Valencia is a beautiful old city located on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Although Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, it has for years been overlooked by tourists who instead opted capital Madrid, or Barcelona in the north.. But now this is about to change, and Spain visitors have discovered Valencia’s wide range of attractions.

The annual Fallas festival in March attract a lot of visitors to Valencia, and hosted the sailing regatta Americas Cup in 2007. The first impressions with apartment buildings and industrial suburbs may not be much, but the city’s Centro Historico, Old Town, is magnificent. In addition, you have a short distance to some of Spain’s finest beaches. Some mil south of Valencia you find the Costa Blanca coastline. Or you can take a boat to the resort islands such as Ibiza or Majorca. Valencia has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and very hot dry summers, and very well visited all year round. Perhaps it is Valencia who will take the throne as our favorite destination in Spain?

Port of Valencia

Port of Valencia
Port of Valencia
Port of Valencia is the fifth busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port in the Mediterranean. Valencia is integrated in an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast). Valencia’s main festival is Las Fallas. The traditional Spanish dish, paella, originated in Valencia.

The city of Valencia is one of the largest and most important in Spain and one of the most vibrant. As a city on the coast of the Mediterranean, you will find beautiful beaches in the heart of the city. Not surprisingly, it is especially in the summer many tourists here. Valencia is perfect for beach holiday with fantastic opportunities to practice sports such as golf, diving, cycling, and tennis. Valencia also has a sparkling nightlife, along with a wide cultural offer.

In recent years, Valencia received an additional role internationally. They have contributed to important cultural events; that the construction of the City of Arts and Sciences and America’s Cup, the most important competition in the world in sailing.

Valencia old town

Valencia old town
Valencia old town
The easily walkable historic centre of Valencia is without a doubt the most charming part of the city and holds most of its main tourist attractions. Made up of five neighbourhoods in the Ciutat Vella (Old Town), formerly a walled city from Roman times, it’s perfect for wandering the cobbled streets and soaking up Valencia’s lively atmosphere.

Valencia historic center is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 acres, this heritage of ancient monuments and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. In the center we find the remains of the old city which is Torres de Quart and Torres de Serrano, which in medieval times was the old gates to the city, now it way to a magnificent old town, known as El Barrio del Carmen. In the museum The Museum of Modern Art (IVAM) can be found here, with exhibits dedicated to the sculptor Julio González. Read more about Valencia old town

Valencia’s history

Valencia was founded as a Roman colony by Consul Decimus Junius Brutus Callaicus in 138 BC, and called Valentia Edetanorum. In 711 occupied muslimenebyen, introducing their own language, religion and customs. In 1238, recaptured the Christian King James I of Aragon city and divided the land among the nobles who helped him conquer it, as we have seen in Llibre del Repartiment. He also created a new law for the town, Furs of Valencia, which was extended to the rest of the kingdom of Valencia.

Albufera Natural Park

Valencia Albufera Natural Park
Valencia Albufera Natural Park
Pure nature 10 km away from the city, dreamy sunsets, boat rides and being able to completely switch off for a while. Like an oasis surrounded by rice fields and forests. The largest lake in Spain with great ecological interest because of its unique species of birds that can be found here.

In the village of El Palmar in Valencia, you can enjoy dishes and enjoy a boat ride on the Albufera to admire the different shades of the sunset. You should visit it if you want to understand the origins of Valencian cuisine. Why? You might ask. Could there be any better reason than the place where paella was invented?

Visit El Palmar and try some typical dishes, such as all-i-pebre and llisa adobada. Savour food in a new way by learning about its origins. Take a stroll along six of the possible walking routes within the nature park, discover the water birds and plants, and have a true fishing experience in the largest lake area in Spain. You will want to come back for more. Read more about Valencia Albufera Natural Park

Valencia the City of Science

Valencia City of Science
Valencia City of Science
The City of Arts and Sciences is a cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. The City of Arts and Sciences is situated at the end of the former riverbed of the river Turia, which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. The old riverbed was turned into a picturesque sunken park.

Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the project began the first stages of construction in July 1996, and was inaugurated on April 16, 1998 with the opening of L’Hemisfèric. The last major component of the City of Arts and Sciences, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, was inaugurated on October 9, 2005, Valencian Community Day.
This is only a tiny part of Valencia, but a significant part. Science city attracts tourists from all corners of the globe and has really put the city on the world map with its extraordinary architecture.

It is as the architect says, a city that must be experienced on foot and without paying a centimo. You can actually walk seven kilometers inside the complex and only take impressions from the huge buildings.

Valencia Airport

Valencia Airport ( VLC ) also known as Manises Airport, is the tenth-busiest Spanish airport in terms of passengers and second in the region after Alicante. It is situated 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the city of Valencia, in Manises. The airport has flight connections to about 20 European countries and 5.79 million passengers passed through the airport in 2016.

A new regional terminal, expanded car parking facilities and apron area have been recently constructed in time for the 2007 America’s Cup. The runway has been also lengthened by 50 m (160 ft). The airport has one terminal and one runway. The former runway 04/22 is not in use and has no ILS but has a helipad at the southwestern end.

It is the main base of Iberia’s regional carrier Air Nostrum. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair used the airport as a hub since 2007 but decided to close it in November 2008 following a dispute over subsidies by the airport authorities. Since then the airline has continued to operate out of Valencia but as a relatively large destination airport, and not a base.

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Buy property in Valencia

Valencia is one of the favorite destinations for both Spaniards and Europeans to buy a 2nd home. One of the main reasons for this great influx of visitors is (besides the unrivaled climate Costa Blanca offers) the immaculate beaches stretching along the Alicante coastline. But the Valencia region has much more to offer in all aspects. From its mouth-watering culinary delights to the wide range of inland activities to be practiced locally. Valencia is a place to be enjoyed at any time of the year. Read more about buying a property in Valencia.

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