SUGGESTIONS TO SPEND THREE DAYS IN VALENCIA
PLANES PARA TRES DÍA EN VALENCIA, QUÉ HACER EN VALENCIA EN TRES DÍAS, ACTIVIDADES VALENCIA TRES DÍAS
If you have just one day to discover Valencia, do not worry, I suggest a program for you to make the most of your time. In just one day you will have a general idea of Valencia, the land of contrast.

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Day 1. historical city centre

I recommend a visit to “Ciutat Vella” ,where you  can wander through the main squares and most symbolic spots. From Torres de Serranos (Serranos´ Gate) to Estación del Norte (North Station) you can not miss going to venues such as: Plaza de la Virgen (Virgin Square) The Basílica de los Desamparados, Almoina, Plaza de la Reina (Queen Square), The Cathedral, Plaza Redonda (Round Square), Plaza Lope de Vega, Mercado Central (Central Maket), Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange Building), Museo Nacional de Cerámica González Martí (The National Ceramics Museum Gonzalez Marti), Plaza del Ayuntamiento (The City Hall), Plaza de Toros (The bull ring) and Estación del Norte.If you decide to start the tour the reverse, from the North Station to Serranos´Gate, you can stop at the nearest tourist info to ask for any information about the city (Address: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, nº 1). 

UNMISSABLE SPOTS
  • Visit the Central Market, one of the largest markets in Europe with fresh produce from the Valencia orchard and all the flavour and aromas from the Mediterranean.
  • Do not miss the most beautiful hall with plenty of helicoidal columns in the Silk Exchange building which is UNESCO world heritage listed.
  • Admire the Valencian Cathedral and climb the Miguelete steps to have the most beautiful views of Valencia.
  • Do not miss the chance to try our delicious local drink, the horchata. Do not forget to order a farton to accompany the drink!
 

DO YOU KNOW THAT?All the public museums are open on Sunday mornings and bank holidays and they are free these days.

The itinerary in the morning is very condensed and it is an external view program. It has been thought to the ones who just have one day to visit the city. If you are going to spend two days I Valencia, the best thing to do the first day is to enjoy a relaxed visit to the historical city centre visiting some museums such as The National Ceramics Museum Gonzalez Marti), The sixtine Valencia chapel “Church of saint Nicolás, The Archaeological Museum “Almoina”, The Admiral´s Baths “Baños del Almirante”, The Holy Grail Museum and The Fallas Museum (it not situated at the old town).
However, if you prefer to change the scenery you can go for a walk along Turia´s Gardens or even you can get to the sea promenade, a stunning place to walk with incredible views and restaurants to have lunch, dinner or a drink.

 


UNMISSABLE SPOTS

  • Break away and go for a walk to Turia´s Gardens. Your can also practice any type of sport there.
  • Explore the maritime area and discover where the race course, used during the America´s Cup, and the street circuit for the Formula I were.


DO YOU KNOW WHAT?

  • All the public museums are opened on Sundays morning and bank holidays and they are free these days.
  • The maritime area “La Marina de Valencia” is a venue where a lot of cultural and musical events are take place during the year. Check info:

https://www.lamarinadevalencia.com/sub/79/la-pergola.html

https://www.lamarinadevalencia.com/agenda/41/agenda.html

 

WHERE YOU CAN EAT

Ciutat Vella (Old town) has an extensive range of gastronomy where you can taste the authentic valencian paella or yummy mediterranean  food.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT?

Fundación Turismo Valencia and Ayuntamiento de Valencia organize  twice a year ““Cuina Oberta o Valéncia Restaurant Week” where the best restaurants of Valencia offer some cheap gourmet set menus.

