Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Experience
A Walking Tour of Valencia
A good place to begin your stroll through Valencia's historic center is at the cathedral in the Plaza de la Reina (climb the Miguelete Tower for good city views). Cross the Plaza de la Virgen and in front of you to the left stands the Gothic Palau de la Generalitat. Continuing down Calle Caballeros, you pass Valencia's oldest church, San Nicolás. After spending time inside, walk to the Plaza del Mercado and the 15th-century Lonja de la Seda. Opposite are the Iglesia de los Santos Juanes, the interior of which was destroyed during the civil war, and the spectacular produce market Mercado Central. Walk down Avenida María Cristina to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, one of the city's liveliest areas. A five-minute walk down Avenida Marqués de Sotelo takes you to the Moderniste Estación del Norte (North Train Station), next to which is the Plaza de Toros. Head back to the city center via the bustling Plaza del Ayuntamiento and then walk along Calle Poeta Querol to the wedding-cake facade of the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. Cross the Calle Poeta Querol to Plaza Patriarca and enter the Real Colegio del Patriarca. Wander Old Town's streets on your way north toward the Turia River—cross by Puente de la Trinidad to see the Museo de Bellas Artes, adjoined by the Jardines del Real (Royal Gardens). Walk up Calle San Pio V to the Puente de Serranos and cross back to the 14th-century twin Torres de Serranos, which once guarded the city's entrance. Turn right for the Casa Museo José Benlliure, and continue west to the Institut Valèncià d'Art Modern (IVAM). On a separate outing, cross the Turia and stroll south to the Palau de la Música and Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.
Allow a day to tour the old quarter, the Museo de Bellas Artes, and the IVAM. Tack on a few hours the next day for the Palau de la Música and Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.
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