Ultimate & Best Cultural Valencia Tour Itinerary 1 Day (With Day Trips)

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Let’s read about the cultural Valencia tour itinerary or what to do in Valencia Spain, in 1 day. 

Valencia is the 3rd largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.  It is a beautiful city with a perfect combination of ancient, medieval, and modern cultures, sunny beaches, science centers, and quaint streets. 

Highlights of Valencia Tour
Highlights of Valencia Tour


How to reach Valencia?

The nearest big International Airports – are Barcelona, which is 306 km from here, and Madrid, which is 303 km from here. You can rent a car or take a train from these cities to reach here. Click here to check the train timetable.

Highlights of Cultural Valencia Tour Itinerary – What to do in Valencia Spain?

This city is famous as Old meets New because it has remains of 100 B.C. Roman colony and modern styled architecture too.  The historical center is one of the most important historical centers in Europe. 

Valencia was founded by Romans in 100 B.C. and is located on the Eastern Coast of Spain beside the Mediterranean Sea and on the banks of river Turia. 

Valencia Famous Festivals – Valencia tour Itinerary


Things To Do In Valencia Spain

North Station 

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North Station

Having an area of 15,000 sq. m, the North Station building was inaugurated in 1917.  This building has beautiful facades having orange motifs.  One of the most crucial commuting centers in Valencia.

Town Hall Square  

Town Hall visit during Highlights of Valencia Tour
Town Hall Square

One of the modern styles of architecture, this square has lavish and impressive clock towers, a grand marble staircase, houses, municipal archives, museums, gardens, and administrative offices.  Many events take place at this square which makes this place very lively.


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It is a gothic-styled, tall tower with 63 m in height and 207 steps.  The view of Historical Valencia is stunning from the top of the tower. It was built in 1381. 

It is the octagonal bell tower of Valencia Cathedral and must to do on the cultural Valencia tour itinerary.

Plaza de la Virgen 

One of the oldest and most ancient squares of Valencia. It dates back to Roman times with 3 iconic buildings – Valencia Cathedral,  Basilica de la Virgen de Los Desamparados, and Palace of Generalitat. 

Highlights of Valencia Tour
Highlights of Valencia Tour

Plaza de la Virgen houses the city’s renowned landmarks with outdoor cafes and a perfect spot for photography and history lovers.  The center of this square has a significant sculpture named Fountain of Turia.

This fountain depicts Neptune, surrounded by 8 naked women representing Valencia’s Turia river with its 8 irrigation canals.

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Turia Fountain

Plaza de Mercado 

Department of Commerce and Supplies building on a beautiful square with markets, ancient-style buildings painted in glorious colors, and nouveau-styled art. 

One of the ancient market complexes is still running.  Also known as Central Market famous for various shops. Find some unqiue speciality foods and markets here in Valencia.

City of Arts and Science Center

Most important landmark with modern style architecture.  It is one of the 12 treasures of Spain.  It is a cultural and leisure center with unique architecture. 

It opens 365 days a year.  It is located on a dry river bed of the Turia River and is surrounded by attractive pools of water.  This complex houses an Opera house, Performing Arts Center,  IMAX,  Planetarium, Laserium, Walkways/Gardens, Science Museum, Open-air Aquarium, and Oceanographic Park.  

La Lonja – Cultural Valencia tour itinerary

Lonja is an iconic monument in the city.  The gothic-styled architecture was built in 1482 and was used for trading in silk.  It is also known as the Silk Exchange Building.

This splendid ancient building is a UNESCO Heritage site.  

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La Lonja

Valencia Cathedral – Valencia in one day

The Roman Catholic church, built in the 13th century, is in the city’s heart.  Influenced by many architectural styles of Gothic, Roman, and Baroque. 

“The Holy Chalice,” used in “The Last Supper,” is believed to be kept inside this cathedral.  Also known as St. Mary’s Cathedral. It is accompanied by the famous bell tower El Miguel.

Street art of Valencia – Valencia in one day

Wander in streets of Valencia with beautiful signboards of shops and wall art in traditional style paintings. Looking similar to vintage-styled art.

Exteriors of Buildings – Valencia in one day

The Buildings’ exteriors are painted in various colors and adorned with many artifacts, vintage-styled lamps, flags, sculptures, and flowers.


  • Sagunto.
  • Peniscola.
  • Xativa.
  • Requenia Wine tour.
  • Beautiful Spanish village – Albarracin.
  • Rice Fields of El Palmar.
  • Montanejos Hot springs 
  • The romantic city of Teruel.


  • Staying Option – The main 7 plazas in Valencia are very lively and worth living nearby. Learn more about where to stay in Valencia. There are many boutique hotels in Valencia, too, which you can book for an actual Spanish stay.
  • I got one day to have a short and quick tour of this city. But if you have more days, there are many things to do here. Read about perfect 3 days Valencia Itinerary. This beauty can be reached through road and rail networks from many cities.  Euro-rail connects well with this city. 
  • Internal transport can be done by public transport and foot walking tours. You would genuinely love Valencia tourist attractions or highlights of cultural Valencia. 
  • Spanish food is very delicious and must try. You can try some of the best Paella in Valencia
  • Best time to Visit  – Springs to Summer.
  • Take a sip of good coffee with delicious Paella, indulge in the lively nightlife, or experience traditional and historical Valencia with modern science in Valencia during your Spain Trip.


