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Valencia, Spain
Every March, Valencia Spain is filled with colorful papier mache statues, like this one of Michael Jackson in his Neverland Ranch. The intricate structures are supposed to represent trends and phenomena Valencia wishes to rid from its culture. On...
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Carrer del Pintor López, 1, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
The Turia River bed gardens run for 9 km (about 6 miles) through the city of Valencia. The original river was diverted in 1957 due to flooding, and since then, the exposed riverbeds have been converted into wide, lush parks and gardens. The City...
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Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Centrally built in the middle of the Ciutat Vella, Mercado Central, or Mercat Central if you want to stick to the local version of Catalan is Valencia's go to market for Paella produce. Set in a magnificent Art Deco Building, it is home to about...
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Carrer d'Isabel de Villena, 155, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Spain is known for their paella, but as anyone in the city will tell you - it was born in Valencia! As the real home of paella nearly every other restaurant is touting their version and there is no shortage of high quality options. Listen for the...
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Plaza Monteolivete, 4, 46006 Valencia, Spain
Even if you can't be in Valencia for its fiery Les Falles festival, you can view the popular ninots (figures and effigies) at the Fallero Museum. Some ninots are chosen to be spared from the flames by popular vote—and then end up on display at the...
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Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia's La Lotja de la Seda, or silk exchange, is a castle-like structure in the middle of the city's old town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's considered one of the best examples of Gothic-era civil architecture in Europe. Dramatically...
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Calle del Historiador Martínez Ferrando, s/n, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This gorgeous, brick building features a facade adorned with ceramic tiles and stained glass, and houses stalls selling fresh fruit, fish, vegetables, cheese, and cured meat. You can also find restaurants and bars within its walls, along with...
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Plaça de Cánovas del Castillo, 1, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Savor some of Valencia's best salads and tapas on the fly at this cozy eatery, or call ahead to reserve your favorite rice dish or paella. In the authentic tradition, some of the larger meals can literally take hours to prepare, so make...
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Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
The tavern's curving wood and glass doors only hint at the building's centurion history. Inside, creamy, tiled walls provide a contrasting background for mahogany-colored barrels advertising spirits like brandy, anise, and manzanilla for sale....
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Eduardo Primo Yufera, 1B, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
All the City of Arts and Sciences buildings in Valencia are breathtaking, but the Oceanografic Aquarium is equally spectacular for its contents. It not only features 500 marine species from whales to sea urchins, it also offers a slate of stellar...
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Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Sip horchata de chufa, a sweet drink made from tiger nuts—edible roots harvested from the chufa sedge plant—while seated at an elegant marble-topped table at Horchatería Santa Catalina. Coffees, sandwiches, pastries, and artisan chocolates are...
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Calle Pintor Ricardo Verde, 1, 46010 Valencia, Spain
Fusion cuisine (served generously) reigns at this charming eatery. Creative tapas like croquetas made from Thai chicken, or Brazilian bean stew also surprise tastebuds. The menu changes frequently, enticing diners to return time after time....
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Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 27, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Watch as the chefs prepare and serve exquisite and unique versions of traditional Spanish and Valencian dishes in Quique DaCosta's diaphanous foodie haven on Joaquín Costa Street. The house cocktail, "Hola Mercatbar," is crisp but sweet, a...
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Carrer d'Amadeu de Savoia, 14, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Enjoy the soothing properties of Valencia's Alameda hot spring housed in a neo-mudéjar building. The thermal waters, rich in sodium chloride, sulfates, calcium, and magnesium, bubble up from 663 meters beneath the surface at 42ºC, and are believed...
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Carrer de l'Arquitecte Mora, 2, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
The rustic interior belies modern eats at Les Graelles, where you can choose from a mixture of Valencian and Spanish soups, stews, and meats, along with creative fusion fare like crunchy eggs with mushrooms, or angel-hair pasta paella. With a...
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28, Carrer de Xàtiva, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Bull-fighting rarely leaves spectators without strong reactions, but whatever your attitude toward this particular Spanish tradition, you're bound to be impressed by the splendor and sheer size of Valencia's neoclassical bull-fighting ring and...
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CALLE MICER MASCO Nº 30,Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
The sweets are only the beginning at Dulces Pérez. Complete (or just make) your meal with sumptuous asparagus and shrimp quiche, chorizo empanadillas or jamón-and-goat-cheese-topped puff pastries. Or skip straight to dessert and feast on artisan...
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Carrer de Sant Pius V, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Find public art, fountains, and unusual trees in Valencia's most emblematic garden, Jardines del Real, also known as Jardines de Viveros. The park is home to over a hundred botanical species, a charming rose garden, and exotic trees like the silk...
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16, Carrer de Finlàndia, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Cozy up to your better half surrounded by floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with the restaurant's best wines and liquors, or enjoy sunny weather on the terrace. Choose from gorgeous paellas with saffron-yellow rice, crimson lobsters, and beautifully...
