valencia city of arts and sciences aerial view

Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia is a city of fabulous contrasts: from its futuristic City of Arts and Sciences to its historic medieval centre, and not to mention its beautiful beaches! On a flight back to Amsterdam, I chose a window seat on the left side of the plane (row ‘A’) and got very lucky! Row ‘A’ is the place to sit for stunning views of Valencia from a plane window if the plane takes off in the direction of the sea – from my experiences in Valencia so far, this seems to be the default direction.

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A view of Valencia from a plane window after take-off.

Aerial views of Valencia

The plane took off in an easterly direction towards the Mediterranean Sea. The city sprawl quickly came into view straight after the take-off. The labyrinth of streets in the old town of Valencia quickly made way for a boxy grid and the broad boulevards of modern Valencia. The City of Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), with its striking white buildings and shimmering blue pools, was unmistakable. Seeing this architectural masterpeice from the air provided a great perspective of this massive development that stretches 2 kilometers along the old riverbed of the Turia.

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia seen from a plane window.
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The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.

As the plane flew over the city’s port, it banked to the left in a northerly direction, providing more stunning views of Valencia and its seemingly endless stretch of beaches. Awesome stuff!

Read about things to do in Valencia.

On a recent flight from Madrid to Palma de Mallorca, I got to see Valencia from a higher altitude. The path of the old Turia River snaking its way through the city was clear to see.

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An aerial view of Valencia.
A close look of the old Turia River and the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences (bottom right).

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10 Responses

  • People who are coming to Valncia usually search for good and cheap accomodation. I can recomand you one of Nest Hostels. Its cheap and it has very good quality of acommodation!

  • when look a view from the window plane everything is beautiful, different view ^^

  • Thank you Sarah & Kathryn for your comments. These are some of my favourite shots – was really lucky with the light and sitting on the right side of the plane as well. Haha!


  • Oh I remember the buildings from the other posts! Wow amazing. I don’t know why, or maybe because of your many posts from up on the air, I thought about you whenever I look out the airplane. haha! Yesterday from Jeju to Seoul, I thought of you. like Keith would love this view! haha Good thing? 🙂

  • Haha, I’m not sure. I guess because I’m always so intrigued by what cities or landscapes look like from airplanes. 🙂
    Thanks for your comment JoAnna!


  • I was wondering if you ever sit in the aisle seat … ? How do you always get so many interesting views from airplane. Cities just seem to look like cities to me.

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