This list of the best places to take pictures for in Spain, specifically in Valencia, is a personal and very subjective photographic selection.
My name is Luis Alarcon and I have been organising photo tours in Spain and Cuba since 2010, some of these places to take pictures in Valencia are very well known and others are very little visited by the standard tourism.
Don´t forget that any street is an opportunity to take good street images.
Obviously we will have to work thinking about the cleanliness, originality of the photos but also the quality of the light we want.
Valencia is an open city, full of tourism that accepts and understands that national and international photographers come to enjoy and photograph it.
It is a broad list that can serve professional photographers, travelers who travel the world in search of great pictures, but it can also serve travelers without great photographic pretensions or simply people who want to know the city and upload their photos to their Instagram profile.
They are not in order of preference, I simply seek to show the places that can be visited and where there are more chances to find good images in a tourist trip or photographic tour of Spain. Valencia in this case.
Every photographer who passes through Valencia visits the City of Science, the new skyline of the city.
It is the new emblem of the modern city, a symbol of 21st century Valencia that leaves no one indifferent.
To get good images we have to choose the right time, either in the morning or in the afternoon, it is also interesting to know when they turn on special lights to be able to go to a night photography workshop, although you can get great images any day of the week.
Everyone leaves this space at night and it is a great opportunity for photographers.
It is very difficult to define "Las Fallas", you have to live them. We could say that they are 4 days of vital celebration, with art, sculpture, fire, music, festivities, gastronomy, concerts, etc...
Las Fallas is one of the most important festivals in Spain. Valencia is famous for being the origin of paella, oranges and fallas.
Once again we find a real paradise for travellers and photographers who will find a city very open to everyone, musical, multicoloured and with all the joy that usually characterizes the people who live in the Mediterranean.
Benimaclet is the neighbourhood where I was born and it is currently in fashion because of the young and artistic atmosphere that can be found there.
There are a lot of workshops for crafts, music, painting, etc.
It is relatively easy to take pictures of people, especially of the mix between the old neighbourhood and the young atmosphere that can be found here.
Graffiti is abundant, as well as terraces, bars and shops, both old and very modern.
Tourists and photographers looking to capture the atmosphere of the neighbourhood are well catered for.
All Valencian photographers know the Albufera, it is the place we go to when we want to take photographs of birds, boats, sunsets, etc. It is very close to Valencia and that is where our rice comes from.
Definitely a place to go if you are an all-terrain photographer who likes to combine urban spaces with some nature, culture and above all good food.
Personally, apart from the photographs of boats, birds, etc. I really like the Albufera and its village "El Palmar" because they keep alive many Valencian traditions that they try to preserve in order not to lose them.
The Silk Exchange is the most impressive architectural element of all Valencia, 5 centuries old, it impresses all visitors. We photographers really enjoyed the details that the sculptors made 500 years ago in its columns, doors etc.
On a cultural level it is very interesting to know that Valencia had a period of great wealth thanks to the silk trade and on a photographic level the possibilities are endless, not only for the architecture, but also for the light, the cleanliness of the backgrounds and the possibilities of combining people with architecture.
The Cathedral of Valencia is located in the place where the city was created, it is the heart of Valencia and a place that everyone visits and photographs. There are several types of photography that we can do and enjoy, in addition to knowing cultural details of this impressive element.
Both the interior of the cathedral and the exterior are spectacular, full of details mainly Gothic but also some Romanesque.
Depending on the type of photographer you are here we have an element to get great pictures trying to get out of the clichés.
Everyone knows the advantages of the Mediterranean diet, undoubtedly based on the quality of the products, and the Central Market is undoubtedly the place to fill the senses with these ingredients.
The modernist structure of the market is a marvel of architecture, but the life there, the food stalls, the color of the fruits and vegetables of the Valencian orchard, the smell of spices make this market a paradise that must be visited.
The oceanografic of valencia is a very photogenic place if we know when to go there with our cameras. The weekend is not a good time as it is saturated with visitors, it is definitely better to go during the week and in my opinion the best results are obtained in the late afternoon. Stay late in the afternoon, take advantage of the late opening hours and maybe you will be one of the minority of people who visit this aquarium with hardly any human presence.
Everything changes when the visitors disappear and the aquarium becomes a photography studio almost exclusively for you.
The Micalet tower (Bell Tower) is a main element in Valencia, it is huge and dominates the entire historic center of the city.
It is located next to the iron door of the Cathedral and from 10 o'clock in the morning you can visit it, there are 207 hard steps to climb but if you want to take pictures from the top of this tower you have to climb little by little this staircase.
The points of view to take pictures of this Spanish gothic monument are many and varied, from sharp, contrapicados.
From far from close and as I mentioned above also from the tower itself with great views of the city.
Here it all began, here Valencia was founded by the Romans in 138 B.C.
Much time has passed since then, but this place still maintains the magic of being the origin of Valencia.
