5 Things to See in Valencia

Valencia - what a city! So ripe with culture and activity that finding the best places to go during your stay can be overwhelming. Here are our top 5 recommendations.

5 Things to See in Valencia

The city of Valencia, Spain has an estimated population of about 814,208 residents (according to the 2010 Spain Census). This makes it the 3rd most populated city in Spain. Valencia offers a variety of attractions and activities to both tourists and locals alike.

There are few cities like Valencia, able to harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, dating to the year 138 BC, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium. Valencia is trade and culture, cinema, theatre, museums, magic, business. It is the centre of international and avant-garde design, and one of the most active cities in Europe regarding fairs and conferences.

 

Here are the top 5 things to do in Valencia, Spain:

Bioparc Valencia

Bioparc Valencia is a very unique zoo spread over an area of 25 acres. It provides a chance to see various distinct species of animals. The distance between the animals and the visitors are maintained in a natural way - by using water holes, plants, rocks, etc - rather than cages and glasses like other zoos. An effort has been made to keep the animals in habitats similar to their natural habitats. To watch animals in a natural setting while being so close to them is a great experience. There is a café and a restaurant at the zoo to make your visit more comfortable. Dining at Bioparc is also a very unique experience due to the very unique surroundings around the restaurant and the café.

 

Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia

Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia is an incredible park offering a setting that could be enjoyed in a number of ways. The park is very large and has ample greens that make it suitable for hanging out with family or friends. You can opt to walk, run or just sit there to enjoy the surroundings. There are steps, cross bridges, and more such structures which children enjoy. The park also has a historical significance. The land used to be the main river in the city. When it dried up, it was converted into the park it is today.

 

L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo

L'Iber Museo de Los Soldaditos de Plomo is the biggest of the toy soldier museums in the world. The museum uses the miniatures to display the ancient times in a very unique way. At this museum, ancient civilizations are represented; antique furniture can be witnessed; battles get characterized; and, history can be learned. The setting and the miniature soldiers present a lot of information about European and Spanish history. The staff members are very knowledgeable and friendly.

 

Oceanografic

Oceanografic is an aquarium that includes a number of very interesting displays. The underground water tunnels featuring sharks, rays and other huge fishes are very interesting. Seeing all these fishes swimming around you is a great experience. The dolphin show is very attractive. The aquarium is beautiful and has been maintained very nicely.

 

City of the Arts and Sciences

City of the Arts and Sciences was designed by Santiago Calatrava, who also designed the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens. It has five main buildings, all of which are amazing. The five buildings include an Opera house, Imax Theater, Science Museum and the buildings for the aquariums. All of the buildings have great architectural value and offer entertainment of different kinds.

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