Valencia draws fewer tourists than Madrid and Barcelona yet boasts comparable culture and dining scenes, and is wrapped by a ribbon of parks. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Spain's third-largest city.
Opera House Valencia (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia)
Av. del Professor López Piñero, 1, Valencia, 46013
If you’re looking for an impressive cultural experience, catch a show at Opera House Valencia. Prebook your tickets to secure the best seats. Architecture fans shouldn’t miss the chance to explore the avant-garde sculptural building, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Guided tours happen hourly and are a popular add-on—purchase admission in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
Young people, seniors, and people with disabilities qualify for discounted tickets.
Budget-conscious travelers can attend a more moderately priced rehearsal performance.
Free subtitling is offered for most performances, in Spanish, Valencian, and English.
For great vacation photos, try a professional photo shoot with Opera House Valencia in the background.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to get to Opera House Valencia is by public transit. Hop on one of the EMT bus lines that stop nearby: 13, 15, 25, 35, 40, 94, 95, 99, or N9. Alternatively, take the metro to the Alameda stop, and walk through Turia Gardens to the venue.
When to Get There
To find tickets, go to the box office Monday through Friday from 11am to 5:30pm. On performance days, the box office stays open until 8pm. To see a show, arrive a few minutes early to grab your tickets and locate your seats. Weekday performances begin at 8pm, Saturday performances at 7pm, and Sunday and holiday performances at 6pm.
How to See More of Valencia in Less Time
Travelers planning to see a show at Opera House Valencia still have ample time to explore the city on a guided Segway tour. Weave through the city streets and feel the sun on your face while moving faster than your feet can carry you. Among other attractions, most tours stop by the City of Arts and Sciences complex, just a stone’s throw from the opera house.
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