Touristic activities

The Valencia Convention bureau offers a series of guided tours through the city of Valencia to discover its beauties. Here below you can find a list of tours that ICIAM 2019 recommend for delegates and guests, to discover Valencia.

Walking Tours Old City

Did you know that Valencia was once an island lying between two forks of the Turia river? Do you know how the Serranos Towers got their name? Would you like to know where the first cheque was invented more than 500 years ago? Discover all of Valencia’s secrets on foot as you are guided to the city centre’s most authentic spots.

Walking tour of Valencia´s Old Town with tasting in Central Market

Mon. to Sat., 10.30 am. Includes entry ticket to La Lonja and tasting of local specialities in the Central Market

Visit to the Church of San Nicolás

Discover Valencia's Sistine Chapel, the Church of San Nicolás.

Walking Tour "València, City of the Silk"

Discover the legacy of the Silk trade in Valencia. Sat. 11.00 am.

Gastrocultural Tour through the center of Valencia

Wednesday and Friday from 9:45 am to 2:30 pm

On wheels

Valencia is a bike-friendly place, with nearly 80 kilometres of cycle lanes and a grassy dry riverbed that runs across the whole city. Explore the city at your own pace, while you relax and enjoy the year-round mild weather. Experience a different, fun way of discovering Valencia by taking one of the different guided Segway tours, or by Motocalessa, a new concept for tourists and an original way of discovering the city of Valencia via a personalised, exclusive service.

Maritime Bike Tour

Guided bicycle tour through the old fishing village of València

Valencia Bike Tour

Every day in English and Dutch

Cycle tourism and Gastronomy in the Huerta Valenciana

Discover the landscapes of the historic Huerta of València

Open Bike Tour

Discover the best of Valencia by bike! English and Spanish

City of Arts and Sciences & Oceanogràfic

If you come to València a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences is a must. Work of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, several of its buildings have become icons in the city. It is a scientific and cultural leisure complex which can be enjoyed with family or friends, covering around two kilometres of the former riverbed of the River Turia. 
You will need tickets to enter the Hemisfèric, the Science Museum and the Oceanogràfic, and you can buy them separately or combined for the buildings that you would most like to visit. 
Be sure to plan your trip to the City of Arts and Sciences, because there is a lot to see.

The Hemisfèric

The Hemisfèric is a digital 3D cinema, with a huge 900 metre concave screen, which almost envelops spectators. Several films are screened daily, mainly educational documentaries of no more than 45 minutes which are suitable for all audiences. You will receive a pair of innovative 3D glasses with your ticket enabling you to change the screening language. If you are travelling with children, there is usually a film geared towards children once a day. We recommend that you check the film listings and reserve the screening that you would like to see before starting your visit to other buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences.

Príncipe Felipe Science Museum

With the philosophy "Not touching is prohibited" you can imagine what kind of museum this is. The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum offers different interactive exhibitions about science and technology. You can visit without entering the ground floor, where there is usually a temporary exhibition, some shops, the bathrooms and a restaurant. You will need a ticket for the remaining exhibitions. The Museum also offers scientific workshops for all visitors for which you will have to buy a separate ticket.

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Opera house

If you are a music-lover then the Palau de les Arts is the place for you at the City of Arts and Sciences. From October to November, its programme includes operas, concerts, zarzuela and ballet. When not being used for performances, you can visit the building by booking in advance on the website.

The Umbracle

The Umbracle is a huge, open-access garden covering more than 17,000 m2 where you can stroll around and take in the typical Mediterranean plants and contemporary sculptures. Terraza Mya opens its doors at night during the summer months, where you can have a drink under the moonlight. The public car park of the City of Arts and Sciences is located just below the Umbracle.

The Ágora

The most recent building at the City of Arts and Sciences, the Ágora is a versatile venue hosting a wide variety of events. It is not usually open to the public and cannot be visited.


No trip to València is complete without visiting the Oceanogràfic, Europe's biggest aquarium. With seven different marine environments, almost 45,000 specimens of 500 different species can be seen, such as dolphins, belugas, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins and sharks. Don't miss the exhibition taking place daily in the dolphinarium. Reserve at least half a day for the trip.

The Assut D’or Bridge

Also work of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, the Assut D’or Bridge crosses the former riverbed of the River Turia, between the Science Museum and the Ágora. There are several lanes for traffic in both directions and there is a pedestrian bridge in the centre connecting the two banks of the Turia Gardens.

Tours to the Albufera Natural Park

Are you a nature lover? Then you'll love taking a boat trip through the Albufera natural park, riding though the Valencian countryside in a horse-drawn cart, visiting the hamlets and barracas (the typical houses of the region) and dining on the best Valencian cuisine while surrounded by nature. Don't miss out on these original ways to enjoy the best of Valencia's traditions.

Visit the “Albufera”


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