Valencia is located on Spain's Eastern coast La Costa Blanca, at the Turia River's mouth. To get an impression of what Valencia is: combine the best of Madrid and Barcelona, you have Valencia! Spain's third-largest city combines history, tradition and modernity and has lovely beaches nearby.
In the old town of Valencia, El Carmen, you will find important historic buildings and exciting places to visit like the cathedral, the art deco food market and the ceramics museum. The small streets are packed with restaurants, bars and clubs to enjoy a perfect night out. Enjoy the local street art while sitting on one of the many terraces.
Valencia is a superb spot for eating! It is famous for its rice dishes such as paella. You will also find plenty of orange trees in the zone. Besides, the many parks and botanical gardens in the city offer a welcome change of tranquillity and natural beauty. The 13 km long Mediterranean beaches with golden sand are perfect for a relaxing day and beach bathing!
Valencia is one of the most complete and versatile destinations in Europe. Whatever you are looking for in a holiday, Valencia will have what you are after.
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You have to visit this unique zoo based on the 'zooimmersion' concept where barriers are practically invisible, and the animals' natural habitats are presented. The zoo is located in the Parque de Cabecera. Here you will discover the complexity of natural ecosystems!
This genuine old market, constructed in 1928, has a fantastic collection of fresh food, offering a real taste of Mediterranean life! Enjoy the atmosphere while you taste some tapas and wine at one of the bars inside the market. The beautiful building is impressive with its architecture and glass panels.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
The stunning complex 'City of Art and Science' in the old Turia riverbed offers science, nature and art all in one. Here you will find the Hemisfèric (cinema), the Umbracle (landscaped vantage point), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (interactive science centre), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (opera house). Outside, enjoy walking or biking at the promenades around the place.
La Lonja de la Seda
This civil gothic monument from the 15th century is full of history and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was originally Valencia's silk exchange. Here you will also enjoy the fantastic smell of the orange trees in the courtyard and the hall of columns.
Playa de la Malvarrosa
This excellent urban beach in the north of the municipal district is about 1 kilometre. The beach is wide and open and has fine sand and a promenade behind it.
Jardín del Turia
This park is a nine km-long lung of green in the dried out river bed that cuts across the whole city. Here you will find playing fields, walking paths, fountains, ponds, football pitches and flower beds. The beautiful kids' park, Parque del Gulliver, has an amazing climbing frame with slides and ropes.