15 Best Valencia Tours

With a population of nearly 800,000, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona.

It is also the capital of the Valencia region, located in the middle of the country’s eastern Mediterranean coast.

While it’s not as famous as some of Spain’s larger cities, those who have been consider it one of the country’s underrated gems.

Valencia has a rich history of over 2000 years. It has a unique mix of cultural influences that give it a unique feel.

Here are the 15 best tours in Valencia.

1. Valencia Essence and World Heritage Walking Tour

Valencia Silk Exchange

Valencia is rich in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is a wonderland for history and culture lovers.

This two-hour walking tour begins late in the morning and focuses on the city’s must-see sights.

After meeting their guides in a convenient central location, eager walkers will gain insight into the city’s past, learn about its inhabitants, and get up close and personal with dozens of historic sites.

Highlights include the Silk Exchange and City Hall, and admission to both attractions is included in the tour fee.

Tours include the services of a local guide and are available in English and Spanish.

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2. A flamenco show with dinner at La Bulería

flamenco dancer

Flamenco is one of Valencia’s cultural and artistic icons, and most tourists watch at least one show in town.

Known as Valencia’s best flamenco venue, La Buleria is the perfect place to spend an evening immersed in a unique and exotic culture.

Featuring dramatic music, impressive dancing and gorgeous old world costumes, this is an experience that is often the most memorable time for many guests in Valencia.

The tour lasts approximately 3 ½ hours and includes a wonderful multi-course Mediterranean dinner. People who are not used to eating dinner should have a snack before the show.

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3. 3-hour Food Tour

Valencia Central Market

For gourmets, amateur chefs and all-around foodies, Valencia is home to a dizzying array of exotic flavors and smells, best experienced with a knowledgeable local guide.

This 3-hour tour begins in the city’s Old Town and includes stops at the many markets, shops and traditional restaurants – most of which are family owned and operated and have been in business for generations.

Tours include historical and cultural insights, and sample local delicacies such as cheese, ham, olive oil, baked goods, and snacks.

Wear comfortable shoes, as travel requires a lot of moderate walking between stops.

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4. San Nicolas, Silk Museum and Santos Juanes Church

Santos Juanes Church in Valencia

For thousands of years, Valencia’s central square has been a cultural, religious and commercial center.

On this guided tour, guests will explore three of the city’s most historic sites, all located a stone’s throw away.

The Silk Museum details the region’s silk production traditions, including how raw silk is produced from silkworms and eventually turned into beautiful cloth by skilled artisans and women’s guilds.

Other tourist attractions include San Nicolas Church and Santos Juanes Church.

They are characterized by impressive Gothic and Baroque architecture and are two of the most photographed sites in Valencia.

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5. Albufera Jeep and Boat Tour

Albufeira National Park

For lovers of open spaces and the great outdoors, this jeep and boat tour from Valencia to Albufeira National Park will be a great way to spend four hours.

After meeting with their guide at their hotel, guests will travel by jeep to one of the most spectacular natural areas in the country, where they will enjoy breathtaking views of cliffs, canyons, dunes and lagoons, which are home to a variety of wildlife home.

The tour also includes a 45-minute boat ride, after which guests will have time to swim, sunbathe and relax on the secluded beach before enjoying traditional snacks and drinks and returning to town.

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6. Paella Cooking Class

Valencian Paella

Paella has always held a special place in the stomachs of Valencia residents.

Paella is a rice-based dish that can include a long list of ingredients such as fresh vegetables and meat, seafood, and various spices.

It’s not an easy dish to perfect, but while participating in this four-hour cooking class, guests will follow a chef-guided guide while learning the basics from start to finish.

The morning tour begins with a visit to the Central Market to pick out ingredients. Those who choose the afternoon option will start cooking immediately after a brief meet and greet with their guide.

The tour ends with a wonderful paella meal, accompanied by wine and soft drinks.

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7. City of Arts and Sciences and Oceanography 2-Hour Guided Tour

Valencia City of Arts and Sciences complex

Although Valencia is mainly known for its historical and cultural attractions, it also has a lot of room for development in terms of science and art.

This two-hour guided tour focuses on engaging and educating the curious mind, and is especially popular with those traveling with young children.

The City of Arts and Sciences is divided into five unique areas, including many interactive exhibits covering a variety of topics including geography, biology and astronomy.

Next, guests and their guides will explore the Oceanarium, the largest facility of its kind in Europe.

