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The Micalet and the Santa Catalina
At either end of the Plaza de la Reina, you’ll find Valencia’s two most emblematic church towers. The Micalet, or “Little Michael,” is attached to the city cathedral, while the bell tower of the Santa Catalina church is found at the very end of Calle Paz. Both towers can be ascended for the cost of a small entry fee, and an exhausting workout… Read More

Oct 05, 2015

The Tribunal de las Aguas
If passing through the Plaza de la Virgen at noon on a Thursday, you’ll have to fight your way past a huge conglomeration of people gathered at the cathedral’s back door. You might want to pause and join the group yourself, in order to see Valencia’s Tribunal de las Aguas: the oldest continuing court in Europe… Read More

Sep 28, 2015

The Cathedral of Valencia
Originally built in 1238, shortly after the Reconquista, the Iglesia Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora de Valencia is the religious center of the Comunidad Valenciana. It’s located in the very heart of the capital, sandwiched between the city’s two most important plazas: la Reina and la Virgen… Read More

Sep 27, 2015

The Jardín Botánico de Valencia
Valencia’s botanic garden has a history dating back to the 16th century. Home to thousands of species of plants, and nearly as many cats, the garden is one of the city’s most relaxing corners… Read More

Sep 22, 2015

The Hemisferic and the Museum of Science
Housed in the dried-out skeleton of the world’s biggest whale, the Prince Felipe Science Museum is worth visiting primarily for the other-worldly architecture of Santiago Calatrava. A joint ticket will allow you to check out the exhibits here, and then catch a show in the IMAX theater found within the nearby Hemsiferic… Read More

Sep 20, 2015

The Centro Cultural Bancaja
Housed within a stately, 19th-century palace in the neighborhood of La Xerea, you’ll find one of Valencia’s premiere private art institutes. The Centro Cultural Bancaja hosts long-running exhibitions which tend to focus on Spain’s most famous artists… Read More

Sep 18, 2015

La Xerea – Calm in the Center of the Storm
La Xerea is one of the six neighborhoods which make up the Ciutat Vella, or “Old Town,” of Valencia. And of all the city’s neighborhoods, it’s our favorite. La Xerea is central, historic, packed with ancient churches, palaces and monuments, and somehow manages to retain the calm of a quiet residential neighborhood. And most importantly, it’s our home… Read More

Sep 18, 2015

The San Pío Museo de Belles Artes
Situated within the confines of a 16th-century monastery on the banks of the Turia riverbed, the San Pío Museum of Fine Arts is a treasure trove of medieval religious works, classic Valencian paintings, as well as masterworks from the most famous of Spanish artists… Read More

Sep 17, 2015

Biking through Albufera’s Rice Fields
Normally, when we hop on bikes and leave Valencia for the south, it’s to visit one of the many beaches stretched out along the coast. But today, we had a different destination in mind: the rice fields between the city and the lagoon of Albufera… Read More

Sep 16, 2015

A Ceramics Workshop in Manises
In the town of Manises, you’ll find a few workshops which offer the chance to try out the art of ceramics. The most popular is hosted at the Association of Valencian Ceramics, or AVEC. A week after our initial tour of Manises, we showed up at AVEC’s doors, ready to learn… Read More

Sep 13, 2015

The Ceramics of Manises
Today, the town of Manises is best known as the location of Valencia’s airport, but that hasn’t always been the case. For centuries, the name Manises had been synonymous with “ceramics.” We spent a day in the town, learning about its history and about the industry which has long fueled its economy… Read More

Sep 10, 2015

Agua de Valencia
Agua de Valencia was invented last night by your alcoholic uncle, who poured all the liquor he could find in your kitchen into his orange juice. “Just some OJ,” he said, stumbling outside to join you on the terrace. But you know your uncle, so you took a sip from his glass when he wasn’t looking. Woah, that’s not just orange juice! And actually, it’s kind of delicious… Read More

Sep 09, 2015

The Viveros Gardens
Located literally across the street from the beloved, city-defining Turia Park, the Viveros Gardens have a tough act to follow. But this large park acquits itself well, with a history, beauty, and atmosphere all its own… Read More

Aug 31, 2015