A 1-hour drive from Javea is Valencia, this city is not to be missed!
Top 10 sights of Valencia
La Lonja de la Seda
The silk Exchange is one of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture in Europe. Silk is no longer traded, but you can visit the immense Trade Hall. In earlier times traders who could not pay their debts any longer were locked in the tower.
Torres de Serranos
The imposing gateway to the city is flanked by two Gothic towers. The towers served as a prison for approximately 300 years. In dry weather, you can climb the towers.
Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe
The science museum is part of the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. The buildings are all worth a visit in themselves, but the museum is also recommended for both young and old.
La Seu, Cathedral of Valencia
A sharp contrast to the modern building of Calatrava is the Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral, La Seu. The biggest attraction is located in the museum: the Holy Grail. According to the legend, this is the stone Cup that Jesus used at the last supper.
l ' Oceanogràfic
The largest aquarium in Europe is in Valencia. You get a lot of information about marine life in the various tanks containing thousands of fish. Dining in the restaurant while the fish swimming around you is a great experience.
Barrio del Carmen
This old popular area of Valencia is now the bustling hub of modern art. During the day, it's a pretty quiet neighborhood with narrow streets and cosy squares. In the evening, El Carmen undergoes a metamorphosis: then it's the most popular entertainment and nightlife district of the city.
Museo del Gremio de Artistas Falleros
The biggest festival of Valencia is held just before the beginning of spring: Las Fallas. Each neighbourhood makes a larger than life caricature doll, which is carried in a procession. The creators of these dolls have a museum in the North of Valencia, but there is also a Museum in Central Fallas.
Ex-dictator Franco wanted to turn the dry riverbed of the Turia into a highway. Luckily that did not happen and the riverbed is now a green lung through the city. A meeting place for people of Valencia, but also a place where many festivities are organized.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento
If you are a lover of architecture from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century you will need to go to the Plaza de Ayuntamiento. The Town Hall is impressive (inside and out) and the post office and the building of the Banco de Valencia are worth seeing.
Some way outside of Valencia are the studios and workshops where the world famous Lladró figurines of porcelain originate. Here you can see how these figurines come about and how the designs have changed over the years.
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