The Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia with the Neptune fountain taking centre stage with the city’s historic cathedral in the background.

3 nights in Valencia, Spain – Part 3: A full day & night

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Start your day with some local fuel

Inside the Horchateria de Santa Catalina, Valencia, Spain

To set yourself up for the coming hours ahead why not indulge your tourist pleasures with a fine horatcha (a sweet, milky, drink) and a farton (a sweet, light, pastry liberally dusted in icing sugar), or churros with its luxurious chocolate dipping sauce.

Fartons, churros and horchata for breakfast, Valencia, Spain

A recommendation would be the excellent Horchatería Santa Catalina.

Step outside and you are greeted by the Iglesia de Santa Catalina church, look up and you will see peering down its wonderful 17th century Baroque tower.

The bell tower of Iglesia de Santa Catalina, Valencia, Spain

Literally a few footsteps away is the Plaza Redonda, or round square, access to this ‘square’ is via one of the several arches surrounded it.

The Plaza Redonda, Valencia, Spain

In the centre is a fountain, and the stalls in the plaza are selling lace and haberdashery.

Then onto the bustling Plaza de la Reina, where the wonderful Gothic style cathedral takes centre stage.

Take the opportunity to view the Holy Grail in its own chapel. This actual chalice is believed to have been the authentic cup used at the Last Supper.

The chapel of the Holy Grail inside the Cathedral, Valencia, Spain

The cathedral has three large wooden doors.

The main being next to its imposing octagonal bell tower El Miguelete, in Baroque style.

The other two are much older, one is simpler in a Romanesque style,

The Romanesque entrance to the Cathedral, Valencia, Spain

but probably the most impressive door, is the Gothic, which has the enchanting view of the Plaza de La Virgen.

The gothic entrance to the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain

This is a wonderful square, where given the time you could while away hours just watching the world go by.

Head south ...

... to Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas.

You will immediately notice the magnificent façade to this baroque palace, which is a fitting home to the Museo Ceramica or ceramics museum.

González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Decorative Arts, Valencia, Spain

From here head east along Calle de la Paz to see an interesting assortment of Modernist buildings and into La Glorieta garden.

A Ficus Elastica in the Garden of the Glorieta, Valencia, Spain

Through the gardens and you will notice the triumphal arch named Porta de la Mar, which was built in 1946 and is dedicated to the fallen of the Spanish Civil War.

The Porta de la Mar, Valencia, Spain

Staying within the old town and heading north west, wind your way through the small lanes and squares, by now you will have noticed the variety of Street Art, from the quirky murals, vivid graffiti or shutters decorated to advertise the business inside.

Soon you’ll come across the imposing Torres de Serranos, although these towers have been significantly restored over the years, they do not lack the grand presence as the gateway to the old town.

The Torres de Serranos, Valencia, Spain

Time for a late lunch

In this part of town you won’t struggle to find an eatery to meet your needs, you could even try to be adventurous, look for somewhere the locals flock too.

The Menu at Casa Paquito, Valencia, Spain

So no menus in English, and you will hope your Spanish is up to the job – Our Spanish is very limited, but the staff at Casa Paquito were really friendly, and we muddled through. A great experience

A couple of large glasses of Ambar Beer at Casa Paquito, Valencia, Spain

After lunch, and a couple of Ambar cervezas, It’s time for that siesta again, but not before meandering through the less trodden lanes of this friendly city.

After a siesta

This evening why not experience the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias by sunset and early moonlight, take a leisurely stroll through Jardines del Túria, and mix with the families and friends out for their evening stroll.

The City of Arts and Sciences at night, Valencia, Space
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía just after dusk, Valencia, Spain

Watching the sun go down across the City of Arts & Science is lovely and peaceful in a serene atmosphere.

Hail down a taxi and you are back in the old town within 10-15 minutes.

Time to find a local tapas bar …
Colmado LaLola, a fine eatery in Valencia,Spain

The logo of Colmado LaLola, a fine eatery in Valencia,Spain

… and soak up the atmosphere, local cheese and Iberico ham, with a glass or two of Rioja.

Cheese, ham & wine at Colmado LaLola, Valencia, Spain

After another full day, it’s time to crash.

There's a few more hours left tomorrow

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