Wanting to visit the land of flowers, light and love? At Nativics we have organized this itinerary for you to discover historic Valencia and avant-garde Valencia in a weekend you won't forget... it includes tickets to the Oceanographic and Science Museum strong>and two hotel nights with an excellent location in the center of Valencia so you can make the most of your visit. Discover this city full of life, art, history, gastronomy and modernism!
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Once you arrive in Valencia and leave your bags at your hotel, take advantage of this moment to explore the surroundings of the city and look for a place to have dinner. In the area of Ruzafa you will find many places where you can have tapas or dinner, have a drink and spend the night. It is also the afternoon area so you can see lively people from the afternoon, enjoying the terraces. All in one. It is a very fashionable neighborhood with a great atmosphere.
Another option is the Carmen neighborhood, another Lively area with charming restaurants and bars in the heart of Ciutat Vella. This historic neighborhood is alive throughout the day: markets, small shops, bars and terraces and, at nightfall, the pubs around Plaza del Tossal become the meeting place for many Valencian men and women. Of course, wherever you go, be sure to drink agua de Valencia, the quintessential city cocktail made with cava, orange juice, gin, vodka and sugar. , or the Valencian beer Turia.
We begin our tour of the historic center of Valencia. The first stop, since its hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be the Central Marke, It is one of the largest markets in Europe There you will find more than 300 stalls of fresh and local produce, so we recommend that you take time to get to know it. Right next to this market is the Lonja de la Seda, a civil Gothic building declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Inside you will discover its impressive Columnary or Contracting Hall, the Patio de Naranjos and the Torreón. On the ground floor is the chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The two upper floors were destined for the prison of delinquent merchants. It was better to have your payments up to date!
When you leave the Lonja, head towards the Santa Catalina Tower, passing through the Plaza Redonda, < /strong>a square with several souvenir shops that on Sunday mornings becomes a market. The Baroque-style Santa Catalina Tower is one of the city's iconic images and is well worth a visit. Its doors open every day of the week and admission is free. Then, take the opportunity to rest while you have a traditional horchata de chufa and some accompanying fartons in the famous Santa Catalina horchatería, with more than two centuries of experience. Once you have regained your energy, continue walking through the beautiful streets to go through the busy Plaza de la Reina until you reach the Cathedral of Valencia and its Miguelete Tower, right next door. The entrance ticket for both the cathedral and the Miguelete can be bought there. It is not usually very crowded, so you will not find long queues.
The Valencia Cathedral or Santa María Cathedral is a construction that combines various architectural styles due to the centuries it took to build, as in any building with the same characteristics and dimensions. From the impressive Gothic door of the Apostles, the miguelete and the dome in the 14th and 15th centuries, passing through the different Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles, up to the 21st century. Of great beauty, it also stands out for the quality of its paintings by various artists, including Francisco de Goya, for its choir and its main altarpiece. But, without a doubt, the undisputed protagonist of the Valencian cathedral is the Holy Chalice, which is located in the chapel of the same name. This chalice dates from the Alexandrian era and is considered the Holy Grail. Although there are some skeptics due to its medieval appearance, the truth is that the relic is the agate cup, the upper part of the chalice, a beautiful Alexandrian cup of oriental origin that archaeologists consider from the years 100 to 50 BC. Indeed, the lower part (the foot, the handles and the naveta that support the cup), would have been added later, in medieval times. Hence the gold, pearls and precious stones and the Islamic-style alabaster naveta. Skeptics or not, it is an ancient treasure that you should not miss…
Once you finish your visit to the Cathedral, it is time to discover one of the most beloved neighborhoods of Valencia: the neighborhood of Carmen. Located in the Ciutat Vella district, in the heart of the city, it is the authentic historic center of Valencia and one of the largest medieval neighborhoods in Europe. Its name is due to the church of Carmen Calzado, which is located there, next to the square of the same name. In this emblematic neighborhood, you can discover many places and restaurants where you can eat or have a drink, but also a lot of history. Formerly delimited by a Muslim wall, the medieval remains that are currently preserved are the Torres de Serranos and the Torres de Quart. In Carmen, you will find the hundred-year-old Plaza del Árbol, the Portal de la Valldigna and the small Casa de Los Gatos, a must-see. In addition, this neighborhood is known for its street art, bohemian style and its contemporary and modern art museums, including the IVAM, the MUVIM and the Center del Carme. Undoubtedly a place full of life that has it all, even terraces where you can have tapas or eat a good paella. We don't need to tell you that you can't leave Valencia without trying this star dish, one of the best known in the world. In the afternoon, you can take the opportunity to go to Calle Colón, an area full of shops and businesses ideal for doing some shopping. While you're here, on your way to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, a large square surrounded by large buildings, including the Valencia Town Hall. This square is the place of great events and parties. Here the classic mascletás are celebrated in the world-famous, Fallas de Valencia, the most important festivity for any Valencian and Valencian. When night falls, in the center you will find different options where to dine and enjoy the good atmosphere of its streets. If you prefer haute cuisine, on Calle Correos you will find El Poblet, the restaurant with 2 Michelin stars and 2 Repsol suns by Quique Dacosta. If you want to taste their creative dishes, we recommend that you book in advance on their website.
