Top 10 Things to See and Do in Western Valencia

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Many of Valencia’s most interesting historic attractions, prettiest streets and coolest bars and cafés are concentrated in and around the Old City (Ciutat Vella), on the west side of the Turia riverbed gardens snaking through the heart of the city. You don’t need to walk far to see and do all kinds of interesting things, so a lot can be accomplished in just a day or two. Here’s our guide to get you started.

See Valencia Cathedral

First on the list is the city’s most famous landmark, the impressive and unusual Catedral de Santa Maria de Valencia, completed in the 15th century. Admire the ornate entrance and pronounced Gothic architectural features on the exterior, but make sure to go inside to see the impressive vaults and and the famous chapel of the Holy Chalice.
Catedral de Santa Maria de Valencia, Plaça de l’Almoina, Valencia, Spain, +34 963 91 81 27

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See street art in El Carmen

One of Valencia’s most striking and unique features is not a piece of architecture or a natural wonder, but the incredible art murals lining the walls of the bohemian El Carmen district. Colourful and vibrant, this is no quick aerosol can job but takes hours of painstaking work by local artists using mixed media. Some murals change fairly frequently, while others become a longer-term part of the area’s charm. See huge murals around Plaça del Tossal as well as in the open space around Carrer d’En Gordo with its abandoned, crumbling buildings adorned with the work of local street artists.

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