Valencia Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

(Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain)

Valencia is home to an enormous number of tourist attractions, which are extremely diverse. The main tourist attractions in Valencia range from historic buildings and central plazas, to sandy beaches along the Mediterranean coastline, such as the Valencia's nearby Las Arenas Beach, Levante / Malvarrosa Beach, Pineda Beach and Saler Beach.

The Port of Valencia (Puerto de Valencia) also offers a number of popular tourist attractions, with a good selection of water sports on offer.

Further tourist attractions in the Valencia area include festivals, concerts and events at the Palacio de Congresos de Valencia conference centre, the Palacio de la Música (Music Palace) and the Plaza de Toros (Valencia Bullring), horse-drawn carriage around the Old Quarter, and spectacular panoramic views of central Valencia from the top of the tall Miguelete cathedral belltower.

Miguelete Tower

Address: Conjunto Catedralicio, Plaza de la Reina, Valencia, 46001, Spain
Tel: +34 96 391 8127
Offering superb panoramic views of central Valencia, the Miguelete belltower of the Conjunto Cathedral stands at almost 60 metres / 197 feet. Dating back to the early 1600s, the Miguelete tower is octagonal and contains a number of enormous cathedral bells. There are more than 200 steps to the top, with the climb being well worth the effort.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 12:30, 17:30 to 18:30
Admission: free

Nicolau Primitiu Library

Address: Hospital, 13, Valencia, 46001, Spain
Tel: +34 96 351 9996
Known locally as the Hospital Library (Biblioteca del Hospital) due to its former use, Valencia's Nicolau Primitiu Library houses a vast collection of books and local artefacts. Dating back to the beginning of the 15th century, this historical building alone is worthy of a visit.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 20:30, Saturday - 09:00 to 13:30
Admission: free

Plaza de Toros (Bullring)

Address: Xàtiva, 28, Valencia, 46004, Spain
Tel: +34 96 351 9315
Built in the mid-19th century, the Plaza de Toros is a particularly grand and imposing bullring, with truly spectacular architecture. Whatever your views on bullfighting, this venue is worth a visit just to appreciate the craftsmanship and tremendous attention to detail. The Plaza de Toros also hosts a number of other popular events during the year, including outdoor concerts, matador festivals and displays.
Open hours: hours vary according to event
Admission: charge

Palacio de la Música (Music Palace)

Address: Paseo de la Alameda, 30, Valencia, 46023, Spain
Tel: +34 96 337 5020
Built in the late 1980s, the Palacio de la Música heralded the start of imposing, contemporary architecture in Valencia. Many seasonal music-related events and attractions are held here throughout the year, including concerts, ballets, operas and workshops. The building is also known for its landscaped gardens and scenic views.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:30 to 13:30, 17:30 to 21:00
Admission: charge for events

Palacio de Congresos de Valencia

Address: Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas, 60, Valencia, 46015, Spain
Tel: +34 96 317 9400
One of Valencia's premier conference centres, the Palacio de Congresos de Valencia hosts many of the city's largest events, festivals and exhibitions. With striking contemporary architecture, the centre opened its doors at the end of the 20th century and has quickly become one of the country's most notable conference centres.
Open hours: daily, hours vary according to event
Admission: charge for some events

Plaza de Manises

Address: Plaza de Manises, Valencia, 46003, Spain
The historic Plaza de Manises lies in the heart of Valencia's Old Quarter and is surrounded by many appealing old buildings, which date back to the 15th century. Some of the main attractions around the plaza include the Palacio de Batlia and the Palacio de la Generalitat, two magnificent Gothic-style government buildings.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Plaza Redonda

Address: Plaza Redonda, Valencia, 46001, Spain
The circular Plaza Redonda is a particularly scenic spot in the Old Quarter area of Valencia. With a number of historic streets leading off the plaza, shopping and al fresco dining is very much the order of the day in and around the Plaza Redonda, including number of speciality shops and lively Tapas bars.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Plaza de la Virgen

Address: Plaza de la Virgen, Valencia, 46001, Spain
The perfect place to shop in central Valencia, the Plaza de la Virgen is full of character, together with tourists and pigeons. Known for its fountain, which is always a popular photo opportunity, other attractions around the plaza including a number of magnificent buildings, palaces and interesting side streets.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Address: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Valencia, 46002, Spain
One of the main places to start guided tours of Valencia's historic Old Quarter, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento also features a good selection of shops. The plaza is a popular meeting place and features a grand fountain in the centre, with a number of market stalls and al fresco dining nearby.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Puerto de Valencia (Port of Valencia)

Address: Muelle del Grau, Valencia, 46024, Spain
For many centuries, the Port of Valencia has been responsible for much of the city's wealth and offers an important passenger terminal, which serves around 50,000 people each month. One of the country's premier harbours, the Port of Valencia features ferries and cruises to many nearby islands, including the Canaries and the Balearics, as well as cargo shipping, pleasure boat tours and fishing.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free