Did you know that paella originated between the 15th and 16th centuries near the Albufera in Valencia as a food for farmers and shepherds? Its name comes from the huge pan in which it is cooked, paella, from the Latin patella, and today it has become the symbol of an entire country. What would Spain be without paella? Of course, if you want to eat a good Valencian paella and you don't know where, the most important thing is that you look at the ingredients that cannot be missing: chicken, rabbit, jug and bajoqueta (a type of flat green bean). This way, you're sure to hit the mark.
On this last day, you will leave the historic center of Valencia behind to explore the most avant-garde side of the city: the City of Arts and Sciences. The first stop will be the Oceanográfico de Valencia, the largest aquarium in Europe. This visit will take you about 2 or 3 hours, so it is recommended that you arrive early. The Oceanographic opens at 10 a.m. so it is a good time to start and thus have time to eat outside the park. Before starting, you must know that this aquarium is much more than a recreational center in which to observe the different marine species, but rather it is a scientific center for research, conservation and education. The Fundación Oceanogràfic is in charge of reinforcing this work through several projects in which animals that arrive sick or injured on the coast are cared for, the conservation of the seabed and species in danger of extinction are promoted, it is researched and raised awareness through its educational workshops and outreach programs. Upon arrival at the Oceanographic, you will be given a map of the enclosure. All the recreational areas and the different habitats appear there: Oceanic Islands, Antarctic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Oceans, Islands, Temperate and tropical, wetlands and aviary, crocodile,... In this way, you will surely not get lost. In this aquarium, you can see a wide variety of animals: sharks, penguins, sea and land turtles, birds, seals, sea lions, clown fish, puffer fish, jellyfish... and the favorites: the beluga family, an icon of the Oceanographic.
After this marine tour, it is a good time to stop to eat something and rest before going to the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum. It closes at 6:00 p.m. so we advise you to go early to be able to enjoy all its exhibitions and activities. The motto of the museum is "Forbidden not to touch, not to think, not to feel", which indicates that you are going to spend a good time in its interactive exhibitions on science and technology. Indeed, the average visit is 3 hours, although that depends on your motivation and interest, of course. Once you finish your interactive visit to the Science Museum, if you have the strength and time left, you can go to the Hemisphere to see one of its 3D projections., you must choose the projection that you like the most from the billboard and the session time when you purchase your ticket. It lasts 45 minutes. Another option is to go to one of the large shopping centers around Aqua or Saler. There you can do some shopping or have a drink in one of its cafes, bars or restaurants before returning home. Have a good trip back!
The highest point in the city is in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. It is the Assut de l'Or bridge, 127 meters high. (125 meters if we don't count the lightning rod).
The Oceanographic of Valencia is the largest in Europe and the only center in which there are specimens of Beluga.
The Museum of the Sciences has a permanent exhibition called Zero Gravity in which you will learn about astronomy and the cosmos in a fun way. You can even see original pieces from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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