What to see in Valencia in 3 days

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Martí Micolau

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Sunny and hospitable, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain in importance after Madrid and Barcelona. Every year, more and more tourists choose to visit the homeland of paella, getting lost in its rich atmosphere culture, art, entertainment and good food. The old town is quite small, so here's a 3 days itinerary to admire the city in complete tranquility.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Valencia cost
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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Cathedral, Museum of Ceramics, Mercat Central

Get your morning off to a good start with a typical breakfast at Horchateria Santa Catalina, a quaint historic bar in the center where you will be served hot chocolate, churros or the typical local artisan barley, all for around € 5,00 per person. Then begin your visit to the stupendous Valencia Cathedral; in Gothic style, inside you can find a museum (hosting about 90 works of different styles) and admire the famous Holy Grail. Don't forget to climb the Miguelete, the bell tower, to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city (the cost, apart from, is about € 2,00). Access to the Cathedral is allowed from 10:00 to 17:30 (Sunday closed) in the period November / March and from 10:00 to 18:30 from April to October (and from 14:00 to 18:30 on Sundays) and the cost of the ticket is € 7,00 except for groups (€ 4,00), young people and people with disabilities (€ 5,50).

The second stop of your day will be the Ceramics Museum, located inside the splendid Palazzo del Marquese de Dos Aguas, the best example of the Baroque style in the city: the museum houses the largest national collection of ceramics; you can also find goods from the Silk Route. The full ticket costs € 3,00 (free admission for under 18 and over 65) and entry is usually allowed from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.

Before lunch, visit the imposing Central Market: 959 stalls of fresh produce, including fruit, vegetables, a large quantity of meat (to mention Salamanca ham) and fish, especially shellfish; in short, a riot of delicious colors and scents, an obligatory stop to immerse yourself even more in the Valencian atmosphere and buy some souvenirs (in addition to food, in fact, the Market offers a series of restaurants, cafes, flower and handicraft shops).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Lonja de la Seda, Museum of Fine Arts

For lunch, stop at the Escalones de la Lonja, a quaint tapas restaurant located right in front of the building of the same name. At a price of around € 15 per person, you can enjoy typical tapas (delicious traditional Spanish dishes made up of different ingredients) with sangria, excellent craft beers, and much more. After lunch, a visit to the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Market) one of the characteristic buildings of the city and one of the most famous monuments belonging to the golden age of Valencia. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 5 December 1996, € 2,00 is enough for one visit (€ 1,00 for groups, students, retirees or large families). If you arrive on a Sunday, admission is free, and you can also visit a special exhibition of stamps and coins.

After the visit, then head towards the Fine Arts Museum, the second Spanish art gallery after the Prado Museum in Madrid; inside you can admire numerous Gothic and Renaissance works, in particular by Goya, Espinosa, Pinturicchio, Velazquez, El Greco and many others. Admission is free, open every day from 10:00 to 20:00 except Mondays. If you wish, you can request a guided tour by appointment.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Barrio del Carmen

For the first evening, we recommend visiting the quaint Barrio del Carmen, the liveliest and liveliest district of the city, full of clubs, discos, pubs and shops. For dinner, try La Comisaria; they serve everything from tapas to more refined dishes (octopus with potatoes, tuna tataki ...) all for around € 20,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 44 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral, Museum of Ceramics, Central Market, Lonja de la Seda, Museum of Fine Arts, Barrio del Carmen
  • Valencia: Holy Grail and panoramic bus tour History of Valencia: guided walking tour
  • Breakfast at Horchateria Santa Catalina (Get directions), Lunch at Escalones de la Lonja (Get directions), Dinner at La Comisaria (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, City of Arts and Sciences (first part)

The second day is dedicated to fun. Start the morning with a rich breakfast at La Pequena Pasteleria de Mama, a delicious pastel-colored pastry where you can pamper yourself with excellent croissants, cakes, pastries, juices and tea, with prices ranging on average from € 5,00 to € 10,00. After breakfast, you can go to the discovery of the beautiful City of Arts and Sciences, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, and emblem of modernist architecture.