In this square we have everything, churches, cathedrals, monuments, bars, archeological visits, etc.
Photographically, the most difficult thing is to arrive at a good time and take pictures with good light and few people.
It is also important to take details such as the "horn of plenty" that we can see engraved on the floor of the city and that tells a lot about the wishes of the first Romans who lived in Valencia.
This small bridge crosses the bed of the river Turia and, like so many other bridges, serves as a link between one part of the city and the other. It is a good place for photographers who like full-colour photographs, it is an area where we usually wait on our photography tours to make some good combinations between the colourful flowers and other elements of the city such as people, cars, bikes, animals, etc.
How fantastic is the Mediterranean light that illuminates these towers at the beginning of the day, the light of dawn lets us take a good picture of this ancient gate that gave access to the interior of the walled city.
Today the Serrano Towers are the beginning of many routes as they connect with the river, with the most central area of Valencia, with the most touristic, night and festive area.
We can also climb the stairs and see the city from its battlements if we like panoramic or landscape photography.
The round square symbolizes the ideal of a perfect city, the circle. One of the first drinking water fountains in the city of Valencia is located here.
Nowadays it is a renovated square full of bars, restaurants and stores oriented to handicrafts and sewing workshops.
Gone are the days when it was a square for selling animals, trading cards, etc..
We have multiple possibilities when it comes to taking pictures, they can be from the neighboring tower of Santa Catalina if we want to have almost aerial photographs, or we can also do them from inside.
If we work with a wide angle or fisheye, we can get interesting pictures of this circular space.
Area close to the port, with the smell of the sea and with an atmosphere that has been created by the rapid evolution of tourism in Valencia.
The area of the marina is composed of many elements but always having the sea as a background.
From port elements to modernist constructions as well as bars, discotheques, water activities area, etc.
A very complete place for travelers and full of possibilities for photographers that depending on the time of day have many options to get great pictures of Valencia in this area.
For travelers who love architecture and construction details, the Valencian modernist buildings are a great opportunity to enjoy with or without a camera.
This architectural movement fills some areas of downtown Valencia where groups of tourists and photographers visit these routes to better understand the development of the city that was founded in 138 B.C. and that has gone through a lot of styles, cultures, etc.
I am sure that if you have travelled to Spain you will surely eat a paella, especially if you are in Valencia which is the land of origin of paella.
I suggest you try taking a small series of photographs of this food, you can even ask the waiter if you can take a photo in the kitchen while it is being cooked.
Many travellers and photographers who visit Valencia buy a paella-shaped fridge magnet, perhaps a good photograph would make a better souvenir.
The area near the church of Santa Catalina, next to the round square and the beginning of San Vicente street is a fantastic area where to enjoy the most authentic of Valencia and where to take interesting pictures that show the soul of the city.
There are elements such as stores, squares, churches, buildings, people living in this area, tourists, street artists etc. all of them interesting when it comes to get good pictures in Spain while enjoying the city itself that surrounds you.
Almost 10 kilometers of garden that crosses the city, this is the garden of the river Turia.
In it cyclists, travelers, photographers, athletes, etc. join together. It is the lung of urban Valencia and one of the largest gardens in Europe.
Personally I like to start the day near this garden, there are always interesting photographic opportunities and breathing the fresh air fills anyone with energy.
If we want to go outside Valencia to find natural spaces where we can take good photographs, one of the best places to do so is undoubtedly the Salto de la Novia, a spectacular waterfall about 50 minutes by car from Valencia where we can spend a day of nature, hiking and bathing.
The vast majority of photographers who participate in photography tours usually look for nature and landscape, although my photo tours are more specialised in urban environments, we can't forget about nearby places as beautiful as this one.
- Official web of tourism in Valencia: here
- Official App of tourism in Valencia: here
- Great activities in Valencia : here
- Reviews of Valencia city in TripAdvisor: here
- Valencia in Wikipedia: here
- 36 hours in Valencia - The New York Times: here
- Valencia in Google Maps : here
- Valencia in Google Earth : here
- Video 4K of the city: here
- Stock photos of Valencia : here
- Videos about Fallas festival in Valencia : here
- Some of the best photo spots in Valencia : here
- Valencian modern photographers here
- Cauce del rio
- Correos por dentro
- Estacion del norte por dentro
- Entradas del metro en alameda
- Sobre el miguelete
- Cruces de calles
- Calles orientadas al sol
- Ficus del Parterre
- Modernismo en Valencia
- Torres de Quart
- Capilla Sixtina Valenciana
- La lonja con cámara visitar
- Atico ateneo
- Vistas del restaurante a la ciudad de las ciencias.
- Museo de Bellas artes
- Puerta de los apóstoles de la catedral
- Mercado Ruzafa y del Cabañal
- Puerta del mar
- Dividir la ciudad de las ciencias en sus 4 elementos