A Guide To Ciutat Vella, Valencia, Spain’s Prettiest Neighborhood
By Flora Bertetti.
Valencia, located on the southeastern coast of Spain, is divided up into 19 districts and each district is divided up into several little neighborhoods. Ciutat Vella, aka the Old Town, is the cultural, historical and political centre of Valencia. It’s one of the most popular areas due to the large number of iconic monuments, museums and cafes. That’s also where a lot of people go to spend a lovely night out, especially in the neighbourhood of El Carmen. Take the time to get lost and wander around the narrow streets and alleys in Ciutat Vella because it’s definitely one of the most beautiful areas of the city!
La Lonja de la Seda
La Lonja de la Seda—in English The Silk Exchange—is a monument where merchants used to meet to negotiate prices and trade silk in the sixteenth century. The building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1996. It contains several rooms, including the huge Contract Hall with its impressive columns. Entrance is 2€ and free on Sundays!
Address: Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001 Valencia, Spain
Torres de Quart
Torres de Quart is definitely the place I liked most in this neighbourhood. For only 2€, you can climb to the top of the towers and see Valencia from above. The view is so beautiful! You will need about 15-20 minutes to visit this building.
Address: Plaça de Santa Úrsula, 1, 46003 Valencia, Spain
El Mercado Central
The Central Market is so worth visiting. This is where the locals go to buy all kinds of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood. It is open every day between 7am and 3pm except on Sundays—don’t make the same mistake I did, because I didn’t check the opening hours and went there at 4pm it was closed so I had to come back the next day ha!! The architecture of the building is impressive, with its domes and stained glass windows. A must see when you visit Valencia.
Address: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, 46001 Valencia, Spain
Torres de Serranos
Just like the Quart Towers, you can climb to the top of Torres de Serranos and enjoy another view of the city from above. For those afraid of heights—be careful—as you can quickly feel a bit dizzy!
Address: Plaça dels Furs, s/n, 46003 Valencia, Spain
Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM)
For the art lovers, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art exhibits different collections of artworks in its galleries. Sculptures, paintings, pictures, videos, and they also offer activities such as seminars and workshops! Check their website to see the upcoming exhibitions.
Address: Calle de Guillem de Castro, 118, 46003 Valencia, Spain
In the Casa-Museum Benlliure museum, you can visit the house where the famous Valencian painter José Benlliure and his family lived. It provides a great example of an upper-class home in the 1800s and early 1900s. You can also discover more than 150 of the painter’s artwork. After visiting the inside of the house, go into the romantic garden. Don’t miss it, it’s absolutely stunning! And it will only cost you 2€ to visit this place.
Address: Carrer de la Blanqueria, 23, 46003 Valencia, Spain
Valencia Museum of the Enlightenment and Modernity (MuVIM)
This museum focuses on the history of the media and seeks to explain the ideas and lifestyles from Medieval times through today. It hosts the permanent exhibition “The Adventure of Thought,” which helps you understand the evolution of thought through the last five centuries. It hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year as well.
Address: Calle de Quevedo, 10, 46001 Valencia, Spain
Almoina Archaeological Center
Almoina Archaeological Center used to be an archaeological dig but once the archaeologists finished their research, Valencia converted it into a museum. It’s so fascinating! You are underground walking over glass plates and you can see the remains of the different civilizations that have lived in the city. There are also lots of animated videos that give you more information on the ruins.
Address: Plaça Dècim Juni Brut, s/n, 46003 Valencia, Spain
EAT AND DRINK
La Casa Blanca – A bar that has multiple levels and comfy couches by the windows. Try the strawberry mojitos.
Address: Paseo de Ruzafa, 10, 46002 Valencia
Babalu – It’s a restaurant and a bar. The people who work there are probably the loveliest people I met in Valencia! My friends and I went there all. the. time. It’s just so good!
Address: Calle Cerrajeros, 17, 46001 Valencia
La Rollerie – Super cute restaurant. The waiters are really nice and the food is great. Some vegetarian options are available.
Address: Convento de Santa Clara, 7, 46002 Valencia
Crêperie Montmartre – The best crêpes and waffles in Valencia!
Address: Carrer de Sant Vicent Màrtir, 9, 46002 Valencia
Flora Bertetti is a 20-something French girl who balances her time between studying languages and travelling the world… and writing on her blog Mademoiselle World about her latest adventures for whoever wants to read them. Follow her on Instagram.