4 Day Valencia Itinerary: Things to See and Do in Valencia in 4 Days

Things to See and Do in Valencia in 4 Days

Use this Valencia itinerary as is for a perfect vacation or customize it for yourself – it will easily work for a two or three-day trip – just pick and choose the days that sound most exciting to you! 

Tips for Visiting Valencia

My favorite time to visit is during the Las Fallas festival

Best times to visit Valencia

The best times to visit Valencia are in Spring or Fall – that’s when the weather is perfect and it’s not during the peak season, so there are fewer crowds. 
Tip: the weather is beautiful most of the year, although I wouldn’t recommend visiting in July or August when it’s the hottest. Winter is pretty comfortable – between mid-40s to mid-60s. 

My favorite time to visit is during the Las Fallas festival in the middle of March. The festival goes on for a full month and is one of the biggest in Valencia. It celebrates the arrival of spring. locals construct amazing sculptures the size of a building and then burn them down in a dramatic finale. It’s something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. 

Getting to the Center from the Airport

If you’re getting to Valencia via a flight, it may be worth getting the Valencia Tourist Card. Then, you can use it for your transportation from the airport on underground lines L3 and L5 and MetroBus (in zones AB) as well as free rides on city buses, underground, tram, and commuter trains. 

You will also have free admission to museums and monuments such as the Silk Exchange, the Serranos and Quart Towers, the Fallero Museum, the Almoina Archaeological Museum, and others. These landmarks are on this itinerary, so you can definitely make good use of these perks! 

Lastly, you can get 2 tapas and 2 drinks at select locations with this card for free.

Getting Around Valencia

Valencia is a small city so walking is an easy way to see the city center, but you will need to use public transportation to get to the beach or to the City of Arts and Sciences. At the time this article was published, the buses cost about 1.50 EUR per trip within the city limits and are easy to use with Google Maps.

Traveling to Valencia on a Budget

Visiting in Fall and Spring is great because of the weather and smaller crowds, but it can also help you save money on flights and hotels. Food and museums are already affordable compared to the US or other places in Europe, so it makes Valencia a budget-friendly destination. Just be cautious of tourist trap restaurants in the city center to make the most of your budget and enjoy an authentic experience.

See more budget travel tips.

Entry & Exit Requirements

If traveling from the US, you’ll need your U.S. passport to enter Spain and remember that it must be valid for at least three months after your departure. To stay longer than three months, you’ll need to obtain a visa before you arrive in Spain. Check up-to-date information on travel requirements for US citizens here

Packing for Valencia

When packing for your trip to Valencia, Spain, think about the warm Mediterranean weather. Pack lightweight clothes for the daytime and comfortable shoes for exploring. Bring some nicer outfits for evenings out in places like Ruzafa and El Carmen. Don’t forget sunscreen, a water bottle, and a travel adapter. I was also very glad I brought band-aids and blister-prevention cushions. For a complete packing list, check out my European packing list, which you can edit and print, to ensure you have everything you need for your Valencia adventure.

4-Day Itinerary for Valencia, Spain

Now let’s get to the good part. How will you spend 4 full days in this beautiful city? 

First Day in Valencia: The City Center

Breakfast in Spain

Breakfast in Spain

The standard breakfast in this part of Spain consists of Pan con Tomate (bread with tomato) and coffee.

If you visit Valencia you should try this breakfast at least once. And it isn’t hard to find. Pretty much every cafe that is open in the morning will offer this breakfast.

And the best part is: the entire breakfast won’t cost you much more than 3.50 €

Morning

Valencia Cathedral

After breakfast, start your day in the historic heart of Valencia, exploring the Old Town (Ciutat Vella). Visit the Valencia Cathedral and climb the Miguelete Tower for panoramic views.

Valencia Cathedral: One of the main attractions of the Valencia Cathedral is the Holy Grail, believed by many to be the one used by Jesus during the Last Supper. The visit also includes an entrance to the museum, which features works by Goya and Maella.

Admission: 9 €

View from the Miguelete Tower

The Miguelete Tower: Next, you can climb the Miguelete Tower, located adjacent to the cathedral, for panoramic views of Valencia. You can do both the tower and the cathedral, or just choose one. 

Admission: 2.5 €

Afternoon

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Central Market (Mercado Central). This is a perfect afternoon stop as you can grab a snack, from sandwiches and breads, fresh fruit, to jamon, and more.

