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Day Trip to Valencia!

Are you planning a trip to Alicante and looking for a fantastic one-day trip? Look no further than Valencia! This stunning city is an easy day trip from Alicante and can be reached by bus, car, or train.

If you choose to travel by train, booking through the Trainline app or website is the most convenient way to purchase tickets. A round trip from Alicante to Valencia costs around 40 euros per person, with a one-way ticket priced at 20 euros per person. We went via Renfe!

Upon arrival in Valencia, you will be greeted when leaving the Estación del Norte, a gorgeous train station with stunning Valencian Art Nouveau architecture. Adjacent to the station is the Plaza de Toros de Valencia, a bullring that is an important cultural landmark. From the station, you can take a bus or, even better, explore the area on foot and immerse yourself in the local culture.

The highlight of your trip to Valencia must be the City of Arts & Science, a futuristic complex that comprises six magnificent structures: L'Hemisferic, El Museum de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, L'Umbracle, L'Oceanográfic, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and Asset de I'Or Bridge. This complex is a masterpiece of modern architecture, and you could easily spend two or more hours exploring all its attractions.

L'Hemisferic is a striking structure that houses an IMAX cinema and planetarium. The El Museum de les Ciencies Principe Felipe is an interactive science museum that will delight adults and children alike, with exhibits that are both informative and engaging. L'Umbracle is a metallic structure that features a garden with open-air sculptures and an art exhibition. L'Oceanográfic is Europe's largest aquarium and home to over 45,000 marine creatures. El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía is an impressive opera house with a modernist design, and Asset de I'Or Bridge is a landmark suspension bridge that spans the Turia River.

After visiting the City of Arts & Science, head over to the Instalaciones de los Jardines del Turia, a beautiful park built on a former riverbed. The park offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like cycling, walking, or even yoga classes. You'll see colorful flowers, palm trees, and orange trees throughout the park, and it's a lovely spot to relax and take in the scenery.

Next, make your way to the Plaza de la Virgin, a historical square featuring a stunning fountain and the Valencia Cathedral. The cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and was built on the site of a former Roman temple and later a mosque. Attached to the cathedral is El Micalet, a bell tower that offers incredible views of the city from its terrace. Be prepared to climb 207 steps, and the cost is around 8 euros per person.

The Barrio del Carmen is a charming neighborhood near the cathedral with narrow streets and colorful houses. This neighborhood is one of six historical neighborhoods that developed between two walls, Christian and Muslim.

A trip to Valencia isn't complete without trying the Horchata drink, and I recommend having it at the Horchateria de Santa Catalina. This popular drink is sold throughout the city and can be found at any of the places located in Old Town, and it's a must-try.

After refreshing yourself with a Horchata, visit La Lonja de la Seda, also known as the Silk Exchange. This stunning Gothic building dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries and was initially used for silk trading. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and costs 2 euros per person to enter.

Just a two-minute walk from La Lonja de la Seda, you'll stumble upon two amazing landmarks that are a must-visit. First up is the Santos Juanes, a magnificent Roman Catholic church that is located right in the heart of the Mercat Central de Valencia (Mercado Central). This market is not your average marketplace, but rather a lively and colorful spot with food vendors selling fresh and locally sourced produce. The Mercado Central was built in 1914 and is one of the largest European markets. You can't help but be drawn in by the vibrant atmosphere and enticing smells.

Once you've had your fill of the market, it's time to hit up Tapeando, a restaurant that's known for its delicious tapas and fantastic sangrias. Take a break from all the walking and enjoy the vibrant ambiance while savoring the delectable flavors of the Spanish cuisine.

After you've had your fill, head on over to Plaça de l'Ajuntament, which is situated in close proximity to both the old town and the modern part of the city. This area is a hub of activity and offers a variety of entertainment options. During our visit, we saw Mickey and Minnie Mouse, people taking pictures, and much more. The picturesque surroundings and laid-back vibe make this spot perfect for unwinding after a long day of sightseeing.

As the day comes to a close, head back to the station to catch your train back. Take in the stunning scenery of Valencia one last time before you bid adieu to this beautiful city.

We found this to be the perfect day trip from Alicante to Valencia. Now you have it - a perfect itinerary for a day out in Valencia. Get ready to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of this enchanting city!

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