Getting to know a city beyond the recommendations of a simple tourist guide is something that those who call themselves ‘travellers’ (rather than ‘tourists’) have embraced in full. Knowing a city in a broader sense of the word is to read about its history, live it, smell it and walk it… These are actions that – due to timing and planning – don’t always work with our travel plans, but in places such as Valencia they can help reveal a truly magical place.
One such trip through the capital of Turia that isn’t always presented in the travel catalogues will take you nearer modernist Valencia, the city that shone with a special light towards the end of the 19th century. An itinerary that (mostly) runs through the centre of the city and will take you to buildings of extreme beauty and details, providing excellent photo opportunities.
The starting point is the modernist house Punt de Ganxo, a building located on the Plaza de la Almoina, some 10 minutes on foot if you take our Petit Palace Bristol hotel as a starting point. The facade is seemingly crocheted (hence the name, which means crochet) and columns are finished off in a tree shape, this 19th-century building was built on an ancient crypt.
Whether you are walking or getting here on a bike borrowed at Petit Palace Germanías, your next stop is less than five minutes away (again, provided that you start from our Petit Palace Germanías hotel ) and is called Casa Francisco Ordeig. Study its facade in detail, because it really is pretty, and the exterior decor was inspired by the city’s mythical Lonja de Mercaderes.
Once you have been delighted by its style and shape, cross the street and immerse yourself in Valencia’s Mercado Central. It’s a gem from the early 20th century with a dome that is more than thirty metres in height. Among all the details not to be missed during this cultural tour are its stained-glass windows and decorations made of stone, iron and ceramics.
The last stop on this small-scale modernist route through the centre of Valencia is the interior of the beautiful Casa de los Dragones – the Dragon House. The building work started around 1901 and stands out due to its heavy ornamentation (somewhat extravagant in places) where the repeated presence of dragons, protagonists of the building, will catch your eye.