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10 Things to Discover in Valencia, Spain

Ishwari Pamu Jul 16, 2019
Valencia, a charming city where splendid medieval structures and new futuristic buildings stand in perfect harmony and the birthplace of paella (Spanish delicacy), offers numerous cool things to do.

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The City of Arts and Sciences

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This futuristic complex houses several buildings that are worth visiting. The Hemisfèric is a IMAX, 3D cinema and was designed to resemble a giant human eye.

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The Science Museum Príncipe Felipe is a museum that provides all kinds of science-related activities and interactive exhibitions to bring people closer to science and technology.

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The L'Àgora, an ellipse-shaped building, is a covered space used for staging of exhibitions, concerts and sporting events.

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L'Oceanogràfic

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The largest oceanarium in all of Europe, it’s divided into ten zones, each one presenting a distinct environment.

Valencia Cathedral

Dating back to the 13th century, it is believed that this chapel houses the Holy Chalice, aka the Holy Grail.

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Gulliver Park

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Your kid can have a whale of a time as a lilliputian in this park that’s inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

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Bullring of Valencia

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This 19th century neoclassical Plaza de Toros was used for bullfighting. It’s still used to conduct bullfights along with concerts and sporting events.

The Church of Santa Catalina

It’s one of the oldest in the city, and the dramatic bell-tower is certainly the most striking element of the church.

Botanical Gardens of Valencia

Founded in 1567, the garden now houses around 3,000 species of plants and trees including the most interesting collections of palm trees and various cacti.

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Torres de Serranos

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The city was once guarded by 12 gates. Today, only two remain. The Torres de Serranos was the main entrance to Valencia and is the largest Gothic city gate in Europe.

La Lonja de la Seda

The name translates to “Silk Exchange”; merchants would meet here for trade during the 15th century. Its twisting columns and the detailing of the vaulted ceiling is worth marveling at.

Try Snails

Snails are a local delicacy and are served at almost every restaurant and tapas bar. The best way to try snails is in Paella Valenciana, a traditional dish in the city, along with chicken and rabbit.