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 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
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 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
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
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 ( 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.
Cities Valencia Community
Most people have heard of Benidorm, Alicante, Valencia and Denia. But what about cities like Albir, Altea, Calpe or Javea? We give you an overview of cities in the Valencian Community. Perfect for your next holiday in Spain.
Alicante is beautifully situated on the Mediterranean Sea and has a bit of everything to offer. In the north we have San Juan which is the city’s own “seaside resort”, here we find a long beautiful beach, tourist apartments, golf course, restaurants and bars. In the summer when tourists come to San Juan there is a bustling crowd here. Like many other Spanish cities, Alicante also has an “old town”, with charming narrow streets, old apartment buildings with beautiful decorations, small shops and tapas restaurants side by side. On the highest point of the city Benacantil is the magnificent medieval fortress Castillo de Santa Bárbara.
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Albir – Valencian Community
The small resort of Albir in the Alfaz del Pí area is located between the tourist magnet Benidorm and the artist village Altea in Spain. It is ideal for those who want an alternative to the busy beaches of Benidorm, but who still enjoy enjoying the sun and beach life, and all the other amenities of a wonderfully good resort. The modern town is spacious and clean, with lots of lovely wide tree-lined streets to stroll along in the evening or sit out on a pavement café and watch the world go by. The palm-lined beach promenade, which runs from Albir to Altea, has been nicknamed by the locals the “Star-Promenade”, because in its ground are embedded stars with the names of all the artists who have been awarded in the Cinema Festival.
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Alfaz del Pi – Valencian Community
Alfaz del Pi is also known as L’Alfas del Pi and is located just north of Benidorm with its many tourist attractions. Alfaz del Pi is known in the province of Alicante for having more foreign residents than Spanish residents. On the north side of Alfaz you will find the art city of Altea, one of the most beautiful cities on the Costa Blanca. The very center of Alfaz del Pi is 2 km inland, while Alfaz extends to the coast where you can find the beach of Albir and the promenade is known as Paseo de las Estrellas which translates to English as the promenade of the stars. Alfaz del Pi is one of Costa Blanca’s most popular resorts, and offers great beaches, fine restaurants, and many cultural attractions.
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Alcalali – Valencian Community
Alcalalí is a Valencian municipality in the comarca of Marina Alta, province of Alicante, Spain. It is situated in the Pop Valley (Vall de Pop) between the Serra del Ferrer and the mounts of Segili. It is bordered by Pedreguer and Benidoleig to the north, Jalón and Llíber to the east; Orba, Murla, Benigembla and Parcent to the west and Tàrbena to the south. Alcalalí has significant resources of architectural, historical, cultural, ethnological and gastronomic character. Besides having an extraordinarily rich landscape Alcalalí offers exceptional meteorology that makes it an ideal location for any time of year, practice outdoor sports like hiking, biking, etc.
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Altea – Valencian Community
Altea in Spain is considered one of the most beautiful Spanish cities. Nice beaches and promenade, whitewashed houses with flower pots, narrow cobbled streets, small arts and crafts shops, ice cream parlors and outdoor restaurants are just some of what Altea is offering. Altea is a ten minute drive north of Benidorm (about 10 km), about 1 hour from Alicante along the N-332 and is one of the most memorable coastal towns on the Costa Blanca, retaining its own unique Spanish charm despite its growing tourism and popularity. Altea is located right on the sea in the middle of a beautiful bay and is surrounded by hilly mountains. The name comes from the Moorish ‘Althaya’ which means ‘health for all’.
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Benidoleig – Valencian Community
Benidoleig is located in the Girona Valley of the Marina Alta area in Spain’s Costa Blanca. Among the various amenities within the village is a junior/infant school, nursery school (local authority run), medical centre, post office, supermarket, tobacconist/newsagents, hardware store, curtain shop, hairdresser, estate agent/sign shop, printers, bank, pharmacy and various Spanish bars. The village is also well catered with a Spanish restaurant (La Lloma) and an International restaurant (El Cid Restaurant & Bar). There is a large expatriate community in Benidoleig but it has not spoilt the essence of the village as incomers have integrated easily within the Spanish community. The village hosts a small market on Thursday mornings, where fresh fruit & veg, meat & fish, and clothes, shoes and general household items can be purchased.
