The Best Things to Do in Valencia in 1 Day – A Valencia Itinerary for First Time Visitors
- 1 The Best Things to Do in Valencia in 1 Day – A Valencia Itinerary for First Time Visitors
- 1.1 Train Station Valencia-Estacio Del Nord
- 1.2 Turia Gardens
- 1.3 Cituad de las Artes y las Ciencias – City of Arts and Sciences
- 1.4 Plaza de La Virgen / Plaza de la Reine
- 1.5 Valencia Cathedral – El Migulette Tower
- 1.6 El Carmen Street Art
- 1.7 The Town Hall of Valencia, the Ayuntamiento
- 1.8 Torres de Serranos
Valencia, one of the biggest cities in Spain, is a great place to visit. You’ll find a beautiful mix of modern and old buildings, palm and orange trees, fun street art, a bustling city center, lovely parks – and beautiful beaches.
This is where modernity meets history, and where bustling city life meets relaxing parks and beaches. There are many reasons to visit Valencia. Though one day might not seem like enough, you really can see the best places in Valencia in one day.
Though I was not smitten within the first 10 minutes, Valencia grew on me after a few hours. And at the end of the day, I realized how gorgeous this city is on the east coast of Spain. Okay, I might have had a big advantage when I visited Valencia in one day. My German friend, who lived in Valencia for six months, was with me on my trip and, of course, she knew how to get around, what to do in Valencia, the best things to do and places to see, and so on.
So, I got to see the best of Valencia in only one day. And kind as I am, I am sharing the best Valencia 1-day itinerary with you. So, here is how to spend one day in Valencia – what to see and what to do.
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VALENCIA TRAVEL TIPS
Before discussing your perfect Valencia itinerary you´ll find some travel tips for your first trip to Valencia.
How to Get to Valencia
Valencia has several train stations. Most likely, you will arrive at Valencia-Estacio Del Nord. In case you come into Valencia Joaquin Sorolla, just walk for about ten minutes to Valencia-Estacio Del Nord station. From there, you can start your self-guided tour.
If you arrive by car, you can park in a parking lot near the train station, but this is quite expensive (tip from my friend: you can find free parking lots near the “Valencia Eye”).
If you prefer hop-on and hop-off sightseeing tours then click here and find out about the prices.
Where to Stay in Valencia
If you plan to stay overnight, then check out these hotels (I definitely recommend staying near the city center; I preferred the place more than the area around the Old Town).
The best-rated luxury hotel in Valencia is the Caro Hotel near the Cathedral. Check out more about it here.
A well-rated 4-star hotel is the Melia Hotel in Valencia that is also close to the city center. Find out more about it here.
Here are all the hotels in Valencia (including some hotels and hostels that are more budget-friendly).
How to Get Around
We walked to all the Valencia sights – yes, after that day, we were quite exhausted, but Valencia is rather compact and you can see most everything by just walking.
If you need to catch a bus, then it will probably be from the train station to the Eye.
Valencia Tour Card
If you plan to use public transportation more often and visit a few attractions the Valencia Tour Card can help you save money. Whether you stay for 24, 48, or 72 hours – you can check out prices here.
1 DAY IN VALENCIA – BEST THINGS TO SEE IN VALENCIA
So, let´s talk about your 1-day Valencia itinerary.
Train Station Valencia-Estacio Del Nord
The train station is really cute. It does not look like any other train station I have ever seen before. It is quite small (given Valencia´s size) and if you head from the platforms to the outside, you will see some interesting architecture.
A park with a river that does not have a river anymore. If you head to the City of Arts and Sciences, you will most likely stumble upon the Turia Gardens, too.
The park used to be a riverbed of the River Turia, and after some severe flooding in the 50s, the river was diverted and it became a park. Perfect for a nice stroll, exercising, or letting your kids play at the playground.
Cituad de las Artes y las Ciencias – City of Arts and Sciences
The L’Hemisferic, the Eye, is probably the single most-famous Valencia attraction. I admit I added it to my Valencia bucket list the minute I saw it on Instagram – and it did not disappoint.