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8. Jeep Safari Mountain Adventure

Valencia's Calderona hill landscape

Once out of downtown Valencia, you quickly find yourself immersed in a vast expanse of beautiful and unexplored wilderness.

Guests of this jeep safari will be picked up from their hotel and then headed to the Calderona Mountains, just 30 minutes away.

When they reach the start of the mountain trail, participants can choose to drive their own jeep. If they’d rather relax and enjoy the experience, the guide will happily drive.

The tour also includes a short walk to the archaeological site, as well as snacks and refreshments before returning to town in the early afternoon.

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9. 3-Hour Bike Tour

Turia Gardens in Valencia

Valencia is a particularly walkable and bike-friendly city, and tourism abounds for those who like to incorporate exercise into their daily vacation.

This tour focuses on taking guests to parts of the city that are slightly off the beaten track. Along the way, riders will benefit from the insights of their guides as they see things from a unique street perspective.

Highlights include stops at major attractions such as Malvarrosa Beach, Turia Gardens, and the City of Arts and Sciences.

Tours generally take place at a relaxed pace, with ample time for rest, photo ops and refreshments when necessary.

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10. 24 or 48 hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus in Valencia

For the do-it-yourself and free spirit, a hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to experience Valencia’s amazing sights without spending a fortune or taking a long traditional tour.

Depending on how much time they have, guests can choose a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket.

Each ticket offers dozens of attractions to choose from. The beauty of a trip of this nature is that guests can get off the bus and experience the things that interest them and skip the things that don’t.

Tours offer two different routes, and buses run regularly, meaning falling behind shouldn’t be a problem.

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11. Old Town Walking Tour with Tickets and Tastings

Valencia old town

Valencia Old Town is one of the most quaint and historic districts in the region.

With numerous public squares, stately cathedrals, palatial palaces, castle ruins and medieval walls, this is truly a fascinating place that is best explored by a knowledgeable local guide.

After putting on walking shoes and meeting the host, guests will head to attractions such as Silk and Central Market and Torres de Serranos, where they will rub shoulders with locals, learn about the city’s history and culture, and enjoy traditional seafood meal a meal.

The meeting point of the tour can be customized based on where most guests are staying.

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12. Hemisferic, Science Museum and Oceanografic Pass

Valencia Ocean Center

While a guided tour can be a great experience, after a few days, many travelers prefer to spend time alone without the constant chatter of someone in the background.

This value-for-money combo tour includes tickets to three of Valencia’s premium science attractions.

The Oceanografic Center houses hundreds of marine animals from all over the world. It offers a wealth of interactive exhibits, a popular dolphin show and a cool underwater restaurant.

At the Science Museum and Hemisferic, visitors can choose from films, live demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Food and optional activities are not included, so bring some extra money.

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13. Complete your Valencia tour by tuk-tuk

Rio Turia, fountain in Piazza della Santa Maria Novella

While they are more often associated with Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia and Thailand, Valencia also has a fair number of tuk-tuks.

For those unfamiliar with the term, tuk-tuks are motorized three-wheeled machines that usually accommodate a driver and two to four riders.

They are a unique way to move around the city while enjoying sights such as St. John’s Church, Calle La Paz, the Ceramic Museum, Plaza de la Reina and Malvarrosa Beach.

The tuk tuk tour includes the services of a local guide and driver. With limited seating, small groups can dictate the pace and decide which attractions they want to focus on.

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14. Central Market Tour

Valencia Central Market

For those who like to immerse themselves in exotic sights, sounds and smells, Central Markets around the world are worth a visit.

On this Central Market Discovery Tour, guests and their guides will gain insight into Valencia’s passionate food culture by visiting various stalls, interacting with their owners, and tasting a variety of local delicacies.

Plan to enjoy homemade tortillas, local cheese and ham, and a mouthful or two of sparkling cava made in the mountains outside the city.

The tour starts in the morning and lasts about 90 minutes, making it a great introductory activity for those new to town.

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15. Gastrobars Private Tasting Tour

toast

Tapas and paella tend to take center stage in Valencia’s traditional food scene, but modern gastropubs are increasingly popular with those looking for something different.

Tours include the services of local guides and die-hard foodies who will lead hungry guests to the many chic restaurants where they will sample a variety of dishes prepared by famous local chefs.

Gastropubs tend to attract an eclectic mix of city dwellers and international tourists. They include stylish decor, local artwork and alternative music, all of which make the experience even more memorable.

Guided gastropub tours are a great way for revelers to meet like-minded people and have a fun night out on the town.

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