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Benidorm – Valencian Community
The popular resort of Benidorm is located about 50km east of Alicante International Airport on the sunny Costa Blanca coast of southern Spain. The city currently has 76,000 inhabitants, of whom 1 is 3 foreigners. It is easy to notice the city of Benidorm! With its tall skyscrapers, Benidorm stands out from the other towns on the Costa Blanca coast. Did you know that Benidorm has the largest concentration of skyscrapers outside Manhattan? There is little reminder that Benidorm was once a small fishing village. The right-hand skyscrapers extend to the sky. From a distance, you look like a building of lego blocks. The sight is neither beautiful nor ugly. It is simply fascinating in a charming way!
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Benissa – Valencian Community
Benissa is a small town in Spain in the province of Alicante, 275 m above sea level, and one of the oldest towns on the Costa Blanca. The municipality of Benissa has 4 km of coastline linking the towns of Moraira and Calpe. The scenery of the area includes cliff tops, rocky coves, sandy beaches and tiny bays along the Benissa Costa. The territory of Benissa also contains terraced vineyards, mountains and palm trees. Spanish village houses, with doorsteps directly onto the street, internal courtyards and deceptively spacious inside. Nearby towns along the Costa Blanca are La Fustera, Cala dels Pinets, Cala de La Llobella, Cala l’Advocat, Baladrar and Cap Blanc before reaching Moraira. When visiting Benissa, you must takesome time out to visit the lovely “Catedral de la Marina” (Marina Cathedral). Built in the neo-gothic style, the cathedral was only finished in the 20th Century.
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Benilloba – Valencian Community
Benilloba is a Spanish municipality of the Valencian Community, belonging to the province of Alicante in the county of Cocentaina County. Benilloba is located between the Serreta de Alcoy and the Sierra Serrella. It is the perfect place for hiking or caving, since in the municipality of Benilloba there is the Aitana peak, which with 1558 meters is the highest in Alicante. Other interesting natural places are those of Salto, La Cruceta or the Frainós river ponds, which passes by the town. In the municipality we can visit the parish church or the palace of the Count of Revillagigedo. Its two typical dishes are the “olleta” of Alcoy and the Pericana.
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Benitachell – Valencian Community
Benitachell is a tranquil and picturesque village, originally an Arab outpost, with a stunning coastline nearby, which is formed by a succession of cliffs of more than a 100m high that descend vertically into the sea. Located towards the northern end of the Costa Blanca, the village is just off the A-7 Motorway, about an hours drive from Alicante airport. Benitachell is a charming Spanish village between Teulada and Javea, Although just five minutes drive to the beach at either Moraira or Javea, it provides the best of both worlds for those wanting a more peaceful holiday. Benitachell and the urbanisation of Cumbre del Sol is also the home of one of the Northern Costa Blanca’s most popular primary schools specialising in the English curriculum, the Lady Elizabeth School.
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Calpe – Valencian Community
Calpe is a town on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. It’s known for its beaches, like sandy Arenal-Bol. Nearby is the Roman site Baños de la Reina, with rock-cut sea pools. On a headland to the east, Peñón de Ifach is a huge limestone rock with thriving birdlife. Below it lie the ruins of Pobla de Ifac, a medieval walled village. La Muralla Roja is an iconic castle-like building by modern Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. The beaches in Calpe are not like other beaches on the Costa Blanca coast! The Mountain Rock Penon de lfach is the epitome of magical powers that unfolded here many centuries ago. The Mountain cliff on the beach of Calpe, has the same size and formation gorge in the mountain behind La Nucia and Alfaz del Pi. There are many stories, legends and sagas about how this mountain cliff has ended up on the shoreline in Calpe.
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Denia – Valencian Community
Dénia is a historical coastal city in the province of Alicante, Spain, on the Costa Blanca halfway between Alicante and Valencia, and the capital and judicial seat of the comarca of Marina Alta. Denia’s historical heritage has been influenced by Iberian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Napoleonic and Christian civilizations. As of 2014, it had a population of 41,672, although this is more than doubled by tourism during the summer months. Denia enjoys almost twenty kilometres of coastline. To the north of the town, there are beaches of fine sand and shallow waters, such as Les Marines, LAlmadrava, Les Deveses, Les Bovetes and els Palmars, To the south lie a series of small coves along the rocky coast, known as Les Rotes, which is a paradise for fishermen and divers.
