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Things to do for free in Valencia
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10 Best Things To Do for Free In Valencia

If you are a budget traveller and prefer low-cost food and accommodation, then Valencia is the perfect destination for you. You will not find any perfect destination in other cities of Spain and Europe than Valencia. Port of Valencia, the largest port in Spain, is famous for its Fallas fiestas, futuristic buildings, beaches, paellas, the La Albufera freshwater lagoon and estuary, the friendly people, and many other things besides. You don’t need to worry about your bank account as you would not need to spend a single penny for doing the best things in Valencia. Nobody said that travelling was a rich man’s hobby. Get hold of a city map and set off to explore the best things to do for free in Valencia.

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10 Things To Do for Free In Valencia

You will find plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy which are free or very cheap, too. The article gives you 10 free ideas that allow you to enjoy your stay to the fullest. Read this blog to know about the 10 things to do for free in Valencia.

  1. Head to the beach
  2. Explore the El Carmen street art
  3. Take in some culture
  4. Relax in the park
  5. Tour the City of Arts and Sciences
  6. Stroll around the Central Market
  7. See the Holy Grail
  8. Attend a session of the Water Tribunal
  9. Watch evening fall over La Albufera
  10. Discover the Natural Science Museum of Valencia

1. Head to the beach

Head for the beach, Things to do for free in Valencia
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Heading to the beach is one thing that first comes to everyone’s minds when they think of the things to do for free in Valencia. This thing does not demand any money. It is known to everyone that Valencia is home to miles and miles of pristine golden sands. There are many beaches to explore in the city, but that does not mean you should head to the crowded beaches at nearby Benidorm and Alicante. There is a lot of space to soak up the sun at one of the two (connected) Blue Flag beaches, Playa de la Malvarrosa and Playa de las Arenas. Valencia in summer offers many beach bars that remain open till late at night and create a fun atmosphere.

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2. Explore the El Carmen street art

Explore the El Carmen street art
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Exploring the stunning Old Town of Valencia is completely free. And, after you are done checking out the architecture, head to the bohemian northern barrio of El Carmen. There, you can see the incredible art murals lining its walls. You will find interesting and unique paintings painted on the walls by local artists. If you are lucky enough, you can find them turning the area’s crumbling buildings into their outdoor canvas. Some paintings give a message about politics and local life. Also, you will be able to see huge murals around the main square Plaça del Tossal and Carrer d’En Gordo, with its abandoned, crumbling buildings.

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3. Take in some culture

Take in some culture, Things to do for free in Valencia
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If you are budgeting to see the best museums and galleries on your travels, you will be relieved to hear that several of Valencia’s museums are completely free to enter. Some of those free museums are the Fine Arts Museum (Museu de Belles Arts de València), the Bullfighting Museum (Museo Taurino) and the Museum of Prehistory (Museu de Prehistòria de València). The Museum of Fine Arts contain works by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya and Murillo. In addition to this, you can also enter the Fallas Museum (Museu Faller de València) and Museu de la Història de València, both which are free on Sundays.

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4. Relax in the park

Turia Park, Valencia, Spain, Relax in the park
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Roaming in a park is another one of the free things to do in Valencia. At the centre of Valencia, a meandering nine-kilometre stretch of garden bisects the heart of it. Valencia is bisected by a meandering nine-kilometre stretch of garden. The Turia Gardens, one of the largest urban parks in Spain, was created after the river was diverted following floods. At present, they feature playing fields, bike paths, flowerbeds, fountains, palm trees and playgrounds. It is a perfect place for a romantic stroll, picnic or workout. Moreover, there are plenty of other parks and green spaces to explore in this city.

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5. Tour the City of Arts and Sciences

Tour the City of Arts and Sciences, Things to do for free in Valencia
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Towards Valencia’s port, at the southern end of the Turia Gardens, you will find the famous City of Arts and Sciences. It is a mind-blowing collection of futuristic buildings in an ethereal setting. Also, mirror-like pools and green gardens surround it. When inside, you will observe world-class cultural venues and entertainment complexes. Along with these, you will see an aquarium, a planetarium and an IMAX Cinema. You should not think all these attractions inside the City of Arts and Sciences are free; some require tickets to enter, which can be very pricey. But, enjoying the architecture and strolling around it is free. Additionally, a visit to the palm-filled botanical garden framed by the white arches of the L’Umbracle building is free of cost.