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Calle de Guillem de Castro, 118, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Wander the minimalist spaces at Valencia's Modern Art Institute and find your favorite contemporary and modern masterpieces. There are exhibitions dedicated to photography, abstract and pop art, large-scale installations, and sculpture. In the...
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Av. del Professor López Piñero, 1, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
Skip the guided tour and spring for concert tickets instead. An evening of classical music or opera offers the opportunity to fully appreciate this building's engineering, designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. Show up before the show...
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C/ General Gil Dolz, 16, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Savor rich dishes and wines from Spain's Ribera del Duero region, like Lechazo, roasted milk-fed lamb, with delicious, meaty reds. The restaurant is spotless: Tables draped in creamy linens stand out against an accent wall papered in pictures of...
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Carrer de Bonaire, 6, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Covet large-scale installations by international and national artists at Luis Adelantado's beautiful gallery space in Valencia. Afterwards, if you simply can't stand to leave empty-handed, settle on something more portable to take home....
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Carrer del Poeta Querol, 2, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
Housed in the opulent Palacio de Dos Aguas, this national museum showcases the personal collection of a local married couple, González Martí and Amelia Cuñat, who donated their ceramic artwork and decorative tiles. Here, you can check out...
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Carrer de Dalt, 11, 46003 València, Spain
Sometimes a boutique just simply understands the discerning, high-end but quirky shopper. High ceilings featuring exposed dark-wood ceiling beams give the space an airy feel, despite the fact that it's fairly crowded with inventory. Racks and...
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46002, Carrer de Vitòria, 4, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
Select a red or white from The Ginger Loft's list of Valencian community wines, or order your favorite cocktail. For Sunday brunch, dine on perfectly smoked salmon with eggs.
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Plaça de Santa Úrsula, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Once part of the massive city walls, Torres de Quart was constructed between 1441 and 1460 on top of an earlier gate. At one point it housed a women's penitentiary, and later on it became a military prison. Be sure to look closely at the exterior...
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Carrer del Comte de Salvatierra, 19, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Stop by this gourmet chocolate shop to try the drink of the gods: Aztec-style hot chocolate. It's quite different to the usual drink you may be used to; this is a dense 80% cocoa hit that you can dip sweetened biscuits into. The shop is also the...
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Plaça del Mercat, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Explore this baroque gem in Valencia's historic Plaza del Mercado. Intended as a hermitage when constructed, the church was built on the site of a 13th century mosque, but was seriously damaged by fire in the 14th and 16th centuries. Before going...
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Carrer de Polo y Peyrolón, 15, 46021 València, Valencia, Spain
Support Valencia's local live music scene and dance or simply sip drinks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the Black Note Club. Most of the artists and bands that play here are local, but a few hail from other parts of Spain and the rest of...
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Centro Cultural La Beneficència, Carrer de la Corona, 36, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
View the lives of ancient human beings at Valencia's Prehistory Museum, where you can also admire fossils and other prehistoric objects, like coins, arrowheads, pottery, and mosaics. The museum organizes educational activities for children and...
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Carrer del Comte d'Almodóvar, 1, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
The baroque decor at Café de las Horas makes it a favorite among Valencianos for a cocktail (or two) before hitting clubs such as the indie Radio City or the Euro-style Giorgio et Enrico. Calle del Conde de Almodóvar 1, 34/963-917-336. This...
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Av. Pío Baroja, 3, 46015 València, Valencia, Spain
There are no animals behind bars at Bioparc Valencia: This innovative "next generation" zoo is run on the principal of immersion, where barriers are hidden and visitors can feel that they are sharing (discreetly) the wild habitat of the animals....
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Carrer de la Llanterna, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Spend a few hours making new friends and learning new culinary skills at the Food and Fun cooking school. You can sign up for a cocktail-making class, be taught by Michelin-starred chefs, learn how to make authentic tapas, or even join a cooking...
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Plaça de Tetuan, 22, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Head to Plaza Tetuán and tour the Convento de Santo Domingo, where detail-oriented visitors will find examples of Gothic, neoclassical and renaissance architecture. Snap shots of fluted columns ending in intricate stone arches in the main...
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Carrer de Sant Pius V, 9, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
Housed in the Baroque San Pio V Seminary building, Valencia's fine art museum is full of historic works by Valencian artists like March and Ribalta, as well as a smattering of paintings by renowned Spanish masters like Goya, and Italian, Flemish,...
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Plaça dels Furs, s/n, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
After dark, this medieval edifice looks more like a king's fortress than a city gate. Built in the 14th century by Pere Balaguer, the gate's interior shows off the building's beautiful bone structure, but has little else of interest to offer. That...
