Valencia is also known as the land of flowers - its parks and gardens reflect this with Jardines de la Alameda, Jardines de Montforte, "Real" Gardens, Zoological Garden, plus Botanical Gardens.
Cathedral, and sights
The majority of Valencia's sights are handily grouped in or around the centre, so you are able to get around and explore them all on foot. At the heart of old Valencia is Plaza de la Virgen , the one-time location of the Roman Forum. Around this beautiful square is the Cathedral that dates back from 1262. Its octagonal bell tower called Micalet or Miguelete is landmark to Valencia. The Cathedral's Museum displays works by such wonderful artists as Goya, Jacomart, Cellini and Paggibonsi. Continue to wander, and you will find next to the Cathedral the Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados that is a temple dedicated to the patroness of Valencia, built between 1652 and 1667. Close by are such buildings as Almudín, Iglesia de San Esteban, Palacio de Almirantes de Aragón, Church San Juan del Hospital and the Convento de Santo Domingo.
Bridges and other Valencian sights
Surrounding Valencia lies the River Turia which was diverted around the city after a catastrophical flood in 1957, with the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno now located in the old river bed. Stoll along and discover Valencia's three old bridges - Puente del Real, Puente de la Trinidad and Puente de Serranos. At the Plaza del Mercado you will find La Lonja - one of the best civil Gothic buildings in Europe. At its side is the Baroque church Iglesia de los Santos Juanes plus bell tower Campanil de la Iglesia de Santa Catalina. Other buildings of note include Palacio de la Generalidad, the Town Gate or Torres de Quart and the Rococo-style Palacio del Marquis de Dos Aguas. For a glimpse of traditional Valencian life, visit Barrio del Carmen, whilst a trip to El Ensanche is more modern affair.