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Distance: 1,3 Km
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Guide: FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ
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Tour price per person. Prices include VAT. The tour also includes transfer and equipment
In this free walking tour we will go into Valencia’s historical centre and part of its widening, the most important constructions of the city. We will see the main monuments of Valencia, accompanied by a brief and entertaining description which will submerge the attendees in the time mentioned. In addition, we will be able to try a variety of fresh products from the land in the small shops of Barrio del Carmen and the adjacent streets, or buy a typical souvenir of Valencia.
THE TOUR BEGINS AT 11H.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
- GUIDED ROUTE.
- GUIDE THROUGH VALENCIA'S MAIN MONUMENTS.
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*The attendees can give the will to the guide and, of the amount collected, 50% will go to help the integration of people with Asperger syndrome.
DURATION: 2'5H (flexible schedule).
MEETING POINT: TORRES DE SERRANOS.
Valencia is one of the oldest cities in Spain, founded in Roman times, it has been visited by Visigoths, Arabs, Jews and Christians who have left their mark in the history of the city. Our tour will start in Torres de Serranos, one of the entrance doors to the city of Valencia that was part of an old wall that surrounded the entire historic centre but unfortunately, has not reached our days, keeping only some Arab and Christian fragments .
First of all, we will go to the Plaza de la Virgen, passing by the Palacio de los Borgia or Palacio de Benicarló, seat of the Valencian Parliament. In this magnificent square we have several emblematic buildings of the city such as the Basílica de los Desamparados, the Plaza de la Almoina, the Almudín and the Cathedral, to which we will turn around starting with the Romanesque door, followed by the Baroque, the Torre del Miguelete or Micalet (63m high) and ending at the Gothic gate, where every Thursday from the Arab period the famous Tribunal de las Aguas is celebrated, an institution of justice declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity and whose start date is the theme of discussion among the people who dedicate themselves to its study, locating its beginning between Roman or Arab times. Immediately after, we will walk by Calle Caballeros from the Palau de la Generalitat (headquarters of the Valencian executive) to the Plaza del Tossal. We will then continue to the Torres de Quart, the other of the gates of Valencia’s wall that remain standing. In this late Gothic style, there are similar buildings in several Italian cities such as Genoa, where the holes left by the guns of the Napoleonic troops can be seen, from when they tried to take the city without success during the course of the War of Independence, in the early 19th century.
From here and crossing by Calle Velluters and the College of the Art of Silk, we will entre the Plaza de Mercado, one of the most beautiful and important enclaves of Valencia. In this wonderful square we can find the Church of the Santos Juanes, with examples of the three great artistic movements; the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance. Besides, it has a black chronicle since outside of it those who were condemned to death by the Holy Inquisition were executed. Next to this building, we will find the Central Market, the second largest market in Europe of fresh products and right opposite to it, the Lonja de la Seda, a jewel of the Valencian civil Gothic, built during the golden age that symbolizes the era of splendor of the city of Valencia. Taking some steps towards the Lonja, we will begin to walk until we reach the Church and the Torre de Santa Catalina. Next to it, two of the biggest curiosities of the city, the Plaza Redonda and the narrowest facade of Europe and second in the world ranking, with 107cm from side to side. From Calle de La Paz we will head towards the Patriarch's College and the Old University, arriving at the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. After contemplating this excellent building that does not go unnoticed by pedestrians, we will go to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, with its imposing eclectic style buildings, and from here to the Estación del Norte and the Plaza de Toros, a building inspired by the Roman Coliseum.
To finish this explanatory and enjoyable route through the historic centre of Valencia and running through the area of the expansion, with its buildings of modernist style, we will arrive at the imposing Mercado de Colón from the beginning of the 20th century, a Valencian reference in terms of this type of construction. Whose author was influenced by the work of Gaudí, among others, hence its similarity with the mythical buildings of the Catalan architect.
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