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Best Things to Do in Valencia in One Day

WHAT TO DO IN 1 DAY IN VALENCIA

Are you planning your Valencia itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Valencia in one day? Then you have found the perfect post. Here you will find tips for the best places to visit in 1 day in Valencia  – plus important travel tips for first-time visitors.

Valencia, one of the biggest cities in Spain, is a great place to visit. Located on the southern coast – in Costa Blanca – it offers a beautiful mix of modern and old buildings, fun street art, a bustling city center, lovely parks, beautiful beaches, palm and orange trees,

Though one day in Valencia might not seem like enough, you really can see quite a lot.

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.

Okay, I might have had a big advantage when I visited Valencia. My German friend, who had once lived in Valencia for six months, was with me on my trip. Of course, she knew how to get around, what to do, and so on.

So, I got to see the best of Valencia in 1 day – and kind as I am, I am sharing my tips with you.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR 1 DAY IN VALENCIA

Before discussing your perfect Valencia itinerary, you´ll find some travel tips for your trip.

Best Time to Visit Valencia For 1 Day

You can visit Valencia at any time of the year. It gets hot in the summer months (hello beaches), and it is warm in spring and fall, and warmish in the winter. You can do most of the below-mentioned activities at any time of the year.

  • If you are looking for a beach vacation, then visiting Valencia during the months of May-September would be the ideal time to visit.
  • I visited Valencia in the winter months. The weather was mild and pleasant and around 9-17°C (48-62°F) during the day. Surely, it was not warm enough to enjoy the beaches and swim in the ocean, but warm enough to stroll the city. Valencia in the winter months is perfect as it is also less crowded – a perfect getaway from the cold in Northern Germany where I am from.

How to Get to Valencia

There are several ways to get to Valencia – most likely you will arrive via plane, train or car. 

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  • BY PLANE: The Valencia Airport (VLC) and is located about 8km from the city center. There are buses, a metro line, and taxis you can use to get to the city center.
  • BY TRAIN: Valencia has several train stations. Most likely, you will arrive at Valencia-Estacio Del Nord. In case you come into Valencia Joaquin Sorolla, walk for about ten minutes to Valencia-Estacio Del Nord station. From there, you can start your self-guided tour. 
  • BY CAR: You can park in a parking lot near the train station, but this is quite expensive. A tip from my friend: you can find free parking lots near the “Valencia Eye.”

Where to Stay in Valencia

If you plan to stay overnight, check out these hotels mentioned below. I did not stay overnight but I would pick a hotel in or near the Old Town.

How to Get Around Valencia For 1 Day

  • There is no need for a car in Valencia.
  • We walked to all the Valencia sights. Yes, after that day, we were quite exhausted, but Valencia is rather compact, and you can see almost everything by just walking. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes to discover Valencia on foot.
  • Public transportation is good. However, you will not need it often following this Valencia itinerary. If you need to catch a bus, it will probably be from the “Valencia Eye” bus stop to the city center.
  • If you prefer hop-on and hop-off sightseeing tours then click here and find out about the prices.

1 Day in 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 the prices here.

BEST ACTIVITIES TO SEE IN ONE DAY IN VALENCIA

So, let´s talk about the best things to do in one day.

Train Station Valencia-Estacio Del Nord

The train station Valencia-Estacio del Nord is charming. It does not look like any other train station I have ever seen before.

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It is located in the city center, just next to the Plaza de Toros de Valencia and 200 meters from the town hall. It opened in 1852 and was declared Good of Cultural Heritage in 1987.

It is quite small, and if you head from the platforms to the outside, you will see some interesting architecture. While this is not a highlight, visiting is a good free thing to do in Valencia.

Turia Gardens

If you head to the City of Arts and Sciences (more on that a bit later), you will most likely stumble upon the Turia Gardens, too. The garden is one of the largest urban parks in Spain. Turia Gardens runs through the city along nine kilometers of green space boasting footpaths, leisure, sports areas, and romantic spots. 

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It is a park with a river that does not have a river anymore. Yes. I know. The park used to be a riverbed of the River Turia, and after some severe flooding in the 1950s, the river was diverted, and it became a park. Perfect for nice strolls, exercising, or letting your kids play at the playground.

  • There is no entrance fee, and it is open 24/7.

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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. It is located in the City of Arts and Science – at the southern tip of the Turia Garden.

I added it to my Valencia bucket list the minute I saw it on Instagram – and it did not disappoint. The futuristic architecture does not actually go with the rest of the city’s design. However, it is interesting to see.

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  • It is part of a huge complex with various bright and futuristic buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences.
  • You can visit the planetarium, a museum, an IMAX cinema, and an aquarium in the area for an entrance fee.
  • On a sunny day, this looks absolutely beautiful. Sun, water, and the bright, light buildings make this place unique.

