VALENCIA

Comunidad Valenciana

Valencia is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.

Valencia has a mix of old and new buildings, giving it a real special feel of its own. From medieval castles and towers to modernist and art deco architecture, from nice little shops to big shopping centres, Valencia has it all.And this city is full of surprises! Did you know for example that Valencia has the largest inner city urban park in the whole of Europe? The famous Turia park, which used to be a river, is only one of five perfect public parks in Valencia. And did you know that the Holy Grail, the cup that Jesus was supposed to have drunk from at the last supper, is said to be kept in the cathedral in central Valencia?

Plaza de la Reina, one of the most beautiful squares in Valencia.

You can actually climb to the top of the Miguelete bell tower and admire great views of the city.

The ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ in Valencia is widely recommended as a must-see for any first-time visitor to the city. The rather tongue twisting name for it refers to a group of futuristic buildings designed by local architects, namely Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, and who built this amazing place in stages, starting in 1998, at the seaward end of the old Turia river bed. The City of Arts contains 6 distinct zones: l'Hemisferic, El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, l'Umbracle, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, L'Oceanogràfic and l'Agora.

In the city of Valencia, you can find many unique buildings ------>

The narrowest building of Europe

Plaza de Toros

The National Museum of Ceramics

North train Station

Torre de Quart

Whilst the prospect of wandering around a food market is not everyone's first choice of what to do whilst on holiday, the historic Central Market of Valencia is quite unique and well worth a visit. Not only is it a great modernist building to admire, it is also somewhere where visitors get a closer insight into the daily life of the Valencianos.

Near the Central Market you must visit the Silk Market (Lonja de la seda). It is the main monument of the city and a masterpiece of civil Gothic architecture. The building has been declared by UNESCO as part of Humanity's Heritage

The Turia Gardens is one of the largest urban parks in Spain. It runs through the city along nine kilometres of green space boasting foot paths, leisure and sports areas. From Cabecera Park to the City of Arts and Sciences, the Turia Gardens are the perfect place for runners, cyclists, families and nature enthusiasts.

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