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22 free things to do in Spain's Valencia

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22 free things to do in Spain's Valencia
A man stands in front of Valencia's Opera House. Here are some of the free things you can do in the city of Valencia. Photo: Chris Holgersson/Unsplash

Visiting Valencia but don't want to break the bank? Fortunately Spain's third city is full of fantastic free things to do.

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Valencia is a city known for its Mediterranean climate, gastronomy (it is the birthplace of paella, after all) and varied cultural offerings. But that doesn't mean you have to break the bank when you visit Spain's third city.

Valencia is also a city full of fantastic free things to do, whether it be museums, parks, beaches or even well known neighbourhoods worth a stroll around.

Here are 22 free things to do in Valencia:

Jardín del Turia - take a long stroll through Valencia’s famous park submerged in the old river bed. The Turia, as it's known, is full of jogging and cycle lanes, has a whole host of sports pitches, and even a brand new kid's playground (more on that below).

Malvarrosa beach - slightly out of the city centre is La Malvarrosa, the main beach in the city, and it is full of bars, restaurants, ice cream parlours and volleyball pitches.

Soak in the sun and the city views from Malvarrosa beach. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / STR / AFP)
 

 

Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM:) Valencia's Modern Art Institute offers free entry on Fridays from 19.000, Saturdays from 15.00, and all day on Sundays.

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El Cabanyal - situated just behind Malvarossa is El Cabanyal, the old fisherman’s quarter of the city and known for its art deco tiled townhouses.

El Cabañal is a neighbourhood with plenty of character. Photo: Joanbanjo/Wikipedia
 

 

Parque Gulliver - if you’ve got kids, take them to Parque Gulliver, it’s an enormous (free) play structure based on the character Gulliver, located in the Turia park.

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El Carmen - you could also spend an afternoon getting lost in the narrow, winding streets of Valencia’s charming old town.

Picturesque El Carmen is certainly worth a visit when in Valencia. Photo: Joaquin Carfagna
 

 

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - maybe the most famous tourist attraction in the city and one of the so-called '12 treasures of Spain', this futuristic museum and exhibition space complex is free to walk around (but not to go into the museums, sadly).

The City of Arts and Sciences is simply otherworldly. Photo: Luca/Pixabay.

 

Mercado de Ruzafa - the smaller but very aesthetically pleasing Ruzafa market, in one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods, is also worth a visit and has a huge selection of meats, fishes, and cheeses.

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Albufera - not entirely free as you’ll need to pay for the bus ride from Valencia, but the stunning Albufera National Park is a short drive away and a favourite sunset spot for many.

Experience memorable sunsets at Albufera National Park. Photo: Samuel Pujades/Unsplash

 

Valencia Cathedral - take in some history by having a look around Valencia’s Cathedral, which was consecrated all the way back in 1238.

Mercat Central - Valencia’s stunning central market is open Monday to Saturday from 07.30-15.00.

Valencia's Mercado Central is a feast on these senses, both architecturally and gastronomically speaking. Photo: Eleni Afiontzi/Unsplash

 

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La Lonja de la Seda - This imposing gothic style building is free to enter on Sundays and holidays.

Torres de Serranos y Quart - The famous Serranos Towers are also free to enter on Sundays and holidays. 

Be the king of the castle at Las Torres de Serranos. Photo: PublicDomainPicture/Pixabay.

 

Ayuntamiento de Valencia - from 8.00-15.000 (Monday-Friday) you can go out on the balcony of Valencia’s town hall and enjoy views of the main square.

Baños del Almirante - the stunning Baños del Almirante were built between 1313 and 1320 in Mudejar style and are free to visit.

Travel back in time by visiting these Conquista-time baths in Valencia. Photo: Chosovi/Wikipedia
 

 

Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad - The Valencia Museum of the Enlightenment and Modernity has free entry on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Museo de Bellas Artes - Valencia’s fine art museum is always free entry, but not open on Mondays. 

Be inspired by beautiful art at Valencia's Fine Arts Museum. Photo: Joanbanjo/Wikipedia
 

 

Museo de Historia:- Valencia's History Museum is also free entry on Sundays and holidays.

Museo de Ciencias Naturales - Valencia’s Natural Science Museum is free every Saturday, Sunday and holiday from 15.000.

See dinosaur skeletons at Valencia's very own Natural History Museum. Photo: Joanbanjo/Wikipedia
 

 

Museo Nacional de Cerámica - the National Ceramics Museum has free entry on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. 

Estación del Norte - Valencia's quirky looking central train station, complete with art nouveau architecture, is just a couple of minutes from the city hall and is worth a quick look around if you're in the city centre.

The interiors of Valencia's North Station are suitable for a Wes Anderson movie. Photo: Wendy Wei/Unsplash
 

 

Refugio de la Guerra Civil (Bombas Gens) - for the history buffs among us, the anti-aircraft shelter during the Civil War in what was a medieval winery is well worth a visit and free to enter.

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