Serranos and Quart Towers
They are the main evidence of the medieval walls of Valencia. In the past, the main important parties were given there, but later they become also jails. Once restored, tourists are now allowed to go to the top, admiring the entire view of the city. During the Cridá, that is the open ceremony of Fallas, magic plays of lights inflame the Serrano’s Towers, while a medieval music welcomes the arrival of the Fallera Major: she is the lady destined every year to open Fallas, inviting all people to join this celebration, for sure the most important of the city.
The Central Market
Built at the beginning of the XX century in a modernistic style, without losing its Arabian influence.
Its fascinating structure and the artistic glass windows, add to colours and fragrances, make this site an enchanting place for all kinds of people. Here you can buy but also smell and moreover try all the typical products of this wonderful and fertile region. This market is a perfect place for a fast lunch and an experience involving all the 5 senses. The parrot on the dome reminds to the continuous gossips, usual at the markets. Our sensation, on the other hand, is that the right way to discover a city must also cross its markets, where culture and humanity disclose easily. Close to the market you can also find lots of restaurants, also ready to cook the products you have bought.
Churches of San Nicolas and San Peter martyrs
This church is well known as the Valencian Sistine Chapel. The entrance is quite anonymous, so that it is impossible to imagine the beauties inside. Built in 1242, this church represents a perfect fusion between the Gothic and the Baroque styles. It’s an historic and artistic building of national interest, perfectly restored. The vaults were frescoed by Antonio Palomino Velásquez, an historical painter of the so-called trompe l’œil painting, and by his pupil Dionis Vidal, between the ‘600 and the ‘700 and represent different moments of the Saint’s lives. You’ll be ravished by the wonderful vaults…so pay attention to your neck when looking high!
Lonja de la Seda
This is one of the main attractive touristic sites of the city, right in its old centre. The cultural Academy of Valencia is located inside and its rooms are used to house important artistic events. It was built in the XV century in the so-called Valencian Gothic style. Above the window there is the representation of the shield of the Valencian Kingdom, supported by two angels. The silk market took place there and on the walls of the market room, both paintings and inscriptions honour the integrity of the Valencian merchants.
The building has been included among the mankind legacies while during the XV century it was one of the most important commercial markets of the Mediterranean area. The building is divided into 4 parts: the tower, where silk thieves and dishonest merchants were put in prison; the hall of the Sea Consulate, a real mercantile court of justice; the orange garden,that is the garden wherethe contracts were drown up, and the so-called Hall of Columns.
The Cathedral stands right where in the ancient times a Romanesque church first and a mosque after, were built. The Cathedral is dated 1238 and consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. Three different styles are recognizable in the whole structure and in its three different portals: the Romanic, the Baroque and the Valencian Gothic ones. In a chapel inside of the Cathedral, is preserved that it is told being the Holy Grail, the cup of Jesus Last Supper.
Its name comes from Saint Michael Archangel. It is close to the Cathedral and going up to its 207 stairs you reach the top of its 51 meters height and have an extraordinary view of Valencia. Inside, in the Bell’s room, please look at the main one of 10 tons weights. It was moulded in 1532.
The Palace of Marquis de Dos Aguas
Here is the centre of the Ceramics Museum. It is a typical Rococo building with an alabaster main door magnificently sculptured. Inside, the Museum offers a huge number of different and both old and modern ceramics: some of them are Picasso’s.
In the past the palace was the residence of the Marquis de Dos Aguas, one of the most influential families of Valencia and the overdecorated style of the building clearly shows the magnificence and the taste of the Spanish privileged classes of the ancient times.