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El Vergel – Valencian Community
El Verger is a town of 4,992 inhabitants situated 3 kilometres from the Mediterranean sea and 8 kilometres from Dénia, in the Comarca of Marina Alta, Land of Valencia, Spain. The main attractions are the Main Street, two medieval towers, a neoclassical church and a safari park. The town’s crest, recently resuscitated, pays homage to its name: it displays two trees and four flowers. The municipal boundaries confront those of Beniarbeig, Benimeli, Murla, Dénia, Ondara and Els Poblets. The town is 91 km from both Alicante and Valencia, and constitutes part of the frontier between the Province of Alicante and that of Valencia.
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Finestrat – Valencian Community
Finestrat is situated 12 kilometres from Benidorm and 55 kilometres from Alicante International Airport. Accessed by road via the motorway AP-7 and exit 65-A, from where a local road connects to the town. Finestrat can also be accessed directly from the N-332. The old town is located inland but there is also about 267 metres of coast from Punta del Tossal to Cala de Finestrat. Finestrat is a beautiful coastal town that is also mountainous. It combines the cosmopolitan appeal of its cozy and family-friendly beach destination «La Cala», with the silence of the 1410 meter high peaks of the «Puig Campana». The old town of Finestrat is located 5 kilometers from the beach on a hill. Along the hillside, run narrow streets of Moorish origin through stunning whitewashed and colorful houses.
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Gata de Gorgos – Valencian Community
Gata de Gorgos is a village in the Marina Alta region of the north Costa Blanca in Spain. In 2005 it had a population of 5,325. The village is known for its wicker industry and for having an unusually large number of bars and restaurants per capita. Boasting over 30 bars, the most popular are Ca Corder, which is located in the church square, and Ca Patrics, which is located in the Placa Nuevo. The town’s key fiestas take place during July to honour The Christ of the Calvary.(Fiestas en honor al Santísimo Cristo del Calvario). A key part of this event includes bull running along the street known as Paseo de Alicante – another is when the town’s young men and women who are ‘coming of age’ form groups called ‘Quintos’ and march through the town accompanied by music and watched by family and friends.
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Javea – Valencian Community
Xàbia is a coastal town in the comarca of Marina Alta, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. Situated on the back side of the Montgó, behind a wide bay and sheltered between two rocky headlands, the town has become a very popular small seaside resort and market town. Half of its resident population and over two thirds of its annual visitors are foreigners. There are many natural charms that Jávea offers, due to its location in the foothills of the Montgó, and the landscapes of its coast and its beaches are spectacular. Also, it has a rich historical heritage. Jávea fits is a model Mediterranean beach destination. The resort has 20 kilometres of coastline, with a wide choice of beaches, like the sandy bay at El Arenal or heavenly coves such as La Granadella.
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Jalon – Valencian Community
The Jalon Valley, also known as the Xalo Valley is situated in the Marina Alta area in the Costa Blanca North and is quite simply stunning. The Marina Alta has a delightful mix of coastline and mountains, but it is its inland area that provides the great setting for this amazingly scenic day out. With some areas on the Costa Blanca coast becoming somewhat built up and overcrowded the Jalon Valley attracts a more discerning visitor and resident who appreciates more of a country feel although the coast and it’s beautiful beaches are still only 30 minutes drive away. The village of Jalon is at the heart of the Jalon Valley. At the Old Square there is a fountain around which there is an open market held on Tuesday mornings. Seen from the square is the famous Jalon Church with its blue dome.
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La Nucia – Valencian Community
La Nucia is a municipality in the comarca of Marina Baixa, Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain. It borders the municipalities of Altea, Callosa d’En Sarrià, Benidorm, Polop and L’Alfàs del Pi. La Nucia is located in a fruit valley between Benidorm and Callosa d’En Sarrià, 3 km from the coast of Altea. The urban center is on a promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, 51 km north of Alicante and 8 km north of Benidorm. The municipality includes the following urbanization: Barranco Hondo, Coloma, Bello Horizonte, Panorama, and El Tossal. La Nucia overlooks fields of fruits and vegetables and has become a popular place for expats to live as it is so close to the coast yet quiet enough not to be affected by the hordes of tourists who descend to the Costa Blanca during the school holidays.
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Moraira – Valencian Community
Moraira is a small, upmarket Spanish coastal town, part of Teulada (also known as Teulada-Moraira) municipality, in the Marina Alta comarca, 80 km north of Alicante and 100 km south of Valencia. The town is located adjacent to the neighbouring village of El Portet and both communities form a tourist resort on the Costa Blanca strip, with 8 km of coastline backed by mountains and vineyards. Moraira is a small and very nice town with natural beaches, coves, rocky and sandy beaches; an old fishing village that has developed in the recent years, especially in the summer months as a popular touristic destination, but preserving its originality. The castle on the beach is the emblem of the city.
