5 Free Things To Do In Valencia
If you are looking for cool free things to do in Valencia, here are 5 ideas of some nice activities within the city. Explore the local history and culture while saving money!
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1. Visit The City Hall
Since the new mayor moved in in 2015, the majestic City Hall building has become a place for all. Surprisingly, anyone can enter for free through the main entrance, go upstairs via the grand marble staircase, walk around the palatial halls and go out to the central balcony.
This is the balcony from which the daily firecrackers show mascletà is announced in March during Fallas. It’s not very high, but it gives you a new perspective of the city’s main square – Plaza de Ayuntamiento.
2. Museums – Free Entry On Sundays
This city possesses numerous museums, apt for every taste: from “tin soldiers” to Fallas figurines, from ancient Roman ruins to the state-of-the-art science. Most museums offer entry for free on Sundays.
3. Live Music At Ubik Cafe
One of my favorite free things to do in Valencia is listening to live music.
On Sundays at 1.30 pm Ubik Cafe has puts on free performances. Check the schedule online.
This quirky book-shop-and-restaurant was the first alternative space to open in the neighborhood of Russafa. It’s a café full of books, cozy arm chairs and the staff is nice. You can eat, read and listen to music at Ubik.
4. The Beautiful Parks
It comes without saying that public parks are one of free things to do in Valencia, but since there are loads of beautifully designed parks here, it’s worth mentioning them.
The Turia Gardens. The largest urban park in Spain that sits in a former river-bed. During the great flood of 1957 the overflowing river wreaked havoc on Valencia, so it was decided to re-route the cuprit to the outskirts.
This is an ideal place for biking (there are bike lanes on both sides), jogging, picniquing, taking pictures by the City of Arts and Science. There is also some basic free outdoor gym equipment and fields for playing football and other sports.
The park is a peaceful haven, due to the fact that it’s located below the city’s ground level. Some interesting flora was planted here. The spring tree blossoms make the park smell heavenly. Check out the various bridges that cross the park, some of them are medieval.
Kids can have fun for free in the Turia park, too. Find the huge Gulliver figure laying on the floor that has numerous sliding and climbing spots for the little ones.
Cabecera. A big park near the Bioparc cageless zoo. A great spot for picnic and for enjoying the day with kids. There are a couple of things to do – you can ride one of the swan-shaped boats or ride a little train (a fee applies).
Viveros. Flowers, trees, sculptures. A pretty park not far from the city centre.
Monforte. A gorgeous 19th century park with gracious marble sculptures, a romantic flower tonnel and heavy landscaping.
5. Radio City – Free English-Spanish Language Interchange
If you would like to meet new people or practise your Spanish or English, one of the places where you can do it for absolutely free is at Radio City bar in the Old Town. Thursdays at 8.30 pm.
If you need more ideas on what to do, I have compiled a huge list of things to do!
I hope you have fun exploring some of the ideas for free things to do in Valencia. Once you have worked up an appetite, join my tapas & wine tour. We taste local tapas at five emblematic taverns, keeping the groups small for a more intimate experience!