Things to do in
Valencia

The hometown of paella blends fascinating museums, futuristic architecture, and fantastic seafood.

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Valencia: Oceanogràfic Entrance Ticket

1. Valencia: Oceanogràfic Entrance Ticket

Explore the state-of-the-art underwater city of Valencia’s L'Oceanogràfic marine park, located in the astonishing City of Arts and Sciences and designed by Felix Candela in the shape of a water lily. Built on 2 levels, the upper floors feature outdoor exhibitions and are surrounded by a magnificent fresh water lake inhabited by pelicans, cormorants and flamingos. On the lower level, you will find the largest aquariums in Europe, containing representatives of the world’s main marine ecosystems. Go on a journey through the Mediterranean, global wetlands, temperate and tropical seas, the Antarctic, Arctic, oceans of the world, and even the Red Sea. The Dolphinarium alone contains more than 24 million liters of water, reaching a depth of 10.5 meters. Get to know the behavior of more than 45,000 aquatic creatures from 500 different species, including belugas, walrus, jellyfish, sea lions and sharks. And, when you fancy a break, there’s even an underwater restaurant (not included)!

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Valencia: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

2. Valencia: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

See the sights of Valencia at your own pace with the Valencia Bus Turistic! With 24- and 48-hour ticket options, the hop-on hop-off concept means you can get off at the locations that appeal to you most, simply joining the next bus when you're done. There are 17 stops throughout the city where you can get on and off without restriction. See the best attractions and monuments in Valencia. Real-time audio guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Valencian and Russian.

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Valencia: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

3. Valencia: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Bike through the cozy streets of the old city center of Valencia. Discover a lot of spectacular buildings included the Cathedral of Valencia. Bike towards the Túria river and visit its beautiful garden. Pass by the Palau de la Música (The music palace) and the gigantic playground of Gulliver out of the book Gulliver travels. In the last part of the tour, explore the City of Arts and Sciences. Spot the famous modernistic buildings of the architect Santiago Calatrava before returning to the city center.

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Valencia: Flamenco Show with Dinner at La Bulería

4. Valencia: Flamenco Show with Dinner at La Bulería

Enjoy the best flamenco experience in Valencia. Experience the cult place for flamenco, one of the most beautiful kinds of music in the world, possessing an exuberant artistic, cultural and historical wealth. Live a unique experience, as intense as it is unforgettable, accompanied by the best of Mediterranean cuisine served in a beautiful Tablao with an intimate restaurant and evocative atmosphere. Feel the magic and ancient charm of flamenco, the most exported cultural icon of recent times. Fall in love with an exceedingly dramatic flamenco show. With more than a decade of professional experience in the world of flamenco and authentic restoration, this tablao is hoping to reach a wide audience with the magic and ancient charm of flamenco.

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Valencia: Principe Felipe Science Museum Entry Ticket

5. Valencia: Principe Felipe Science Museum Entry Ticket

Learn about science and space in an interactive, informative and entertaining way with full-day admission to the Principe Felipe Science Museum in Valencia’s ground-breaking City of Arts and Sciences. The building was designed by Santiago Calatrava in the form of a whale’s skeleton and is designed to bring science and technology closer to the public in an amusing way. Its motto is, "Forbidden not to touch, not to feel, and not to think." Among the exhibitions you are invited to touch, feel and think about are the Electricity Theatre. In front of an auditorium, with seating for up to 50 people, your hair will literally stand on end as a slightly crazy inventor demonstrates the physical principles of electricity Explore more than 40,000 square meters of the Principe Felipe Science Museum’s galleries, and learn more about concepts such as climate change, surveillance technology and biometrics, all in easy-to-understand language.

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Valencia: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Valencia Tourist Card

6. Valencia: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Valencia Tourist Card

The Valencia Tourist Card is a combined card that offers free public urban transport and discounts of up to 25% on tours services. Get up to 50% in museums, leisure activities, shops, and restaurants for 24, 48, or 72 hours. The free public urban transport is within Valencia city, bus and tram zone A, and metro ABCD including the traject Valencia-Airport-Valencia (L3, L5).   The establishments that offer discounts on presentation of the Valencia Tourist Card are identified with a sticker. The card is active when using public transport for the first time or in any of the 42 readers distributed in the city. If this is not possible, the card could be validated at any point of use by writing down the expiration date of the card with an ink pen. Identity cards or passports must be shown for children in order to give them the City Card.

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Valencia City of Arts & Science: 3D Film at Hemisfèric

7. Valencia City of Arts & Science: 3D Film at Hemisfèric

Inaugurated in 1998, the Hemisfèric 3D theatre was the first building in Valencia's amazing City of Arts and Sciences to open its doors to the public. The theatre features truly spectacular construction designed by renowned Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, with an oval roof over 100 meters long that covers the immense sphere of the modern projection room. This unique building is the largest theatre hall in Spain, housing two projection systems on a concave screen covering a surface area of 900 square meters. Experience an amazing 3D film inside the Hemisfèric's IMAX dome, featuring breathtaking digital projections, fascinating animations, and top-quality entertainment. The IMAX films last from 45 to 50 minutes, depending on the show, and will transport you right into the center of a new world. See animations as if they were right in front of you, moving objects that you can touch! Treat yourself to this amazing sensory experience, a must for your visit to Valencia's City of Arts and Science. 