The structure (almost impossible to visit completely in a single day) includes 6 sections: the Palace of Arts (inside which there are the best events dedicated to the world of art, music, theater and dance), the Umbracle (a scenic walk in an immense internal garden, surrounded by plants, vines and works of art), the Hemisferic (an imposing planetarium), the Science Museum (the largest in Spain, it is an interactive museum dedicated to every branch of science), the Oceanografic (the largest aquarium in Europe) and the Agora (an area that should host sporting events and indoor events).

Given the shortage of time, we recommend dedicating the day to visit the Science Museum, the planetarium and the Oceanografic, which are perhaps the most interesting and fun areas. The prices of the individual attractions are starting from € 8,00, but you can also buy combined tickets (for example, Oceanografic, Museo della Scienza and Hemisferic for around € 40,00). Remember, however, that if you have the Valencia Tourist Card you will be entitled to a 15% discount

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, City of Arts and Sciences (second part), Museo Fallero (alternative)

To save some time and money, have a packed lunch. If you prefer to sit in a club, you can reach Neco, located 2,7 km from the City of Sciences (about 35 minutes on foot), which offers a rich buffet menu at a fixed price (around € 13,00 per person). In the afternoon visit some more attractions of the City of Sciences or alternatively you could see the neighbor Fallero Museum, born to recount the memory of the most heartfelt Valencian festival, Las Fallas: the festival consists of burning the artistic monuments and puppets built for the occasion, and the museum was created to "save" some of these works from the flames and expose them to the public . It is a very original and characteristic museum, fun to visit, and the entrance costs € 2,00 (except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, which is free.)

3 - Evening: Dinner, Ruzafa

For your second night in Valencia, we recommend the neighborhood Ruzafa, picturesque and youthful, full of original shops and cafes that are undoubtedly worth a visit, perhaps even in the late afternoon to find the shops open. For dinner, go to El Rodamon de Russafa. It is a refined place that reinterprets the typical tapas in an international key, offering dishes from cuisines from all over the world, all at a reasonable price of around € 20,00 per person (a little more with drinks included.) To try.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 5 min
  • Places visited: City of Arts and Sciences, Museo Fallero, Ruzafa
  • Valencia: Oceanogràfic Valencia Admission Ticket: City of Arts and Sciences with Hidden Valencia Tasting: Eixample, Canovas and Ruzafa Tour
  • Breakfast at La pequena pasteleria de Mama (Get directions), Lunch at Neco (Get directions), Dinner at El Rodamon de Russafa (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Bioparc and Cabecera Park

We have arrived on the last day of your trip. Start by having breakfast at Cafeteria Pasteleria Carala, a small café with a wide assortment of cakes, sweets and savory products (you can also admire the processing of sweets through a glass overlooking the laboratory), for about a maximum of € 10,00 ( it always depends on the amount of food you are going to eat). Then go to the Cabecera Park, which with its 330.000 square meters is classified as the greenest area of ​​the city.

Inside, you will find the Bioparc. It is a natural park where you can admire numerous specimens of African fauna in wild natural habitats: hippos, elephants, zebras, rhinos, lions, ostriches and many more, up to 4.000 animals of 250 different species. The opening hours vary according to the period, so we advise you to check them on the official website. The full ticket is € 23,80, with reductions for under 13 and over 65, and is free for children under 4 years.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Museum of the History of Valencia

Once out of the Bioparc, head to your lunch, perhaps strolling in the Turia Gardens, a huge green area that surrounds the center of Valencia for kilometers, and connects the Bioparc with the City of Arts. Then go and eat at El forn del Carmen, an old oven now used as a restaurant, to enjoy tapas and authentic Valencian paella (to be requested upon reservation), all washed down with an excellent sangria; the restaurant offers large portions at a very affordable price (you will probably not exceed € 20,00 per person).

After lunch you can head to theValencian Institute of Modern Art, an important center for modern art on the contemporary Spanish scene. The full ticket costs € 6,00 for adults, € 3,00 for children and is free for children and over 65 (some times on weekends are free, for more detailed information see the website.) To conclude, we recommend a visit to a small pearl a bit hidden compared to the other attractions: it is the Valencia History Museum, placed inside an old water tank. The museum traces the history of the city, from its birth to the present day, and tells it with the use of everyday objects, books, films and ... a time machine! Admission costs € 2,00 (free on Sundays and holidays) or is included in the Valencia Card.

