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Tourist Offices

TurisValencia

Address: , Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Valencia, 46002
Telephone: +34 963 524 908.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0900-1900, Sun 1000-1400.

Website: http://www.visitvalencia.com/en/home

Services provided by the tourist offices in Valencia include tourism brochures and last-minute hotel bookings, as well as Valencia-themed souvenirs, entry tickets for attractions, and a range of tours and tourist cards. Staff are multilingual, and information is available in various languages. There are several other locations across the city including at the Airport, Plante de Llegadas, (tel: +34 961 530 229); Paseo de Neptuno 3 (tel: +34 628 789 837); and Estación Valencia Joaquín Sorolla, San Vicente 171 (tel: +34 963 803 623).

Tourist passes

The Valencia Tourist Card (www.valenciatouristcard.com) includes city transport (unlimited use of buses, trams and the metro), entry to public museums and buildings, and discounts of up to 50% on 130 other attractions, including restaurants and entertainment, plus a guidebook, a tourist map and a tapas with a beer or soft drink. It’s available for 24, 48 or 72 hours, and there’s a 7-day version available without transport. Cards can be bought online, at tourist offices or using a vending machine at the airport.

Attractions

Turia Gardens

Stretching out over 9km (5.5 miles), this former riverbed is now a green space lined with trees and brimming with ponds, fountains and lush parkland. The area includes Valencia's botanical gardens, which date back to 1802 and were the first of their kind in Spain. Throughout the year, Turia Gardens is a hotspot for walking, cycling and relaxation.

Address: , Avenida Manuel de Falla, Valencia,
Telephone: +34 963 599 967.
Opening times:

Mon-Sun, 1000-2000.

Website: http://www.culturia.org
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Valencia Bioparc

This sprawling 21st-century zoo is home to an impressive 4,000 animals including lions, giraffes, gorillas, elephants and meerkats. Its 10-hectare (25-acre) site is designed to reflect the lush natural habitats of the animals it cares for, drawing inspiration from African ecosystems such as savannahs, rainforests and wetlands.

Address: , Avenida Pio Baroja, 3, Valencia, 46015
Telephone: +34 902 250 340.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1800 (2 Jan-12 Mar), daily 1000-1900 (13 Mar-26 Mar), daily 1000-2000 (27 Mar-25 Jun), daily 1000-2100 (26 Jun-25 Aug), daily 1000-2000 (26 Aug-3 Sep), daily 1000-1900 (4 Sep-15 Oct), daily 1000-1800 (16 Oct-30 Dec).

Website: http://www.bioparcvalencia.es
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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

This expansive entertainment, culture and architectural complex was designed by famed neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava and comprises an IMAX cinema, planetarium, science museum, opera house and more. Its marine park, L'Oceanogràfic, is Europe's largest aquarium with more than 45,000 species of animal including fish, wetland birds, penguins and sea lions.

Address: , Avenida del Professor López Piñero, 7, Valencia, 46013
Telephone: +34 902 100 031.
Opening times:

Mon-Thu 1000-1800, Fri-Sat 1000-1900 (7 Jan-26 Mar), Daily 1000-1900 (27 Mar-30 Jun), Daily 1000-2100 (1 Jul-6 Sept), Daily 1000-1900 (7 Sep-11 Oct), Mon-Thu 1000-1800, Fri-Sat 1000-1900 (12 Oct-17 Dec), Daily 1000-1900 (18 Dec-30 Dec).

Website: http://www.cac.es
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes

La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia (Valencia’s Silk Exchange)

Constructed between 1482 and 1548, this Gothic-style silk exchange is one of Valencia’s most beautiful and recognisable monuments. The building is an emblem of the city, paying homage to Valencia’s vibrant past as a Mediterranean merchant city. Intricate stone carvings and palm tree-shaped columns are among its magnificent features.

Address: , Carrer de la Llotja, 2, Valencia, 46001
Telephone: +34 926 084 153.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0930-1900, Sun 0930-1500.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes (free on Sun).

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: Yes

Valencia Cathedral

Constructed between 1262 and 1426, this atmospheric cathedral is said to hold the Cup of the Holy Grail among other treasures. It also offers excellent views of Valencia from its bell tower, the Torre del Miguelet (‘El Micalet'). Mostly Gothic in design, it some Romanesque and baroque styles too.