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Valencia: 48-Hour Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus & Oceanogràfic Ticket

8. Valencia: 48-Hour Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus & Oceanogràfic Ticket

With this combined ticket, take advantage of a convenient hop-on-hop-off bus tour through the city of Valencia on a double-decker sightseeing bus.  There are 17 stops and you can use both lines and get on and off at all of the stops around the city for a validity of 48 hours. Get off at a stop in total which cover all of Valencia's main attractions. As you cruise through the city, listen to the audio guide in one of the 10 available languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Valencian, and Russian. Get off at the "Route B Valencia marítima" stop to discover the famous Oceanografic Center, one of the largest aquariums in the worlds with more than 500 species of different animals. Don't miss the spectacular dolphin show which is included in your ticket price.

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Valencia: Pub Crawl

9. Valencia: Pub Crawl

Enjoy a night out in Valencia. Along the way you will take part in drinking games and visit 3 bars with a group of fellow travelers. Go to the best bars in the city and benefit from free shots and discounts on your drinks. The guides will ensure that you have an amazing night, as well as a safe one. Enjoying a night out in a strange city can be daunting, you are in safe hands and are guaranteed to visit the best bars so you won't miss a thing. Be part of Valencia's biggest and most established pub crawl and enjoy Valencia's amazing nightlife with a great group of people.

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Valencia: Complete Tuk-Tuk Tour Around the City

10. Valencia: Complete Tuk-Tuk Tour Around the City

Visit the main historical and cultural points of the city center by tuk-tuk. See the most important modern building in the city, and the impressive harbor in the company of your expert guide. Start your tour at the TourismHub office in Valencia North Station. Get ready to visit historical places such as the old Torres de Quart, the Torres de Serranos, the Museum of Fine Arts or the old Hospital of Valencia, the first mental sanatorium in Europe, now converted into the public library of the city. Explore the modern port of Valencia, La Marina Real, and stroll along the extensive Malvarrosa beach. Discover the avant-garde and artistic character of Valencia at the City of Arts and Sciences. See the Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe, the Museum of Sciences, the Hemispheric, and the Reina Sofía Palace of the Arts. Follow the old Turia riverbed, and see sights like the Ciutat Vella, Mercado de Colón, the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas and the Plaza de Toros. Take advantage of commentary from your expert guide, and enjoy the panoramic views offered by tuk-tuk without the need to get out of the vehicle.

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Frequently asked questions about Valencia

What top attractions are a must-see in Valencia?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Valencia?

    Allow yourself a minimum of four full days to take in the sights at a leisurely pace, setting aside one for the City of Arts and Sciences and one for the Bioparc. If you're looking for sun, sea, and sand, add another day or even two for Valencia's great beaches. If you arrive during las Fallas in mid-March, you may want to tack on an extra day to experience it.

  • Getting around

    It's easy to get around Valencia by bus, tram and subway. The purchase of the Valencia Tourist Card (VLC) includes free public transportation and admission to public museums and monuments. The city is also bike-friendly, providing plenty of enjoyable places to ride, such as through the 5-mile Turia Park. It stretches from the area near the Bioparc Valencia to the City of Arts and Sciences.

  • Where to stay in Valencia

    Valencia's Old Town (Ciutat Vella) is a popular and central area to be. Russafa is a nice alternative and located in the adjacent district of Eixample. For beach-goers, who'd rather stay closer to the sea, La Malva-Rosa is a nice option, approximately 30 minutes away by metro to the city center (e.g. Colón metro station).

  • Tickets for the City of Arts and Sciences

    You can either purchase tickets for the one place you'd like to visit (Hemisfèric 8€, Oceanogràfic 27.90€, Science Museum 8€), or mix and match with a packaged price. You can book all three for 32€, which includes a 10% discount when booking online. When selecting the Hemisfèric, you'll need to choose one IMAX film session you'd like to watch. You can buy all tickets online for a specific date.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    There is no bad time to visit this city, which never gets too cold. In the summer, though, there are more crowds, while in the winter some attractions offer shortened opening hours. Late spring, before the summer crowds arrive, may be best.

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What people are saying about Valencia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,942 reviews

Wonderful way to tour the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We got to get off the tuk tuk to walk and explore in a few places, which was nice - a good mixture of driving and walking. I liked how it was open air and a small private tour for our family of four.

Tour was fine :) group of 15-20 people I think, included shots are, as with any pub crawl, just super sweet and to my tasting almost non alcoholic. Anyway, you go to these kind of tours to meet new people and have fun, which is what I had :)

Great guide, very well organized and time measured tour part. Amazing food and wines and absolutely incomparable view of the city and the magic of the sunset over the sea. I do highly recommend this tour!

Great aquarium, nice dolphin show, impressive exhibits. It was a nice way to spend Christmas day. We especially liked the shark tunnel, where sharks and rays swim above you.

Our guide Inga was great. The visit to the 33rd floor for tapas and wine was very enjoyable, although I believe the experience was overpriced.