Church basilica of the Virgin of the Homeless,Val
the Iglesia basilica de la Virgen de los Desamperados, located at Plaça de la Verge, next to the Catedral Santa Maria( see tip on it here) . The Church royal basilica is here in Spanish , official site http://www.basilicadesamparados.org/
It is the patron saint of the town and a basilica since 1948 by Pope Pio XII.
it story starts around 1414AD, king Fernando, the Catholic gave it royal priviledge in 1493. It is open from Mondays to Sundays at 7h to 14h and 16h30 to 21h for free.
It is the only Church of the old town that does not rise over ancient remains of other churches or convents. IT is built in elliptical shape and radial spires, the vaults are decorated with frescoes by Antonio Palomino of the early 18C. The dressing room located behind the altar arch and side sculptures of the Saint Vincent martyr (patron of the city) and Vicente Ferrer (patron of the Valencian Community) (and see my tip on st Pierre in Vannes France for he evangelise this area of France) are the work of Esteve. The Baroque shrine worships inside the image of the Virgin with the child in one arm and the other a bouquet of lilies; at his feet two children representing the Holy Innocents.
Very nice area to spend hours and see the wonderful history and architecture.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
DISCOUNT CUPONS / VOUCHERS
At the followinglink you will find discount vouchers for many activities, restaurants, parks and lots more.
And more over here
Ther eis one small problem. the given sites only have Spanish versions. However maybe your intuition can help and ofcourse yuo can always contact me for any further help.
all the best.
This small square was built in 1840. Plaza Redonda literally means "round square". It is made of curved buildings joined together. So that the whole place is round.
At plaza Redonda you can find several shops where you can buy a souvenir or a small pet; a bird, a rabbit and others.
I've read that on sundays a market is held inside it.
At the moment of writing this square is being restored.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
L'Albufera de Valencia
This is a peaceful and nice natural area some 20 km South of the city. Worth the visit!! You may very easy catch the touristic buis from Plaza de la Reina - face of the Cathedral - at 10.30 - 13 - 16, with hearphones and text read in 8 languages, including very rare "valenciano".
"Albufera" means "artificial lake", as a matter of fact it originated by the residues left by two parallele rivers flowing on the North and South borders of the area.
The place is a natural park, amid the rice fileds and the sea dunes, and a boat ride is included in the 10 Euro trip. For those who love a quite relax in a natural environment contecxt; for readers, it is worth remembering that area inspirated Blasco Ibanez for his world-famous "Canas y barro".
Hiking With Great View and Lots of Surprises
It was in a small village named Montanejos. You can go hiking there and when you arrive at the river you can follow it down and you will be back at the village again. This is a great experience because it has everything in it: adventure, fun and great nature. Dont miss it!!!
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Amazing hot spring
I just read the review of Emily from London. Wow, I think we just did the same but 2 days after them. An amazing days adventure with a very dedicated and knowledeable guide. We couldn't believe how good this trip was, most trips you pay for on holiday are 'almost good enough', this was ten times better than expected! Quite simply the best day of our holiday.
BTW we got tons of superb pictures taken by the Do! Valencia 's guide and the best of it, all for free!
- Adventure Travel
- Water Sports
- Diving and Snorkeling
Hot Spring and other discoveries near Valencia
After 2 days in Valencia visiting the sights (wonderful City of Arts and Sciences, historical centre, the old river bed turned into a beautiful park, etc.) we still had one day left and wanted to do something else. In our hostal we saw an ad with a pretty picture of something that looked like a crystal clear lake or river. It caught our attention. The receptionist explained us there´s a hot spring about 90 km from Valencia. A small company called DO!Valencia organises guided tours there. We decided to give it a go and booked a full-day tour with them. Mike from DO!Valencia picked us up at our hostal the next morning. He speaks English!!! (we found out this is hardly ever the case when travelling Spain....) Mike first took us to the hot spring. It is a wonderful site, very idyllic. We swam, saw two caves, snorkelled, and my friend was so brave as to dive into the water from the rocks surrounding the hot spring. After a quick bite at the snackbar (huge but cheap sandwiches!) Mike took us to an enormous jet, spouting from a dam. Then we drove to another, very scenic village. There we walked along a beautiful river, took a plunge in the water (cold yet refreshing on a hot Spanish summer day!). Mike had a surprise for us in store! Turned out there was a "fiesta" being held in the village, meaning the villagers made bulls run the streets. It was great to see real village life in Spain, this was not some activity just set up for tourists! It was very exciting. The villagers cook paella and other local dishes on the streets and it is just wonderful to absorb the atmosphere. Mike told us many villages around Valencia have all kinds of celebrations throughout the year and he loves making travellers part of the real Spanish spirit. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Valencia.
