Barrio del Carmen ~ Valencia Old Town
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Barrio del Carmen
Plaza del Carmen in Barrio del Carmen
Dominated by the medieval church of Carmen and full of fountains and orange trees, this is an idyllic place to spend time exploring the local historic and artistic places of interest. The Convent of Carmen is now a major center for arts and culture in Valencia.
The area is easily accessed from Calle Serranos and if you’re coming from the other side of the Turia Gardens you can reach el Carmen by crossing any of the nearby bridges such as the Puente de Serranos (Torres de Serranos – see below).
Barrio del Carmen ~ Torres de Serranos
The Torres de Serranos (Serranos Tower/Gates) and Torres de Quart were once part of the old city wall of Valencia.
Both these towers mark the entrance to the Old Quarter of Valencia.
Barrio del Carmen ~ Torres de Quart
The canon ball marks are a reminder of Napoleon’s invasion of the city. If you climb to the top of the tower you will be rewarded with panaromic views of the city.
There is a charge of 2 Euros and on Sunday it’s free.
Barrio del Carmen ~ IVAM ~ Valencia Institute of Modern Art
As well as the many fantastic exhibitons of modern art, there is also a lovely restaurant and cafè with terrace to relax on.
Barrio del Carmen At Night
Many of the magnificent old palaces and townhouses in el Carmen have been turned into restaurants, trendy shops and clubs.
Things don’t really come alive until after 10 or 11pm and if you’re looking for the best places to go try Calle de Caballeros (just off Plaza de la Virgin).
To enjoy Valencia at night take a stroll down this street, especially on a Friday or Saturday evening, this is where all the action is. Why not start your night at Bolsería at 41 Calle Bolsería. It’s one of the most popular bars/clubs in the area with live music ranging from jazz to hip-hop.
Museum Centro del Carmen
This lovely cultural center and museum was built in the old convent and houses temporary exhibitions open to the public. The museum is linked to the Bellas Artes Museum (see Art Galleries & Museums).
Where To Stay in Barrio del Carmen
The Ad Hoc Monumental Hotel is a boutique hotel located in a 19th-century building in the historic center of the old town and includes Free WiFi and breakfast made with local produce.