet starting from the center of Valencia (almost 1 hour, ticket cost € 1,50 each way). You can get off at the Embarcadero or El Palmar stops and enjoy a walk on the Albufera lake aboard a traditional boat.
Alternatively, you can get there by taking the CV-500 with your own car (15 minutes).

The Albufera Park is one a real natural oasis, a nature reserve which integrates a wonderful lake and some fantastic seaside resorts. An urban oasis surrounded by rice fields and woods that you can admire by taking a romantic boat trip.
For lunch, enjoy the famous paella, which was invented right here, at the El Palmar restaurant (you can take advantage of the cruise + lunch offer for € 22,00 per person).

After lunch you can visit the village of El Palmar and choose one of the six marked trails of the natural park to take a relaxing walk, admire local vegetation and fauna, especially the water birds of the area.

In the evening, return to Valencia and have dinner at La Salvaora (average cost per person € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 60,7 km / 1 h 49 min by car including transfer to / from Valencia
  • Places visited: Albufera Park (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • From Valencia: Albufera Park by bus and boat with lunch by boat and jeep tour to the Albufera lagoon
  • Lunch at El Palmar (Get directions), Dinner at La Salvaora (Get directions)

6 day

Visit the Bioparc of Valencia, a kind of zoo that is one of the few flagships for the protection and preservation of animal species. The area, which can be visited from 10:00 to 18:00, is home to numerous specimens, mainly from Africa, such as lions, lemurs and giraffes. The animals live in habitats that faithfully reproduce the natural conditions of their area of ​​origin. An unmissable destination if you have children in tow.

For lunch, stop at the BIOPARC Café (average cost per person € 15,00) e then head towards the Turia Gardens through the red line n. 5 from Xàtiva-Institut to Guillem de Castro-Na Jordana (6 stops, 8 min).
Visit the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, (open every day from 10am to 00pm, Friday until 19pm, closed on Mondays). It is about one of the most important modern art museums in Spain.
After the visit, walk in the famous Turia Gardens and continue until you reach Gulliver Park, the park's most particular attraction, a picturesque Gulliver slide sculpture that everyone climbs on (open daily from 10am to 00pm).
Continue to skirt the park until the Fallero Museum, perfect to know the Fallas festival, an event that became Unesco Heritage in 2016. The museum is open from 10:00 to 19:00, on Sundays it closes at 14:00.

For dinner, stop at La Bulería Tablao Flamenco, a place where they perform flamenco shows (average cost per person € 55,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,3 km / 1 h 29 min
  • Places visited: Bioparc (€ 23,80), Valencian Institute of Modern Art (€ 6,00), Gulliver Park (free), Museo Fallero (€ 2,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 105,00
  • Valencia Bioparc: a day in the heart of Africa bus tour, tapas and flamenco show
  • Lunch at BIOPARC Café (Get directions), Dinner at La Bulería Tablao Flamenco (Get directions)

7 day

End your stay in Valencia by concluding your visit in the modern area designed by Calatrava and specifically, visit the Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe, the great museum of the 10st century designed to make you discover, in a didactic, interactive and enjoyable way, all aspects related to the evolution of life, science and technology. Open Monday to Thursday from 00:18 to 00:19, Friday Saturday and Sunday until 00:8,00, admission costs € .
After the visit, by bus 95 (from Professor López Piñero - Museu de les Ciències to Menéndez Pidal (par) - Pare Ferrís, about 15 minutes), reach the Barrio del Carmen, the oldest neighborhood, with beautiful examples of urban art. Inside the old town are the medieval gates Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart, once part of the ancient city walls. The small streets in the area are home to cafes, tapas bars, fashion boutiques and souvenir shops.

For lunch, stop by El Refugio (average cost per person € 30,00)
After lunch enjoy some more time in this neighborhood and then walk down Carrer de Quart e immerse yourself in the greenery of the Jardin Botanico de la Universidad. The garden is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, in the summer months until 21:00 and admission costs € 2,50.

For dinner, opt for the Italian restaurant La Forcola (average cost per person € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,3 km / 1 h 7 min
  • Places visited: Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe (€ 8,00), Barrio del Carmen (free), Jardin Botanico de la Universidad (€ 2,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Hemisfèric, science museum and Oceanogràfic tour on the Hop-on Hop-off bus
  • Lunch at El Refugio (Get directions), Dinner at La Forcola (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Valencia

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Valencia is a great destination cheaper than other much more famous ones in Spain, like Madrid (-30%) and Barcelona (-20%). It is therefore a destination within everyone's reach that can be visited in a couple of days, leaving you room for day trips too.

As for the stay, you can find both hotels and b & bs, apartments and hostels, of different price ranges and comforts. Generally, for a room in a hotel in the center, it starts from € 50,00 per night per room. Valencia is mostly on foot but, to move from the historic center to the more modern area of ​​the Oceanographic, it is necessarily necessary to use public transport. The single ticket costs € 1,50 but if you plan to use the means more often, the carnet for 10 trips is convenient. The most convenient option is undoubtedly the Valencia Card: free public transport and entrances to the main tourist attractions + strong discounts in partner clubs.

  • starting from € 60,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Valencia Biopark: a day in the heart of Africa Hemisfèric, science museum and Oceanogràfic Oceanogràfic entrance ticket
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 630,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Valencia: it can be visited all year round but, if you want to avoid the risk of rain, the best period is from March to October - find out more
  • the airport is located 8 km from the center, easily accessible by Metro (lines 3 and 5, 20 minutes, ticket cost € 3,90), by bus 150 (30 minutes, ticket cost € 1,45, Sunday and holidays no service), or by taxi (15 min, average cost for a ride € 20,00)
  • Ciutat Vella and Barrio del Carmen are excellent bases for visiting the city; Ruzafa, a trendy neighborhood, allows you to reach the center on foot; Benimaclet is a little out of the way but well connected
  • Getting around: in the historic center on foot. For the more distant areas the best way is the Metro, with 9 lines covering 4 different zones: A, B, C, D (different rates for each zone: zone 1 at € 1,50, zone 2 at € 2,10 , zone 3 at € 2,80, zone 4 at € 3,90). Where the metro does not arrive, you can use the bus (€ 1,50 single ride), with the Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus (cost for 24 hours € 19,00, cost for 48 hours €, 20,00) - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Valencia Card, which includes free city transport, free fattening at many museums and attractions and discounts on partner shops and bars. The cost changes according to the duration: 24 hours € 15,00, 48 hours € 20,00, 72 hours € 25,00

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