Let’s begin at the Queen’s Square, a popular meeting point in downtown Valencia. Some of the city’s most famous bars and coffee shops are located there, but today we’ll focus on our historic route.
When you arrive, you’ll immediately see the imposing Cathedral and its bell tower, the Miguelete. You’ll also probably feel surrounded by other tourists since the way to the Cathedral is almost always filled with people taking pictures before entering the building.
You don’t really need to enter the Cathedral – you can admire its façade, which combines three different styles (Baroque, Gothic and Romance) and keep walking.
Still, we recommend you get a ticket to enjoy all its beauty from the inside, as well as the Cathedral’s Museum, featuring five floors!However, you should know that the Cathedral and the Museum both have separate rates and timetables.
The Miguelete bell tower, although part of the Cathedral, is usually seen as a separate POI. This Gothic tower changed its name from New Bell Tower to El Micalet (Valencian for Miguelete) due to the importance of this clock bell (weighing up to 7.514 kg).
The tower also features a spiral staircase with 207 steps. When you reach the top, you find another reason for going up the tower: some amazing views of the city.
Allegedly, the true Holy Chalice is in Valencia’s Basilica. So if you’re interested in History and religion, you just can’t miss this item dating from the 1st century and used by many popes, including Pope Benedict XVI.
And if you want to know more about Valencia’s history and check out some cool archaeological findings, you must visit the adjacent Almoina Archaeological Center.
In just 20 minutes, you can take a quick look at the Almoina Archaeological Center. But if you’re a fan of Archaeology or feel a bit like Indiana Jones each time you’re near some rocks and ruins, you’ll spend much more time in there.
Each section features screens with videos and 3 different audios (Spanish, Valencian and English) so both locals and tourists can find out a bit more about the origins of the old city of Valentia.
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