Valencia is situated in the eastern part of Spain and is the capital of the province of Valencia but also of the autonomous Community of Valencia. Valencia is located right at the Mediterranean Sea, has about 800.000 inhabitants and is therefore the third biggest city in Spain. During the summer months the temperature stays around 30 degrees and you can enjoy one of the three beautiful beaches of Valencia.
If you live in Torrevieja or are there for holidays, Valencia is a perfect destination for a day trip. Valencia is about 230 kilometers from Torrevieja and due to the good connections it can be reached within 2 hours and 30 minutes by car. In Valencia are plenty of parking spots available and close to the Oceanografic you can even find free parking. Usually there are locals on the streets who help you to find free parking in exchange for a small tip.
Sights in Valencia
In Valencia you find many interesting places, leisure activities and parks. How you would normally expect from a huge city, it takes ages to explore every single street. Following the most important things you have to see and to do in Valencia.
Historic city / Old town
Very famous and a must do when you are in Valencia is the old city of. Many streets wind through Valencia and loads of tiny alleys with typical Spanish buildings are spread throughout the historic city. Dozens of restaurants, pubs and tapas bars can be found in the old town and also warmly invite you to the world known Paella, which even originated from Valencia back in the days. Furthermore you can visit old churches and get to see the “Holy Grail”. Also worth seeing is the old town gate from Valencia which you could see by doing a bike trip through the long stretched parks of Valencia. Don’t forget to see the old central market “Mercat Central”, there you can find fresh products from the region and enjoy the old architecture of the market hall.
City of Arts and Sciences / Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
The complete opposite to the Historic city can be seen in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. Huge structures and futuristic buildings give Valencia the look of a modern and uprising metropolis. The City of Arts and Sciences was designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. Within the buildings you can find a museum, cinema and other cultural facilities. Also the buildings are world famous as a popular photo scene.
The Falles / Las Fallas
The Falles are hosted in Valencia annually. They start at the beginning of March and find their peak from the 15th – 19th of March. During that time you are able to see parades throughout the different city districts of Valencia with banquets, fireworks and traditional dresses. By far the biggest fireworks, which are organised by the city of Valencia, can be seen at the Plaça de l’Ajuntament and is called Mascletá. Moreover you find many sculptures which are burned down at the end of the Falles. There don’t forget your camera to take some amazing photos.
Oceanografic / Aquarium
The Oceanografic / Aquarium in Valencia is the biggest of its kind in the whole of Europe and is housing more than 45.000 animals. More information can be found within a separate article.
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