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Two half-a-day routes for thorough sight-seeing - read below the map
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For something more thorough and unrushed than the Basic Walk, these two routes split most of the Central sights into two walks. The Blue Route is mainly top sights while the Green Route is mainly secondary sights. The exact streets to follow between the top sights have also been chosen by us as an impression of Valencia.

By half a day we mean in Spanish - from 10am to 2pm or from 4pm to 8pm. It is important if you want to go into any of the sights or museums - they all work these hours, bar the City of Arts and Sciences and the Cathedral. Which half a day to do first, and in which direction makes no difference and it is just up to your taste.

Blue Route - Main Attractions half-a-day Walk

This route is basically a variation on the Basic Route for top sights, only with a little more time to take things easy, walk around the buildings more and spend more time inside them. It takes you mainly through the oldest part of Valencia's centre, full of Medieval and Baroque architecture.

Length: 3-4 hours basic


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Start at the charming Plaza del Mercado where you will find three amazing buildings - La Lonja, Mercado Central and Church of Santos Juanes. Walk around all three to appreciate their full beauty - they all show you a different side as you go around. While the market is just a market and the church will be closed, do go into La Lonja even if only for a few moments - you can't leave without seeing the interior.

Then dive into Southern Carmen, via atmospheric Plaza Redonda (make sure you remember where you entered it! - it has three exits and since it is round it is the absolute Valencian Bermuda triangle) and elegant Sta Catalina tower to the flourishing Pz de la Reina, where you will find the spectacular Cathedral. Go in (or go up - the bell tower). The Cathedral is also worth seeing from all four sides.

Then follow behind it to the stunning Pz de la Virgin - Valencia's Old Town postcard to appreciate the square, the Basilica and the Palace. It is a good place to have a coffee if you are tired. You can also go into the Almonia - the ruins of Roman Valencia, if this is your thing.

Walk through a short stretch of charismatic Calle Caballeros to behind the Palace, a charming Plaza de Manises. From here the atmospheric ancient street of Serranos will take you to the grandiose Torres de Serranos. You can go in if you have time. While you are there there is a great view and a photo shot accross the river - the spectacular Museum of Fine Arts.

You should also check out Museum of Corpus just by its side to appreciate the ancient Rocas. From here, a cosy Calle Roteros will lead you to the sleepy and spectacular Plaza de Carmen - the atmospheric corner of Medieval Valencia.

You could finish off with seeing Palacio Marques de Campo or take a cosy walk through the sleepy streets of Carmen to Pz Tossal, then folow Calle Quart to the imposing Torres de Quart.

Green Route - Secondary Sights half-a-day Walk

This route takes you through many other sights which are not on the top-sights trail. It is an opportunity to see other attractions which are just as good but are usually found by tourists more or less by accident. This part of town is newer, with much neo-classical and modernist architecture.

Length: 2-3 hours basic


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We will start at the Southern end although you may well want to do it in reverse order.

Start at the Bullring and the Train Station. You could also make a quick detour to the unusual Church of San Agustin.

Make your way to Pz Ayuntamento. Once you have appreciated the glory of the Plaza, walk its length to the north where it forks out and follow right to the shadowy alley of San Vicente Martir. You will see a very old church on your right. Dive into the cosy backstreets to the right to come out to the elaborate facade of Museo de Ceramica. You could see its luxurious interior if you want.

On the other side of the street in front of the Museum is a shop of Lladro Porcelain - the world famous porcelain art of Valencian origin. You should see it. Beyond the street to the East is Pz de Patriarca where you could appreciate some spectacular Rennaisance architecture and modernist fantasies around it.

Cross Calle la Paz and get to its parallel Calle del Mar - a quiet cosy street with a stunning church on a cosy square with a fountain, just a little down the street. Follow it until you get to the Glorieta - a green park.

Here you can appreciate some amazing buildings and Puerta de la Mar on the right. Walking right, you will step onto Plaza Tetuan with an atmospheric convent of Santo Domingo and historic Palacio Cervello. A few steps from there you could also visit the chapel of San Vicente Ferrer - a cute chapel of huge importance to Valencians and with a spectacular show of Valencians ceramics.

Walk north of the Pz Tetuan and you will get to the river garden of Turia. Over the river there is the beautiful sight of Museo de Bellas Artes and right behind you to the left is the Temple - an ancient Gothic structure, one of the oldest in Valencia.

 

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