Valencia is undoubtedly one of Spain’s most eclectic regions. It is a cocktail of some of the oldest and most modern landmarks and monuments to be found in the whole of Spain, some in the whole of Europe in fact. Today, Valencia is growing at a fast pace and is remarkably creeping up behind the likes of Barcelona and Madrid as a trendy getaway for all types of holiday-makers thinking of travelling to the Spanish continent.
Valencia, located on the eastern coast of Spain and enviably positioned by the Mediterranean Sea, is one of Spain’s largest regions and comprises the provinces of Valencia City, Alicante and Castellón. Valencia is a province with a wealthy culture made up of history, gastronomy, notorious fiestas, wacky events and much, much more. Despite its pride in its fascinating history, Valencia, in recent years, has moved with the times and is today flourishing as one of Spain’s most modern regions thanks to its heavy investments in new infrastructures. This reinvention of Valencia, especially in its capital, Valencia City, has seen the construction of worldwide famous attractions such as La Ciutat de les Arts i Ciènces (The City of Arts and Sciences) – an extraordinary example of Valencia’s boldness and desire to mark its place in the world of cultural tourism. This well-known landmark houses a range of must-see attractions suitable for any kind of tourist; the most popular being L’Oceanografic, the Prince Felipe Museum of Science, the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts and L’Hemisfèric.
One cannot talk about Valencia without mentioning its glorious architecture which can be witnessed in much of Valencia’s old buildings and monuments. Stunning pieces of architecture in Valencia include the Valencia Cathedral which presents many architectural styles covering a range of historical periods; the tall gateway to ‘Old Valencia’ known as the Serranos Towers, the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Llotja de la Seda and the impressive Museo de Belles Arts de Valencia. Valencia’s old quarter, Ciutat Vella, which is circled by the River Turia, is also a must-visit as it contains plenty of examples of historical buildings, old cobbled streets, plazas and picturesque scenes for some great photo-taking.
Apart from all the many things to see in Valencia, visitors can also experience some great beaches where you can take in the gorgeous Mediterranean rays. There are plenty of sandy beaches to relax on such as Playa de Levante, Playa de Pinedo, El Saler beach, La Devesa or El Perellonet beach. Shopping in Valencia is another great way to pass the time and you will find a little something for everybody from small boutiques to designer branches. After a morning on the beach and an afternoon of retail therapy, enjoy a special dinner in a Valencian restaurant taking the opportunity to taste the famous Paella which originated in this city.To finish the night off, experience Valencia’s thriving nightlife in the numerous clubs and bars which line the streets.