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Orba – Valencian Community
Orba is a small town and municipality in the comarca of Marina Alta in the Valencian Community, Spain. It is situated in the River Gerona valley and is bordered by Pego to the north; Benidoleig and Ondara to the north-east; Jalón and Pedreguer to the east and Parcent and Alcalali to the south. Orba is a popular place to live with expats who have preferred a quieter way of life less than twenty minutes away from the sea side resorts of Javea and Denia. The Old Town provides a more authentic Spanish village vibe while many expats have purchased villas with swimming pools on the urbanisations of Orbetta, El Capso, La Palmeria and La Plana.
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Parcent – Valencian Community
Parcent is a village in the Pop Valley of La Marina Alta in the Alicante Province, which is located in the Valencian region of Spain. Parcent has a population of about 1100 and is about one hour’s drive north of the city of Alicante, and about an hour’s drive south of the city of Valencia. It features the small Holy Virgin church, and is surrounded by hills and mountains. Writer Gabriel Miró (1879-1930) was a resident of Parcent and called it a “paradise between the mountains”. It is also close to Jalón (written as Xaló in Catalan), which is known for its wine production and markets. The traditional economy of Parcent relies on almond and orange farming in the surrounding area.
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Pedreguer – Valencian Community
Pedreguer is a town in the comarca of Marina Alta in the province of Alicante, Spain. The town is situated at the foot of the Muntanya Gran and close to the two larger coastal towns of Dénia and Xàbia. It has a population of 7097 (as of 2008). It is also close to the Jalon Valley which is famous for its springtime almond tree blossom. While Pedreguer does not have any world famous sights nor is it on the coast, it is a pretty and scenic base from which to enjoy a great holiday on the Costa Blanca with many great tourist attractions nearby. Pedreguer Rastro is a sort of flea market in the town. Sunday morning is flea market day. Held on the polygons where people flock from all over the Costa Blanca to buy and sell produce, clothing, gifts, home made jams, chutneys and much more.
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Polop – Valencian Community
Polop de la Marina or briefly Polop, is a municipality in the comarca of Marina Baixa, Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain. The village of Polop is located inland in the Costa Blanca North in an area known as the Marina Alta. The local economy is based mainly on agriculture, so much of the surrounding countryside is covered in polythene to act as giant greenhouses. The village is a delight to explore and perfect for a morning or afternoon amble. The hill, where the old castle used to be is encircled by a medieval wall, and is a ‘must’ to walk up. Follow the zig zag path and you’ll be well rewarded with some fabulous views. On a clear day you can see right to Albir and Altea on the coast and inland to Callosa and the Sierra Bernia.
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Teulada – Valencian Community
Teulada is a small coastal town on Spain’s Costa Blanca, located 3 km north from Junction 63 of the A7 E-15 toll motorway on the N-332 coast road. Teulada’s historic quarter, in the interior of the province of Alicante, is surrounded by a green landscape filled with vineyards, a crop that reflects the agricultural tradition of this municipality, and is part of its identity. Surrounded by a wall in the old times, Teulada’s city centre is dominated by the church of Santa Catalina, a very beautiful example of Flamboyant Gothic architecture, erected to honour the patron saint.
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Torrellano – Valencian Community
Torrellano is a district of the municipality of Elche located in the province of Alicante (Spain). Its urban has 7332 inhabitants (INE 2016) .1 It is located 8 km east of the city of Elche, 10 km southwest of the city of Alicante and 3 km from the Alicante-Elche airport, which occupies part of its rural departure Its urban center is crossed by the Alicante-Murcia road. In its vicinity is the Alicante Fair Institute (IFA) and the Elche Business Park which, with 3,000,000 m2 built, is one of the largest industrial estates in the city of Elche and Spain. This park is a provincial reference and it contains the headquarters or branches of the main international brands of Spanish footwear, although it is not dedicated exclusively to this sector.
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Villajoyosa – Valencian Community
Villajoyosa is especially known for its chocolate. Valor, considered one of Spain’s best chocolate brands are produced here. As the rest of the coast, tourism is also an important source of income. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Gothic Roman Catholic church with a Baroque altarpiece. Previously, the city also has its own Casino (formerly Casino Costa Blanca), but it is closed down and moved to the marina in Alicante. Villajoyosa on the Costa Blanca coast is also very famous for its fiesta edition of Moros y Christianos. This celebration fiesta is declared as an event of international interest for tourists.
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