Address: , Plaça de l'Almoina, Valencia, 46003
Telephone: +34 963 918 127.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1730 (Nov-Mar); Mon-Sat 1000-1830, 1400-1830 (Sun; to 1730 in Apr, May, Sep).

Website: http://www.catedraldevalencia.es
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art)

Set in a 13th-century convent, the IVAM was the first modern art museum to open in Spain and has maintained its reputation as one of the country's finest institutions of art. The museum is divided into two sections, the permanent the Centre Julio González exhibition, and the basement-level Sala de la Muralla, which hosts temporary exhibitions.

Address: , Calle de Guillem de Castro 118, Valencia, 46003
Telephone: +34 963 176 600.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 1100-1930 (to 2100 Fri).

Website: http://www.ivam.es
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia (Fine Arts Museum)

The largest arts museum in Spain after Madrid’s Museo del Prado, Valencia’s Fine Arts Museum is an eclectic mix of ancient and modern galleries showcasing works by many of Spain's greatest painters. Primitive Valencian painters are often exhibited, including el Greco, Velázquez, Murillo and Goya. The museum also has an impressive collection of sculptures and archaeological pieces.

Address: , Carrer de Sant Pius V, 9, Valencia, 46010
Telephone: +34 963 870 300.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 1000-2000.

Website: http://www.museobellasartesvalencia.gva.es
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Albufera Natural Park

Located to the south of Valencia, Albufera Natural Park is a wetland area that features the largest lake in Spain. The Dehesa del Saler pine forest surrounds the lagoon, attracting migratory birds at several points throughout the year. Onsite restaurants serve a range of traditional seafood dishes using fresh produce from the area.

Address: , Carrer del Pintor Martí Girbés, 23, Valencia, 46012
Telephone: +34 61 961 0021.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website: http://albufera.valencia.es
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Torres de Serranos (Serrano Towers)

Regarded as the main entrance to Valencia, the Serrano Towers are the city's ancient gate and a fascinating slice of Spanish history. Climb its imposing Gothic towers for views over the river and rooftops, or simply gaze up at this impressive structure from ground level. The other remaining gate, Torres de Quart, is to the west of the city.

Address: , Plaça dels Furs, Valencia, 46003
Telephone: +34 963 919 070.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1900, Sun 1000-1400.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Mercado Central (Central Market)

Breathe in the vivacity of one of Europe's longest running markets. Mercado Central de Valencia houses over 1,000 stalls selling all types of food products including fruit and vegetables, seafood, spices, cured meats and olive oil. Today's bustling market building dates back to the 1920s and features modernist architectural design.

Address: , Plaza Ciudad de Brujas, Valencia, 46001
Telephone: +34 963 829 100.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0700-1500.

Website: http://www.mercadocentralvalencia.es
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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SH Valencia Palace

Situated between the Palau de la Música and the City of Arts And Sciences, this upscale hotel is best known for its relaxation facilities, which include a thermal hydro-spa, a salt solarium, a heated pool and several Jacuzzis. Rooms are decorated traditionally, many with views of the Palau de la Música and Turia Gardens.

Hotel Villacarlos

This simple, traditional hotel benefits from easy access to Valencia's beaches and cultural attractions via nearby bus and metro links. The functional rooms are decorated in creams and wooden furnishings and offer free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs. Ask for the rooftop suite; it has its own sundeck.

Hostal Antigua Morellana

Set in an 18th-century townhouse, this classic Spanish inn is run by four sisters and situated in a narrow lane close to Valencia's historic silk exchange and cathedral. Its cosy, no-frills rooms feature memory-foam mattresses and private bathrooms, as well as TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also have small balconies.

Hotel ibis Valencia Alfafar

Opposite Albufera Natural Park, this straightforward, chain hotel features modern, budget rooms with flatscreen TVs and Wi-Fi access. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre, plus guest parking, a business centre and an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast.

Hotel One Shot Colon 46

Within walking distance of the Cathedral, this hotel is part of the Spanish hotel chain One Shot and offers simple chic for a reasonable price. The unfussy rooms have smart TVs, mini-fridges and rain showers, and those on the top floor have balconies. There's a cafe in the first floor where breakfast is served.

Hotel Ad Hoc Monumental

Situated near Valencia's Cathedral and the Serranos Towers, this charming hotel dates back to 1881 and boasts original features such as exposed brickwork and wood-beamed ceilings. The airy rooms are decorated in old-world style, and many have marble floors and private balconies.