Valencia Shore Excursions
Plaza del Ayuntamiento
At the center of the city sits Plaza del Ayuntamiento, surrounded by offices, hotels, shops and cafes. Take a moment to check out the cascading fountains in the middle of the square. The Plaza makes a good point from which to start a short walking tour of the old part of Valencia. An interesting route would include the Bullfighting Museum, the Cathedral, the old Silk Exchange and the bustling city market.
The impressive 14th century Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos) were the main gateway through the old city walls. The top parapet affords excellent views over the city center and beyond. By the Towers runs the course of the Turia river (dried up since a water diversion scheme). The old river bed is now an extensive green space, encircling the city center, perfect for an enjoyable stroll.
City of Art and Sciences
The futuristic City of Art and Sciences (La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) contains four very modern buildings: Museo de las Ciencias, a very interactive science museum, L' Oceanographic, a large aquarium, L'Hemisferic, a laser planetarium and Palau de les Arts, an impressive Opera house. Situated between the port and the city center.
The Bioparc is a new-generation zoo where you can enjoy seeing animals in carefully recreated habitats mimicking Madagascar, the Savannah, and Equatorial Africa. There are no cages, and few barriers. Located about a mile north-west of the city center.
Las Arenas Beach
Just north of the port lies popular Las Arenas beach, a wide sweep of sand perfect for topping up your tan, or for taking a leisurely swim. Behind the beach there are a wide range of snackbars, bars and cafes ideal for a lazy break.
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