Each week we offer the opportunity to our students to discover the most interesting places of the historical centre of our city (the Cathedral, the Micalet, Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza de la Reina, the City Hall, Lonja de la Seda…). A member of Hispania will guide the students of this tour around the historical centre of Valencia so they don’t miss anything. Valencia is culture and tradition, and there is no better way of proving it than showing the monuments of the city.
We always achieve the same result at the end of the tour: all of our students love Valencia!
There is nothing better than joining a tour to the historical centre of Valencia to have a first impression of the city. We will meet at the main building of Hispania, escuela de español, where we will start our tour to the main locations that you can’t miss of Valencia: Jardines del Real, Jardín del Túria, Serrano Towers, the Cathedral, Lonja de la Seda, the City Hall… Discover everything about our city!
First of all, we will find out the details of the ancient Royal Palace of Valencia, which is one of the most emblematic buildings of the city and was the residence of King Jaume I. However, it was demolished in March 1810 by the Junta de Defensa Militar, with the aim of preventing the French Army to take advantage of the building during the siege of the city. Nonetheless, the name of the gardens have remained and are known as Viveros or Jardines del Real (Royal Gardens).
Then, we will go to Jardín del Túria. This park is one of the largest urban natural parks in Spain. It is a 9 kilometre long green space that crosses the city and includes ludic, sports and romantic areas. It extends from Cabecera Park to the City of Arts and Science. The gardens are perfect for joggers, cyclists, families and lovers of nature. The garden is crossed by 18 bridges (5 of which are medieval) that are the legacy of centuries of history. The old bed of the river has some of the main museums and monuments of the city in both sides. This huge garden was built over the bed of Turia River, whose course was altered to prevent any further floods.
After the 1957 Valencia flood that devastated the city, the course of Turia River was altered to the south of Valencia. This made the old bed of the river that crossed the city from west to east and encircled the historical centre available for new projects. The Garden, which was inaugurated in 1986, was designed by several urban planners and landscapists who replicated the old landscape of the river bed and created a unique route filled with palm and orange trees, fountains and pine trees, aromatic plants, ponds, sports fields and rose bushes.
Once we have crossed the park, we will arrive to Serrano Towers. These towers are, alongside Quart Towers, the main remaining of the medieval walls of Valencia. They were the main access to the city from the north. Additionally, they were considered to be the symbol of the city, which was rapidly expanding. They have been present in hundreds of historical events. For instance, they were used as a prison and as a refuge for the paintings of the National Treasury of Museo del Prado during the Spanish Civil War.
After seeing the towers, we will walk along Serranos Street until we arrive to the heart of the city, the Palau de la Generalitat (main office of the Valencian Government). The building has two towers but only one of them is real (we will discover which one). We will also visit Plaza de la Virgen and the Cathedral. We will first take a look at the Gothic gate of the cathedral. Then, we will get inside through the Romanesque gate and finally we will go out through the Baroque doorway. The diversity of styles is one of the main characteristics of the main church of the city. We will also address the Roman past of the city. Later, we will walk to Lope de Vega Square. There, it is located the famous “narrow” house and next to it we can find Redonda Square. Close to the square, it is the Lonja de los Mercaderes de la Seda. It is considered to be the most emblematic building of civil Valencian Gothic and started to be built in 1483. The building is divided in 3 main parts: the Trading Hall, the fortified tower and the House of the Consulate of the Sea. These three parts are distributed around the Courtyard of Naranjos. We will observe the external walls of the buildings, discover its history and their mysterious details.