Located on the Gulf of Valencia on Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast, Valencia is equidistant from Barcelona to its north or Madrid to its west, with the distance separating them being 350 kilometers. Apart from Spanish, the residents of this city also converse in Valenciano.
It is famous all over the world for its Las Fallas festival that takes place between the 12th and the 19th of March every year. Its mild winters and dry and warm summers make it a favorite amongst tourists, especially during winter.
Tourist attractions in Valencia
Plaza del Mercado: Home to three places of interest to tourists, tourists should check out the Santos Juanes Church that is built in the baroque style, the Central Market that consists of a modern & colorful market, and the Silk Market. The last mentioned provides a superb glimpse of European gothic civil architecture.
Torrres de Serranos: Constructed by Pere Balaguer towards the end of the 14th century as a part of the fortification of the city, they are considered to be the biggest gothic city gateway in Europe. It has served as a triumphal arch on various festive occasions and has housed prison cells too.
La Cathedral: It is perhaps the only cathedral in the world that boasts of three gates, each of them in a different style… the Apostles Gate (gothic style), the Palace Gate (Romanesque style), and the Irons Gate (baroque style).
Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital: Built around 1261, it is one of the oldest churches of Valencia. Various chapels with painted murals along with the Santa Barbara chapel, amazes tourists from all over. A pointed barrel vault covers the single nave of this temple.
Museo de Bellas Artes San Pio V: This museum, considered as one of Spain’s stupendous painting archive, hosts works by Goya, Murillo, Velázquez, El Greco. However, it is renowned for its collections of paintings by primitive Valencian painters.
Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti: Housed in a palace built in the 15th century, and refurbished in the 1740, the National Ceramics Museum Gonzalez Marti boasts of an exquisite albaster entrance. Check out its awesome collection of ceramic tiles and its 19th century rooms.
Festivals: Valencia City is famous for its Las Fellas festival, considered one of the craziest and unique festivals of Spain. The destruction of huge puppets made from paper-machè, plaster, wood, and cardboard that depict satirical and bawdy scenes along with current events is the main theme of this festival.
Neighborhood organizations work throughout the year to create these puppets. The entire extravaganza aims at poking fun at corrupt Spanish celebrities and politicians. Quite a number of these puppets are several stories tall and requires the help of cranes to move them to their final destination. Do not miss out eating the Churros that are available aplenty during the course of the festival
Travelling: Flights, train, bus and car connect Valencia City with the rest of the world. There also are hotels to suit all budgets like the Las Arenas Balneario Resort, the Hotel Valencia Center, the Beatriz Rey Don Jaime, and Vincci Palace amongst others.