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Bikes prove to be an excellent mode of transportation to get an eyeful of this city.
Valencia solved its flooding problem in the most unique way. They diverted the water that overflowed from the riverbed to a newly constructed canal. The old riverbed was turned into a series of unbelievable gardens and they provide a wonderful venue for riding and great access to see the sights.
Our guides in Valencia are one reason why we enjoyed our stay. They are so proud of their city, and with good reason. They will take you on a wonderful ride through town.
As you get comfortable with your bike, you will take it easy as you travel through the former riverbed, now the Turia Gardens, crossing under several historical bridges on your way. As you bike along the trail, you will begin to see changes in the design of the gardens. When the diversion of riverbed took place, the government allowed architects and landscape artists to submit ideas for this space. They couldn't decide which to use so they divided the riverbed into sections to allow several winning plans to become a reality.
Now you will venture into the historic city centre and bike the same streets that wars were fought for. You will enter into the heart of the city via the Serranos towers, the former main entrance of the medieval walled city. You will follow Naquera Street, Almudín Street and Archbishop Square.
You will stop for approximately 20 minutes to visit the Virgin Square, where the Cathedral, Basilica and the Generalitat Palace are located. You will see and feel this community, with its buzz from the cafes, people walking in every direction, and restoration taking place all over.
Afterwards you will continue through the old city until you reach the Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas, the city’s finest baroque monument and head of the National Ceramics Museum. You then pass by the old University, the Patriarch church and the Glorieta gardens with the centenary fycus.
You will then continue on to the City of Arts & Sciences, a brand new landmark of Valencia, well known for its futuristic white architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava. You will see, as you get closer, 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. You will have a stop of approximately 20 minutes to visit the buildings of this complex.
The tour continues along the former riverbed, passing by both the Music Hall and the Fine Arts Museum before heading back to the departure point.
If you wish, a short shopping stop can be included; there are souvenir shops near both the Cathedral and at the City of Arts and Sciences. A drink is also included, be it a soft drink, coffee, beer, or horchata.
- Your taxi ride should take about 30 minutes and cost approximately 15€ ($18-$19) each way for up to 4 people.
- We suggest you wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Please note that this company does not offer helmets. Please bring your own helmet if you prefer to ride with one.
- Total tour time includes transfers. The actual bike ride will be 3 hours long.
- This tour will not be offered on December 25 or January 1.
Days offered: Saturday