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The Terrara Umbracle is also great to walk through. Make sure also to walk the upper area, as there are some beautiful places there, too.

  • You can stroll the areas and the Terrara Umbracle for free.
  • But if you want to watch a film or get inside, then you will need tickets.

Click here to find out about ticket prices for:

Old Town

One of the most beautiful places to visit is the old town. It is lovely, with interesting and unique architecture. We strolled the old town for hours, and I was repeatedly surprised by how pretty the buildings are. There are several lovely squares, avenues, and places that want your attention. 

Plaza de La Virgen / Plaza de la Reine

The Plaza de la Virgen and the Plaza de la Reine are two lovely squares in close proximity. You should absolutely visit both!

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Plaza de la Virgen is a lively and lovely square and home of the Turia Fountain, which represents the Turia River and depicts Neptune. You will also find iconic historic buildings like the entrance to the Valencia Cathedral & outdoor cafes.

Valencia Cathedral

Saint Mary´s Cathedral is also known as Valencia Cathedral or the Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia. The work on the building began in the 13th century, it used to be a mosque and is now a Roman Catholic Church. 

It is nestled between the two above-mentioned squares: Plaza de la Reina and the Plaza de la Virgen. 

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Looking at some pictures, it seems like a beautiful church with an impressive interior but we skipped it.

  • You can visit the church, but there is an entrance fee for the cathedral as well as for the museum.
  • The cathedral is normally open every day – check the opening times before your trip though. 
  • Also, there is a museum exhibiting up to 90 works of different styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerist. The collection includes pieces by Maella and Goya or panel paintings by Juan de Juanes.

Miguelete Tower

You can enjoy panoramic views of Valencia if you climb the Miguelete Tower which is the Gothic-style bell tower of Valencia Cathedral.

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  • It stands at almost 51 meters
  • There are 207 steps to get to the top
  • The entrance fee for the tower is about 2€ per person
  • I love views like these. The climbing might be tedious (as it is narrow), but it was worth it.

El Carmen Street Art

What I really liked in Valencia, but also in Alicante, was the street art. Even if you are in Valencia for only 1 day, you can see some street art. Especially in El Carmen, a charming neighborhood situated in the city’s old quarter, 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.

Central Plaza del Ayuntamiento + Town Hall

You will find this part of the old town behind Plata de la Virgin: Central Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

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The Town Hall of Valencia, the Ayuntamiento de Valencia 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 and the evening (a bit of light can make a big difference).

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Torres de Serranos – Serranos Towers

Torre de Serranos is one of the most iconic attractions in the city. 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. 

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Built in the 14th century, the Torres de Serranos was part of the city wall and it was also, at times, used as a prison. Now it is open to the public.

  • You will find it at Plaça dels Furs. 
  • For most of the time, the opening hours are: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Sundays and bank holidays from 10 am to 2 pm. We missed it because it closed quite early in winter. It was already closed at 5 or 6 pm – opening hours depend on the daylight. So, in winter, visit here earlier in the day. 
  • The entrance fee is 2 € for adults, free on Sundays and official holidays

Admire the Buildings

Valencia is home to some really impressive buildings that are not typical sights. To my shame, I cannot even remember the addresses of the buildings but I highly suggest to stroll around and look up! Look at these beautiful houses!

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More Places to Visit in Valencia in 1 Day +

All the above-mentioned places make 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 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, you can check out guided tours.

Silk Exchange

If you stay in Valencia for more than 1 day, you can probably visit a few more places – like the Silk Exchange. 

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This building – La Lonja de la Seda – was once used for trading silk and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built between 1482 and 1533 – and is considered a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. 

 and you can visit it for an entrance fee of just 2€.

Central Market

I decided to skip Mercado Central. 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, this is a place to see in Valencia.

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I know it is not only about the meat, and that you can also buy vegetables and fruits. And in the pictures, the Central Market actually looks great, especially if you look at the ceilings.

Valencia Beach

Valencia has some wonderful beaches. If you visit on a sunny day and stay for more than one day in Valencia, then head there from the City of Arts and Sciences and either take a swim or walk along the beach.

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If you are short on time, you can skip them, but if you stay for two days in Valencia – or love beaches – it takes about 30 minutes to walk there from the Valencia Eye.

THOUGHTS ABOUT VISITING VALENCIA FOR 1 DAY

Valencia is beautiful and has quite a lot to offer. You could surely spend much more time there and would still find great places all the time. However, this Valencia itinerary for 1 day helps you find out about the best places to see in a short amount of time. Enjoy your trip!

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