Valencia is a town located in Spain and is the country’s third largest city. The city is able to successfully weave the old and the new, with ancient architecture blending merrily with glitzy buildings and modern complexes. Valencia has a vibrant tourism industry, boasting of golden sandy beaches located at its exteriors. Transportation around the city is free and visitors can obtain a Valencia Tourist Card which entitles them to discounts and freebies.
The city also has a world class harbor which was the site of the 2007 America’s Cup, yachting’s most prestigious event. People are not advised to take a vacation during the summer season, as the place can be unbearably hot.
There a good variety of shops and store around Valencia. El Corte Ingles, which is a department store, located in Colon and Marques de Dos Aguas, sells upscale designer brands and labels. For local products, you can visit The Central Market, which is one of the biggest shopping marts in Europe. Mercado de Colon is another swanky shopping depot, selling top-of-the-line goods and apparel.
Beside Mestalla Football Stadium is the city’s flea market which is open on Sundays. Plaza Redonda sells beautiful Valencia ceramics and gorgeous souvenir items.
Places to See
There are many interesting and beautiful places to visit and see in Valencia. Placa de le Verge is a popular tourist spot where you can find the Turia fountain and the Basilica of the Virgin. Nearby is Place de la Reina, which is laden with orange trees, restaurants and bars. Placa de l’Ajuntamentv is another place worth visiting. Every afternoon, this square holds an event called Las Fallas where they have firework displays and shows.
If you are interested in arts, you can visit the city’s many fine museums including the Almudin, which is a converted wheat storehouse, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Check out La Lonja, a former silk trading station and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences, which houses a massive aquarium with underwater walkways.
For people interested in horticulture, you can visit the city’s many beautiful gardens such as Monforte, Real and Botanical.
Restaurants and Bars
Most restaurants in Valencia serve Spanish cuisine such as tapas, hams, cheeses and rich dishes. Many restaurants and eateries found along the Las Arenas beachfront specialize in paella dishes. Locals boast that paella was invented in Valencia.
Bars serve a local drink called Agua de Valencia which is potent mix of white wine, vodka and orange juice. Horchata is another Valencia original made from tigernut milk and is best eaten with a long dough cake called farton.
There is a lively bar scene in the city as well. Bars don’t open until 10:30 pm though. One of the best night areas in Valencia is Calle Caballero; it is lined with bars and disco clubs. There are bars located near the university and beach that stay open till dawn; weekend partygoers typically don’t head home until 7 am.