Tour of the historic center of Valencia:
Each week we offer our students the chance to get to know the most interesting places in the historical center of the city (The Cathedral, the Micalet, the Plaza de la Virgen, the Plaza de la Reina and the Town Hall, the Central Market, the Lonja de silk…). A member of the Hispania team is in charge of guiding students on this tour through the historic center of Valencia so that they do not lose detail. Valencia is culture and tradition and its monuments are the best reflection.
After this tour through the historic center of Valencia, the result is always the same; All students love Valencia!
Nothing better than a guided tour of the historic center of Valencia to have a first contact with the city. We will meet in the main building of Hispania, Spanish school and start a tour of the main places that every visitor of Valencia should know: Jardines del Real, riverbed, Torres de Serranos, Cathedral, Silk Exchange, City Hall … Discover What others don’t tell you.
We will know the details of the old Royal Palace of Valencia, which was one of the most emblematic buildings in Valencia, a monarchical residence from Jaume I until its demolition in March 1810 by order of the Military Defense Board, so that it would not serve the French army in The attack on the city. His memory has been maintained by the name of his gardens that are currently the well-known Nurseries or Jardines del Real.
We will move to the adjacent Jardin del Túria. This park is one of the largest urban natural parks in Spain, a green space of more than nine walkable kilometers that crosses the city with recreational and sports areas and romantic corners to get lost. From the Parque de Cabecera to the City of Arts and Sciences, the Turia Gardens are an ideal route for runners, cyclists, families and nature lovers. Crowned by 18 bridges, 5 of them medieval, which are traces of centuries of history, the old channel brushes both banks with some of the main museums and monuments of the city. This immense garden is built on the old Turia riverbed which was diverted to avoid the continuous floods that the city suffered.
After the great flood of October 14, 1957 that devastated the city, the Turia channel was diverted to the south of Valencia, leaving an important strip of land that crosses the city from west to east, surrounding the historic center. Inaugurated in 1986, various urban planners and landscape designers designed the different sections of the riverbed, reproducing the old river landscape and creating a unique route populated by palm trees and orange trees, fountains and pine trees, aromatic plants and ponds, sports courts and rose bushes.
Through the park we reach the Serranos Towers, these towers constitute, together with those of Quart, the main testimony of the medieval walls of Valencia. They were the main access to the city from the north, and above all, they were already perceived at the time of its construction as the urban symbol of a city in the process of commercial expansion. They have been a reflection of hundreds of historical events, highlighting its use as a prison or as a refuge for the National treasury works from the Prado Museum in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War.
Through the street of Serranos we reach the heart of the city, the Palace of the Generalitat, seat of the Valencian government discovers its two towers, where only one is “real” (we will discover which one) and the Plaza de la Virgen with its Basilica and the cathedral. We will see its Gothic door, we will enter through the Romanesque and we will go out through the baroque, because it is one of the main characteristics of the main church of the city. We will talk about the Roman past of the city and we will arrive, through the Lope de Vega square with its “narrow” house and the Redonda square until the Silk Merchants Market, considered the most emblematic of the buildings of the Valencian civil Gothic buildings , began to be built in 1483. It consists of three differentiated bodies: Hiring Room, Tower and Pavilion of the Consolat de Mar, articulated around the Patio de los Naranjos. We will see its exteriors, we will talk about history and its mysterious details.