Valencia is a city of multiple sights: historic monuments, futuristic architecture and vast green spaces, all framed by the blue of the Mediterranean sea and the mountains of the interior. And the best way to capture them all – unless you haven’t got a head for heights – is by enjoying a bird’s eye view from one of the vantage points in the city.
There is nothing like climbing to a high viewpoint to get your bearings when visiting a new city. Having a real, 3D map of the city at your feet, may help you decide what to visit next. And, in any case, it will make for some great memories and the best selfies! Here is our pick of the best viewpoints in Valencia:
The new kid on the block: The Ateneo
If you love panoramas, a new, 50-metre high mirador has now opened in the heart of the city, offering spectacular, 360-degree views of Valencia. Ateneo’s Viewpoint is located at the top of the historic Ateneo Mercantil building, with vistas extending from the surrounding mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. Open daily, the mirador does not close until 20:30h, so you can capture beautiful sunset shots of the skyline as it bursts with colour.
The classic one: El Miguelete
The iconic Gothic bell tower of Valencia’s cathedral is a classic reference point in the city centre. Climbing up 50 metres on its spiral staircase may make your head spin (and your legs wobble!), but the fantastic views of the old quarter and the Turia gardens from the top are well worth the effort. It is open daily from 10:00-13:00h and 16:30-19:00h.
The most romantic: Torres de Serranos
These imposing medieval gates once opened the way into the city. Nowadays, this is the place where the Fallera Mayor calls out to the whole world to come to Valencia and enjoy the Fallas festival at the Cridá. And it has also become a favourite spot for lovers. Who could say no to a romantic proposal from the top of the towers, with the whole city at your feet?
The coolest terrace: 270 Grados
The rooftop terrace at the Hotel Barcelo is a favourite spot for a late evening drink, or an oriental meal al fresco, during the summer months. As the sun goes down, watch the changing colours of the City of Arts and Sciences below with a cocktail in hand. Alternatively, you can enjoy the city lights from the hotel’s spa on the 10th floor (tip: you don’t need to be a guest to book a treatment!). Another popular terrace is the Sky Bar by Vertical on the 13th floor of the Ilunion Aqua Hotel – though the views from the hotel’s Michelin starred Vertical Restaurant are just as stunning.
And one for the future…
Amongst the new luxury hotels opening in Valencia this year is the first NH Collection property in the city. Due to open in the spring at the Europa building, the former headquarters of the Regional Ministry of Economy, Industry, Tourism & Commerce, by the Mestalla stadium, the new hotel will have an enviable rooftop terrace. It will also bear the signature work of acclaimed interior designer Lorenzo Castillo throughout.
Have you found your favourite view of Valencia yet?