As one of Spains largest cities behind Barcelona and Madrid, Valencia has a lot to offer holidaymakers in the many cities custom guided tours available. There are some incredible historical monuments and buildings in the town like The Silk Exchange Museum, The Modern Art Institute and the home of The Holy Grail Valencia Cathedral.
Valencia sightseeing private custom tours to this relaxed sleeping seaside city that bursts into life for the best annual Spanish Fallas Festival where the locals celebrate the feast day of St Joseph in style. The thriving nightlife keeps highflying tourists entertained, however, if you want a relaxing, laid back quiet drink with some local entertainment then your operator guide will point you in the right direction.
The stunning white sandy beaches that stretch along the coastline are perfect for soaking up some rays or simply lounging around and enjoying a cocktail at one of the many bars. There are fantastic watersports available for the adventurer including private diving tours along the coast. Valencia is famous for Paella, and all the restaurants serve many versions of this traditional Spanish dish. Read More...
The Holy Grail and Valencia Monuments City Guided Tours
Historical tours of The Gothic Cathedral of Valencia with its Miguelete Tower that soars above the city and is a must-see on all private city tours. Spend a little time before entering the building and appreciate the beautiful architecture. The Chapel of the Holy Grail is a highlight as there is an illustration of a scene of the beautiful Coronation of the Virgin Mary with the 12 apostles and the goblet used by Jesus at the first Holy Eucharist.
The Palacio del Marqués is a sensational 18th-century mansion which is home to the City ceramic museum, and a super private Valencia escorted tour. Daily Museum tours are fascinating as there are more than 5,000 examples of Valencia pottery and ceramics on display. Greek, Arabic and Roman pieces are on exhibition with works from Picasso and a traditionally tiled Valencian Kitchen with original tile works.
Top 10 Things to Do in Valencia
Annually on every Feast Day of St. Joseph Valencia comes to life to celebrate the day with a big parade through the city. Enormous floats with colorful paper maché figures are guided through the streets in Mardi Gras style for Valencia tourists and locals to cheer on. At midnight there is a massive bonfire, and all the caricatures are set alight to the delight of the many children and adults watching on.
Civdad de las Artes
The Cuidad de las Artes building is one of Europes most impressive exhibition centers dedicated to science. Located along the Turia River with six main entrance areas that will bring you into the Oceanografic aquarium, Interactive science museum, Sofia opera house and much more units in this mini city. There are many workshops, exhibitions, and conferences held here and your Valencia tour guide will be happy to introduce you to the area.
The Palacio del Marqués is a sensational 18th-century mansion which is home to the City ceramic museum. Daily private museum tours are fascinating as there are more than 5,000 examples of Valencia pottery and ceramics on display. Greek, Arabic and Roman pieces are on exhibition with works from Picasso and a traditionally tiled Valencian Kitchen.
Church of Saint Thomas
The Church of Saint Thomas is visible from the Valencia skyline on sightseeing tours due to its unique large beautiful blue tiled dome. The Baroque facade and ornately decorated interior makes a visit on a city tour a must. Catholic church services are held daily, and it is only during this time that you can gain entry into the Church and see the sanctuary and side chapels.
La Lonja de Seda
The La Lonja de Seda is an enormous 15th-century Gothic building that was once home to the Silk Exchange Company. Guided tours of the marketplace inside the building where merchants and traders sold beautiful Valencian silks is part of all Valencia city tours. If you want to see lovely panoramic views of the city, then climb the 140 steps to the tower top.
Museum of Religious Art
Valencia's Museum of Religious Art was constructed between 1586 and 1610 and was originally used as a seminary to train priests by Archbishop Juan de Ribera. Tours of the works of art and tapestries in the seminary buildings are very popular with tourists who want to see the stunning painting by Ribalta of the Last Supper which is positioned high on the altar.
Museo de Bellas Arts
The Valencia Fine Arts Museum tours are the perfect way to discover the culture and heritage of 19th and 20th-century artists like Fray Bonifacio Ferrer, Francisco de Goya, El Greco and more. Private museum escorted tours are very informative and exciting as you find out about the back stories of the Valencia artists and their inspiration for some of their smashing works of art.
Ancient Town Gate
The ancient town gate in Valencia is a much loved and impressive landmark. The Torres de Serranos represents the old and ancient city gate and reminds the locals that massive defense walls once surrounded this fine city. Private sightseeing tours are readily available with access to the two massive towers for great views of Valencia.
Catedral de Valencia
The Gothic Cathedral of Valencia with its Miguelete Tower soars above the city and is a must-see on all private city tours. Spend a little time before entering the building and appreciate the beautiful architecture. The Chapel of the Holy Grail is a highlight as there is an illustration of a scene of the beautiful Coronation of the Virgin Mary with the 12 apostles and the goblet used by Jesus at the first Holy Eucharist.
Institute of Modern Art
The Institute of Modern Art in Valencia is housed in a unique futuristic looking building. During the construction works the engineers found ruins of the cities medieval wall which has sparked interest from many private museum tour companies in Valencia. Exhibitions of pop and abstract art on permanently displayed but there are also a lot of traveling exhibitions during the year.
Travel Tips for Valencia
Best Time To Visit Valencia
The best months to visit Valencia are in March/ April/ May/ June/ September/October and November as they are not peak season and hotels and tours can be slightly cheaper. The weather in Valencia is still warm and fewer tourists are around which are great when going on private sightseeing tours. During peak season the weather is great if you love the extreme heat!
Typical Costs in Valencia
Mainland Spain is generally cheaper than many other European major resort cities and easily comparable as they all use Euro. There are different ranges in price and standards for many restaurants and hotels so if you want a lot; you have to spend a lot. Private escorted tours will vary in price depending on operator and the time of the year.
Know Before Visiting Valencia
Valencia as in all other populated areas in Spain have specific dining times, lunch is usually at 2.30pm and dinner is no earlier than 9 pm, and they stick to the times religiously. Spain is no different from any other resort; it has professional pickpockets so always be careful when carrying money and keep it somewhere safe on your person. Keep all personal documents and extra money in the hotel safe.
Weather in Valencia
There are many different climates on mainland Spain because of its size, but tourists in Valencia can expect a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summer temperatures reaching almost 30 degrees Celsius and mild winter temperatures as low as 10 degrees Celsius. There is a mixture of both seasons for Spring and Autumn; the coastal areas have a more central continental weather system during this time.