The city is the capital of the Valencia region.
The most important ports in the Mediterranean is in this city.
Nice tow known is that Valencia is on the “Costa del Azahar ,“ which literally means “Orange blossom coast “. The smell of the orange blossoms is overwhelming.
Also, it is a part of the Costa Blanca.
The city is a mix of the past and the future due to the most innovative buildings. So it is popular as city trip by visitors from the rest of Europe.
In Valencia there are lots of beaches, theaters, museums. So for every tourist or local , they’re is a lot of culture and gastronomy.
Also , the city is a very active city with many fairs and conferences.
The climate is very good . Nearly 320 sunny day. The winters are not to cold. The summers not to hot.
The cathedral of Valencia
The cathedral is a usual mix of different styles : Romanesque, Gothic , Moorish and Baroque. It is built on the place of a Moorish mosque.
in the past , the construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century.
Now, in the cathedral you can see many treasures. To sum : like paintings by Fransisco Goya and the “ holy grail” a goblet which belongs to Jesus …
First, the Turia park with the “Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias” located is nearby the river Turia.
But the park is a meeting place for the young and old, locals and the tourists. The locals spend their time with walking, cycling, talking, eating, drinking …
Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias.
The tourists mostly come for the famous City of Arts and Sciences “ Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias”.
This cultural center is an IMax theatre , a science museum, it has one of the largest aquarium in Europe , sports facilities and many exhibitions.
The Eixample Barrio.
This barrio seems an open air museum plenty of Art nouveau architecture with wide streets and beautiful gardens.
Mercado central Central Market Place
Every Spanish city and town got his market.
This covered market of Valencia is located at the “ Plaza del Mercado “. In the past, the open market was indeed the place where for ages was traded.
In the beginning of the 20th century the building was the largest covered market in Europe. Now is one of the most remarkable Modernist buildings.
To sum up , daily fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish have been sold.
On this typical Spanish market you can smell , taste, see and hear the lively atmosphere.
Of course , the products are delicious and fresh.
The Serrano towers are remaining from the wall, who protected the city in the middle age .
Strange enough the ” Torres de Serrano” were not broken . Because it serves as the city’s prison .
The rest of the wall was removed.
The tourist bus or rent a bike
This red double-decker shows you the highlights of the city on an easy way.
But is very flat so you can enjoy cycling , it is a very nice way to explore the city.
The parks of Valencia
The beautiful 200-year-old garden “ Botanical garden “ is well-known.
The city has also the famous “ Parque Natural de la Albufera”. It is a freshwater lagoon.
South of the city, this park covers 20 000 hectares. And has an enormous biodiversity of fauna and flora. It is also one of the most important nature areas in the Valencia region.
Also, there is an Information centre for the Albufera Lagoon Nature Park. This on the road to El Palmar.
The Albufera is protects by a slim strip of coastline. On this strip there are sand dunes and pine forest.
Three canals connect the freshwater lagoon and the wetlands with the sea.
In the lake the Valencian people grow a large part of the Spanish rice.
Indeed one of the basic ingredients for most well-known Spanish food.
Valencia is the birth place of paella, one of the most famous dishes of Spanish cuisine.
Read more about Paella on our other web page.