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I recently (and reluctantly) returned home from the most beautiful trip to Spain. Traveling to Madrid and Valencia specifically, my time on the Hesperia—land of the setting sun—was an experience I will never forget. In today’s blog, I’ll be sharing the top sights and activities in Valencia to add to your itinerary for a trip to remember.

Admire Architecture and History

Valencia is full of incredibly beautiful and historic buildings and structures. For example, the Valencia Cathedral dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries and features renaissance, baroque, and neoclassical modifications. The modifications to the building make it possible for you to picture how the building changed gradually as hundreds of years passed by. Inside the cathedral, admire renaissance paintings and view the controversial Chapel of the Holy Chalice, which claims to feature one of the chalices Jesus Christ used to deliver the Holy Eucharist at the last supper.

Go for a Night Out

Great views at night, too! | Patsy Gallian

Great views at night, too! | Patsy Gallian

Once your jet lag subsides, check out Barrio del Carmen, the newest and “coolest” part of the city. Constructed in medieval times, the district is overshadowed by palaces built in the 11th and 14th centuries, which loom large above alleyways populated by boutiques, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Walking through Barrio del Carmen you’ll hear the city’s various musicians playing sweet tunes that drift and echo through the alleyways. For more music, check out Jimmy Glass Jazz bar and listen to local artists share their talents while you enjoy a craft cocktail.

Explore the Market

Valencia Market | Patsy Gallian

Spain takes its fresh produce very seriously and the Valencia Central Market is proof of that. Across from the Silk Exchange (another amazing destination), the market’s architecture of metal and glass houses at least 400 hundred traders and vendors and features thousands of farm-fresh produce, incredible seafood options, and Spanish delicacies such as chorizo, jamón ibérico and manchego cheese.

Soak Up the Sun

Valencia offers multiple gorgeous beaches. Two of them, Malvarrosa Beach and El Saler Beach, are both within walking distance from old town. If you want a more populated and lively oceanfront Malvarrosa is for you. It offers lifeguards, a medical station, drinking fountains and showers, and is in walking distance to a number of great restaurants. If you want a quieter, more relaxed setting, check out El Saler, which is located on the coast of the La Albufera Natural Reserve.  

No matter what you choose to do while in Valencia, Spain, your trip to the city will be an absolute treat. Everywhere you look there is a beauty and marvel to behold. Take advantage of the city’s restaurants and fresh produce, walk everywhere you go so that you can absorb all the culture you can, and snap photos constantly so that you can revisit the magical city whenever you want.