What to see in Valencia in one day

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Third city in Spain and an important hub of the Mediterranean, Valencia has nothing to envy to its neighbors Barcelona and Madrid. It is no secret that it is a real mix between the Andalusian and Catalan cultures of which it is influenced, which is why it presents itself as a harmonious combination of art and culture, joy and nightlife. For the curious and tireless tourist, this city is perfect to discover far and wide, both on foot (recommended) and by public transport.
The perfect time to discover its every atmosphere would be the weekend, but also in 24 hours it is possible to know and visit its most famous attractions. Letting himself be enveloped by his multiethnic breath, here what to see in Valencia in one day. Be careful not to miss a single stage of this synthetic program, but necessary to discover the true essence of the Spanish city.


  1. One day itinerary in Valencia: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Valencia: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Valencia: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Valencia: Morning

1 - Plaza Ayuntamiento, Town Hall, Central Market

Breakfast in the heart of Valencia, from Pans and Company in Ayuntamiento plaza. Typical Spanish breakfast for around € 5,00. We stop to discover the square, seat of the Municipality, from which it takes its name. Interesting to visit is the interior of the city ​​Hall. At the end of the visit, walk to Avinguda de Maria Cristina, to reach the Central market, one of the obligatory stops. An imposing steel structure with stained glass windows and hand-painted ceramics, 959 stalls of fresh produce, colors and voices, the market presents itself as a jewel of modernist architecture. Inside are the counters divided into two sections: fruit and vegetables in one, meat and fish in the other.

2 - Lonja de la Seda, Cathedral of Valencia

Through the plaza del Mercado we arrive at la Lonja de la Seda, that is the Silk Market, the center of commercial and cultural activities at the beginning of the 1996th century. Unesco heritage since , its late Gothic architecture makes it impressive and fascinating. Today it is the seat of the Cultural Academy of Valencia. Always on foot, you arrive at the Cathedral along Calle de san Vincente Màrtir. Church representing the architectural history of the city, it has three different entrances: Puerta del los Hierros (baroque), Puerta del Palau (Romanesque) and Puerta de los Apostoles (Gothic). From the Miguelete, the cathedral tower, you can enjoy a panoramic and suggestive view of the whole city. It seems that inside the structure, precisely in the chapel of the Holy Grail the chalice that Jesus used during the Last Supper be kept.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 13 min
  • Places visited: Ayuntamiento plaza (free), City Hall (free), Central Market (free), Lonja de la Seda (€ 2,00), Cathedral of Valencia (€ 8,00)
  • Guided walking tour of the historic center
  • Where to have breakfast: Pans e Company, 2 - plaza Ayuntamiento

One day itinerary in Valencia: Afternoon

1 - Basilica de los Desamparados, Torre de Serranos

Lunch at the restaurant by Lola which we reached along Carrer dels Brodadors. With about € 15,00 you can taste a rich menu. Refreshed, we take Carrer del Micalet towards the Basilica de los Desamparados in the plaza de la Virgen. Church that has a lot of significance for Valencians because the Virgin is the patron saint of the city. Built between 1652 and 1667, it is the only new construction of all the churches in the center of Valencia. After a quick visit to the Basilica we head towards Serranos Towers, reached along Carrer de Navellos, plaza Cisneros and plaza dels Furs. The towers were the door to enter the old late medieval wall. Built by Pere Balaguer between 1392 and 1398, they can be visited or admired from the outside.

2 - City of Arts and Sciences, Ruzafa

From the towers we get on bus 95 (stop on Calle del Conde de Trenor) to move to one of the most modern districts: la City of Arts and Sciences. Designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava, it includes 5 attractions, namely the Oceanografic, the Umbracle, the Palace of Arts, the Science Museum and the Hemisferic. It will be difficult to visit them all. From here, from Avenida del Professor Lopez Pinero, we get on bus number 35 which in about 11 minutes and 7 stops will take us to Ruzafa, the Valencian neighborhood with a decidedly bohemian and artistic atmosphere. Here we will visit the most characteristic, young and sparkling corners of the area, to get ready for dinner.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,1 km / 1 h 18 min
  • Places visited: Basilica de los Desamparados (free), Torres de Serranos (€ 2,00), City of Arts and Sciences (full € 38,20), Ruzafa (free)
  • Combined ticket to the City of Arts of Valencia Entrance ticket to the Oceanographic
  • Where to have lunch: From Lola, Pujada de Toledà, 8

One day itinerary in Valencia: Evening

1 - Dinner and Ruzafa barrio

Dinner in Ruzafa barrio at Maipi restaurant, which offers a delicious and complete menu, typical Valencian for about € 25,00. Finished having our meal we go out through the streets of the neighborhood where we find street artists and musicians that brighten the evenings with their notes. Ruzafa is undoubtedly one of the most colorful and lively neighborhoods in Valencia, open 24 hours a day. The evening can continue walking through the characteristic streets or entering one of the many clubs for a drink.

2 - Electropura

We end the day in one of the trendiest clubs in the neighborhood. Electropura it is an original place, where you can find excellent selected music. Here we organize parties, cineforums, events, it is a place open to news especially related to the musical world. The only detail is that to participate in any music evening other than an aperitif, you have to wait until midnight. After all, you know, Spanish hours are very long.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 500 m / 6 min
  • Places visited: Barrio Ruzafa (free)
  • Valencia Tablao Flamenco Private Wine and Tapas Tour with Dinner
  • Where to dine: Maipi, Calle Maestro Jose Serrano, 1. Electropura, Calle del Pintor Salvador Abril, 20

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to go. The perfect time is spring because summer is very hot, autumn is rainy and winter quite cold. There is no season that is not recommended, but spring is certainly the best one to fully enjoy the visit.
  • Valencia Tourist card. It is possible to opt for the card that can be used for public transport, for discounts for museums, leisure activities, restaurants and shops. There are various durations, that of 24 hours has a cost of € 15,00 and is activated from the first trip on means of transport.
  • Early morning. As the itinerary covers all day, it is recommended to leave early, around 09:00.
  • Living room: if you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our accommodation offers

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. The Turia gardens. On the bank of the Turia river, this garden represents a real green oasis near the city. It would be interesting to see Gulliver's sculpture built inside (70 meters long), but it does not fit into the path.
  2. The Bioparc. Zoo where all animal species live together in the same group. Away, unfortunately, from the other sites we have to visit and, moreover, it deserves some time to visit.
  3. Fallero Museum. This museum of papier-mâché objects is curious, but to be avoided due to lack of time. Really interesting, but visiting all the museums in Valencia in one day is impossible because there are so many.
  4. Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Martì. It would also be within the path we have planned, but the queue that usually is there to visit it does not allow us to enter in a short time.

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