The Bells and more views from the Micalet
Mike already wrote about his visit to the top of the Micalet. I finally went up as well, and am now kicking myself that I hadn’t done it a long time ago. This is an absolute must see in Valencia and definitely one of they city’s top 5 sights.
Ok, let’s get a little closer to the tower – don’t forget to inspect the gargoyles:
And this is how 207 steps look like:
Please pay attention to the sign before your climb:
There is not much to see on the way up except for a bell room (from where they manually play bell concerts — that will get more detail in another post) and light slots so you can see where you are stepping:
The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive at the top is the gigantic bell:
It strikes on the hour, so plan it into your visit. You don’t want to miss this:
Now I have a whole new appreciation when hearing the Micalet strike, audible throughout the whole city.
Another highlight of the visit is a view which not only pigeons enjoy:
It’s breathtaking and I could spend hours of gazing at the panorama.
The shadow of the Micalet:
The fountain of Plaza de la Virgen:
Mercado Central and La Lonja:
And the City of Arts and Science with Harbor:
The new bridge coming along nicely. Who has more information about it and that new building which will look like a peace pigeon?
The backside of Torres de Serrano:
Colegio del Patriarca (click on the link if you like the sound of bells)
And don’t forget to look up:
You get all the above for just €2.
Opening hours vary, depending on the time of the year. Right now the tower stays open until 7.30 pm. Just walk by the Micalet one day before you’d like to climb it and check how long they’re staying open.
Location on our Valencia Map