Ruzafa was until 1877 an independent village. Nowadays it is one of the most historical neighbourhoods in Valencia, located between the central station “Estación del Norte”, the Grandes Vías (Marques del Turía and Germanías) and the Avenida Peris y Valero. Ruzafa has Arabic roots and is named after an Arabic garden. In the past it was known as “la Terra del ganxo” – Land of hooks. This was because most of the inhabitants worked by the river collecting tree trunks that came down from Los Serranos and for this they used hooks and so it became known as the ‘land of hooks’.
“La Iglesia Parroquial de San Valero y San Vicente Mártir”, also known as the “Cathedral of Ruzafa” was built in 1415.
The Mercado Municipal de Ruzafa was built in 1954 and is one of the most characteristic monuments in Ruzafa.
Ruzafa is a very vibrant area and the streets are always buzzing with life, making it an interesting place to visit day or night. Ruzafa is very centrally located and many Valencian people already consider it as the city centre. It has experienced, like El Carmen, a major rebirth to become a very “cool” and chic area with many bars, restaurants and pubs.