10 Hidden Gems in Valencia You Must See in 2023

Explore Valencia’s hidden gems and discover the true heart of this beautiful city before everyone else. These places won’t stay secret for long.

Valencia is a city filled with history, culture, and beauty, but it’s not always easy to find the hidden gems that truly make it special. From underground museums and quirky buildings to hidden churches and walled gardens, Valencia’s most fascinating secret spots are like a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. And the best thing? Most of them are free to visit.

Centro del Carmen

Centro del Carmen is an eclectic art center located in the historic district of El Carmen. Here you’ll find some of the most thought-provoking temporary exhibitions in Valencia. This center is hosted in a former convent whose construction most likely started in the 15th century. The icing on the cake is the two cloisters (one Gothic and the other Renaissance) and the orange garden, a beautiful secret spot ideal for relaxing on a hot summer day.

Cabanyal Market

The Cabanyal Market is a large indoor market in the old fishermen’s village of El Cabanyal now part of Valencia. While the market’s architecture may not be as noteworthy as that of other markets in Valencia, the main draw is the seafood stalls selling some of the freshest and highest quality fish in the area. Stop by Oiled & Salt to grab some takeout of the local dish, titaina de Cabanyal, made with salted tuna belly, or try one of their cod dishes.

Marxalenes Park

Looking for a quiet spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Marxalenes Park is a large green lung in the neighborhood with the same name. This park feels more like a forest than any other of the parks in Valencia, with oak, elm, and poplar trees providing ample shade. Marxalenes Park is one of the best hidden gems in Valencia and it also features a skating park and a large playground. Along the peaceful walking paths, you will find plenty of benches and secret nooks.

La Almoina Archeological Museum

La Almoina is a truly hidden gem… hidden underground, that is! Located just a stone’s throw away from the cathedral, Almoina is an unusual place that offers an immersive and unparalleled experience. Take your time as you walk the old roads of Cardus and Decumanus Maximus. View the remnants of buildings dating back to the founding of the city by the Romans in 138 BC, through the Visigoth and Muslim eras. And admire the glass ceiling, covered with a pool of water, creating an interesting effect.

San Juan del Hospital Church

San Juan del Hospital is the oldest church in Valencia. It was built in the 13th century, right after the Reconquista, in the Romanesque style. The church has a surprising Baroque chapel and hosts the only medieval cemetery in Valencia. From the street, you can hardly guess this is a church and even after entering the peaceful and secluded courtyard you might be none the wiser. The fact that not many locals know about it either makes it a truly invaluable hidden gem and one of Valencia’s best-kept secrets.

Centro de Artesanía de la Comunidad Valenciana

This is an easily overlooked exhibition center even though it is situated between the Silk Museum and MuVIM, two major museums in Valencia. However, if you’re looking for something different and for a moment all to yourself, head inside this beautiful space and admire all the gorgeous and unique objects created by artisans and makers from all four corners of the Valencian Community. The exhibitions might change, but the creativity and beauty you’ll encounter here are everlasting.

The Jewish House

Casa Judía aka the Jewish House is one of the most surprising buildings in Valencia. Reminiscent of a wedding cake, this colorful residential house was erected in 1930 in Valencian Art Deco style. The building is inhabited, so you cannot go inside, but the façade is so stunning, you really shouldn’t miss it. This hidden gem is close to the bullring and is decorated with Hindu, Arabic, and Egyptian elements. Its name comes from the Star of David above the entrance.

Espai Verd

One of the most intriguing hidden gems in Valencia, Espai Verd is a residential complex with floating floors and Escher-inspired stairs. This fascinating place was built in the 1980s on the edge of the Benimaclet neighborhood and at a first glance, it looks inspired by a sci-fi movie. On a closer look, however, the dystopian aura becomes obvious. As vines are taking over and plaster is falling off the walls, people continue to live here, even as this innovative housing project pretty much failed.

Casa Museo Benlliure

This house museum is one of Valencia’s best-kept secrets. Hidden behind a nondescript façade, it used to be the residence of the Benlliures, one of the most prominent families of artists in Valencia. The house was built towards the end of the 19th century and at the ground level it still preserves the original family furniture. The surprise, however, comes as you step into the walled garden – an unexpected oasis of peace and quiet. Be sure to take a peek at José Benlliure’s studio at the very end – it’s a true hidden gem in Valencia.

Ermita dels Peixets

This little-known chapel by the sea is every bit of a hidden gem. According to the legend, a local priest on the way to see the sick slipped and dropped the Communion wafers into the water. Later on, he managed to retrieve them with the help of three little fish. Ermita dels Peixets was built in 1901 and commemorates this miracle that took place in this very spot almost seven centuries ago. The whitewashed Neo-Gothic chapel is located north of Patacona beach and is surrounded by a beautiful palm grove.