Central Market, Valencia Culture & history

Our most recommended Central Market, Valencia Culture & history

Valencia: Old Town Tour, Wine & Tapas in an 11th c. Monument

1. Valencia: Old Town Tour, Wine & Tapas in an 11th c. Monument

Meet your friendly, local guide in the Old Town district, then set out onto the picturesque streets of Valencia. On this walking tour, discover the treasures of the historic Old Town and marvel at the unique blend of architectural styles, which date back through the Roman, Moorish, Baroque, and Gothic periods. Follow your guide through some of Valencia’s most famous plazas, including Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen, while learning about their rich-history. Arrive at one of Old Town’s hidden gems next, the Church of San Nicolas, and marvel at the dazzling interior and spectacular frescoes. Later, gain exclusive access to an 11th-century historical monument in the heart of Old Town. Inside, indulge in a delicious 10-course tapas meal that showcases the very best of Valencian cuisine and local produce. Throughout the meal, enjoy a selection of prizewinning regional wines that have been perfectly paired with the food.

Valencia: Cathedral, St Nicholas, and Lonja de la Seda Tour

2. Valencia: Cathedral, St Nicholas, and Lonja de la Seda Tour

Immerse yourself in the charming historic district of Valencia and take an informative stroll through its picturesque narrow roads. Come across impressive local landmarks on a walking tour of the area. Step into the Cathedral, the Church of Saint Nicholas, and the Lonja de la Seda. Meet your guide at the imposing Torres de Serranos, then dive deep into the bustling city center. Discover the ancient walls surrounding the district and walk into the Church of Saint Nicholas. Admire its stunning interior, covered in 2,000 square meters of Baroque frescoes, painted by Dionís Vidal. Continue on to the Lonja de la Seda, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site. Take in its Gothic architecture, tall and sturdy columns, and geometric roof. Gaze at the busy Central Market just across the road and head toward the Plaza de la Reina. Enter the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, said to hold the Holy Grail in its interior. Discover the Roman ruins of the Almoina, the most relevant archaeological remains in Valencia. Finally, in the Plaza de la Virgen, learn the secrets of the Basilica of the Virgin Mary of the Forsaken. End your journey in this very area.

Valencia: Historical Walking Tour

3. Valencia: Historical Walking Tour

See the highlights of Valencia on a 2-hour walking tour and learn about its majestic history with the help of an official guide. Stroll the atmospheric streets of the Old Town to see key attractions such as City Hall and Central Market. Go to Plaça del Ajuntament – the city's largest public square – to look at elegant architecture, such as the Central Post Office, built to an eclectic design by Miguel Angel Navarro. Marvel at the size of the old bullfighting ring and pass the magnificent cathedral. Look at the historical Silk Exchange and see a fine example of Art Nouveau architecture at the main railway station. Discover beautiful Plaza Redonda hidden among the narrow streets of the old quarter, and be impressed by the monumental city gates of the Torres de Serranos. Ask your guide any questions you have and get tips on what to see and do during the rest of your stay.

Valencia: Iconic City Attractions Self-Guided Audio Tours

4. Valencia: Iconic City Attractions Self-Guided Audio Tours

Enjoy using the navigation functionality on this smartphone app to create a self-guided tour of Valencia that suits your individual interests. Learn about the city's heritage at iconic landmarks like the City of Arts and Sciences complex and the Llotja de la Seda civil building. Use the suggested walking routes and the navigation option to chart a course through the city. Listen to cultural and historic information as you approach sites like the Valencia Cathedral which seamlessly blends Gothic, Romanesque, and Baroque architectural features. Tune into your audio commentary to hear all about the tourist hotspots like the City of Arts and Sciences complex which host the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe, L'Oceanogràfic. Have the freedom to stop and resume your tour whenever you want. Pinpoint your favorite sights and source the best photo hotspots at attractions like the Central market which is an excellent example of Valencian Art Nouveau.

