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Ciutat Vella/El Carmen

Spend a holiday in the centre of Valencia! Book one of our apartments in Valencia, in Ciutat Vella, right by the Cathedral and Central Market, two of the most emblematic buildings in this lovely Mediterranean city.

The Carmen neighbourhood is in the Ciutat Vella district, one of the largest historic city centres in the whole of Europe. It is packed with cultural heritage. It has survived in such fine shape thanks to its strong walls, which remained in place until two centuries ago, flanked by the famous Torre de Quart and Torre de Serranos, which are still standing. Here are some of the key sights in this neighbourhood once you have arrived at your accommodation in Carmen in Valencia.

In the heart of Carmen in Valencia you can travel back to Ancient Rome and discover Valentia Edetanorum, as the city was known when it was founded by the Romans in 1 BC. Almoina, the central area on which the city’s forum and market were built, has survived to the present day. You can even see Roman writing on the walls of the Real Basílica de los Desamparados, home to the famous virgin Geperudeta, patron saint of the Valencians.

You will find more beautiful medieval sculptures on the Romanesque entrance to Valencia Cathedral. We recommend taking a walk around it to appreciate the gothic gateway to the Plaza de la Virgen and see the bell tower, popularly known as “El Micalet”, from different angles. Don’t miss the paintings by Francisco de Goya inside the cathedral, or the amazing Portada de los Hierros, an Italian baroque gem in the Carmen neighbourhood in Valencia.

But this isn’t the only Italian marvel in the city: if you take a stroll along Calle de Caballeros past the lovely Palau de la Generalitat, you’ll come to the famous Iglesia de San Nicolás, where you can visit the “Valencian Sistine Chapel”, featuring the most impressive baroque frescos in the whole of Spain.

Take a refreshing break close to your accommodation in the centre of Valencia in Plaza del Tossal, one of the city’s best areas for tapas and cocktails. Check out the historic Café Sant Jaume and Café Infanta. In the beautiful Modernista Plaza del Mercado Central admire the early-20th-century architecture and buy fish, seafood, fruit and fresh produce to eat there or cook in your holiday apartment.

The Carmen neighbourhood in Valencia is home to a wide range of bars and restaurants where you can savour local cuisine. Don’t leave without trying a genuine Valencian paella or trying some of the typical Valencian tapas, including el esgarraet, made with cod and roast red pepper, and clóchinas, steamed mussels. And there’s no better place than while exploring the historic city centre, the Ciutat Vella? We recommend washing it down with a good local wine or a delicious “agua de Valencia”, the city’s trademark cocktail.

Friendly Rentals has to best apartments in Valencia in Ciutat Vella. This is the perfect place to stay if you want to be close to the major sights, including the Lonja de la Seda, a stunning gothic palace that was the city’s financial hub during the Middle Ages. There’s nothing like enjoying the beauty and fantasy of its sculptures and gargoyles every day!

The Carmen neighbourhood in Valencia has lots of interesting art and museums, for young and old alike. The Museo de Soldaditos de Plomo L’Iber gives you an overview of the city’s history through toy soldiers. The Galería del Tossal explores Muslim period of the city’s history. And if you want to become a real expert on Ancient Valencia, don’t miss the Museo de la Prehistoria and the Museo de Etnología.

Lovers of contemporary art should head over the IVAM (Valencian Institute for Modern Art), with work by all the artistic avant-gardes up to the present day. Another must-see is the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea del Carmen, where the latest cutting-edge art is displayed in the lovely cloister of the Convent in Carmen in Valencia.

But that’s not all! The Carmen neighbourhood is one of the top metropolitan areas in the world for street art. Its old streets are an open-air museum with brightly coloured murals and graffiti to delight you with every step. It is also home to urban art galleries such as the Sabotage Gallery, as well as the market in trendy Tapinería, where you can dine with your partner, family or friends in a great atmosphere. Or, if you prefer, you could head back to your apartment in Valencia and cook at home, since all our accommodation in the centre of Valencia is fully equipped with all you need.

Going out at night in Carmen in Valencia is quite an experience. It is famous for its lively nightlife, with lots of areas for having a relaxing drink, such as Plaza del Tossal, Plaza del Negrito and Calle Alta. If you fancy a dance, Carmen in Valencia has plenty of discos and nightclubs, including the legendary Café Bolsería, Radio City and Fox Congo, three classics for dancing the night away in Valencia.

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