DYA 2. THE CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Once you have explored the old town, I suggest you to turn the tour around by 180 degrees. It is time to discover the futuristic area of Valencia, The City of Arts and Sciences.There,  you will walk around and you will have a lot of activities to enjoy such as tridimensional films at the Hemisfèric, scientific workshops at the Science Museum Príncipe Felipe or educational talks at the Ocenogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe.
I suggest you to spend the morning visiting the largest aquarium in Europe, Ocenogràfic. It represents the most important ecosystems in the world such as the Arctic where a family of belugas is living, the Antarctica plenty of adorable Gentoo Penguins, sharks swimming calmly in the oceans, Dori and Nemo (Surgeon and clown fish) living surrounded of coral reefs and dolphins playing happily with their carers at the dolphinarium.The Submarine restaurant and the entrance building are two spots you cannot miss.

UNMISSABLE THINGS
  • Enjoy an underwater journey visiting the largest aquarium in Europe and do not miss any educational workshop to know more about those animals.


DO YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • The Ocenogràfic has the largest 4D cinema in Spain with more than 190 seats making the experience of watching a film unique. At the projection room the visitors will feel cold, scents, snow, changes in light and also the vibration seat system.
  • The Ocenogràfic organizes educational workshop to know more about the animals. Once you arrive at the aquarium do not forget to ask the timetable to organize the itinerary. Daring people will be able to sleep surrounded by sharks!.
During the afternoon I recommend you to continue exploring the Calatrava´s futuristic complex. You can visit The Sciences Museum Príncipe Felipe, a scientific benchmark in the sphere of interactive science and technology. The main goal is to encourage the curiosity and the critical spirit an enjoyable way.
To carry on you can also watch a 3D film at the Hemisfèric. If you did not visit the 4D cinema at the Oceanogràfic, this is you last opportunity to live the experience.

However, if you did it, I suggest you the last option, explore the Opera House “Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia”. It is possible to do a tour to admire the magnificent, architecture of this building and to know more about the venue where the most important and great performances of opera and ballet are taking place during the entire year.Here, the time just flies by, so I suggest you to combine just to two options:

  • Sciences Museum + Hemisfèric
  • Sciences Museum + Opera House tour
  • Hemisfèric + Opera House tour


UNMISSABLE THINGS

To organize better the afternoon program, do not forget:

  • Check the movie listing in the Hemisfèric

https://www.cac.es/en/hemisferic/cartelera.html

https://www.cac.es/en/hemisferic/proyecciones.html 

  • Check the timetable of the educational workshop that are taking place at the Science Museum Príncipe Felipe:

https://www.cac.es/en/museu-de-les-ciencies/talleres.html

  • Check the timetable of the guided tours Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Opera house)

https://en-visitesguiades.lesarts.com/



¿DO YOU KNOW WHAT? The City of Arts and Sciences is a venue committed with the music that is why famous open-air concerts are taking place during the entire year:

https://musicaenabierto.com/un-lago-de-conciertos/

https://www.festivaldelesarts.com/

http://lovethe90svalencia.sharemusic.es/

To have lunch during the second day I suggest you some options:

  1. If you want to stay inside the aquarium, here, there´s some restaurants which have good quality such as:
  • The Submarine Restaurant central lake. Here, the most exceptional quality is the located next to circular aquarium that surrounds the restaurant, where diners can enjoy its exquisite dishes in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. https://www.oceanografic.org/en/restaurante-submarino/
  • Oceanos Restaurant: Located at the centre of the aquarium. The Océanos restaurant is one of the ideal places for sampling a varied range of meats and Mediterranean produce.
  • Lonja: A perfect place to enjoy as a family. The Lonja self-service restaurant is located near the dolphinarium and has capacity for 750 people. Its varied menu makes Lonja one of the favourite places to eat.
  • Delfinario hamburguer restaurant: Before the dolphinarium exhibition, you can visit the Delfinario hamburger restaurant, located under its grandstands, and sample one of Oceanogràfic’s star hamburgers.
  • Mediterráneo pizzeria: With spectacular views of the Oceanogràfic aviary, the Mediterráneo Pizzeria offers the best variety of pizzas, hot dogs and sandwiches to recharge during your visit. Additionally, it is a perfect place to cool down with a delicious ice cream or snow cone and sample the amazing handmade waffles.

