Valencia, often referred to as the ‘New Barcelona’, lies on the Mediterranean coast, about 350kms south of Barcelona.
Valencia is fast becoming a major competitor in the Spanish Tourism market.
The Valencia climate tends to be mild all year round, with an average temperature of 18C and 300 days of sunshine a year.
The city’s main beach, the Malvarrosa, is about a 10 minute tram or bus ride from the city centre. There are lots of restaurants and bars here on the Malvarrosa and also at Las Arenas beachfront. Patagona beach is a more secluded beach, stretching northwards from Cabanyal to Port Saplaya. The Paseo Neptuno, the Golden Mile of restaurants, is the place to go to try Valencia’s famous Paella.
There are plenty of beach activities on offer on the beaches of Valencia.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
This is a planetarium with a huge IMAX cinema showing science and geography related documentaries.
This is Europe’s largest state-of the-art marine park, with lagoons, a dolphinarium, large-scale aquaria and walk through tunnels with sharks and other sea creatures swimming around you.
With over 4,000 animals from Africa, South-East Asia and the Tropics, you can see these animals in their natural habitats.
This fascinating gothic 15th century silk exchange is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
La Seu Cathedral
Built between 1262 and 1426, this cathedral is home to the Cup of the Holy Grail and other treasures. The Torre del Miguelet (bell tower) offers magnificent views across the city.
Mercado Central (Market)
This brick and iron monument was built in the 1920′s and is home to over 1,000 stalls selling all sorts of merchandise.
Museu de Belles Artes (Fine Arts Museum)
This is one of the largest fine arts museums in Spain, after the Prado. The ancient and modern galleries here feature works by many of Spain’s greatest painters.
Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe
Here you will find exhibitions of all the latest in high technology.
Museu San Pío
Here you can see works by Velazquez, Goya, Bosch, Morales, El Greco, Ribera, Murillo, and Sorolla.
Palacio de las Artes
The Palacio de las Artes consists of auditoriums for the performance of plays, opera, and music in conjunction with all the latest technology.
Valencian Institute of Modern Art
This is one of the most important 20th century art museums in Spain, with a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.