The Plaça de la Mare de Déu square was built on the site of the Roman Forum and is named after Our Lady of the Forsaken, the patron saint of Valencia.
The beginning of Valencia’s Falles festivity celebrations is marked by the mascletà, the order for which is given by the Queen of the Falles from the City Hall balcony; the celebration ends with the cremà on 19 March.
The Valencian Institute of Modern Art, which houses a collection of 11,000 pieces, is a symbol of modern art in Valencia.
Visit one of the most splendid jewels of European Gothic civic architecture, a temple to trade that shone during Valencia’s Golden Age when this was one of the continent’s most prosperous cities.
This fortified gateway, which marked the northern boundary of the walled city, has also served as a prison for aristocrats and, during the twentieth century, was a ‘sanctuary’ for works of art.
The Neo-classical-style coliseum, one of the largest in Spain, houses a comprehensive bullfighting museum and is owned by the General Hospital.
This Gothic church, erected on the site of a mosque during the thirteenth century, holds legendary treasures such as the Holy Chalice, which some historians believe was used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper.
This monument, designed as a gateway in the ancient city wall, survived a bombardment and has been used as a gunpowder store and as a women’s prison.
Dating back to the fifteenth century, the Palace of Benicarló, also known as the Palace of the Borgias, now houses the Valencian Parliament.
The Plaça de l’Ajuntament is the political and financial hub of Valencia, but it is also the nerve centre of the Les Falles festival.