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Visit the most emblematic places in the historic center!
This often overlooked city is our favorite. The old historic city is lovely and the ingenius use of the riverbed that runs through the city sets it apart from any other metropolitan area.
You will be met at the cruise ship pier and then driven past the new City of Arts and Science. This new landmark of the city is a state-of-the-art architectural and entertainment complex designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. You will see why this man has become the new rising star in the world of architecture. Mr. Calatrava was born in Valencia and the city is quite proud of his accomplishments.
But the finest part of Valencia is its historic center. Your tour will begin in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento where after a brief introduction to the area, you will begin a mind-blowing journey that will take you back to the 15th century. Following the explanations in the Main Square the tour continues along to the art-nouveau Central Market, constructed in 1928-a must-see building, which is a kind of temple of fresh products. It is a swirl of smells, movement and colour.
Just in front you will pass by one of the most astonishing gothic civil buildings in the world, La Lonja, or “Old Silk Exchange,” declared a World Heritage monument by UNESCO in 1996. You will continue to the “round square”, a charming plaza where you can still experience an XVIII century environment with all kind of handcrafts, ceramics, wrought iron items, and other souvenirs.
On the way to the Cathedral, a microcosm of the city's architectural history, you will see one of the most beautiful Spanish bell towers, that of Saint Catherine’s church. You will also see the façade of the National Ceramics Museum, considered to be the most astonishing baroque facade of Spain. You will then walk to the Cathedral of Valencia, which is like an art history book and where the officially-recognized (by the Vatican) Holy Grail is kept.
The Plaza de las Virgin, once the forum of Roman Valencia, is the heart of the old city, with remains of the roman forum, the basilica, the cathedral, the Renaissance Palace of the Regional Government and the start of Caballeros Street-full of manors and palaces where the King’s knights used to live.
Finally, you will also get a chance to pass by the Benicarlo Palace, the Valencia Region Parliament and former Residence of the Borggia family in Valencia.
- The price of this tour includes the option of a bottled water, soft drink, wine, beer, or horchata.
- Please note that for groups of 3 or less, the vehicle used will be a chartered taxi. The certified guide will join you and the driver.
- Art-nouveau Central Market is closed on Sundays.
Days offered: 7 days a week