- Water Sports
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Adventure Travel
Cruz del Sur
This place is NOT in the center and tucked away down many side streets.
I couldn't believe how big a non central bar/cafe could be and it must be the only place in valencia to serve Fosters....on TAP! (OK, i know you Ozzie's will be thinking..."and what?")
Huge beer selected. I just can't believe it's not central.
Port Saplaya - a beautiful harbour
We didn't live in central Valencia during out visit. Instead we lived in a place called Port Saplaya, only 5 km north of the city. It was BEAUTIFUL! Port Saplaya is a harbour for small boats surrounded by apartments that you may hire (so did we). It has also a few restaurants, a pretty big mall and a very nice beach!
TITANIC - The Exhibition
From the 2nd of April 2007 til the 31st of December 2007, Valencia will be home to the exhibition of the TITANIC. There ae many mysteries still to be clarified since the Titanic sunk. Many original pieces recovered from the real titanic are at display at this exhibition which has visited many cities around the world and will continue to do so. Some survivors are also expected during the course of the exhibition.
The selected venue is the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. The tickets for this exhibition are of best value when purchased combined with the other attractions at the city of sciences. The most expnsive combined ticket costs around 38 Euros for an adult. Check out their timings at the website link given below.
McLaren present their new F1 in Valencia
Valencia has been home to the world premier presentation of the MP4/22 Mercedes McLaren offical car. With the spectacular background of the city of sciences specially decorated for the event and applauded by a very huge group of formula 1 fans from all parts of the world. The selected date was the 15th of January. The event ended with a private part of personalities from all walks of life which unfortunately was limited to just a 1000 guests and only by invitation.
Albufera Natural Park
Just a few kilometres south of Valencia you'll find peace and quiet in this natural park, where you can enjoy a boat trip on a rather big lake and a great sunset
Although I prefer organising all my trips on my own, here due to time constraints we jumped on the 'touristic bus' which included the boat trip for 12€
and this was definitely worth it
In 1986/1990 it was respectively declared a national park/bird sanctuary
About a third of all Spanish rice is produced here.
Also the village of El Palmar is a must do and has plenty of nice restaurants, with peppered eels with garlic as the specialty
Around the Albufera Lake there are some small fishing villages such as El Palmar, a picturesque place well-known for the quality of its restaurants. You can enjoy local cuisine here: "all i pebre de anguilas" (baby eels with garlic and pepper) and "espardenyà" and you will see the "barracas", the typical moorish houses for many centuries in Valencia, made from raw materials such as wood, reeds, clay, and mud .
It's also a good place from which to visit the lake by boat.
The tourist area of El Palmar has a Barraca situated near the lake and offers a picturesque view.
A visit to El Palmar is the perfect way to pass the day, have an excellent lunch, enjoy the sunset or just taking photographs.
Immediately to the south of the city lies L’Albufera Lake, one of Spain’s most important nature reserves which is home to more than 250 bird species including herons and flamingoes. You can take a trip round the lake in a barquita (traditional wooden boat) and stop for lunch in one of the lakeside restaurants.
Sunset over Alberic
We saw the most beautiful red sunsets on our recent trip to Alberic, near Valencia. The skies really stayed this red for quite a time. We stayed in the heart of the countryside which was very quiet and peaceful, just 3 miles from Alberic town. Alberic has a station where we caught the metro straight to Valencia. It is very spainish with all the usual bars and restaurants, town hall and a variety of shops.
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip