Valencia - Spain
Valencia - Valencia City - Valencia Region
Valencia is probably most famous for oranges and the Spanish national dish paella, which originally is a specialty from Valencia, but a great city like Valencia and the surrounding region have much more to offer. Valencia is great beaches, golf courses, a wide range of cultural festivals, nightlife and of course boating.
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Valencia is a region, a province and, last but not least, a wonderful city in eastern Spain on the Mediterranean coast!
The city of Valencia is located betweenen Costa Blanca and Costa de Azahar. Valencia is Spain's third largest city with approx. 800 000 inhabitants. The city of Valencia is also the capital of the autonomous region of Valencia and the province of Valencia.
Third Millennium Valencia: Valencia is a city which has undergone a big transformation until taking on an incomparable distinction in its new modern architecture, unique in Spain.The best example of the new or third millennium Valencia is the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia which is the home to the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, the Hemisfèric, the Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe - Valencia Science Museum, the Oceanogràfic, the Umbracle and the Àgora (currently under construction). The Palau de la Música is one of the most emblematic buildings in Valencia. Other milestones are the bridge Puente del Angel Custodio , the Bridge Pont del Regne and the museum Museo Fallero.
In recent years, Valencia quickly turned into a modern city where the architecture is very special: The world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava is from Valencia. Among other things, you can see a bridge over the redirected river Turia popularly called Calatrava Bridge. And "City of Arts and Sciences" (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciencias): A huge project with modern futuristic forms where one also find an enormous Oceanographic Museum. The new modern part of the Valencia is fascinating, but the old town is also well preserved with all its charm and where one finds the typical Mediterranean atmosphere that attracts so many Spaniards and foreign tourists to Valencia.
Sun, sea, golf, good food and entertainment are perhaps the most attractive things that brings tourists to Valencia, but Valencia also is an excellent starting point if you want to travel and see more of Spain. The city of Valencia is situated midway between Madrid and Barcelona and transport is easily found to all other cities Spain.
Costa Blanca: The resident tourists' new favourite
Costa del Sol has a competitor: Valencia! The Valencia region is increasing in popularity among the Spanish tourist resorts, offering sun and beaches, many fine golf courses and all year around pleasent weather. Valencia and Costa Blanca are very popular, especially among europeans loking for Holiday Homes in Spain.
FESTIVALS IN VALENCIA
Las Fallas in Valencia
The festival Las Fallas in Valencia is not like any other celebration in the world. The streets are filled with huge colorful "statues" made of paper and board called "Ninot" or falla.These can be up to 15 -20 meters high. The number of "Ninots" placed all over Valencia when the festival starts is around 800. These volatile works of art slowly and carefully manufactured during a whole year are burned in the streets when the festival ends.
The figures are often ironic caricatures of people or events. The point is that all these strange statues are competing, all except the winning piece are burned. For several days the paper statues are exposed on the streets before it's time to burn them when the festivities concludes March 19 with "La Mascletá': Thousands of firecrackers that explode simultaneously.
Not without reason Valencia is considered to be Spain's firework city, almost all of Spain's rockets and firecrackers are manufactured there. The fireworks masters from Valencia are employed throughout the entire country when it's time for fireworks. The festivities in Valencia are from march 15 to March 19.
Moors & Christians meet again in the Valencia region
One of the most traditionalfestivals in Spain is Moors and Christians in the Valencia region. The festival is considered to be of international cultural interest. This happens during the summer every year and almost all municipalities in Valencia has its own festival "Moros y Cristianos" ..
The event is a historic reminder of the religious struggles of the Spanish territory, which are remembered in these festivals with all the details. The biggest festival Moors and Christians is probably the one inAlcoy on Costa Blanca every summer, but many other places along the Mediterranean coast has its own festival, such as Murcia and Valencia city.
Several thousand people participate each year in the parades, which reflects the historical events. The people involved will divide into two teams: Christians and Moors. When the hundreds, perhaps thousands of participants are dressed in their stunning costumes starts the huge spectacle and fight. The Christians always win and forces the Moors out ofSpain, as it is described in history books.
Festival / tomato war "La Tomatina" In Buñol, Valencia
One ofSpain's most unique festivals is the "tomato war" taking place in the municipality of Buñol in Valencia in August every summer. The festival is called "La Tomatina" since 2002 and is one of the privileged events that are included in the list of festivals with national tourist interest. This year's highlight in Buñol is the end of August. Over 40.000 people throwing no less than 100.000 kilograms ripe tomatoes at each other! Take that!
Valencia has 2,000 years of history.
Valencia has 7 kilometers of beaches.
Valencia has 3,500,000 overnight stays per year.
Valencia has an average annual temperature of 18.9 ºC.
Valencia has more than 300 sunny days per year.
Valencia has more than 30 monuments, buildings and historical locations.
Valencia has more than 40 museums, 30 parks and city gardens, 15 theatres, 1,600 restaurants and over 17,200 hotel beds in 118 hotels.
Valencia has 163 cruise stops and 200,000 cruise passengers.
Valencia has 2,200 moorings in marinas and 6,000,000 passengers in the airport.