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6. Stroll around the Central Market

Stroll around the Central Market
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Whether you are a foodie or non-foodie, this art nouveau building in the city’s Old Town never fails to impress you. Meander through hundreds of fresh food stalls beneath the market’s ceramic tiles. Gaze at its stunning high-dome centrepiece to get a real taste of local life. The market is buzzing with local shoppers from Monday to Saturday. Also, navigate the colourful displays of Mediterranean fruit and veg. Moreover, choose from the countless legs of Jamon and bottles of locally produced wine.

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7. See the Holy Grail

See the Holy Grail, Things to do for free in Valencia
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The Gothic Cathedral, Valencia’s most important religious building, is stunning. However, there’s another good reason to look inside. The Cathedral of Valencia claims to be the home of the original Holy Grail. For the title, there are countless contenders all around the world. Traversing the insides of the Cathedral is one of the things to do for free in Valencia. Stop by the golden ‘Chapel of the Holy Grail’ inside the cathedral to see it.

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8. Attend a session of the Water Tribunal

I am sure you didn’t hear about the Water Tribunal of Valencia. It is the oldest legal institution in Europe that still sits. The court passes water and irrigation disputes and rules on the rights of local farmers. Even though it is believed that the Romans had such a tribunal during their time in Valencia, the current court dates back to the time of Moorish Al-Andalus. Probably, it was during the Caliphate of Córdoba. The sessions held on Thursdays at midday are open to the public and are interesting. Also, they use the official language of the region. Moreover, take the opportunity to improve doing things for free in Valencia.

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9. Watch evening fall over La Albufera

Watch evening fall over La Albufera
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Admire the scenery and watch evening fall over La Albufera at the Albufera Natural Park. It is a freshwater lagoon surrounded by woods and rice fields. It is 6.2 miles from Valencia. Moreover, it is said that the famous paella Valenciana was invented here. You can reach there by taking the number 25 bus from the city centre. You will require only 130 INR, and in less than an hour, you will be in the middle of the countryside. When here, enjoy the beauty as evening falls and isolate yourself completely from the everyday hustle and bustle. On return from your holiday, you would like to relive your trip to La Albufera from your sofa. Additionally, it is better to watch the TV series ‘El Embarcadero’ (‘The Pier’) by Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato on your return. A large portion of it was set in this stunning natural park.

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10. Discover the Natural Science Museum of Valencia

Discover the Natural Science Museum of Valencia
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Discover the origin of life in this city museum. Situated in the Jardins del Real Gardens, the Natural Science Museum of Valencia is one of the city’s most modern and educational centres. You can witness its interesting exhibitions, which are both permanent and temporary. It covers areas such as the origin of life and many others. A highly interactive museum, it ensures that children have a great time there. Moreover, remember that entrance is free on the weekends and public holidays from 3 pm to 9 pm. However, at other times, it costs 174 INR, and the entrance fee is free for children.

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Tips for Your Valencia Trip

  1. Join a free walking tour.
  2. Take a tour of the city’s bridges.
  3. Visit the Baños del Almirante.
  4. Get to know Valencia’s most emblematic beach, Malvarrosa Beach and its promenade.
  5. Also, saunter the Gulliver park.

Frequently Asked Questions for Your Valencia Tour

Is Valencia safe for tourists?

Apart from the pickpockets, Valencia is safe to visit.

How many days is enough in Valencia?

3-4 days is enough in Valencia.

Is Valencia expensive to visit?

Valencia is the 8th most expensive city in the country, but there are many things to do for free in Valencia.

Is Valencia a walkable city?

Valencia is a perfectly walkable city.

What is the best time to visit Valencia, Spain?

The best time to visit Valencia, Spain is between April and May.

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