The City of Arts and Sciences is an essential visit if you come to Valencia. Work of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, has several buildings that have become icons of the city . This is a complex scientific and cultural entertainment for the whole family or friends that today occupies about two kilometers from the old Turia River.
The Turia Gardens is one of the largest urban parks in Spain, a green space of more than nine trafficable kilometers through the city with recreational and sports areas and romantic corners to get lost . Header from the park to the City of Arts and Sciences , the Turia Gardens are an ideal route for runners , cyclists, families and nature lovers . Coronado 18 bridges are traces of centuries of history, the old bed grazes on both sides with some of the major museums and monuments.
Valencia, privileged city for being urban destination and seaside resort, is just 15 minutes from downtown beaches of Las Arenas, Malvarrosa and El Cabañal, chaired by blue flags and awarded with awards such as the Q for Quality Tourism . Just 10 km we find the wilder beaches of Valencia and preserved in its natural state, surrounded by sand dunes and dense vegetation like El Saler beach or beaches heart of the Albufera Natural Park.
The Valencian cuisine is varied, natural and traditional. Fruits and vegetables of its fertile orchard, along with fresh seafood are the main ingredients of this exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. The protagonist in most dishes is rice in various forms of preparation, highlighting the signature dish paella as internationally known.
Valencia was founded in 138 BC by the Romans, who established the Forum in the Plaza de la Almoina , under which a museum visit the Roman ruins is located. After the Romans came the Visigoths to Valencia, but in 714 in the city consolidated Muslim rule , which will remain until 1238 , when King James I the expel of the city. Arabs leave their mark so deep that their irrigation methods, recipes or art influences that remain.
Enjoy the league at the stadium of one of the most important in Spain: the Mestalla. The Tour Mestalla is usually performed in the morning between 10:30 and 14:30 every day of the year except 1 and 6 January and 25 December.
Valencia has more than 45 museums, where you can enjoy art, history, culture and architecture. Do not miss the major museums of the historic center. You can enjoy the baroque architecture VXIII century in the National Museum of Ceramics (located in the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas). See works by Sorolla , Goya and Zuloaga at the Museum of Fine Arts San Pio V or hear the proposals of contemporary art in the IVAM or MUVIM . You also can not miss the Museum of Sciences Prince Felipe and the Fallas Museum where you can see a sample of the best ninots Fallas of Valencia.
Every March Valencia is preparing for spring. The streets are filled with joy and bustle with the feast of the Fallas , the greatest exponent of the union of tradition , satire, art and feeling for a land . Valencians live their most international party to the fullest , and its plain and friendly character invites you to visit the city and participate in this festival, which burn all evil and reborn from its ashes to welcome a new season.
It is the largest in Spain and one of the most important wetlands of the Iberian Peninsula lake. A place of great ecological interest only hibernating waterfowl species. Its rich waters have traditionally served livelihood to fishermen and rice growers , giving rise to a succulent cuisine. To taste it , get close to the village of El Palmar , scenery that inspired many works of Blasco Ibanez.
Ruzafa has entered the scene to stay. Art galleries , cafes and bookshop, restaurants... the most curious shops you can find them in this area , with terraces full of atmosphere and charm that gives it to have its own market and have known meshing perfectly traditional neighborhood life with the arrival of intellectuals and artists. If you are in Valencia , go to tapear to Ruzafa or make a different route and alternative shopping, it is worth it!