The best FREE spots to visit in Valencia
Being that time of year when holidays are in full swing, I've decided this year to finally go and visit a place on my "architectural bucket list" in Valencia. What place is that? Stay until the end to find out (plus the big interior reveal will be in a different post, so stay tuned for that). However, in this photo journal, I am sharing with you all the beautiful places in Valencia that are worth seeing and that you can enjoy for free! Yes, you heard that right.
So if you are on a tight budget, you can visit a city without paying for tickets to see different hot spots (unless you want to of course). But what I managed to see was all for free (except my bucket list place, which I really wanted to see inside & out). This is a long one folks, so grab your cup of tea or coffee and settle in.
Let the journey begin!
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1. THE OLD CATHEDRAL - PLAZA DE LA REINA
The most obvious choice is the old city centre which has much to offer. Being full of little streets filled with shops and ice cream vendors that lead to plazas where you can marvel at the architecture of old churches and cathedral is all that you can ask for really.
You really don't need to pay too much money to enter the churches if you don't want to. Their outside architectural beauty is more than enough to please the eye. So just get yourself some lime and mandarin ice cream and let your feet do the walking - it's worth it.
First pit stop - the Old Cathedral!
2. OLD CITY CENTRE CHURCHES
While wondering the sunny and sometimes narrow streets of the old city centre of Valencia, you come across different churches, some very minimal in exterior details, some from a completely different architectural period. If you have even the smallest affinity to architecture, this "treasure hunt" will be a visual delight, I promise! Below are the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the San Vicent Martir Church
3. PASSAGE WAYS & NARROW STREETS
Another interesting place to wonder is on the streets surrounding the Old Cathedral in the city centre. They are full of closed bridges that connect two buildings. The decorations are too beautiful to miss out on, so remember to always look above where ever you go (you might find amazing things).
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4. PLAZA DE LA VIRGEN
Lovelier than the Old Cathedral plaza, this space is the home of two large churches, blocks of flats, shops and a gorgeous fountain. I don't want to give too much away, in case you'll want to visit and experience this city on your own, but did I mention the amazing marble floor?
5. MISCELLANEOUS ARCHITECTURAL & NATURE DETAILS
The city is full of different architectural styles, ranging from Roman, Spanish, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern. There is something for everyone here, you just have to look for it. Like this gorgeous Art Deco door detail (which I spent a good couple of minutes on to, you know, take tens of photos of).
6. THE TURIA GARDENS PARK
An amazing idea that the people of Valencia had - they took banks of the former Turia river (that ran across the city centre) and turned into a central park that extends for 9 kilometres, crossing the city from one part to the other. So if you are in a mood for a walk, you'll have plenty of space, shade and things to see in this park (again, I don't what to give too much away - in case you'll want to explore this yourself).
7. LAST BUT NOT LEAST - THE CITY OF SCIENCE!
Designed and built by the amazing architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, the city of science (and part of my own architectural bucket list) has so many unique spots to visit where you can admire its truly stunning buildings. Composed out of 6 separate buildings: the Art Museum, the Hemisphere, Museum of Science, Agora, Umbracle and Oceanographic (the largest aquarium in Europe) it is a must! Although they are worth visiting (and they have some good ticket offers too), you can see it for free by just taking a stroll within the complex and enjoy its beautiful architecture.
So that's it detail lovers - all the best FREE spots you can see in Valencia, and they can all be done in one day. To be fair and in full disclosure, at the end of the day your feet might hurt pretty bad, but it will be so worth it. Because then you have the rest of your holiday to enjoy the amazing Malvarrosa Beach!
Thank you for sticking with me 'till the end, I know I tend to make these travel/photo journals long, but you deserve to see all of these things. So if you have a good spot or place that you might want to see or that you recommend us to see, do let me know below or on our Facebook Page or on Instagram. Just tap @detailmovement and let me know. I might just go there and make another proper photo journal for you to enjoy!
Until next time!
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