Valencia: An Offbeat Trip to Spain


For people thinking of Spain as their next travel destination, the first thing that comes to mind is the bustling city of Barcelona or the Tapas bars and the happening life in Madrid. However, very few know about the third-largest city in Spain, Valencia.

With its gothic structures, striking architectures on one side contrasting with the futuristic buildings in the famous city of arts and sciences, virgin beaches by the Mediterranean, and dazzling nightlife, Valencia has a lot to offer.

Here are some of the most mentionable spots in the city that are definitely worth your visit.

Valencia Cathedral

Built-in the 13th century, this Roman Catholic church is adorned by gothic architecture and paintings from the medieval as well as the renaissance period.

The cathedral attracts thousands of tourists and devout Christian worshipers from across the world as it famously houses the Holy Chalice.

Moreover, you can also take guided tours or browse through the cathedral museum to learn more about the history of this place. Before leaving, don’t forget to climb the Miguelete tower and catch a breathtaking glimpse of the city!

La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

The La Lonja or the Silk Exchange Centre was an important commercial building of Valencia during the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. Estimated to have been built between 1482 and 1533 AD, the La Lonja exemplifies late Gothic architectural brilliance.

The building compound is divided into three premises, all of which are adorned by beautiful orange gardens. The most captivating part of this center is the Sala de Contratacion or the contract hall, which has astonishingly decorated interiors with twisted columns and beautiful arches.

It is an excellent place to soak in the rich history of Valencian mercantile.

The Central Market of Valencia

Located very close to La Lonja is the Mercado Central or Central market. One of the most significant works of the Valencian Art Nouveau, Mercado Central, consists of two floors covering a whopping 86,000 square feet!

It is a popular attraction among locals and tourists alike owing to the full range of fresh products, antique shops, bars, restaurants as well as exquisite architecture. No wonder you can find one of the newest dishes of paella here.

Malvarrosa Beach

One of the most popular spots within the city limits, this Spanish beach offers spectacular views, fine sand with promenade stretches, and a perfect location for long lazy evening strolls.

With numerous hotels and accommodations available around the year, the Malvarrosa beach is an ideal holiday destination for people looking towards spending time by the Mediterranean.

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias or the city of arts and sciences is an important cultural center of Valencia. Built on the dried riverbed of Turia, this futuristic complex is considered as one of the 12 treasures of Spain.

With museums, galleries, planetariums, art halls, spectacular fountains, architecture, and sculptures, this modern complex is a must-visit for tourists when in Valencia.

One can also check out the L’Oceanogràfic or the immense oceanarium integrated within the arts and science complex.

L’Albufera de València

Popularly known as the Albufera, this region located in the outskirts of the city of Valencia, comprises 21,120 hectares and consists of one of the largest biodiversity reserves of Spain. Dotted with marshes, lagoons, and the largest Spanish lake, the Albuferas offer the perfect place to enjoy the scenic beauty of nature.

You can bike or engage in hikes along the many routes within the areas and spot the rich flora and fauna that this place nurtures throughout the year.

Within this region also lies two of the most serene Mediterranean beaches of Valencia, the El Palmar and El Saler. You don’t want to miss out on the best paellas that El Palmar has to offer, especially since it was invented here!