Get lost in Valencia – a City Guide for Architecture and Design
Ready to get lost in Valencia?
You won’t regret visiting this eclectic, unique city, that happens to be the third largest city in Spain. Located in the south east of the country, Valencia has a lot to offer: from museums and historic buildings to old markets and futuristic science parks. Not to mention the incredible traditional barrios… Those you’ll never be able to forget.
“There’s a special energy about Valencia”, that’s how Booking.com describes this “sun-drenched city” that is “as juicy as its oranges, and as rich as its paella.” We are committed to convince you getting lost in Valencia, so we decided to make this guide for the city’s architecture and design. Here you have a list of what to do and see in when visiting it.
VALENCIA ARCHITECTURE GUIDE
// Buildings you have to see for yourself:
City of Arts and Sciences
Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this complex of futuristic buildings is a well-known symbol of Valencia. Inside you’ll find interactive science exhibits, a huge aquarium, a concert hall and much more. Outside, you’ll be amazed at the never-ending gardens.
This is not only the mostly Gothic cathedral of Valencia: it probably is the city’s most famous landmark. The lavish interior is filled with treasures including a chalice that’s said to be the Holy Grail itself. WOW. Will you dare to climb the 207 steps of the cathedral’s bell tower (known as El Miguelet)?
La Lonja de la Seda
This 15th century Silk Market is one of the most important buildings in the city. It is regarded as one of the most wonderful examples of non-religious Gothic architecture in the entire Europe. You need to see with your own eyes to understand the soul of this medieval silk market.
Cross the road and you’ll see the huge 1920s’ Central Market. Its grand dome and the traditional Valencian ceramic tiles will catch your eye, but try to look inside… This market is a paradise for any foodie and it certainly is one of the top food experiences in Valencia.
In the past, this National Monument was a market for garden produce, fish and meat. Now it’s filled with chic cafes, a flower stall and a stage for live music and other events. It was completed in 1916 and designed by Valencian architect Francisco Mora Berenguer. A national pride, literally.
Palacio del Marqués de dos Aguas
Also constructed in the 15th century, the National Museum of Ceramics exhibits historic Valencian artifacts. It was originally home to the aristocracy. Now it’s one of the must-go places in the city, decorated with incredible textures and colors.
Estacion Del Nord
This might be the first building you see when you arrive in Valencia! Declared a Historical Artistic Monument in 1961, and designed by Valencian Demetrio Ribes Marco, it was completed at the beginning of the 20th century. You need to take a look inside the shops at the side of the entrance hall to admire the impressive original-tiled walls.
// Get lost in Valencia’s streets and squares:
Carrer de la Pau
This grand street is laden with ornamental details on its many grand facades and balconies dating from the nineteenth century. Here is where you can find the beautiful Santa Catalina church tower, one of the most important symbols of Valencia.
Carrer del Trinquet de Cavallers
This street runs from the little plaza de Napoles y Sicilia to the Plaza de San Vicente Ferrer. It’s said to be the oldest carrer in the city. Walk down this street at dusk when they start to light the street lamps and you’ll be amazed.
Carrer de Moret
Placed at the northern end of the Old City, it is famous for its edgy vibe, and the huge street art murals adorning walls and buildings.
The Round Square (Plaça Redonda)
Valencia has squares in all shapes and sizes (because squares don’t really have to be square) but this is the only one that’s actually a circle.
Plaza de la Virgen
Probably the most famous, most historically important and most beautiful square in the city. Visit it and admire its beautiful fountain as a centerpiece and the most stunning view of Valencia Cathedral.
Plaza de Lope de Vega
One of the most interesting squares surrounding the Cathedral is the Plaza de Lope de Vega, a tiny square with loads of atmosphere. Pass by to see for yourself and stop for some tapas.
// Traditional Barrios
The old historic district of Valencia is located right in the middle of the city and contains some of its most interesting sights. It features places such as the Valencia Cathedral and the famous Mercado Central, where you can buy a range of local. Another must-see sight, located near the market, is the Lonja de la Seda or Silk Exchange. Built between 1482 and 1533, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in the north of Ciutat Vella lays Barrio El Carme, one of Valencia’s most lively and buzzing districts. At the top of the district, you’ll find the impressive castle-like Torres de Serranos, which was once part of the old city walls. Torres de Quart, l’Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, the Museu Valencià d’Etnologia (Ethnological Museum), and the Museu de Prehistòria de València (Prehistoric Museum) are some of the features you’ll find here.
In this barrio, you need to visit the stores, the upmarket boutiques, and the big Estació del Nord train station (that we mentioned before). Here you’ll also find the city’s Plaza del Toros.
Besides the colorful market place, there are no sights as such, but it’s a wonderful area to soak up the atmosphere, drink or dine and have fun with friends.
The right place to find a fine sandy beach and plenty of seafood and paella restaurants.
VALENCIA ARTS & DESIGN GUIDE
The Museu Valencià de la Il·lustració i la Modernitat (MuVIM) was created in 2001. Nowadays, this institution includes a variety of exhibitions related to different forms of art that escape from the traditional concept of fine arts. It also hosts several shows about photography, design, advertisement, cooking, music and other daily life topics.
‘González Martí’ National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuous Arts
This is the only national museum in the city of Valencia (most of them are in Madrid) and it is placed in the Palace of the Marqués de dos Aguas. It houses different collections on ceramics and decorative arts, but also different examples of furniture, clothing, numismatics, painting and graphical arts.
Feria Hábitat Valencia
This is an annual international showcase for the Spanish Industry celebrated in Valencia. As a furniture and lighting-producing country, Spain needs an international trade-fair that helps boosting and promoting the Spanish furniture and lighting industry (such as France with Maison et Objet, and other examples). In this show, furniture and lighting manufacturers present their new products and other novelties. It will happen between 19 and 22 of September this year.
This is one of the most important events for design in Valencia and in Spain. Here’s a list of what you’ll be able to find there.
Furniture: Classic and high decoration; modern, upholstered; design;
Lighting: classical, modern and avant-garde;
Home textiles: editors, decor, upholstery, curtains, carpets and home textiles; Rest;
Decoration: Accessories; and decorative elements
Kitchen: furniture and appliances;
Outdoor: lighting, furniture, outdoor furniture; kitchenware; household items; cladding for interior design and architecture; exhibition of young designers.
Casa Magna will be there at Pavilion 4, Stand N25. Visit our corner and get to know our modern furniture, designed and crafted to fit in day-to-day life.
Know you know Valencia a little bit better. But there’s nothing like seeing it with your own eyes. Buy your flight and get lost in this incredible city, admired by its magical culture and cutting-edge architecture and design.