Best Things To Do In The Old Quarter Of Valencia

Best things to do in the Old Quarter of Valencia

Best things to do in the old quarter of  Valencia include visiting the lovely museums and art galleries and the trendy area of Barrio del Carmen.

Best Things To Do In The Old Quarter Of Valencia - Cafe del MarValencia old town is full of tiny winding souk-like streets,  a reminder of the city’s old Moorish past. The medieval churches and palaces give the distinct feeling of being transported back in time.

Valencia is full of history and an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars and nightlife which are at the heart of this beautiful city.

museumofceramicsSanta Catalina Church & Bell-tower

santacatalinaComing from Placa del Ayuntamiento the Iglesia de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Church and bell-tower) towers in front of you at the entrance to the historic quarter of Valencia.


horcharteriasantacalalinaClose to the church are two of the most famous horchaterias in Valencia.

As well as being a local landmark, the Santa Catalina bell-tower marks the entrance to many of the best things to do in the Old Quarter of Valencia.

Best Things To Do In The Old Quarter of Valencia

Plaza de la Reina

plazadellareinavalenciaRelax and enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the many restaurants surrounding the square.  Take a ride in a horse and carriage and travel the Old Quarter in style ~ Read More >>

The Cathedral  is in Plaza de la Reina and has the oldest museum in the city.

The Sala Capitular is where the Holy Chalice of Valencia(The Holy Grail)  is kept –  the official chalice used by Christ on the last supper .

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El Micalet is the bell-tower attached to the Cathedral of Valencia.

If you climb the 207 steps inside El Micalet, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views of Valencia.


Best Things To Do In The Old Quarter Of Valencia 

Plaza de la Virgen

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los DesamparadosPlaza de la Virgen is dominated by the lovely  Basílica and inside is the statue of the Virgen de los Desamparados patron saint of Valencia.

Just around the corner from Plaza de la Virgen and the Cathedral is the La Almoina Archaeological Museum.  Under the glass cover in Plaza de La Almoina are the remains of Roman Valencia. They include Roman baths and two streets from Roman times plus the courtyard of the old Muslim city.

plaza de la virgin valenciaPlaza de la Virgen is surrounded by cafes and restaurants and the  best nightlife can be found in Calle Caballeros (Street of the Knights)  which leads off the square.


 Best Things To Do In The Old Quarter Of Valencia

Visit Mercado Central

The stunning Mercado Central is a masterpiece of modernist architecture, covered with ceramics and colorful stained windows!

mercado central stalls in valenciaWith over a thousand stalls to choose from and with so much on offer it’s hard to resist.

The prices are great so why not do as we do and cook a fabulous meal at home.


Best Things To Do In The Old Quarter of Valencia

La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Market)

lalonjadelasedaLa Lonja de la Seda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site housed in a  Gothic building with a stunning interior,  and lovely little garden. Situated opposite Mercado Central, this  is where the silk merchants of Valencia conducted business during the late 15th century, the golden economic years of Valencia.


Best Things To Do In The Old Quarter Of Valencia ~ Visit Barrio del Carmen

barrio del carmenThe trendy area of el Carme is officially located in the north east of the Old Town behind Plaza de la Virgin and near Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.

Plaza de Carmen is where you will find the old medieval church of Carmen.  This part of the city is famous for the many cafes, bars and restaurants and Calle Caballeros is the best place to go for nightlife in Valencia. Barrio del Carmen and  clubs in the area.

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Where To Stay in the Old Town?

sh ingles hotel valenciaThe SH Ingles Boutique Hotel is located in an 18th-century palace in the center of Valencia and only 150 meters from the Cathedral of Valencia which is in Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgin.

ad hoc monumental hotel valencia old townThe 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.

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Valencia Walks in the Old Town & Center of Valencia

Valencia_WalksFor each walk there is a link to an interactive map which can be used if you have Internet or WiFi access.

With step-by-step guidance on the three walks plus information,  photos, places of interest and ideas where to  eat.

All three walks start from Plaza de la Reina.

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