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How to Spend 1 Day in Valencia

How to Spend 1 Day in Valencia

Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, draws far fewer tourists than Madrid and Barcelona yet boasts comparable culture and dining scenes. Its mazelike center is filled with Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance, and baroque architecture and is wrapped by a ribbon of verdant parks. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Valencia.

Morning: See the Sights

Valencia is a bike-friendly city, and pedaling around is one of the best ways to see it. A guided bike tour will take you to the city’s most interesting attractions, from an ancient Roman square to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex, while offering plenty of opportunities to stop, snap photos, and ask questions. Other, less energetic, options include tours by car, bus, or Segway. Alternatively, hop-on-hop-off-bus tours allow you to set your own schedule and spend as long as you like at each stop.

Afternoon: Make Paella

As the birthplace of paella, Valencia is the best place to taste one of Spain’s most famous dishes. What’s even better is that you can discover the secrets of authentic paella making and prepare it yourself during a cooking class. Classes often begin with the opportunity to shop for ingredients at the bustling public Central Market (Mercado Central), before getting hands-on in the kitchen. Afterward, you’ll be able to enjoy your delicious homemade paella in the company of your host. Tours often include Valencian wines and typical appetizers and desserts, too.

Night: Sunset and Tapas

Spend the late afternoon strolling through the streets of Valencia—from the historic center to the strikingly futuristic buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. When it’s time for dinner, your options include a sunset cruise aboard a catamaran, after which you disembark at a beach for an included traditional Spanish dinner, or a walking tapas tour, which takes you to a few of the city’s best tapas bars. Either way, be sure to toast your day with a glass of local beer, wine, or vermouth. 

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Private City Tour of Valencia with Hotel or Cruise Port pick-up and drop off

Private City Tour of Valencia with Hotel or Cruise Port pick-up and drop off

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If you’re seeking a personalized sightseeing experience, then look no further than this private 4-hour tour of Valencia’s highlights. After convenient pickup from your hotel or cruise port, you’ll check off major Valencia attractions, including Central Market (Mercado Central), Valencia Cathedral (Seu), and Plaza de la Virgen, in an air-conditioned vehicle. Listen to personalized commentary and customize your itinerary according to your interests, whether they’re food, history, culture, or fashion.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$402.93
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$402.93
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Valencia City Sights Bike Tour

Valencia City Sights Bike Tour

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Explore the historic treasures and modern marvels of Valencia on a bike tour. Join a group and a street-savvy local guide to pedal past the city’s most interesting attractions, from an ancient Roman square to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex. Enjoy the fresh air and the freedom to stop often and snap photos while learning the fascinating history of this beautiful port city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.63
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$29.63
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3 Hours Authentic Valencia Tapas Tour

3 Hours Authentic Valencia Tapas Tour

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Pleasure your palate with the robust flavors of Spanish tapas on a tapas-tasting tour of Valencia. Alongside a gastronome guide, visit handpicked tapas bars to sample classic Spanish tapas. Meander through narrow streets and admire Valencia’s architecture as you learn about the city’s history and culture from your guide. Refresh with beer, wine, or vermouth in each bar and conclude your tour with a full stomach and pampered palate. On this private tour, receive undivided attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.07
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Paella Cooking Class and Private Tour Albufera Natural Park

Paella Cooking Class and Private Tour Albufera Natural Park

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Learn to cook Spain’s national dish during a small-group cooking class in the heart of Valencia, then walk off your lunch with a back-nature adventure. First, get hands-on as you learn the art of cooking paella under the guidance of an expert chef, then tuck into a delicious 2-course lunch. After sampling your home-cooked culinary delights, marvel at the natural wonders of the Albufera National Park on a private tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.58
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Valencia Sunset Cruise with Dinner at the Beach

Valencia Sunset Cruise with Dinner at the Beach

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Experience the enchantment of a Spanish sunset on a 1.5-hour cruise from Valencia. On board a modern catamaran, enjoy an alternative perspective of Valencia’s skyline while sipping a glass of sparkling wine. Admire secluded beaches and the dramatic silhouette of Mt Penagolosa as the sun begins to sink into the sea. Once the sun has set, disembark at Playa de las Arenas beach to enjoy a traditional Spanish meal of tapas and paella.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.62
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Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Valencia with official tour guide

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Valencia with official tour guide

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Maximise your time in Valencia with a private 4-hour walking tour tailor-made for you. Admire landmarks such as El Miguelete, Valencia Cathedral, and Plaza Rotunda; visit the lively Central Market; or marvel at the City of Arts and Sciences, then take in the views from the Torres de Serranos.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.32
Price varies by group size
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$149.32
Price varies by group size
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