Why Valencia?

The city

Valencia’s old town is one of the largest in Europe, its beautiful streets are full of monuments from different periods of History. With several museums and cultural activities for all types of people, Valencia is one of the main tourist destinations in Spain.

Some of its most famous monuments are: El Miguelete, the cathedral, Serranos and Quart towers, la Lonja de la seda or Silk Exchange (considered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO).

El Mercado Central (the central market), the City Hall, Correos’ building and Estación del Norte (the train station) are the main modernist monuments in Valencia.

Also, you cannot miss the City of Arts and Sciences where you can find L’Oceanogràfic, the biggest aquarium in Europe. It is home to a large number of different species.

Bioparc is a 10-hectare zoo park where you can contemplate the wild nature of the African continent. There are more than 4000 animals and 250 different species living in large spaces that recreate their original habitats.

And last but not least, we need to mention the Museum of Fine Arts and the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (in position 52 of the 100 most visited museums in the world).


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Green space

  • Turia’s Garden is a 110-hectare public park. It is the largest urban garden in Spain (7km long). It goes all over the city, from the City of Arts and Sciences to Bioparc.
  • El Parque de Cabecera is a park located in Turia’s riverbed and it reproduces the original landscape of the ancient river.
  • Jardines del Real is another public park where we can find the Natural History Museum.

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Most popular festivals

  • Las Fallas is a must do in Valencia. This festival received the honorary distinction of Fiesta of International Tourist Interest. La cridà, la mascletà, la ofrena, la cremà and nit del foc are the main events.
  • La Noche de San Juan (St John’s Eve) takes place on the evening of 23 June. It is a midsummer tradition where people set a bonfire at the beach and they share food and drinks.
  • October 9: it is Valencian National Day and it commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of James I the Conqueror to Valencia.

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Typical Valencian foods and drinks

  • Paella is a well-known Spanish dish, but the original recipe comes from Valencia. Rice is the main ingredient and it is mixed with other food and cook in a large frying pan. It comes in different types: chicken and rabbit paella, seafood, etc.
  • Horchata is a typical drink from Alboraya (Valencia) made of tiger nuts (small and sweet tubers). Valencian people take it along with a sweet bun called fartón.

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