Valencia is the 3rd largest city in Spain and yet for some reason, guidebooks like Rick Steve’s don’t even mention this city as one of the top places to visit in Spain.

Skipping Valencia out of the guidebooks is like skipping the word ‘Apple’ out of the dictionary. It’s a city bursting with culture, fantastic shopping facilities, world-class museums, and historical landmarks.

Things to Do in Valencia Spain

Let’s get into the good stuff about what to do in Valencia!

Mercado Central Valencia (The Central Market)

Wander the stalls filled with colorful fruit juices, vegetables, jamon, and snacks. Try some samples or buy a few items to make a meal out of it.

La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange)

Another classic work of stunning architecture is La Lonja de la Seda. It was built in the late 15th-century in a Valencian Gothic style.

Valencia Cathedral

The claim to fame of the Valencia Cathedral, or St Mary’s Cathedral, is that it supposedly houses the Holy Grail (chalice), the cup Jesus drank from at the last supper, which is located in the Holy Chalice  Chapel on the inside of the church.

Turia Gardens Jardín del Turia

Another garden worth visiting in Valencia is the Jardin del Turia in the city center. It’s one of Spain’s largest urban parks and spans nine kilometers across the city.

City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

It’s most famous for its architecture, which was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. The City of Arts and Sciences is actually several different museums and attractions.

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