In case you are not lucky enough to be in Valencia for too long and you can only stay for a weekend or three days, we are going to show you a route so that you can get to know Valencia in this short period of time, but where you will be able to see the most highlight of the Valencian capital.
We are sure that with this route that we propose in Valencia, you will be able to get a more exact idea of this beautiful city and you will also have more things to know so that you will want to repeat your visit.
With this visit you will be able to discover the most important things to see in Valencia in 3 days. You could even do one of the free tours in Valencia that are offered.
A route with the best things to see in Valencia in 3 days
What to see in Valencia on the first day
In the first of our 3 days to visit Valencia we are going to dedicate ourselves to getting to know the Old Town, where most of the essential monuments to see in Valencia in 3 days are located.
The starting point for our walk on this first day could be the North Station, the city’s spectacular modernist station, which, although it has lost importance with the new AVE, is still a point of reference for the traveller. Do not miss the entrance hall where the lockers are.
Next to it is the Plaza de Toros, another of the symbols of this area of Valencia. From there starts the street that takes us to the nerve center of the city, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where we can see beautiful buildings such as the town hall itself or the Post Office.
We continue walking north and go to the Plaza del Mercado, where several of the main places to visit in Valencia in three days are located. One of them is the Central Market, in a modernist style and which we recommend visiting on a weekday to see it with its frenetic activity.
Opposite is the Lonja de la Seda, of vital importance in the history of the city and with an enviable architecture that has made it a World Heritage Site. Not only do you stay with its facades but you must also enter and admire its rooms and columns.
Next to them is the Church of Santos Juanes, one of the most important in the city and which we must visit before entering the network of narrow streets that surround the Plaza de la Reina, our next destination.
In the Plaza de la Reina we find the Church of Santa Catalina Mártir, which stands out for its great tower. But the square is famous for housing the Cathedral of Valencia, a must to see the Chapel of the Holy Chalice, where the chalice used in the Last Supper is located, and climb the Micalet, its great tower from which we have great views of Valencia..
If we go around the Cathedral admiring all its doors and facades, we will arrive at the Plaza de la Virgen, where, in addition to the beautiful fountain in its center and the Palau de la Generalitat Valenciana, we can admire the Basilica of the Virgen de los Desamparados. Its façade doesn’t tell you much, but its interior will surprise you. Do not miss it.
To the north we find one of the most interesting and genuine neighborhoods in Valencia, the Barrio del Carmen. Strolling through this neighborhood is an obligatory experience, visiting places such as the Portal de la Valldigna and the famous Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
Another must-see in this area, if you like this type of art, is the Valencian Institute of Modern Art. Nearby is the Museum of Prehistory, also very interesting.
We can end the day by tasting the interesting Valencian gastronomy in a restaurant near Plaza de la Reina or Plaza Redonda, another beautiful place in Valencia.
What to see on the second day in Valencia
The second of our three days in Valencia we are going to dedicate to a completely different and much more modern area. We are going to go to the maritime area to visit the City of Arts and Sciences, the best thing to see in Valencia in three days.
Actually, the City of Arts and Sciences can take you all day as it is a very extensive site with a lot to visit and it is even better to do it in two days. You decide if you want to divide this visit in two or do what we will recommend later on the third day.
The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum is one of the places that we can visit in this enclosure. It is one of the main science museums in the world in which we not only highlight its exhibitions but also the beautiful whale-shaped building that houses it.
In this museum we find exhibitions dedicated to the human body, astronomy, physics, chemistry and many other sciences, as well as very interesting temporary exhibitions and a section dedicated to the Spanish Nobel Prize winners.
Next door is the L’Hemisferic, where movies are shown in IMAX format. It is shaped like an eye and if you have little time we recommend you do without visiting it, although that does not mean that what you are going to see in it is not interesting.
Walking a bit we arrive at the Oceanografic, the largest aquarium in Europe. In it we can see numerous aquatic species from all corners of the world in enclosures classified by ecosystems as well as reptiles, birds and other animals. Very remarkable are their exhibitions and all the educational work they do to bring knowledge of the marine world closer to all audiences.
The grounds of the City of Arts and Sciences are completed by the Ágora, the Puente de l’Assut de l’Or or the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía.
If after all these visits you are not very tired, you can end the day in the area of the beaches, since both the Cabanyal Beach and the famous Malvarrosa Beach are of great beauty to enjoy them and their environment, that even in winter is special.
What to visit in Valencia on the third day
For the last of our 3 days in Valencia we have left another very interesting theme park related to animals and that was built taking advantage of the old Turia River bed.
We are talking about the Bioparc, a different zoo that stands out because there are no barriers between the animals and the visitors, making the recreation of their habitats very realistic and the animals do not suffer the stress that comes with being locked in a cage.
In Bioparc Valencia different ecosystems of Africa are represented and its visit is liked by both adults and children. Visiting the Bioparc will take you practically all morning.
We are going to dedicate the afternoon of the third day to the Albufera Park, located a few kilometers from the city and an essential place to visit in Valencia in 3 days. It is a unique wetland in Europe where we can find countless birds in a privileged environment. In addition, the area is known worldwide because the best paellas are served in its restaurants.
You can visit the Albufera Park with your own car, but if you don’t have one, it is also possible to take an excursion. We also recommend enjoying the sunset at one of its viewpoints, taking a boat ride or swimming at Playa del Saler if you visit in summer.
It will not give you time for more, but with this tour you will have enjoyed the best things to do in Valencia in three days.
You can find more information on the official Valencia tourism page.