It is part of a huge complex with various bright and futuristic buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences. For an entrance fee, you can visit the planetarium, a museum, an IMAX cinema, and an aquarium in the area.
On a sunny day, this looks absolutely beautiful. Sun, water, and the bright, light buildings make this place unique. The futuristic architecture does not actually go with the rest of the city’s design, however, it is one of the best places to visit in Valencia.
The Terrara Umbracle is also great to walk through. Make sure to also walk the upper area, as there are some beautiful places there, too.
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Valencia has a really beautiful old town, with interesting and unique architecture. We strolled the old town for hours, and I was repeatedly surprised by just how pretty the buildings are. Plan in enough time and do not rush through – there are tons of lovely squares, avenues, and places that want your attention. Here are some places to see.
Plaza de La Virgen / Plaza de la Reine
The Plaza de la Virgen is on one side, and the Plaza de la Reine is on the other. Both are lovely and lively plazas that you should absolutely visit.
Valencia Cathedral – El Migulette Tower
Saint Mary´s Cathedral, also known as Valencia Cathedral, used to be a mosque and is now a Roman Catholic Church.
You can visit the church, but they charge a fee (and it was not cheap). The entry fee was around 7€, so we skipped it, though we were tempted to visit.
We decided to climb more than 200 steps and enjoy the views (about 2€ per person).
El Carmen Street Art
What I really liked in Alicante and Valencia was the street art.
Even if you are in Valencia for only a short time, you can see some street art. Especially in El Carmen, you will find some interesting murals and graffiti. In the evening, this place got even busier than in the daytime – it is a popular place to end your day.
The Town Hall of Valencia, the Ayuntamiento
You will find this part of the old town behind Plata de la Virgin. Central Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
The Town Hall of Valencia, the Ayuntamiento de Valencia, is another beautiful landmark of the city. It is located right on the Central Plaza del Ayuntamiento, which is probably my favorite square. You have a fountain in the middle (which is illuminated at night), some greenery, and gorgeous buildings (including the old post office) all around.
It was well visited in the daytime, as well as in the evening (a bit of light can make a big difference).
Torres de Serranos
Torre de Serranos is one of the most iconic attractions you can visit and a great place to enjoy the views.
We missed it because it closed quite early (it was already closed at 5 or 6 pm in November, so if you want to enjoy the views for a few euros, head there earlier).
Valencia´s city walls back then included a set of walls with 12 gates. The walls have gone, but there are still two gates remaining. Built in the 14th century, the Torres de Serranos was part of the city wall – and now you can visit it.
Entrance fee: 2 €
These places make the old town of Valencia very charming. While the old town and the City of Arts and Sciences are probably the main tourist attractions in Valencia, there are other places, like the beach, that you could add to your Valencia itinerary.
Then, however, I would recommend staying in Valencia for 2 days. Here are a few more tips if you stay longer or want to skip one of the other recommendations from above.
I mostly do self-guided tours whenever I travel – however, if you like to make sure not to miss main spots and receive info then you can check out guided tours here.
Just a few more random images of Valencia, before suggesting a few more places to see.
More Places to Visit in Valencia – 2 Days in Valencia
Silk Exchange – La Lonja de la Seda This building was once used for trading silk. Now, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can visit it for an entrance fee of just 2€.
Central Market – Mercado Central I decided to skip this place. After visiting the Central Market in Alicante, I figured out that I am not a fan of these markets. If you are not a vegetarian and do not mind seeing a lot of meat hanging around, then this is a place to see in Valencia.
P.S. I know it is not only about meat, you can also buy vegetables. And in the pictures, the Central Market actually looks great, especially if you look at the ceilings.
Beach – If you want to go to the beach, then head there from the City of Arts and Sciences. Valencia has some really beautiful beaches. If you are short on time, you can skip them, but if you stay for two days in Valencia – or just love beaches – it takes about 30 minutes to walk there from the Valencia Eye.
READ MORE: The best day trips from Valencia
Hopefully, this list helps you to find out about the best places to see in Valencia in one day (or two). Enjoy your trip and if you have questions, contact me on Instagram.