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Things to do in Valencia in One day

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  1. The City of Arts and Science intrigues me much, I wish I had visited Valencia last time I was in Spain. I had not much time, hence skipped. Thanks for the blog for detailing other places to see in Valencia. I wasn’t aware of the beautiful Cathedral. Also, there are too many interesting day trips you have listed.

  2. We did a 4 city tour of Spain last year and I fell in love with this country. Each city has it’s own personality and vibe. Looks like Valencia has a lot to offer and it needs to be on our itinerary for the next trip.

  3. A big fan of Spain and did a road trip couple of years ago of the south. Sadly missed out on Valencia and wished had read your post before we done it. The architecture is stunning and Plaza de Mercado a great place to spend some time and do people watching. The station itself looks amazing and full of character. You can always vouch for the best weather so no questions there. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love Valencia! I’ve still not been but it’s at the top of my list for when I next go to Spain. Andalusia is my favourite region in Spain hands down. Thanks for the tips… I’ve bookmarked this for further reading 🙂

  5. I loved Valencia – didn’t have long enough to explore all of these things unfortunately and reaallly wanted to walk along the river bed to the science park. Oh well, will have to go back won’t I!

  6. There is just something special about a blue sky backdrop for pictures! I have never been to Spain but I think with the black friday deals coming up I might try to book a trip!! Who knows!

  7. I’ve been many times in Valencia. Is a beautiful city and I love the parties there as well!. The tapas bar in the old city are fantastic and the sangria?! delicious! I love spain so much I think that I’ve been there something like 30 times and I still miss a lot of cities. Cool post Valencia is an incredible place to go.

  8. It seems to me like Valencia is that perfect destination for me since I’m crazy about beaches and my wife loves to visit places with historic architecture. And it’s fascinating for me also to see Roman architecture dating 100 BC. Highlights and pictures from your tour are beautiful although the most intriguing that I found is the traditional style wall art and paintings. Simply amazing.

  9. Valencia looks so majestic. The Roman influence is so evident in its architecture. The fountain of Turia reminded me of the Trevi fountain in Rome. Valencia is indeed charming and its history fascinating. Would love to stroll around the town and marvel at its architectural wonders.

  10. Beautiful words! Your article definitely makes us fall in love with the destination. Valencia looks absolutely amazing, I haven’t been (yet) but its definitely on my travel bucket list. Hopefully I get to see this gorgeous city in the near future! All best. – Ella

  11. This city is filled with gorgeous architecture and your guide is the perfect help in discovering all of it’s precious sights.The art and science center looks almost surreal. I love Spain but I’ve never been to Valencia before. After reading this, I decided to put this city right on top of my bucket list.Great and brilliant article!

  12. I love this post! I was just talking to someone about Spain and where to go (I’ve never been) so this is very timely. I especially love the shot of Miguelete. What a beautiful tower. The whole town looks gorgeous actually – you’ve inspired me to add this to my list for sure!

  13. The architecture in Valencia is stunning. The city has a great mix of old and modern architecture. La Lonja and City of Arts and Science Center would be interesting to explore and photograph!

  14. I was thinking of visiting Valencia in my trip to Spain but didn’t have time to do it. The city looks so beautiful with all these architectures. I’m really interested in the street art! They all look so nice!

  15. Such a beautiful city in Spain. I haven’t heard about this before. Everything about the city is stunning. The Gothic architectures are what making me visit this historic city. Lovely post.

  16. Wow! Valencia looks beautiful with all that medieval architecture. Plaza de La Virgen and Le Lonja are quite fascinating buildings. Spain is on my bucket list and I would love to explore this magical city – Valencia. Thanks for sharing this helpful post! 🙂

  17. Valencia is such a beautiful place to visit and I love your photo’s. I must say that I love the street art and Plaza de la Virgen looks like a amazing. Thank you this was a great very informative post

  18. The Town Hall Square looks gorgeous with all the beautiful architectural buildings and the monuments it houses. And Plaza de la Virgen looks like a wonderful place to spend some fun time and to hang out. We haven’t done much of Spain and would love to explore more of historical cities and Valencia will definitely be on that list.

  19. Spain is truly magnificent! I love the architectural beauty all around. Since Gothic buildings always pique my attention, I’d love to visit the Miguelete. Cheers!!

  20. Valencia is so beautiful! Can I just say how awesome that street art looks? It has such a unique style that I haven’t really seen anywhere else. The art actually looks like paintings with a brush, rather than the usual spray paint can.

  21. Valencia is a city I haven’t made it to yet. I’d definitely arrive by train at the north station, beautiful train station. I didn’t know there was a UNESCO site there, what a bonus!

  22. Oh wow Valencia looks and sounds absolutely sumptuous in your article – a must visit! I love the fact you include about the chalice from the Last Supper possibly being housed in the Cathedral there! Plaza de la Virgen also sounds like it will be my favourite spot when I visit 🙂

  23. Valencia is worth exploring. With all of these, one might now want to leave such a beautiful city as this. The medieval and Gothic feeling attached to the buildings is notable. I’d love to visit the Turia Fountain. Valencia is truly beautiful.

  24. I never knew there are 207 steps at the Miguelete! Well now I do, thank you! Valencia is a stunning city and full of colour. I love Plaza de Mercado and La Lonja too. A beautiful city that captures my heart!

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