3 - Evening: Dinner, La Malvarrosa

For the last evening, you can decide to stay in the center or to dare and take the bus or the metro to enjoy the sunset and the evening on one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Valencia, La Malvarrosa (especially if you go in good weather). We recommend an excellent paella dinner in the Casa Cesar - El Delfin restaurant, a little more hidden than the more "touristy" restaurants, but of high quality and a stone's throw from the sea. The menu is fixed and very abundant, and with about € 26,00 per person you can enjoy 3 appetizers, 1 main course (usually paella), trio of desserts, coffee and amaro (with drinks included). End the evening by strolling along the promenade. However, pay attention to the timetables, if you are staying near the center of Valencia and do not have a car to travel independently: the last bus to the center leaves at 23:30 pm. In any case, if you prefer to enjoy only the sunset and a walk along the seafront, then returning to the center to enjoy dinner, I recommend the Cerveceria Juan: a typical and rustic restaurant, very popular with Valencians. Large portions at around € 15,00 on average, in a very original location ... try it!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 14,5 km / 2 h 59 min
  • Places visited: Bioparc, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Museum of the History of Valencia, La Malvarrosa
  • Biopark of Valencia: a day in the heart of Africa
  • Breakfast at Cafeteria Pasteleria Carala (Get directions), Lunch at El Forn del Carmen (Get directions), Dinner at Cerveceria Juan (Get directions) or Casa Cesar - El Delfin (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Valencia cost

On average, for a three-day trip to Valencia you can find room + flight packages ranging from € 180,00 to € 300,00 approximately; considering that to this must be added the costs of meals, vehicles and attractions, you have to evaluate on average a cost starting from about € 400,00 per person. Let's see more specifically an estimate of the itinerary we propose.

  • Costs to eat: about € 40,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: from € 10,00 to € 40,00 per person following the itinerary suggested by us
  • Transportation: about € 10,00 per person (on average € 3,00 for the bus, € 1,50 each ride by metro, travel from the airport that varies between € 1,50 and € 3,90 depending on the vehicle) . Always keep in mind that the center is not very big, and you can easily reach many destinations on foot
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 7,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, etc.)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Valencia: starting from € 400,00 per person approx

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Valencia: from a climatic point of view, the best period is from March to September. During the year, however, there are celebrations and events that animate the city, and it could be an idea to make the trip coincide with one of these. In particular, we point out the heartfelt celebration of Las Fallas, with which the Valencians greet the arrival of spring; for the occasion, which takes place from 15 to 19 March, local artists and sculptors build puppets and papier-mâché works, which are paraded and then burned as a good omen. Throughout the month of July, however, the streets of the city are filled with fun, activities and colors on the occasion of the Great Valencia Festival: among the many events you will find, a night with museums open until dawn, fireworks shows on the sea, outdoor concerts and the spectacular Battle of the Flowers, the grand finale of the fair - find out more
  • direct flights to Valencia depart daily from Turin, Rome, Bologna, Bari, Pisa, Trieste, Milan, Venice; from the Manises airport, which is about ten kilometers from the historic center, you can take bus 150 of the Fernanbus company (the ticket costs € 1,45 and the ride takes about 50 minutes) or the underground lines 3 and 5, with which you will arrive at your destination in about 20 minutes, at a cost of € 4,90
  • the Ciutat Vella area is the historic center of the city, where the greatest number of attractions and clubs are concentrated, and offers numerous accommodations also at affordable prices; in particular, the area of ​​the Barrio del Carmen, very close to the historic center and recommended for lovers of nightlife, should be emphasized. If you want to stay in a less "hot" area, Ruzafa could be for you: culturally lively, it is an ideal compromise to relax without sacrificing the proximity and convenience of the city center
  • Getting around: you can choose between metro (prices and timetables vary depending on the area, starting from € 1,50) and daytime buses (from 04:00 to 22:30) and night buses (from 22:30 to 02:00) at cost of minimum € 1,50 per ride. For convenience, you can buy the Valencia Tourist Card, which among the numerous services for tourists also offers discounts on means of transport (as well as for attractions and museums): the card has a variable price depending on the days of stay, starting from € 15,00 , - find out more
  • Advice: if you want to explore Valencia more independently, you can also contact the bike sharing service by consulting the app. The bikes are located in various parts of the city, and the service is free for the first half hour; the second half hour is charged € 1,04 and if it exceeds the hour € 3,12

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