Old Town and historic sights

This section highlights some of the magnificent monuments and historical buildings in Valencia Old Town and other areas, which define the city's unique persona.

Among our top suggestions is the famous Central Market, the Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda), the Towers (Las Torres) and the imposing Cathedral.

See all the sights of Valencia Old Town and other historic places to visit below, or choose a different type of attraction:

Plaza de la Virgen

A visit to the Plaza de la Virgin is central to Valencia.  A must see when visiting the Cathedral, the square is simply a pleasure to walk around or to sit down for a drink and enjoy this less frequented corner of the city.

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Valencia Cathedral

Valencia's Cathedral is an impressive building nestled between two beautiful squares: Plaza de la Reina and the Plaza de la Virgen.

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Valencia Central Market

The Central Market is a display of Valencia's modernist architecture. With construction dating back to 1914, the building has been recently refurbished, displaying an impressive entry and colourful ceramic tiles.

Enjoy a guided visit to the market with a local chef on our Valencia Paella Cooking Class.

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Silk Exchange

The Lonja de la Seda - or Silk Exchange - is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the most famous gothic monuments in Europe.

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Plaza de la Reina

The Plaza de la Reina is without doubt, one of the hottest spots in the city. Come down to this square at Calle de la Paz and Calle San Vicente, just down from Town Hall Square. With the Santa Catalina church tower emerging in the southwest corner, this pretty square is the perfect place to relax and taste a typical horchata at Santa Catalina’s two hundred year old cafe.

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Marqués de Dos Aguas Palace

Built on the site of a former stately home, the existing palace was constructed in 1740. In 1954, the palace became the headquarters of the Ceramics Museum, which among others, houses an impressive ceramics collection, donated by Manuel Gonzalez Marti.

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Valencia City Hall

This majestic building in Valencia's city centre boasts an impressive clock tower. The building's two annexes are joined and comprise the older “House of Learning” and the more recent annex, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Valencia Basilica

The Basilica houses the shrine of the Virgen de los Desamparados, the patron saint of Valencia.

Built on the ruins of the Roman forum, construction of the basilica began 1652 and was continually added to over almost two centuries, with its final completion in1824. This long period of construction gives the building its unique blend of architectural style including Baroque, Renaissance, Rococo and Neoclassicism.

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Quart and Serranos Towers

These two city gate towers are the most tangible remains of the ancient walled city of Valencia.

These landmark defence towers protected against intruders entering the city walls of ancient Valencia. The towers have stood alone since the city walls were demolished at the end of the XIX century.

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Santa Catalina Tower

This beautiful seventeenth century Baroque bell tower, with its majestic interior, affords a breathtaking view as you walk down Calle de la Paz towards Plaza de la Reina and the Santa Catalina Church.

Right next door, is the perfect place to try a typical horchata drink at one of the most traditional horchata makers in the city - the Horchateria el Siglo.