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10 Things to Do in Valencia in Winter

Valencia stands out for its beaches and its summer festivals, but during the winter the mild temperatures of the city also allow you to enjoy it. Here I tell you what are the best activities to do during the winter season.

Keyvis Montilva

Keyvis Montilva

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10 Things to Do in Valencia in Winter

Valencia, Spain | ©papagnoc

Valencia is the capital of arts and sciences in Spain, one of the cities with the best beaches and an ideal place to spend the summer, but it also has many attractions to visit in winter, especially because it has a very pleasant climate and several museums to discover.

Among the best things to do in Valencia during the winter are visiting the Science Museum, attending a concert at the Reina Sofia Palace of the Arts, having lunch at the Central Market of Valencia and visiting the walled town of Morella during the winter snows.

1. Visit the Science Museum

Science Museum| ©Carles Garcia
Science Museum| ©Carles Garcia

The architectural complex of the City of Arts and Sciences is the most representative site of Valencia and the Science Museum occupies one of the main buildings of the complex.

There you can participate in scientific outreach activities, attend lectures and conferences, and visit L'Hemisferic, a giant 3D screen showing science and nature films and documentaries.

The Science Museum also has a floor dedicated to technology and the environment and inaugurates temporary exhibitions on different themes every quarter.

The Science Museum also houses a children's pavilion which aims to combat the popular legend that learning science can be boring, so visiting the museum may be one of the activities you should consider if you plan to visit Valencia with children.

Interesting details

  • Price... General admission is approximately 9 euros.
  • Location... Main building of the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia.
  • Hours... Every day from 10.00 to 19.00 hours.
  • How to get there... By bus lines 10, 19 and 35.

Booking tickets for the Science Museum of Valencia

2. Walk through the historic center of Valencia without being too hot and without crowds

Serranos Towers| ©Herman M
Serranos Towers| ©Herman M

No visit to Valencia is complete until you visit the old town, which is the neighborhood where the most important buildings of the city and some of the most visited tourist sites, such as the Plaza de la Virgen, the Cathedral, the Tower of Santa Catalina, the Micalet, the Palace of Castellfort and La Lonja de la Seda.

To get to know the historic quarter in depth, you can explore it on foot, by bicycle or on a Segway tour of Valencia, and winter is a good season because the temperatures are mild and it is not as hot as in summer.

In addition, the historic district has some of the best restaurants so you can stop for lunch and take a break, such as Sagardi and La Coveta or visit the Central Market of Valencia, one of the most complete in Europe.

Book a segway tour in Valencia

3. Tour the Albufera Natural Park to see the bird migration and watch the sunset

Albufera Park| ©Javier Alvero Casique
Albufera Park| ©Javier Alvero Casique

The Albufera Natural Park is the largest nature reserve in the Valencian Community and stands out for its natural views, boating activities and freshwater lagoon. It also has some of the best wild beaches in Valencia in the Dehesa de Saler.

If you visit Valencia during the winter, in the Albufera National Park you will be able to see the bird migration and also watch the sunsets during clear days. Visiting the Albufera is one of the best tours from Valencia.

If you are a nature lover or you want to know one of the most beautiful places of the Valencian coast, you can visit this nature reserve with a general admission that has an approximate price of 5 euros per person.

Details of interest

  • Price... Tickets are priced at approximately 5 euros per person.
  • Location... Gulf of Valencia, Valencian Community.
  • Opening hours... Monday to Saturday from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm.
  • How to get there... By car on route CV-500 and by bus lines 10, 35 and 40 combined with line 24.

Book an excursion to visit the Albufera Park

4. Visit the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía for a concert

Reina Sofia Palace of the Arts| ©Marius F
Reina Sofia Palace of the Arts| ©Marius F

The winter season also inaugurates the indoor concert season in Valencia and the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía is the place where the best dance and opera shows take place in the Valencian Community. If you are planning to visit Valencia during the winter you cannot miss any of its shows.

At the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofia you can witness operas, dance shows, symphonic and piano concerts and Valencian music. The Reina Sofia is, without a doubt, one of the most representative cultural spaces in Valencia.

The Palace of the Arts is located within the City of Arts and Sciences and its building can be visited on guided tours. Fees for performances depend on the chosen show.

