Are you looking for a combination of beautiful beaches, cultural attractions, great food and incredible night life?
Valencia is the perfect choice then!
Situated on the East coast of Spain, it is the third largest Spanish city and boasts one of the most important ports in Europe. Founded as a Roman colony in 182 B.C., it was conquered by the Moors in the 8th century and then, in 1238 it was occupied by the Aragonese: this dominations deeply influenced its culture, which reveals different and fascinating features and left their visible tracks in the city.
Once you arrive in Valencia, the first thing that will capture your attention will be the mix of ancient and modern architecture: from the enchanting medieval constructions to the art deco buildings and to the spectacular ultra modern City of Arts and Sciences.
What to see.
Cathedral. This beautiful place is particularly famous for the Holy Grail, the cup that Jesus drank from during the last supper: even though many other places claim to preserve that cup, the Cathedral is definitely worth a visit!
La Lonja. A stunning Gothic building, originally silk and commodity exchange, built in the 15th century: it consists of two structures, the Sala de Contratación, where negotiations used to take place, and the Consulado del Mar, seat of the maritime tribunal.
Torres de Quart. Twin towers built in the 15th century as part of the city walls to defend the city, a great example of gothic style.
Museo Nacional de Cerámica. The undisputed kingdom of one of the most important local products: ceramics. Learn about its history and enjoy the amazing pottery displayed.
Central Market. A lovely place to get lost through food stalls and discover something about the city daily life getting closed to the common habits of the Valencianos.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences). A futuristic group of buildings designed by the famous local architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela which includes a 3D cinema, a science museum, an aquarium and a opera house.
And then beautiful plazas (squares), churches, beaches to enjoy the sun…you really won’t get bored!
Last but not least, before leaving this fabulous city, you must taste the original Paella Valenciana in one of the traditional restaurants you will come across.
Have a look at some amazing pictures of Valencia on our Pinterest board!
Are you ready for this experience?