Valencia: A city of contrasts

January 2014
City of Arts and Sciences cultural complex

"What a beautiful city Valencia turned out to be, we would never have thought of going before you suggested it – a real gem and somewhere we will certainly be re-visiting to see the bits we missed. Nothing was too much trouble for our guides and they made the city come alive for us. Thank you Tailored Travel for making it possible..."

Not content with its enviable position perched on the Mediterranean, Valencia has been reinventing itself these last 15 years or so. Previously overshadowed by the obvious attractions of Barcelona and Madrid, Spain’s third largest city has definitely shaken off its former provincial reputation. Once a royal capital, in Valencia Roman, Moorish and Spanish history comes alive and now stunning public buildings light up the city’s skyline.

City of Arts and Sciences cultural complex

None more so than the vast, iconic City of Arts and Sciences cultural complex, designed in the main by local architect Santiago Calatrava. The colossal structure is split into five main areas - the Oceanogràfic (Europe’s largest aquarium), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the avant-garde opera house Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, the Hemisfèric (digital projections) and L'Umbracle (a landscaped walk with plants indigenous to Valencia).

Valencia’s history

Valencia’s rich history reveals itself in a fascinating city tour taking in the 13th century cathedral, the city’s triangular main square the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the World Heritage-listed Old Silk Exchange and the Colegio del Patriarca, built in the mid-16th century.

Art & Galleries

Old Silk ExchangeFor art lovers, the Museo de Bellas Artes ranks among Spain’s best galleries. Highlights include the Roman Mosaic of the Nine Muses, a collection of magnificent late-medieval altarpieces, and works by El Greco, Goya and Velázquez.

Click here for a suggested itinerary for a group tour to Valencia. But remember every single one of our group tours is tailor made to your exact requirements, so call Michael or Damian in our sales team now for a quote and to discuss your ideas and then, in close consultation with you, we will fine tune the itinerary until you have the perfect tour at the right price for your group.

And here’s the final word on Valencia, a city of contrasts:

“We have had so many positive comments from our travellers, praising the guides for their warmth and professionalism, and the variety of outings and activities and also what a charming little gem we all thought Valencia turned out to be. Thank you for your assistance in planning and organising such a wonderful trip.”