Visit Valencia and the coasts of Valencia and Azahar
The third largest city in Spain, Valencia, a paella specialist, is located to the east of the country on the shores of the Mediterranean.
If the port of Valencia is the first Spanish port, the city, endowed with a rich cultural heritage, is also renowned for its city of Arts and Sciences with futuristic architecture.
An industrial and port city, Valencia has a network of 275 bike share stations. A pleasant way to discover the city and the narrow streets of Ciutat Vella, the old town, and then the port, which is bordered by vast beaches, provides connections with the Balearic Islands.
Following the high flood of 1957, the bed of the Rio Turía was diverted and converted into green spaces that cross the city centre of Parque Cabacera in the City of Arts and Sciences.
Built in 1914, the Mercat Central is one of the largest covered markets in Europe, with Catalan Modernist architecture. Composed of cupolas and multicoloured canopies, it hosts more than 400 stalls offering local products for many.
The Gothic Cathedral of Valencia was built in the 13th century on the site of a mosque. Completed in the 17th century, it has been classified as a property of cultural interest since 1931.
Valencia’s festive tradition culminates in all the streets and squares of the city with the” Fallas”,” falles” in Valencian, a popular festival that takes place between 15 and 19 March, the day of St. Joseph, patron saint of carpenters.
The seafront is distinguished by the building dedicated to events and gastronomy’ Veles e Vents’, the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, the deployment of a leisure area and the port of Valencia.
To the west, we discover the Cabanyal district and its colourful houses near the beaches.
At the heart of the 14th century walls, the Ciutat Vella district develops around its main squares: Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Place of the Town Hall), Plaza de la Virgen, dominated by the church of Notre-Dame-des-Désemparés, and the Plaza de la Reina from which the cathedral rises.
Connecting these squares, the many alleys lead us to discover old buildings alongside modern buildings.
Barrio del Carmen
Once known as a cutthroat, the Barrio del Carmen is now a trendy and trendy area of Valencian artistic life.
The former Carmelite convent of Carmen has become a cultural space with temporary exhibitions. A few art galleries and trendy bars scattered throughout the area complete the decor. Calle Caballeros and its narrow streets awake at the beginning of the evening in a rather quiet area during the day.
Eixample is a pretty upscale area, with some fine examples of early twentieth-century architecture, such as the main railway station, Estación del Norte, or the imposing gastronomic market’ Mercado de Colón’.
Along the streets, let yourself be guided to meet designer boutiques, toast in one of its trendy bars or savour a speciality at the table of an atypical restaurant.
This former working-class district is nowadays prized by artists and bohemians in Valencia. Just like the Eixample, trendy bars and restaurants make it a popular neighbourhood without being too fancy.
On the other side of the gardens emerging from the bed of Turia, the modern part of Valencia houses the City of Arts and Sciences.
The city of Valencia and its large cargo port are the capital of the Costa de Valencia, which represents Oliva in the port of Sagunt to the north, the coast of the Valencian Community.
An ideal Mediterranean shoreline with 320 days of annual sunshine, the Costa de Valencia does not suffer from the winter rains of northern Spain or the high Andalusian heat, and is equipped with an average temperature of 18° C, temperate and calm waters.
Half of its 480 km of coastline has extensive, high-quality beaches, some of which have the European Blue Flag.
Apart from those in Valencia city, the most famous ones are located in the seaside resorts of Cullera, Gandía, Miramar or Canet d’ en Berenguer near Port Sagunt or on the shores of Oliva for more family-friendly beaches.
Wetlands of marshland, rice or orange groves characterize the landscape in some places, such as the Albufera Natural Park. The Little Sea, its translation from Arabic, is a lagoon communicating with the Mediterranean. Once a berry that has filled up over the centuries, rice farming is now practiced here.
A protected site, the park is home to a wide variety of plant, animal and aquatic species as well as a multitude of birds.
From the port of Valencia, there are shipping lines connecting the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca.
City of Arts of Valencia
A must during your stay in Valencia, the Cité des Arts et des Sciences is a complex focused on scientific and educational leisure activities.
The monumental work with its futuristic forms is mainly due to the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. It stretches for almost 2 km at the eastern end of the Jardin du Turia.
The whole complex revolves around different buildings:
The huge aquarium, shaped like a water lily and with marine atmospheres, offers to observe nearly 500 different species living in the 110 000 m² of the Oceanografic.
Daily shows are presented at the delphinarium and can be controversial.
The Valencian Futuroscope is a huge 3D cinema with a 900 m² concave screen, enveloping the spectators.
Documentary and educational films are shown every day. 3D glasses will be provided and an audio system allows you to select the language of your choice from the available ones.
Prince Felipe Science Museum
The slogan of this museum with interactive exhibitions dedicated to science and technology on three floors is “No touch”.
The Prince Felipe Science Museum offers the public the opportunity to discover how electricity works, understand the challenges of climate change, explore the mysteries of DNA, explore space…
On the ground floor, accessible without a ticket, there is often a temporary exhibition, shops and a restaurant.
Palace of Arts Queen Sofía Queen Arts
The structure of the palace reminds us of a large liner where from its summit a metallic feather points towards the sky.
Dedicated to the arts of music, Le Palais des Arts Reine Sofía has a hall with opera, ballets and concerts. An auditorium and the small concert hall, the Aula Magistral complete the ensemble.
A place of walking and relaxation, the Umbracle is a gigantic garden of more than 17,000 m² located at the entrance to the Cité.
We discover in the garden palm trees, bougainvilleas and various plants around which are erected some sculptures of contemporary art.
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