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Things to do in Valencia

Anyone who visits Valencia has no excuse for being bored! There is so much to do in this city and because of the favourable weather it really is a year around destination!

Valencia is one of the tourism capitals of the world and it has a very interesting history that dates all the way back to when it was the Old Kingdom of Valencia. It is now a province in Spain and has a capital city with the same name and if you are interested in visiting some of the most beautiful areas in the world then Valencia definitely needs to be a part of your traveling experiences.

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Valencia, at the current moment, could quite accurately be referred to as a city in transition. This is because it is one of the oldest cities on the world, yet in many other ways is also one of the newest. People that are interested in visiting Valencia will of course have seen postcards that show that the city architecture is centuries old, but something that they might not know as well is that Valencia has a relationship with the newly constructed City of Arts and Science. It is at one of the hubs of modern thinking of today’s world and this in combination of its hosting of the 2007 America’s Cup shows how committed the government of Valencia is to modernizing the city. It is this melding of old world and new that makes Valencia such a charming place to visit.

If you are interested in visiting Valencia, then you should visit in either the Spring or the Fall months. Valencia tends to have somewhat extreme temperatures in the other two seasons and those extreme temperatures also tend to remove the possibility of a number of activities that you might be able to do in the Spring/Fall months. This includes things like sun-bathing (too cold in winter, possibility of massive sunburn in the summer) and hiking (too cold in winter, larger possibility for heat stroke in the summer) and generally other outdoors type activities. Being outdoors is a big part of getting the full Valencia experience so for that reason it is best to visit outside of the Summer and Winter months.

 

There are two primary languages spoken in the area and those are Valencian and Spanish. If you are in the urban areas of the province such as the city of Valencia, then you can get away with speaking Spanish and to some degree English most of the time. However, if you are in the rural areas of the province then Valencian is the language of preference and some locals will even take offense if you address them in Spanish. Therefore, it is a good idea to learn some Valencian before you happen to visit this area of the world. The younger generation of Valencians does speak English, but if you visit Valencia within the next five to ten years you will probably be called on at some point to use your Valencian language skills.

 

All in all, this is a very beautiful city with a very rich history that gives rise to many tourist attractions that you will enjoy. The trip to Valencia is definitely worth the price you pay for it and many people eventually do come back because they enjoy their first time so much.

Valencia Tourist Attractions City Of Arts & Sciences The fantabulous buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences are worth paying a visit. Located in the scenic Turia Gardens, tourists from all across the globe flock to this place every year. This city was designed by renowned Valencian architect, engineer and sculptor named Santiago Calatrava. L’Hemisferic or “The Eye” is one of the most beautiful buildings located in the midst of a huge rectangular pond filled with ocean blue water and was opened to the public in the year 1998.


There is a cinema hall, planetarium as well as a laserium within the premises of this building. The Valencia aquarium comprises of six buildings and is the largest aquarium of marine life in entire Europe. The city’s opera house or Palau de les Arts boasts of being designed by the most modern technology and has open air theatres for hosting theatrical plays, operas and various other concerts. The science museum, opened in the year 2000, is spread across three floors. This museum symbolizes how learning can be a fun process. The hard-core scientific principles are illustrated in an easily understandable manner, making this place is a must-visit. Old Quarter Glory! If you want to get a feel of the city’s Moorish past, stroll across the Old Quarter. This area is lined with an array of museums, churches, and vibrant cafes and restaurants.

The imposing Valencia Cathedral with its eclectic blend of gothic, Romanesque and Baroque forms of architectural styles is a must-see. It is said to be located exactly where the Holy Grail was supposed to be. You can also leisurely saunter down the winding streets and buy souvenirs. Another place worth visiting in order is Barrio del Carmen, or el Carme. It is the best place to experience the night life in Valencia. There are a plethora of popular restaurants, bars, clubs and open-air terraces which you can visit and grab a bite or enjoy a drink.

The bars and clubs play live music all night of genres ranging from jazz to hip-hop. Cultural Paradise! Valencia has around 40 museums to its name. If you happen to be a culture-seeker, you have the opportunity to explore anything, right from modern artwork to pure history. If you wish to get an overview of the history of art in Spain, visit the Valencia Fine Arts Museum. It contains an interesting exhibition of works done by artists belonging to the Valencia impressionist school of art. The Valencia Museum of History has an extensive display of the history of Spain and Valencia, in particular. It covers a time span of 2000 years and exhibits the Roman, Muslim and the most recent history of Valencia.

Drop In At The Blue Situated right next to the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea, the white sandy stretches of Valencia draw tourists who swim and laze around the beaches or drink in the shacks. The Malvarrosa beach is famous for its water sports, while the golden sandy Pineda Beach has an area of dune vegetation. The El Saler beach boasts of an internally acclaimed high quality beach. And if you prefer an isolated, away-from-the-crowd nudist beach, head for La Devesa on the outskirts of Valencia.

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