Get more information:

https://www.oceanografic.org/en/planifica-tu-visita/restauracion-y-tiendas/

 

2. However, if you have decided to continue discovering the City of Arts and Sciences and the next spot is the Science Museum Príncipe Felipe, the Hemisfèric or Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (the opera house) then, you can have lunch at:

  • La Trattoria: The Museo Trattoria restaurant is specialised in Italian cuisine, with traditional Mediterranean flavours and creative touches in the presentation of its dishes. You will find it in Valencia, in the City of Arts and Sciences.
  • Museu de les ciències príncep felipe cafeteria: It offers visitors a wide, interesting range of hot and cold sandwiches, mixed dishes, salads and desserts in a modern atmosphere. The installations offer our clients a spectacular view over the gardens of the River Túria.
  • Hemisfèric hamburger restaurant: Enjoy the best hamburgers in the new hamburger restaurant of the City of Arts and Sciences. Delicious 100% grilled beef in Delicious bread with a side of crispy fries. Your best option for eating at Hemisfèric.
  • Contrapunto: located in Valencia’s Palau de les Arts, Contrapunto Les Arts is one of the city’s leading establishments of Mediterranean food. https://www.restaurantecontrapuntolesarts.com/menu-semanal

 

3. The last option you have is to go to the department stores which are around the complex and where you can have the most varied gastronomic offer. They are El Corte Inglés, Aqua Mutiespacio and Centro comercial El Saler.

https://www.elcorteingles.es/centroscomerciales/en/eci/centros/centro-comercial-avenida-de-francia

http://aqua-multiespacio.com/directorio/restauracion/

https://www.elsaler.es/restaurantes

DÍA 3. . THE GENUINE VALENCIA

To this third day I recommend you to explore the genuine Valencia, go away from the city and discover the Natural Park of Albufera situated 10 kilometers far from the city.Going deep into de natural park it means to discover the valencian local habits and traditions like the way the sailors fish since XIII century or the way they cultivate the rice.In other words, exploring the Albufera means to discover one of the most important natural venue in Spain where the rice is cultivated. That is why this plan is highly recommended. 
Visit El Palmar, a small village lies at the heart of the Natural Park of Albufera and sourranded by rice crops and orchards.There, you can try y some typical dishes, such as all-i-pebre and llisa adobada. Savour food in anew way by learning about its origins, discover the water birds and plants, and take a boat trip in the largest lake area in Spain.

If you are not tired after three days, in the afternoon I suggest you a relaxing and fresh plan. Take a walk along the beach El Saler or go deep into the wild nature at the Devesa El Saler.


UNMISSABLE SPOTS

Boat trip in the largest lake area in Spain to discover the fauna of the natural park.



¿DO YOU KNOW THAT?

  • The Albufera quays are the best places to admire the most beautiful sunset in Valencia. An incredible an special place for the photography lovers.
  • El Palmar village has been always an inspirational place for many writers and cinema producers.
  • If you do not have a car to get to the Albufera, you can get there by taking the number 25 bus, run by the municipal transport company EMT. These buses will take you to El Palmar and El Perellonet from Valencia city centre in under an hour, for just €1.50 each way. Another way of enjoying a trip to the Albufera Natural Park is with the Albufera Bus Turístic. This bus service will give you a complete tour of the Albufera Natural Park, where you will discover the rice field ecosystems. The tour also includes a boat trip. (check th timetable because in winter they do not run)
Visiting the Natural Park of Albufera means to try the authentic and local cuisine.El Palmar has a large number of restaurants which offer the some typical dishes purely valencian such as: Paella valenciana, Arroz al horno (oven-baked rice,), arroz con bogavante (rice with lobster), arroz mixto (mixed rice), arroz de verduras (Rice with vegetables), All i pebre (Eel stew)…
If you would like me to accompany you during one day, do not hesitate to contact me and I will arrange everything for you.
I give you some ideas to visit Valencia.
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