Meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel or cruise ship for a half day tour of Valencia. Begin with a panoramic drive of the city including the Serrano Towers, the railway station, bullring and town hall square, bringing us to the old town, one of the largest and best preserved historical quarters of Europe.
Visit the “La Lonja” (silk exchange), decorated with typical colourful Valencian ceramic tiles and the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Valencia. Opposite “la Lonja” we’ll visit the Central Market which was opened in 1928, a masterpiece of modernist architecture. It is a lively, colorful and welcoming place where you can see and explore an outstanding array of fresh local fruits, vegetables, and meats, attractively displayed in all the stalls. (closed Sundays)
Continue the visit walking through “El Carmen” quarter where we will admire the typical narrow and winding streets. See the Cathedral and the Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, the patron Saint of the city, the Serrano’s Towers, and time-permitting, the Marques de dos Aguas Palace (ceramics museum).
We will stop at “horchateria” Santa Catalina to taste the delicious “horchata”. It is a sweet drink made from tiger nut milk, original from the town of Alboraya, at the north of Valencia, where the chufa (tiger nut) flourishes in the sandy soil.
Finish your tour with an outside view of the City of Arts & Sciences complex, designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava. The complex comprises of the Palau de les Arts, Hemispheric and Science Museum “Principe Felipe”.