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Review: Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour

Are you planning a visit to Valencia in Spain? Is this your first trip?

A Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour should be on everyone’s things to do when visiting Valencia in Spain.

Is a walking tour the first thing that you source when you arrive in a new city or destination or do you find a Food Guide and research local restaurants and local cuisine?  We do both.  Valencia is perfect for the food lover.  Just think, local tapas bars and yummy paella and smooth local wine.  You will need to take a walking tour to walk off the extra calories.

If you are a fan of Valencia Street Art you will be in heaven as you wander the streets of the Old Town. Don’t forget to take your camera with you.

The Valencia Emblematic Free Walking tour will take you to areas that are less well known and off the usual tourist path. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Valencia. They have some great stories to tell, so we won’t spoil your fun here by telling you about all their little ‘gems’.

There are so many things to do in Valencia make sure you allow more than just a few days to enjoy all that Valencia has to offer.

Pre-purchase your Valencia Tourist Card here. The Valencia Tourist Card is your key to the city with 24, 48, or 72 hours of excellent discounts, free travel, and entrance to museums. Eat in restaurants, shop, take a tour–and get great savings all at once! The card is easy and quick to use.

(Updated 2021)

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Valencia Spain Map

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
Map of Valencia Spain

Where is Valencia in Spain

Valencia is located on the east coast of Spain.  It is the third-largest city outside Madrid and Barcelona.

To travel by train from Madrid to Valencia takes around 1.5 hours.  If you want to hire a car from Barcelona it will take you just 3 hours.  Valencia is a good base for travelling around Spain.

How to Enjoy Your Free Walking Tour Valencia

  •  Ensure you are at the meeting point at the Plaza de la Virgin at least 10 minutes before the tour starts.
  • Look for the orange umbrella labelled Free Tour Valencia
  • Introduce yourself to the Guide to let them know you are there and that you are part of the tour
  • Bring water
  • Don’t forget your camera
  • Valencia Free Walking Tours are just that, free, but if you enjoyed the tour please tip the Guides
  • Get ready to learn a lot about Valencia and see sights hidden down alleyways that you would not know about unless you had taken this walking tour.

The Emblem of Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
Look down and see the Cornucopia

Located in the meeting place for the tour – Plaza de la Virgin – is the Roman symbol of Valencia – the Cornucopia.  A cornucopia symbolises plenty and abundance.  Don’t be like us and not look down when you are walking around the city, we must have walked past it a dozen times before realising it was there.

The Palace of the Borgia’s Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
Palace of the Borgia

The Palace of the Borgia Family located at Carrer del Duc Alfons el Vell is also known as Palacio de las Cortes which was built for the Borgia family by the Dukes of Gandia in 1492.  Alexander Borgia became the first Spanish Pope – he was known as Pope Alexander VI. The Palace is quite narrow and was used more as a Valencian Royal Court as the family moved to Rome.

Serrans Gate Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
Serrans Gate from the Pont

There was originally one main gate at each cardinal point of the city.  The original Roman City walls extended for 4km around the city.  Each night at 8 pm the Gates would be closed, for those who did not make it back in time they had to sleep outside. Bells were rung at various times leading up to 8 pm to warn the workers.  The saying ‘to sleep under the Valencian moon” comes from the workers who did not make it home.

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
Two doors – one for Muslims and one for Christians

The doors are the original doors dating back to the 14th Century.  The small gates were only opened on Market day – one would be used for the Christians to enter and the other for the Muslims.

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
Coat of Arms

The Flag on top of the gate in the Flag of Valencia – the Aragon shield of red and yellow. You will notice as you walk around the city that the manholes have the Aragon Shield shown.

In 1239 James I fought the Muslims, during this day a bat was seen flying around. The bat was seen as good luck and was included in the Coat of Arms for the city.  The Valencian Football Team also has the bat as a symbol.

Pont Dels Serrans Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
The Old Riverbed Now City Parklands

The Pont Dels Serran is a 16th-century Gothic bridge covering the Turia River of Valencia.  In 1957 a massive flood damaged the city of Valencia and 300 citizens died.  The Government decided to dry the 10km river bed in case of more flood damage. Today it is a beautiful parkland where you can cycle, play various games or just relax under the many trees and enjoy Spanish life.

Pont de La Trinitat Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
The holes in the bridge

Pont de La Trinitat was built during the 14th century.  Both bridges have holes – these were so that the sailors could place wood panels in the bridge to lock the boats in from the currents of the river.

On the bridge there are statutes of Pope Alexander Borgia and Pope Vincent – both built as a protection of the city from the rising waters.

Church of San Juan del Hospital Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
San Juan Del Hospital

The oldest Catholic Church in Valencia dating back to the 13th Century.  It also houses the oldest cemetery dating from the medieval times in Valencia. The remains of Constance Augusta, the Empress of Greece can be found in the Chapel of Santa Barbara.

La Nau University Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour

La Nau founded in the 15th century has been the seat of the University of Valencia.  Priests lived in the nearby Monastery and studied in the University where there were no shops which meant no distraction.

Today you will find the retired residents of Valencia taking lessons in the University.

 Palace of the  Marques de Dos Aguas Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
Palace de Dos Aguas

Built in the Gothic style in the 15th Century for a noble Valencian family the Palace is located centrally in Valencia. You can not miss its facade, it is one of the most elaborate we have come across. A mix of Rococo, neoclassical and Oriental architectural styles and the gates at the entrance are in the Baroque style. As you enter the ground floor there is a fine display of carriages, one of those belonging to the Marquis de Dos Aguas.

It is now a famous Spanish Ceramic Museum which is located on the 2nd floor.

Pro- Tip:

On Sundays, it is free to enter.

Central Post Office Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
Post Office

Construction began on the Post Office during 1915 and completed several years later.  The strange-looking tower on the top of the building is a replica of a Telecommunications Tower.

Valencia City Hall

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour
City Hall

We ended our tour at the Valencia City Hall in Ayuntamiento Square.  It was constructed in the 18th century and houses the City History Museum.  During the week of the Fallas Festival, it is the ideal location to view the daytime fireworks (yes, daytime! we were a little surprised at that).  The Fallas Festival is held in March each year and heralds in the Spring.

Valencia Hotel List

Where to stay in Valencia?  We prefer to stay in the old part of the city close to all the historical sights. Some of the best hotels in Valencia Spain are:

Vincci Lys Hotel: C/ Martinez Cubells, 5, Sant Francesc, Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour

Hotel Sorolla CentroConvento Santa Clara, 5, Sant Francesc, Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour

Vinci Mercat: Linterna, 31, El Mercat, Valencia

Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour

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Valencia Emblematic Free Walking Tour

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Getting In – Valencia

Valencia’s airport is known as Manises Airport and is located 8 km from the city centre.

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