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Valencia, Paella

1 days in Valencia

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11th June 2018
Valencia, Spain's third largest city, is the birthplace of paella. Enjoy a more laid back pace, delicious seafood, kicking back on sunny beaches and walking by buildings that look from the future. This sea port city is easily accessible from the larger cities of Madrid or Barcelona, and makes for a good day trip or layover.
Valencia Joaquín Sorolla
Travelling by high speed long-distance trains will likely have you arriving into the city via this train station.
València Nord
For all other inter-city trains, this main train station in central Valencia will be your station of arrival.
walk route
Head into the old historic centre of town.
Mercado Central de Valencia
The Central Market of Valencia is one of the largest in Europe, covers more than 8,000 square metres, over two floors, with a predominantly Valencian Art Nouveau style. Its unusual roof comprises original domes and sloping sections at different heights, while the interior seems to be lined in a range of materials such as iron, wood, ceramics and polychromed tiles. The beauty of the building stands out especially on account of the light that enters through the roof at various points, and through coloured window panels. The style blends a modern Valencian Art Nouveau style but mirrors some of the architectural influences of nearby buildings such as the Valencian Gothic style Lonja de la Seda and the eclectic Gothic-baroque church of Sants Juanes. It celebrates the power of iron and glass to permit the construction of large open spaces, but still utilizes domes at crossings. Most vendors sell food items, although souvenir shops and restaurants are located inside the market as well. It is a popular location for tourists and locals alike.
Catedral de Valencia
Catedral de Santa María de València was the site of a Roman temple, then a Visigothic cathedral, and then a Moorish grand mosque. It is now the seat of the archbishropic of Valencia. The current Gothic structure was begun in 1262 and remodeled numerous times, resulting in a structure with elements from three distinct architectural periods. Especially notable are the Puerta de los Apóstoles from the 14th century, and the Puerta del Palau, the oldest doorway of the cathedral, which is Romanesque with Moorish influences.
Colón
Take subway train number 5 to Marítim - Serrería (5 stops).
Marítim - Serrería
Head out of the subway station towards Valencia's laid back marina area.
Playa del Cabanyal
Welcome to Valencia Beach. Enjoy the sun, tree lined beach walkways and easy-going air.
La Pepica
Enjoy some of the best seafood paella (including squid ink) here at one of Valencia's more traditional and finer restaurants by the beach. Sip on a couple of nice glasses of wine or sangria. Cosy into the excellent service of this white tablecloth eatery. Not exact a place for the budget minded, but worth the expense for the well heeled.
taxi or walk
Hop into a taxi for a quick trip to your stop. For those preferring to walk to Oceanografic or the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, expect a 40-45 minute stroll.
Oceanografic Valencia
The largest oceanarium in Europe, and the second-largest in the world, has seven sections devoted to different ecological zones. The building was designed by Félix Candela to resemble a water lily. Highlights include a dolphinarium, a walk-through shark tunnel, a shark tank (open for public diving), and spherical bird aviary. There are several restaurants on-site, and with so many attractions it’s easy to make this into an all-day affair.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
This ultra-modern architectural complex on the former Turia riverbed was designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and Spanish-Mexican architect Félix Candela. If you don't want to pay the steep admission charges to the individual sights, you can wander around the complex and appreciate the architecture from outside for free. There is a 10% discount for tickets purchased online.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
This ultra-modern architectural complex on the former Turia riverbed was designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and Spanish-Mexican architect Félix Candela. If you don't want to pay the steep admission charges to the individual sights, you can wander around the complex and appreciate the architecture from outside for free. There is a 10% discount for tickets purchased online.
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