Located on the Mediterranean, Valencia is Spain’s third largest city. This seaside city is well known for its great weather (300 days of sunshine a year), its spectacular annual Las Fallas festival that takes place in March, and for being the birthplace of paella, a dish that is synonymous with Spain. Valencia today is enjoying a resurgence, and visitors can discover everything from classic old world art, architecture and culture in the city’s historic Old Town, to the ultra modern complex of the City of Arts and Sciences designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
The best way to learn about Valencia’s history and architecture is to take a walking tour of the Old Town with a local guide who will tell you about the city’s history, architecture, festivals and unique culture. You can begin by taking a stroll by the old riverbed of the Turia and see the Jardines del Turia (gardens). The route will continue on and pass by the Puente de la Mar bridge, the Gran Via Marqués del Turia, the Mercado de Colón, Calle Colón, Plaza de Toros, the North Station and the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (City Hall). Your guide will customize the tour to include the sites that are of most interest to you.
Some suggested sites to visit on the tour are:
- Lonja de la Seda (Stock Exchange)
- Mercado Central
2020 Prices (for up to 8 participants) and other info:
- US $210 – Monday through Friday
- US $315 – Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
- Price includes a tour with an official licensed guide for 3.5 hours
- Price does not include entrance fees and transportation costs (if any), which are extra
- Common languages available: English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian
- Gratuities are not included and are at the discretion of the client
- Prices are subject to change
Photo credit: Joanbanjo / Photo of Plaza del Ayuntamiento
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