Cultural Tourism - Region of Valencia
Over the course of centuries, the Region of Valencia has been inhabited by a great number of civilisations. Each community had their very own set of cultures, traditions and customs, imprints of which they have left behind. The Region of Valencia is therefore made up of a vast and diverse cultural heritage that speaks of a fascinating past.
From north to south, you will come across culture in many forms, whether that be in museums, galleries and archaeological sites or castles and fortresses. Another way to get to the essence of the area is through the festivals held here, celebrations you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Located in the north of the Region, the province of Castellón is home to some great historic treasures, such as the cave art at Valltorta gorge and its museum, the only of its kind dedicated to Levantine Art. Museo de Historia Militar de Castellón will immerse you in military history while Museo de Bellas Artes exhibits pieces by some great artists. La Magdalena festival in Castelló de la Plana is a fanfare of traditions, dances and local costumes and Papa Luna castle, in Peñíscola, will take you back to a time of great legends and secrets.
Moving into the centre of the Region, the province of Valencia also has some extraordinary historic and cultural heritage to explore. Castillo de Cullera is a fortress with a long history while galleries such as Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània and IVAM, el Institut Valencià d'Art Modern offer you the opportunity to take a look at some contemporary work.
If you are keen to soak up some culture, you can always take a cultural tour such as the Holy Grail trail, in which you will discover the different municipalities - extending as far as the province of Castellón - connected to the legend of the Holy Cup. In the seaside town of Gandia you can visit Palacio Ducal, in Sagunto you can discover the importance of the town in Roman times and in Xàtiva you can travel back to the period of the Borgia in the historic centre.
Last but by no means least, in the south of the Region, the province of Alicante has plenty of culture to show off. The destinations lining the Costa Blanca are home to the vestiges of ancient civilisations, such as the Iberian and Roman town of Lucentum in Alicante and Illeta dels Banyets in El Campello. You can also explore the castles in Vinalopó and discover the artistic and literary legacy of Azorín and Miguel Hernández. The area is bursting with sights and sculptures, such as Santuario de Santa María Magdalena de Novelda, Dama de Elche (The Lady of Elche) and the only play to be considered Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Misteri d’Elx.
The Region of Valencia offers a myriad of different ways to explore its past. Come and visit to soak up all the culture for yourself.