Sightseeing Tour by bus, followed by Walking Tour of the Historical Centre of Valencia
Discover the historical Centre of the city with a local guide.
We will start by doing a sightseeing tour by bus and stop at the City of the Arts and Sciences. I will explain to you the buildings of the CAS, with their designs by Santiago Calatrava as a symbol of the 21st century.
Once in the historical centre we will make a walking tour in order to see the most important attractions in Valencia. We will start at the THE SERRANOS TOWER, that formed part of the ancient (Christian) city wall, and was constructed at the end of the XIV century. It was not torn down because it had different uses. It is considered to be the largest city gateway in Europe.
LONJA -MERCHANTS WAREHOUSE OR ANCIENT SILK EXCHANGE –
It was declared a World Heritage Monument in 1996 by UNESCO and is one of the most famous examples of Gothic civil architecture that Europe can offer.
The City Hall
was integrated into the older building once known as the Royal house of Learning from the XVIII century. Inside you can visit the Crystal Hall, the Council or Hemicycle Hall and go out onto the balcony where you can see a beautiful view of the entire square. It also houses the Municipal Historical Museum.
(It is open from Monday to Friday in the morning).
It is located nearby on the site of a Roman temple, which later became a mosque, and its origin goes back to the 13th century. Also inside the cathedral you may see the Holy Grail in which it was celebrated the last Supper of Christ and the cathedral Museum.
BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF THE FORSAKEN
Dedicated to the city’s patron saint, is a major place of worship. The image of the Virgin in Gothic style, is an object of veneration.
In the VIRGIN SQUARE, I will explain to you the history of the foundation of the city; the popular Water Court which was declared World Heritage in 2009; the facade of the Valencia Regional Government – the Palace of the Generalitat; the ALMOINA EXCAVATIONS, an authentic interpretation centre of valencian urban history; the Archaeological CRYPT OF SAINT VICENTE MARTIR, (originally a visigoth chapel), who was martyred in Valencia in 304, being part of the great persecution against christianity….
THE PALACE OF THE MARQUIS OF DOS AGUAS / NATIONAL CERAMIC MUSEUM,
It was the seat of the Rabassa de Perellós Family as early as the fifteenth century. From the end of the sixteenth century onwards many alterations were made to the building and it was greatly enlarged. Its rococó style facade stands out. This palace houses a magnificent collection of ceramics.
(Coaches and interior by requirement).
ROUND SQUARE, picturesque square constructed in XIX century, popularly known as “el clot” The Pit. During the tour we will admire several facades of some churches like the one OF SAINT CATALINA, a Gothic construction with a slender Baroque tower AND THE ONE OF SAINT JUAN, that is among the oldest churches in Valencia.
CENTRAL MARKET, modernist style building and one of the largest markets in Europe covering a surface of over 8000 m2.
We can finally get to the North Railway Station -Estación del Norte- , one of the finest still preserved in Spain of railway architecture, a secession Modernist style building inaugurated in 1917.
The different itineraries can be modified and adapted to the needs of the customers.