Stroll through the streets of València and discover all the city’s nooks and crannies and visit its most iconic monuments — some of which you will see on the 24th of March when you run the 21,097.5 metres of the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018.
Discover València, ‘The Running City’… and its amazing history
Known as ‘The Valencian Sistine Chapel’ since its restoration in 2016, it is the finest example in Valencia of a Gothic-style 15th Century church decorated in the 17th Century Baroque style.
This architectural, cultural, and leisure complex is where the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half-Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 starts and finishes. One could not wish for a more stunning venue for the event!
The Silk-Weavers Guild was one of the motors of Valencia’s economy. The building, which dates from the 15th Century, was restored by the Hortensia Herrero Foundation, whose initiative recouped an important part of the city’s history.
In your visit to Valencia for the World Championship, we invite you to discover and run this special running circuit, which covers 5,731 metres. It is specially laid out for runners and incorporates many features for lovers of the sport.
Plaça de la Mare de Déu
This square is the site of València Cathedral, Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, and El Palau de la Generalitat (Valencian Autonomous Government Palace). It was also here where València’s Water Tribunal (the oldest legal institution in Europe) meets every Thursday at Noon.
València Cathedral and El Micalet
València Cathedral, built in the Gothic style, was erected on the site of the ancient Balansiya Mosque. El Micalet is the Cathedral’s Bell Tower and one can get some of the best views of the city from its terrace.
Bombas Gens reopened its doors in 2017 as an arts and social action centre. The building is a historic one. Its façade has water spout motifs — a reference to the industrial activity of the former factory, which made pumps.
Torres de Serrans
Next to Jardí del Túria (Túria Gardens), one can see the Torres de Serrans. It was one of 12 City Gates around the old Christian city wall ringing València. The Torres de Serrans was seen as a symbol of València’s trading expansion and was the main City Gate.
“Heads” by Manolo Valdés Exhibition
The works, which are over 5 metres high, are inspired by everyday objects and Spain’s painting tradition. They can be seen in Marina de València (yacht haven).
València’s Central Market, which is one of the biggest in Europe, is not merely a remarkable ‘Modernist’ (contemporary with Jugendstil/Art Deco) style building — it is also a wonderful place to see Valencians go about their daily business.