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Plaça de l'Almoina, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Only a few steps away from Valencia's cathedral, examine ancient artifacts and ruins in the Almoina Archaeological Center. In this large subterranean exhibition space, find out more about Valencia's Roman, Visigoth and Muslim past. Get a closer...
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Carrer de la Llotja, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
This shop caters to locals who prefer to skipping Spanish chains like Zara and Mango, in favor of more unusual clothes and accessories. Unique t-shirts, dresses, and outerwear are arranged on organized racks around this well-lit retail space...
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Carrer del Comte d'Almodóvar, 4, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
This is one of the city’s best restaurants, and if you’ve something to celebrate while you’re in Valencia, this is the place to do it it. Burmese-English chef Steve Anderson’s renowned Mediterranean fusion restaurant is tucked away on a little...
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Passeig de Neptú, 34, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia claims to be the birthplace of paella, so where better to try this richly indulgent meat-and-rice dish? Paella can include a variety of meats, beans, and vegetables—along with saffron—the spice that delivers its distinctive golden-yellow...
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Plaça de la Reina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia is famous for its horchata, or tiger nut milk, and Llinares Ice Cream serves a respectable version of the drink. But the daring come for outlandish ice cream flavors, from glazed doughnut to potato omelet and fresh anchovies in vinegar. ...
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Valencia, Spain
In Old Town Valencia, the historic central district, many of the businesses have roll-up metal gates over their doors at night. But why leave them plain and unadorned when you could decorate them with bold, colorful art? Animals, fanciful figures,...
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Plaça de l'Almoina, s/n, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Its full name is “The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia,” but people will know what you mean if you just call it the Valencia Cathedral. Consecrated in the 13th century, the cathedral has what it claims to...
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Plaça del Carme, 6, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Located in the Plaza Carmen, in the Barrio del Carmen, the Asador del Carme offered a charming and satisfying outdoor dining experience. We chose a price fixe menu that began with salted peanuts, a chicken croquette appetizer, and a...
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Valencia, Spain
Valencia is famed for its ceramics — Lladró is based here, and has a factory in town — but one of the more charming sights is the tiled art you’ll find on many street corners in Old Town. Known as “azulejos,” these painted tile signs advertised...
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Paseo Neptuno, 6, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain

Even if time was limited, you cannot go to Valencia without trying their traditional Paella! La Pepica is a restaurant right on the sea side with amazing views of the Mediterranean, friendly atmosphere, and a killer paella.

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Carrer de Quart, 80, 46008 València, Valencia, Spain
Hidden away on an 1812 university ground, this botanical garden contains thousands of species of flowers and trees. Audio guide services are available. There are benches and walkways so you can join the local cat population in lounging in the sun....
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Carrer de Dénia, 37, 46006 València, Valencia, Spain
The exhibition space Hat Gallery features all kinds of art. Recent shows include: a multimedia exposition on femicide in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; designs that one artist created for a local chocolate factory; and a collaboration presenting 40...
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Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències, Carrer d'Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1B, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
Part of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, L’Oceanografic is a world-class oceanarium with an almost overwhelming amount of displays and shows. There are huge aquariums, of course, including a shark tank and a “fish tunnel” that surrounds...
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Carrer de Sorní, 28, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Visit this bakery for croissants, cakes, and good, strong coffees. They also have freshly-baked breads and pastries to take away. The menu is available in English, the place is quaint, and it's located close to many boutique shops, making it a...
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Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain

I was in Valencia for literally five hours before having to hop on an Iberia flight to Paris ... So I made the best of getting to know the city. Heres a picture from a fresh food market that seemed to have been inside of an old train station ......

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Avinguda de Navarro Reverter, 8, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This restaurant serves quality Spanish food at reasonable prices and with attentive service. The lobster paella is a standout. The menus are presented in English and Spanish, which makes ordering easier. This place doesn't look like much from the...
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Carrer de la Nau, 1, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Translated literally, the "Museum of the Patriarch" is a permanent exhibition of religious art situated on the 16th century Patriarca site. The collection includes pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries from El Greco including John the Baptist,...
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Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Spanish churros and hot chocolate get all the press in Spain, but in Valencia it’s all about horchata and fartons. Horchaterias abound in this Spanish region where the refreshing milky semi-sweet drink is made from chufa (aka tigernuts), water and...
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Plaça de l'Ajuntament, 3, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
Arriving in Valencia after a long train ride from Madrid literally one day before the 2004 bombings, we experienced Valencia quietly. We stopped at the market for the most delicious avocados I've ever tasted, and threw together a makeshift dinner...
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Plaça de la Verge, València, Valencia, Spain
Take a quick break from sightseeing, and enjoy an afternoon cocktail in the Placa de la Mare de Deu. Join the locals in this ‘placa culture’ – relax as you watch school children stroll by on their walk home, say hi to the neighborhood dog that...