City of Arts and Sciences
Probably the most incredible futuristic project in the world, this complex will stun absolutely anyone, with its never-seen-before factor. A set of enormous odd-shaped structures designed by Santiago Calatrava, it looks like a distant space base or an intergalactic graveyard of alien skeletons. The City of arts and Sciences
is, in fact, an incredible educational / leisure complex with the biggest interactive science museum in Spain, the largest marine park in Europe, a new generation IMAX cinema and cutting-edge opera house.
El Carmen / Old Town
Valencia’s Old Town is an atmospheric maze of old Arabic streets, full of charming corners and stunning views. Time has stopped here amongst ancient buildings. All of the historical architectural styles – Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Modernist – are in abundance and in their natural environment, just a part of the scenery. By night Valencia’s Old Town comes alive with bohemian bars and characters.
is one of the craziest urban festivals in Europe. In the middle of March over 700 huge and colourful effigies are assembled on the streets of Valencia, followed by four days of traditional cultural events, mass partying, war zone intensity of explosions all around the clock, fireworks and generally total urban mayhem and anarchy. On the last day all the effigies get burned.
The Cathedral of Valencia holds the cup which is recognised all over the world as the only viable claim to be the Holy Chalice.
Nine kilometres of green belt cutting the city in half, Turia Gardens are not just a park, they are the green lifeline of this city. This garden has emerged in the old riverbed, after the course of river Turia was diverted in 1950s. It is now a river of culture, hosting fairs, events, promenades, sports grounds, leisure grounds and futuristic projects like Palau de la Musica and the City of Arts and Sciences, amongst spectacularly designed vegetation, giving Valencia its unforgettable green charm.
Gothic Torres de Serranos stun with their monumental elegance, instantly evoking the images of El Cid who got his fame here in Valencia in 11th century. The other pair of city gates, Torres de Quart, is just as imposing and holds the scars of Napoleon’s cannon balls.
La Lonja de la Seda
For the lovers of Gothic architecture, this is just about the most spectacular example out there. Protected by UNESCO, it is considered the most elaborate and the best preserved late Gothic building in Europe.
Valencia’s Port is really worth a visit – a combination of old atmospheric docks and the futuristic lush complex built for the 32nd America’s Cup, an incredible promenade by the Mediterranean waters.
The first exclusively modern art museum in Spain, IVAM is still a very dynamic venue and a must for the lovers of modern art. You can find out more about IVAM
Museo de Bellas Artes
The second most important art collection in Spain after the Prado Museum in Madrid.