Valencia: Private Half-Day Tour by Car

5. Valencia: Private Half-Day Tour by Car

Discover every corner of the Valencian capital and live an unforgettable private experience. You will get to know both the historical and most modern areas with the convenience of a luxury vehicle with chauffeur at your disposal, and the company of a private guide who will give you the most relevant information about each point of interest you visit. You will explore the architectural heritage of Valencia, where you will appreciate the ancient remains left by the Roman Empire. Also, you will discover the contemporary works and the most striking buildings of the city that is known as the cradle of the Spanish paella. You can arrange with the guide the meeting point in a central point of the city, so that you will be as comfortable as possible during the whole excursion. Points of interest Plaza de la Virgen According to historians, this is where the construction of the city began. Around it are located some of the most iconic buildings of the city, such as the Cathedral of Valencia, the Palace of the Generalitat and the Church of the Virgen de los Desamparados. In this square is celebrated a millenary tradition: the Tribunal of the waters. In addition, every year the Plaza de la Virgen is the site of the well-known festival of Las Fallas, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Church of St. Nicholas of Bari The most striking feature of this church are the frescoes that adorn its ceilings, which were painted by the Valencia-born baroque artist Dionís Vidal. The building has a strong gothic influence that blends very well with baroque art. Its construction began by the Romans, but the various conquests throughout history gave it many Muslim and Catholic features. You will be able to admire this imposing construction up close. The Cathedral of Valencia A must on this tour. You will get to the site of the "Holy Chalice" and you will also discover the "Miguelete" bell tower. It houses a large collection of pieces of art and various historical Christian treasures worth admiring. The City of Arts and Sciences Designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, it is a complex of buildings that make up an architectural work of great value and is an unmistakable icon of the capital. You will arrive in a taxi (included in the price). In its incredible facade where you will find the buildings of the Oceanogràfic, the Museu de les Ciències, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, or the Hemisfèric. In addition to all this, your official guide will be available to take you to other points of interest, such as: ● Malvarrosa beach ● Valencia’s harbor ● Serranos Towers ● La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) ● Santa Catalina ● The Central Market of Valencia ● Caballeros Street ● Town Hall Square ● The Plaza Redonda and many more points. It will be 4 intense hours of great excitement for the history and incredible places of Valencia. Everything is designed to make sure you don't miss any iconic site in Valencia.

Valencia: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour and Valencia Cathedral

6. Valencia: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour and Valencia Cathedral

Explore the architectural heritage of Valencia, from the ancient remains of the Roman Empire to the most striking contemporary buildings of the city on this guided walking tour. Have the chance to see the Serranos Towers, the lively Caballeros Street, and other landmarks around the city. Next, visit an unmistakable icon of the capital, The City of Arts and Sciences, a complex of buildings designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava. Walk through its incredible facade where you will find the buildings of the Oceanogràfic, the Museu de les Ciències, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and the Hemisfèric. Continue by strolling around the Plaza de la Virgen, where the city was first constructed and home to the UNESCO festival of Las Fallas. Stop by the Central Market of Valencia and browse over 1000 stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, spices, and seafood. From here, visit the Cathedral of Valencia featuring the "El Miguelete" bell tower. See the intricate Holy Chalice inside the Cathedral, one of the most important pieces of art from the first Spanish Renaissance. Admire the large collection of art and various religious treasures here. Finally, uncover the secrets of the frescoes that adorn the ceilings of the Church of St. Nicholas of Bari, which were painted by the Valencia-born baroque artist Dionís Vidal. See the strong gothic influence that blends effortlessly with the baroque art.

Valencia: History Walking Tour in the El Carmen District

7. Valencia: History Walking Tour in the El Carmen District

Trace the history of Valencia on this private, guided walking tour in the historic El Carmen district. Discover hidden gems and city secrets that only locals are aware of. Pass by sights like statue-studded Court of the Waters of Valencia and the space where the Fallas festival is held.  Meet your guide in the Plaza de la Virgen and be transported back in time as you guide explains how the city has changed over the past 2,000 years. Begin your journey in Plaza de la Virgen, admiring Valencia's Cathedral and the Basilica of the Virgen de los Desamparados.  Explore the Old Town's atmospheric streets and walk by the City Hall and Central Market. Take in prominent structures, including the lavishly decorated Silk Exchange and the 14th-century Serranos Gate which was once part of the ancient city wall.  See the Tower of San Bartolomé, the Generalitat Palace, the old bullfighting ring, and the magnificent Plaza Redonda. Learn about the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was built in the 13th century and used as a mosque under the reign of the Moors. Return to the Plaza de la Virgen at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Central Market, Valencia

This experience was an exceptional introduction Valencia on our first night. The tour of the Old Town was well-paced, fascinating and informative, adding considerable insight that you'd completely miss otherwise. The tapas and wine was equally good with an excellent quality and quantity of food and drink accompanied by detailed and interesting explanations of each course, all in a superb private setting. Our guide, Emma, very much made the whole experience with her brilliant knowledge and humour throughout!

This was a highlight in our trip to Spain. We were lucky enough to have a wonderful guide named Dani who made every moment of the tour a delight. He managed to mix history and storytelling in a most entertaining way. The tapas and wine portion was outstanding. Each tapas was hand prepared and delicious. The wine choices were perfect well. We highly recommend this experience.

Olivia was our guide, she was great throughout touring the city, telling us all kinds of interesting bits about Valencia, its buildings, streets, cathedrals... Also described each of the courses after walking through the city, talked about the wines that were served, their histories and origins... A very nice tour altogether.

This is a great tour. I enjoyed seeing all the 11th century walls and also enjoyed wine and tapas tasting. They gave you a lot of food! It was a great experience!

Excellent guide who led us on a very informative tour through some of the most beautiful areas of Valencia and topped it off with some excellent tapas and wine.