If you find yourself with one day to spend in Valencia like I did, there are a lot of things you can pack into you visit to this Spanish city, the home to Las Fallas. This is the ideal route to see a lot of Valencia in a short period of time.
Plaza de Toros
First stop was Plaza de Toros, the old bull fighting ring in Valencia. In many other parts of Spain, this violent sport has been made illegal. Plan in advance if you want to see the main events that are usually help during March for the biggest festival en Valencia, Las Fallas, and during July. Otherwise, the architecture is definitely a big draw.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento
A short scenic walk past the main shopping area brings you to Plaza del Ayuntamiento with an inviting fountain and charming old building.
Meander through the small street until I you find your way to the Mercado Central. Be sure to arrive before siesta time so you can get a chance to walk through and find a lovely spot for lunch with a cheap menu del día (menu of the day).
Catedral de Valencia
After lunch, make your way to the Catedral de Valencia or Santo Grial. It is well worth the 5€ entry fee. I took the audio tour and learned a great deal of the history. There are no restrictions in taking pictures so enjoy capturing the beautiful painted dome ceiling and intricate architecture. My favorite portion was the intricately ornate Capilla Major. Plaza la Reina just outside the cathedral is a great spot to relax for a few minutes before continuing on your marathon touring session.
Torres de Quart
Just a ten minute walk past the cathedral you will encounter Torres de Quart. It’s quite secluded and not your typical tourist area. From up top, this former portion of the wall that surrounded/protected the city in medieval times showcases the entire city. I only wish there was at least one other tourist to take a picture of me up there. The right portion of the tower was open, but I was prevented from exploring the left. But, it was still a great sight. There are portions of the wall that show where Napoleon’s cannons blasted through the lime stone.
After all those sights your surely be ready for a nice meal and some Spanish wine 🙂