It's more than 2000 years of history reveals true treasures. Valencia, one of the most seducing corners of the Mediterranean, combines the past and the future in harmony. No need to go further than its architecture: from its Roman foundation to the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia offers a passionate cultural journey. With its lively streets, its renowned gastronomy, its intense nightlife to its long beaches covered with soft sand, it is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Spain. Known to the world as the birthplace of the Paella, it has a never-ending stream of bars and restaurants where one can enjoy its tasty gastronomy. It is also the home to important local traditional events such as Las Fallas (amazing handmade structures that are set on fire) or La Tomatina (tomato throwing at its finest). And, as if that was not enough, its weather is one of the best in Europe. www.visitvalencia.com/
Main City Madrid
Surface 134.6 km²
We can walk through the historical centre of Valencia and then take a jump in time and get to know this fascinating futurist complex, created by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The City of Arts and Sciences combines several buildings: a cinema known as the l’Hemisfèric; Europe’s largest aquarium, l’Oceanogràfic; the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, which offers an interactive exhibition; the Ágora, which is an event and congress centre; and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, which represents one of the most prestigious operas in Europe. You can also enjoy a walk through the lovely Mediterranean gardens of de l’Umbracle, which at night time converts into a nightclub. All in one!
Would you like to combine gastronomy with Mediterranean culture? The Central Market of Valencia is one of Europe’s largest indoor markets: an incredible modernist building of over 8000 square meters with 400 food stands that are sure to reach the heart of any food lover. You will not be surprised that this is considered to be one of the urban jewels of Valencia. As you cross through the door, all your senses wake up from all the smells, flavours, colours and textures coming from its fresh produce. The shop owners will make you feel like a local through their friendly and informal conversations and small talk. They might even offer you a free recipe from the local cuisine!
Valencia has several beaches close to its centre. But if what you are looking for is to get away from the crowds you should try this wonderful shore. A short 10-minute car ride away, you will find this long and quiet beach, El Saler. Here dunes made from golden, smooth sand extends like a soft sheet. Located in the heart of the Albufera natural park its ecological value and natural characteristics have been preserved. Dive into its waters or walk through the pine trees, which have been twisted down due to the typical winds. You will also find a few restaurants to strengthen yourself with a delicious paella or fideuá (a local rice dish) next to the sea. And while you’re at it, don’t miss the sunset, it’s a unique experience. So, stroll along, and relax like never before.