Culture, a beach and boundless energy
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
VALENCIA JOAQUIN SOROLLA
You'll arrive here if travelling from Barcelona.
VALENCIA ESTACION DEL NORD
Valencia's second stations serves trains to towns and villages across the region.
Valencia offers the pace of a sleepy seaside town but with culture and history in abundance. Oh and the mother of all parties - Las Fallas.
One of Valencia's most popular attractions is the City of Arts and Sciences. This ultra-sleek complex houses a science museum, an IMAX cinema, a planetarium, an opera house and a marine park. Wow.
The science museum is perfect if you are with the kids - it's all about learning through experimentation...so lots of things to touch! The Hemisferic building houses the planetarium and IMAX cinema, stand directly in front of its entrance and you'll be reminded of Jeff Goldblum as a fully-formed fly! The opera house (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia) is a truly spectacular building measuring 70m in height and provides the perfect photo at night. Visit the Oceanografic for an amazing journey around the planet's main seas and oceans.
Tip: The 'city's' futuristic buildings and water pools make for a pleasant stroll even if you don't enter any of its attractions.
Valencia's pretty cathedral sits in the heart of the Old Town, linking 2 of its main plazas - Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen. The cathedral enjoys 3 architectural styles; Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque and there are 3 main doors typifying each. Whether you believe it or not is said to be home to the real Holy Grail, to find it head to the Santo Caliz Chapel.
Tip: For spectacular views of the city climb the highest tower - El Micalet.
Nestled on the site of an old silk trade, the Llotja de la Seda is the main monument in the city. The building is made up of 4 parts; the Main Tower, the Consualdo del Mar, the Patio de los Naranjos and the Contracts Room, so you'll need to spend a good couple of hours here. An unbelievable 23 Gothic gargoyles sit menacingly at the top of the building - pretty awesome!
The magnificent Contracts Room is the most important part of the whole building, it's divided into 3 aisles lengthways and 5 across and is supported by 8 huge spiral columns - each fanning out as they touch the vaulted ceiling.
(1) Journey time is based on indirect train service between London-Barcelona and Barcelona-Valencia, excluding an overnight stay in Barcelona.
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