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Valencia Photography Tour - A City of Contrasts

02nd - 05th Mar, 2023 - AVAILABLE

Tutored by Astrid McGechan and

£1349.00 pp / Deposit -£325.00

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Our Valencia photography tour will take place in March 2023 with Astrid McGechan. Valencia is one of Spain’s most exciting cities to visit and photograph. Founded in 138BC, it has a long and colourful history, influenced by Romans, Moors, Visigoths and Christians.

This tour will give us the chance to soak up Valencia's atmosphere and explore its character with our cameras, from the medieval past that shaped its old town El Carmen to the futuristic Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències – the City of Arts and Sciences. Your tour tutor Astrid will be at hand to help you discover the many aspects of life in Valencia.

Tags: Valencia Photography Tour | Valencia Photography Holiday | Valencia Cityscape Photography

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At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • Accommodation on single occupancy basis, double on request
    • Breakfasts
    • 72-hour Valencia travel card
    • Entry to Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
    • Tuition from Astrid McGechan
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Transfers to hotel
    • Meals not mentioned
    • Insurance
  • Duration 3 Night Tours
  • Tour Code VAL08
Valencia Photography Tour - A City of Contrasts

Valencia Photography Tour - Valencia Cityscape Photography

Valencia is one of Spain’s most exciting cities to visit and photograph. Founded in 138BC, it has a long and colourful history, influenced by Romans, Moors, Visigoths and Christians. Our photography tour will give us the chance to soak up its atmosphere and explore its character with our cameras, from the medieval past that shaped its old town El Carmen to the futuristic Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències – the City of Arts and Sciences.

Valencia has changed dramatically over the last few decades. Following a devastating flood, the river Turia was diverted and its drained riverbed converted into a huge park, which stretches for several miles through the city.

Our group will be based in El Carmen, and we will start our tour with a stroll around the old town and a visit to La Lonja de la Seda – the Silk Exchange. This magnificent Gothic masterpiece was built in the late 15th and early 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

With an area covering 8000 sqm and 1500 stalls, Valencia’s Mercado Central is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, and certainly the most exciting to photograph. We will immerse ourselves in the hustle and bustle, observe and photograph the locals going about their business and the architectural splendour of the modernist construction, which was built in the Valencian Art Nouveau Style. 

Valencia is also a city at the cutting edge of architecture, and one of the most spectacular recent developments is the City of Arts and Sciences. Designed by architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, it features five main buildings stretching out over 2 km. We will spend time photographing the weird and wonderful shapes and reflections, and will also venture inside the fabulous Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, the performing arts centre with its opera and concert halls. The water features surrounding all the buildings give us the opportunity to hunt for reflections and produce more abstract images using a variety of techniques. 

Back in El Carmen, we will use our walk to look out for an altogether different aspect of Valencia as well – street art is prevalent on many walls in town. Often, the murals have a political or social message, sometimes they are humorous. They are constantly changing, and we may discover new ones, which have only just been painted.

To top it all off, we may well encounter various processions, people dressed up in costumes and brass bands in El Carmen, as Valencians prepare for the annual Las Fallas festival. One thing can’t be missed wherever we happen to be in the city – the noise of a few minutes of fireworks going off at 2pm every day at the Plaza Ayuntamiento!

Your tutor for this tour will be Astrid McGechan, who will be at hand to help you discover the many aspects of life in Valencia, and make sure that you’ll return with a portfolio of images you will treasure. 

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Independent Feedback based on 4 verified reviews

Mr Ryan Gunning - 10th Mar, 2022

Astrid an excellent guide, well-prepared and gave good briefings, overall very helpful. Valencia a very lively city, Arts & Sciences Calatrava complex amazing.

9th Mar, 2022

A good mix of wandering around the city, street art, the market and the architecture of the City of Science. Timing was a little odd - we were there during a festival but were not there for the festival itself (although came across it while walking around on the last day). There may have been less people generally and fewer areas blocked off (or set up for a concert) at the City of Sciences on another weekend. The City of Sciences was wonderfully - if briefly - quiet when we arrived on Sun am.

9th Mar, 2022

Excellent tour, well led. Valencia is a beautiful city with some great photo opportunities, particularly modern architecture at the Ciutat De Les Arts & Les Ciences. The tour allowed plenty of opportunities for exploitation of the opportunities in daytime and evening light.

9th Mar, 2022

Good tour. Well organised, good leader and nice hotel. Valencia is a great location for photography and we had plenty of opportunity to exploit that.

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