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Reasons to visit Valencia

There is a lot to see in Valencia. Valencia is the third most-populated city in Spain, and the capital of the Valencian Community. It is a city full of history, with a great gastronomy, unique traditions, and with a wonderful weather. There are plenty of things to do in this city: from the City of Arts and Sciences to any of its great beaches. Just wandering around the old town you’ll come across the cathedral, central market and a few museums, not to mention countless cafés and little shops. Check out its most interesting features:

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1. ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN: THE CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the sleek white complex comprises a science museum, IMAX cinema and planetarium, opera house and marine park, all housed in extraordinary sculptural spaces. The museum, a lopsided pavilion of mosaic tiles and parabolic arches, hosts several interactive exhibits that change every few months. The Oceanogràfic is the biggest and one of the most elegant aquariums in Europe with more than 45,000 species.

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2. VISIT THE OLD CITY OF VALENCIA

The center of the Ciutat Vella is very well conserved. Walking through the streets and squares of Valencia’s old city you can discover amazing places like the Silk Market, The sumptuous Serrano Gates, the Cathedral with its emblematic Micalet, a tower added to the cathedral in XIVth century, one of Valencia’s most emblematic building, as well as the Sorolla Museum.

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3. AN EVERGREEN OLD RIVERBANK: TURIA GARDENS

The Turia river flowed around the city until the 1950s when it was diverted after flooding. The river bed has now been transformed into a huge park, where locals and tourist walk, run, skateboard and ride bikes.

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4. TRY SOME KITCHEN SPECIALTIES

Valencia is well-known for its rice dishes, in particular the well-known Paella, which is original from this land. The most traditional Valencia paella does not contain seafood - it contains chicken, rabbit and snails. Another specialty is  Horchata. A sweet and milky drink made from tiger nuts. Tiger nuts are a fruit that are originally from Egypt and were brought to Valencia by the Arabs. If you want to try horchata you can head to the old town. Here you will find places called ’Horchaterías’ - small cafes that specialise in horchata and fartons, the typical confectionery sweet.

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5. SHOPPING AT THE MERCADO CENTRAL

The Central Market is the biggest working market in Valencia, and the one of the oldest still working in Europe. Built in the 1920s, This art nouveau building is mainly a food market, but you can also shop for flowers, souvenirs, jewelry, shoes and go to restaurants, bars, there’s even a bank office inside.

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6. VISIT THE CITY IN MARCH: IT’S FALLAS TIME

Lights, gunpowder, monuments, flowers, traditional costumes, music, satire, emotions and a great deal of fun are the ingredients of a unique cocktail known as the Fallas. From March 15 to 19 (the festivity of St. Joseph) are displayed on every corner all over the city colourful ninots, giant papier-mâché figures which are burnt during the Nit del Foc (Night of the Fire). Lots of colours, deafening firecrackers, and fun. Lot of fun.

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7. A MEDITERRANEAN CITY WITH GREAT BEACHES

The City of Valencia’s Eastern boarder is the Mediterranean Sea, which has added an extra touch to the all beauty existent. Malvarrosa Beach is the main beach, and it is busy almost all year long, except for January and February, which are the coldest months of the year. There are other wonderful beaches such as El Saler or Pinedo.

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8. DAYTRIPS: SAGUNTO AND L’ALBUFERA

There are two places you can visit while you are in Valencia. L’Albufera is a freshwater lake six miles south of the city, and one of the most important wetlands in Europe. Separated from the sea by a narrow strip of sand dunes, this is where the all-important rice is grown. Not surprisingly, there are excellent paella restaurants here too. Sagunto is a city on the coast 16 miles north of Valencia which has been occupied by Iberians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians and is packed with vestiges of this rich history. Worth going to see the recently restored Roman theatre, the Jewish quarter and the castle.

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Parc Natural: L'Albufera.
Valencia | Spain.


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