Details of interest

  • Price... General admission to visit the building costs approximately 11 euros.
  • Location... Reina Sofia Building of the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia.
  • Hours... Every day from 10.00 to 20.00 hours.
  • How to get there... Bus lines 10, 19 and 35.

5. Take shelter from the rain at the Central Market of Valencia

Strolling and tasting at the Central Market| ©julián sanmartín
Strolling and tasting at the Central Market| ©julián sanmartín

The Central Market of Valencia is the oldest in the city and its building is considered one of the great works of Valencian modernism.

When you visit it, not only will you be able to eat and shop like a local, but you will also be able to see one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and take shelter from the cold if it starts to rain.

This market has more than 1000 stalls where you can buy fresh produce, fish, seafood, sausages and pickles, as well as several bars and restaurants to eat inside.

The Central Market of Valencia is open Monday to Saturday from 7.30 am to 3 pm and its location near the Market Square makes it an ideal place to stop for lunch between excursions.

Details of interest

  • Price... Admission is free.
  • Location... Plaza de Brujas s/n, Valencia.
  • Hours... Monday to Saturday from 7.30 am to 3 pm.
  • How to get there... Bus lines 15, 24, 25, 35 and 95.

6. Visit the Lonja de la Seda

Silk Exchange| ©Alberto Cruz
Silk Exchange| ©Alberto Cruz

For centuries, the textile industry was the economic engine of Valencia and thus of much of Spain. The epicenter of that industry was the Lonja de la Seda, a Gothic building from the Middle Ages located in front of the Central Market and the Plaza de Brujas. Visiting the Lonja is one of the best things to do during your tour of the historic center.

The building is considered a World Heritage Site and stands out for the architecture of its central tower and the internal columns that support the structure. You can also visit the Sala Consulado del Mar and the Patio de los Naranjos and on guided tours of the building you can learn about its sculptures and the influence that the Lonja had on the neighborhood of Velluters.

I advise you to take the time to visit it and get to know it inside, because it has one of the most striking architectures of the city and can be part of your itinerary as a shelter from the cold during your winter visit to Valencia.

Interesting details

  • Price... General admission costs approximately 2 euros.
  • Location... Plaza de Brujas s/n, Valencia.
  • Opening hours... Every day from 10.00 to 19.00 hours.
  • How to get there... Bus lines 15, 24, 25, 35 and 95.

Book a tour of the historic center of Valencia

7. Walk through the Monforte Gardens

Monforte Gardens| ©Alejandro A
Monforte Gardens| ©Alejandro A

The intimate Monforte Gardens are the most representative of Valencia and also the last of the gardens of the Spanish bourgeoisie to be built in the Community of Valencia.

Currently you can visit and discover in it the gazebos, fountains, the palace of the garden, a waterfall and sculptures that adorn the pedestrian paths.

Among the sculptures there is one that pays homage to winter and it is because the gardens have a large number of flowers that reach their peak during the winter stage, so it is one of the best times of the year, along with spring, to walk quietly through the gardens.

Admission to the gardens is free and they are open every day from 10.00 to 20.00 hours. Monforte is located opposite the Turia Gardens, so if it is a mild winter day you can make the most of your visit by visiting both of Valencia's green lungs.

Interesting details

  • Price... Admission is free.
  • Location... Plaza de la Legión Española s/n, Valencia.
  • Hours... During the winter it is open every day from 10.00 to 10.00 hours.
  • How to get there... By bus line 70.

8. Visit the Church of San Nicolás de Bari, the Valencian Sistine Chapel

Valencian Sistine Chapel| ©Gleen Fisher
Valencian Sistine Chapel| ©Gleen Fisher

The Church of San Nicolás de Bari, in the historic center, is considered the Valencian Sistine Chapel. It stands out for its 15th century Gothic structure and for the Baroque decoration of its interior and bell tower. The church is still in operation, still maintains a schedule of worship and fulfills a fundamental facet in the city.

During December the festivities of St. Nicholas of Bari are celebrated , so if you plan to visit Valencia in winter, you may be able to attend the church during the celebrations, one of the most characteristic of the historic district. Every Monday, in addition, the faithful come to the church for the St. Nicholas Walk.

Details of interest

  • Price... General admission costs approximately 7 euros.
  • Location... Camino de los Caballeros 35, Valencia.
  • Hours... Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00. Mondays only open for walks and during religious worship hours.
  • How to get there... By bus lines 7, 27 and 73.

