Valencia's Top 10
Collected by Paul Richardson , AFAR Contributor
Carrer del Poeta Querol, 2, 46002 València, Valencia, Spain
Who knew that tiles, cups and plates could be quite so fascinating? Ceramics have always been a big deal in Spain, and this magnificent overview documents their existence as an art form. Housed in the baroque palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas,...
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...
Carrer de Sant Pius V, 9, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
The domed 18th-century pile of the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) is home to Valencia’s collection of Old Masters por excelencia. It’s a place to admire the high points of regional art, from works of the 14th century to Spanish...
Calle de Guillem de Castro, 118, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Opened in 1985 as a center for the work of Spanish sculptor Julio González, the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM)—in English, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art—has grown in influence to become one of the country’s most important...
Pont del Real, 46010 València, Valencia, Spain
For centuries Valencia was prone to flooding when the River Túria regularly burst its banks. After the last great disaster in 1957, the city struck back, diverting the water and creating in its place a swath of parkland, Jardí del Túria (the...
Plaça del Mercat, 32, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Opposite the central market stands another of the city’s finest commercial buildings, the Silk Exchange or La Lonja de la Seda. This historic gem was begun in 1483, the work of architect Pere Compte (who had already worked on Valencia's...
Carrer d'Alacant, 46007 València, Valencia, Spain
Here’s a railway station worth making tracks for. The Estación del Norte is a Modernista masterpiece dating from 1917, the ornamental facade of which has motifs of oranges and orange blossoms (very Valencia), while the ticket hall is a bejeweled...
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...
Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències, Carrer d'Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1B, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
Part of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias complex, this marine park is so brilliantly designed, and on such a scale, that it makes most aquariums look like goldfish bowls. The site is populated by more than 500 species, from dolphins and sea...
Paratge de Sant Josep, s/n, 12600 La Vall d'Uixó, Castelló, Spain
At the heart of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Espadán, just outside Valencia, lie the San José caves, the site of the longest navigable underground river in Europe. Visitors are transported in a small boat, drifting along the mirror-calm...