Valencia (Valencia)

  • The Miquelet (Miguelete) is the bell tower of the cathedral of Valencia and one of the symbols of the city of Valencia.  It was mostly built in a Gothic style between 14th and 15th century. Its name comes from the great bell dedicated to St. Michael (aproximately 7500 kilos). A spiral stone staircase with 207 steps leads you to the top with great views of the city / ALC.
  • Detail of the Miquelet or Miguelete, the bell tower of the Cathedral of Valencia and one of the symbols of the city / ALC.
  • Apostles Gate  in the cathedral of Valencia / ALC.
  • Old prostitute showing her breasts: moralist gargoyle of the Cathedral of Valencia / ALC.
  • Plaza de la Almoina, Valencia: the city was founded in the year 138 B.C. by the Romans, who established the Forum in the Plaza (square) de la Almoina, now converted into a museum / ALC.
  • Romanesque Puerta del Palau (Door of the Palace), in the Cathedral of Valencia / ALC.
  • Sculptural detail of the late-Romanesque capitals of the Puerta del Palau (Door of the Palace) of the Cathedral of Valencia / ALC.
  • La Lonja de Valencia was a financial centre where the latest medieval merchants work out contracts. It is a wholly exceptional example of a secular building in late Gothic style. It was declared World Heritage Site in 1996 / Turismo Valencia.
  • King Jaime I, equaestrian statue in Valencia / ALC.
  • Cid's statue in Valencia / ALC.
  • Equestrian statue of el Cid in Valencia / ALC.
  • Possibly in May 1099, El Cid died in Valencia of natural causes, at the age of less than fifty-five years. Monument to El Cid, in the city of Valencia, by sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington / ALC.
  • The horse of el Cid, Babieca. Equestrian estatue of el Cid, Valencia / ALC.
  • El Cid's charter of donation to the Cathedral of Valencia (1098): his signature 'Ego Ruderico' is shown below.  Ego Ruderico in Latin means 'I, Rodrigo'.
  • La Gesta de Mío Cid, a representation on the beach of Las Arenas, in Valencia, where the siege of the muslim city by el Cid's troops is dramatized.
  • Marshes in Valencia have an extremely rich biodiversity. They allow a great variety of fauna, especially birds, and flora to be observed year-round / María Antonia García de la Vega.
  • La Albufera de Valencia. This ancient marine gulf, evolved into a freshwater lake, is one of the most important wetlands in Spain. It has also been declared a Special Bird Protection Area / / Luis Moreno Morales.
  • Fallas de Valencia, bonfire festival in March designated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2016 / Turismo Valencia.
  • Every Thursday at noon, for centuries, the Water Tribunal (Tribunal de las Aguas), declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity UNESCO, has been meeting in the square in front of Valencia's Cathedral / Turismo Valencia.




What you can do and see in Valencia

The city of Valencia, bathed by the Mediterranean, surprises everyone who visits it for the first time. So, if you’ve never been, we recommend that you plan your stay for at least two or three days.

One of the great merits of the city has been the way it has balanced tradition and modernity. Valencia possesses an attractive historical centre, dotted with modernist buildings, fully integrated in a modern city with multiple services, with enviable commerce and gastronomy, and numerous options for leisure and culture, from its urban beaches to the City of Arts and Sciences.

The medieval city is framed by the old course of the River Turia and the streets of Guillem de Castro, Xàtiva and Colón. You can enter it across any of the bridges over the old course of the river, which is now a gardened promenade. The oldest is Trinity Bridge while Serranos Bridge is also important and gives its name to one of the two surviving historical gates that were the entrances to the walled city. Both are in a Gothic style and are guarded by towers from which they receive their name: Serranos Tower and Quart Towers.

Although the city walls were demolished in the 19th century, on your walk you can find some sections of the old Islamic wall as well as some towers and the Gate of Valldigna, which in the 15th century connected the Christian and Muslim districts. It is well worth visiting the Arab Baths of the Admiral, in a Mudejar style. Although they were built by Christians in the early 14th century, they followed the style of these typically Islamic buildings. They have been reformed considerably but they still give an idea of the purpose and design of these constructions, which were a place for meetings and leisure in Islamic society.

We do not know where El Cid entered the city, but he is believed to have lived and died in Valencia in the Palace of al-Qadir, near Trinity Bridge. This is the route you can take, along Salvador Street, to reach an interesting archaeological museum where you can see archaeological remains ‘trapped’ underground and Roman, Visigothic and Islamic artefacts. The Visigothic crypt of the San Vicente Gaol is next to it and its visit is equally recommended. The Palau Door of Valencia Cathedral is opposite it. The representatives of the Waters Tribunal meet nearby in Mare de Deu Square at 12 o’clock on Thursdays.

Valencia Cathedral was built over the main mosque and was consecrated as a cathedral by El Cid in 1096. Micalet or Miguelete bell-tower, one of the symbols of the city, displays with its late Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles the continual transformation of Valencia. From the top, because it can be visited, you can see breath-taking views of the city. The cathedral guards numerous artistic treasures and other symbolic or spiritual objects. One of these is known as the Holy Grail, the cup that Christ drank from at the Last Supper.

If you continue along San Vicente Martyr Street, after a long walk you can reach the junction with the Gran Vía de Ramón y Cajal, where the Plaza de España displays the equestrian statue of El Cid, the work of Anna Hyatt Huntington, which is closely tied by invisible but very solid links to the statue of the same name in Burgos. As a curiosity, the nearby old monastery of San Vicente de la Roqueta was the only Mozarabic church that survived in the Muslim city until the conquest by El Cid.


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Useful information

Tourist Council Web: 

Valencia Train station. Estació del Nord: 902 432 343.

Valencia Bus station. Joaquín Sorolla Alta Velocidad: 902 432 343.

Valencia Bus station: 963 466 266.

Valencia Airport: 902 404 704 / 913 211 000 /  


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