Valencia: The Spanish Vibrancy Of A Beautiful City
Few cities offer such vibrancy as Valencia. With its year-round attractions such as its climate, long sandy beaches, lively bar terraces and an irresistible programme of activities in store for spring, the City is the ideal destination to welcome in the summer. Valencia offers a combination of avant garde style, culture and Mediterranean spirit, bound to captivate any visitor. Its 300 days of sunshine and average temperature of 19°C make Valencia an ideal destination at any time of year.
VALENCIA BY DAY – Valencia is an amazing city to visit at daytime. It contains influences from Roman, Visigoth, Moorish and Medieval cultures that it had interacted with in its past 2000 years of history. This is evident in many of its iconic monuments and buildings, such as the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site), La Almoina (Roman remains of the city), the Serranos and Quart Towers and the Cathedral. The city has seven kilometres of perfect beaches. Choose from the various city beaches, which you can get to by metro or tram, or the more unspoilt beaches, such as El Saler in the Albufera Natural Park.
The city converted the former bed of the River Turia, which used to run through the city, into an enormous nine kilometres long park. Today it is a green lung in which you can walk, cycle, play sports, go to cafes, etc. Valencia is a bike-friendly city that is perfect to pedal around thanks to its size. It also has one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in Europe and a unique and fascinating nature area—the Albufera Natural Park. The Huerta de Valencia extends over a surface of about 23,000 hectares that constitute a green agricultural landscape with a rich heritage of rural architecture.
Additionally, you have the city’s cutting-edge architecture with its great 21st-century buildings, such as the City of Arts and Sciences designed by Santiago Calatrava, The Conference Centre by Norman Foster and the Veles e Vents building by David Chipperfield. Valencia will fascinate you with its charming little spots that do not appear in guidebooks but that you will discover during your visit.
The mansion house and plazas of the Barrio del Carmen, the Plaza Redonda, the Santa Catalina Church—in whose square you will find the narrowest building in Europe—the frescoes in the San Nicolas Church, the clock of the Santos Juanes Church, San Vicente’s baptismal font in the San Esteban parish church and the alligator over the door of the El Patriarca Church are just some examples of the many hundreds of such surprises that Valencia—has in store for tourists.