Book a tour of the Church of St. Nicholas of Bari

9. Enjoy the Valencian winter kitchen

Paella| ©Joshua Miranda
Paella| ©Joshua Miranda

Valencia, among all its attractions, also stands out for its dishes. The city is full of restaurants, bars and street stalls and you can also take some of the best gastronomic tours to discover paella, puchero valenciano, arroz caldoso, sopa cubierta and other typical winter foods.

Due to the mild climate of the city, even in the winter season, you can also enjoy the Valencian cuisine from the terraces of the promenade. In addition to the characteristic dishes of Valencia I also recommend you to try the winter desserts and hot drinks, among which chocolate with churros and fritters stand out.

If you are planning a short stay in the city I recommend that you set aside some time to enjoy the food, even if it is between excursions. If that is your case here is a list of the best attractions you can visit to discover Valencia in 2 days.

Book a paella gastronomic tour in Valencia

10. Visit Morella, the magical town that in winter is bathed in snow

Morella| ©Juan Manuel Hervás.
Morella| ©Juan Manuel Hervás.

If you plan to travel to Valencia in winter, after the tour of the city you can not miss Morella, a medieval village in the interior of Castellón that during the winter season is covered with snow and gives one of the best shows in the Valencian Community. There you can take some of the best pictures of your visit. There you can take some of the best pictures of your visit.

Morella is a town built within the walls of the Middle Ages, whose best known attraction is the Castle, the main fortress. You can also visit the Basilica, the Paseo de la Alameda and the narrow streets of the old town inside the walls.

From the Morella Towers you will be able to see some of the best panoramic views of the town and you will also marvel at the site illuminated at night.

Keep in mind that it is a distance of approximately 200 kilometers from Valencia to Morella, so it could be an inconvenient option if you are planning a short stay in the city. If that is your case, here is a list of activities you can do to discover Valencia in 3 days.

Details of interest

  • How to get there... The best option is to travel by car on the AP-7 road. You can also arrive by train on the Euromed and C6 line services. By bus you can take lines 71, 81 and 32 and combine them with line L1.

Temperatures in Valencia in winter

Walking around Valencia| ©Dani Ramirez
Walking around Valencia| ©Dani Ramirez

The average temperature in Valencia during the winter is 12°, with highs of 18° and lows of 6°. Even in January, which is the coldest month of the winter season, temperatures remain mild.

If you travel to the interior of the Valencian Community or plan to make excursions to Morella, where it snows, temperatures may drop, but rarely below 0°.

The influx of tourists in Valencia in winter

Winter in Valencia| ©Abariltur
Winter in Valencia| ©Abariltur

Winter is the low season in Valencia, so the number of tourists decreases substantially, which makes touring the main sites quieter and less crowded.

Keep in mind that some attractions such as the shows at the Reina Sofia Art Palace may have a larger influx of people, so in those cases I advise you to book in advance to avoid being sold out, especially if you plan to be a few days in the city and have no margin with the dates. If that is your case, here are the activities with which you can discover Valencia in 1 day.

Prices in Valencia in winter

Money in Euros| ©Pixabay
Money in Euros| ©Pixabay

Winter is the low season in Valencia so prices also decrease, which makes it a good opportunity to visit the city at a lower price.

Keep in mind, however, that some activities such as shows at the Palacio del Arte Reina Sofia may increase when the sale of tickets made available are sold out, so in that case you should book in advance online to get better prices.

Alternative plans to protect yourself from the cold in Valencia

Valencia Central Market| ©Pascual
Valencia Central Market| ©Pascual

The winter in Valencia is mild and although it can be a bit cold, it does not usually snow and the minimum temperature does not drop below 6°. There are even some activities, such as visiting the old town on foot or by bicycle, which are usually more comfortable to do in this season than if you visit Valencia in summer, when the heat can be suffocating.

To protect yourself from the cold you can opt for indoor plans, such as gastronomic tours, visiting the city's markets, shopping malls, shows and concerts and the most representative sites, such as the San Nicolás de Bari Church and the Loja de la Seda.

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What to pack to visit Valencia in winter?

Packing your suitcase| ©Craig Adderley
Packing your suitcase| ©Craig Adderley
  • Sunglasses
  • Wool sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • T-shirts
  • Sweat pants
  • Lightweight coat
  • Wool scarf
  • Wool socks