Spain’s third largest city, the port city of Valencia is known for it’s City of Arts and Sciences with its futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium , and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, also famous for its sporting culture with teams like Valencia C.F and Levante UD playing in La Liga.
Plaza del Mercado
The Plaza del Mercado houses 3 buildings: the Lonja, honored as one of the best exhibits of gothic age architecture in Europe and is a World Heritage Site (UNESCO), the Iglesia de los Santos Juanes and the Mercado Central, also is present there. The building first built by Pere Comptre brings together 400 small businesses and is Europe’s largest center for fresh consumer goods.
City of Arts and Sciences
Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Fe᷇lix Candela has a science museum, an IMAX cinema and an aquarium. Built out of mosaic tiles and parabolic arches exhibits interactive exhibits. Oceanografic is the most spectacular aquarium in Europe containing over 45000 species.
Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral
Commonly known as the Seu it was consecrated in 1238 by the first bishop of Valencia Pere d’Albalat. It was built upon a mosque and gothic architecture is predominant however it contains bits of Romanesque, Renaissance art and neo classical theories. Each of the 3 gates to this cathedral has a different style.
Torres de Serranos Towers
This is the largest Gothic styled city gateway in Europe, and was built in the 14th century by Pere Balaguer as the primary line of the city’s defence. It originally had prison cells and was used as a triumphal arc on many festivities.
San Juan Del Hospital
The Iglesia San Juan Del Hospital is considered one of the ancient churches in Valencia built in 1261. The temple has a single nave crowned with a dome vault. Inside it has painted artworks from the Gothic period.
Museo De Bellas Artes San Pio V
This is one of the most treasured painting archives in Spain, famed for its collection of primitive painters, there are works of Murillo, Goya, El Greco, and some archaeological pieces. This building is built in the baroque style.
National Ceramics Museum
It is sheltered in a palace from the 15th Century and was remade and renovated in 1740 with an ornate gateway. Inside, there are 19th century rooms and an assortment of tiles made in the Royal ceramics Factory in Alcora.
Bioparc Valencia is a new generation zoo conceived by the zoo-immersion philosophy.When entering the 100000 m2 park, the visitor feels totally submerged in the wild habitats that have been recreated here: the Savannah, Madagascar and Equatorial Africa.