A few places to stop by…

If you have the full four days, I recommend making the first day more relaxing, allowing for some time to wander and stop by places that catch your attention. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

  • La Estrecha (the Narrow One): make sure to stop by the narrowest house in Europe, located in the Plaza Lope de Vega area.
  • Plaza de la Virgen: At night this square becomes even more vibrant, chances are you can catch a street performance or a special event.
  • Plaza Redonda (Circle Square): stands out as one of Valencia’s most distinctive tourist destinations, thanks to its unique layout. After undergoing restoration in 2012, it has emerged as one of the city’s most enchanting locations. 
  • Mercado de Tapinería: a truly unique area in Valencia, consisting of two squares and connecting streets. Two feature restaurants with expansive terraces: La Bernarda serves traditional Valencian cuisine, including rice dishes and paellas, while Bar & Kitchen offers fresh homemade international fare. The remaining three commercial spaces—Local Azul, Local Amarillo, and Local Naranja—rotate themes, activities, and pop-up events for all ages. 
  • What-else-to-see-in-Valencia

Evening

Explore the eclectic streets of Barrio del Carmen, known for its nightlife. A couple of well-recommended local tapas bars include Refugio and Bodega La Rentaora. For live music, check out Radio City, Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar (jazz), or Palosanto Tablao Flamenco (flamenco). 

Day Two: The City of Arts and SciencesThe City of Arts and Sciences

Morning

Head to the City of Arts and Sciences – one of the main attractions in Valencia – a futuristic architectural complex. Admire the impressive structures and visit the Oceanografic, the largest aquarium in Europe. The complex is one of the 12 Treasures of Spain and is home to an IMAX theater, planetarium, museum, opera house, and more. If you’re staying in the city center, you can take the bus to get there in about 45 minutes.

Admission: 10 € for entrance to the museum; 25 € for Oceanographic, more packages are available on their website.

Afternoon

From the City of Arts and Sciences, you can take Bus 95 and head over to the beach. Depending on the weather you may want to spend the rest of the day swimming and soaking up the sun. Otherwise, stroll down the promenade and enjoy tapas at a beachside tapas restaurant. Before leaving the neighborhood, wander through the colorful streets of El Cabanyal to get an afternoon cafe con leche for a pick-me-up.

Evening

Enjoy dinner in the trendy Ruzafa neighborhood, known for its hip restaurants and bars. Stop by Improntas Restaurant for a delicious Sardinian dinner, Aladroc taverna de peix for tapas, or Baovan for baos.

Day Three: Explore Valencian Museums

Valencia Silk Exchange

Morning

Visit the Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda), a UNESCO World Heritage site originally dedicated to the silk trade and one of the most emblematic structures of the city. 

Admission: 2 €

After, explore the nearby Church of San Nicolás (Iglesia de San Nicolás de Bari). Church of San Nicolás has been called the Valencian “Sistine Chapel” because of the gorgeous frescos.

Admission: 11 € 

Afternoon

After lunch, take a relaxing walk through the Turia Gardens, a beautiful green space created in the old riverbed.

Evening

Dine in El Carmen, make sure to try out a traditional paella with chicken, rabbit, and snails at one of the local restaurants. Rice dishes are a major part of the culture so be sure to try some while you’re here!

Day Four: What did we miss?

Valencia Torres de Serranos

Make sure to get anything you’ve wanted to do on your last day, but also take the time to relax and soak in the last few hours of Valencian culture, history, and energy. 

Morning

Explore the Fallas Museum (Museu Faller de València) to learn about Valencia’s most famous festival. Here you will also find two figures that survived la crema at the end of the festival from every year since 1934. 

Admission: 2 €

Visit the La Almoina Archaeological Museum to delve into the city’s past. Here you will walk through the city’s evolution from its founding to the the Roman Empire, through the Visigothic period, the Muslim period, and its return back to Christianity.  

Admission: free on Sundays and holidays, 2 €

Afternoon

Visit Torres de Serranos, the main historic medieval gates and entrance to Valencia. The city used to be protected by walls with 12 gates, but now only two remain. Now Torres de Serranos offers incredible panoramic views of the city.

Admission: free on Sundays and holidays, 2 €

Evening

Conclude your last day with a relaxing evening at a local plaza, enjoying tapas, Agua de Valencia (a traditional Valencian drink made from gin, vodka, cava, sugar, and freshly squeezed orange juice), and people-watching. 

Which stops in Valencia were your favorite? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram. 

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4 Comments

  1. John M
    February 20, 2024

    What a beautiful city to visit! Thanks for sharing this. Definitely a destination to consider in my travel plans.

    Reply
    1. Marina
      February 20, 2024

      Yes, it’s one of my favorite destinations, I will be returning this year!

      Reply
  2. Amy Mayfield-Beyer
    February 20, 2024

    I am intrigued by the City of Arts and Sciences! Excellent post!

    Reply
    1. Marina
      February 20, 2024

      Thank you! Yes, the City of Arts and Sciences is one of a kind!

      Reply

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