The home of Paella

Valencia is an ideal all-year-round destination, with its warm summers and mild winters. Since the city was founded in around 138 BC, it has been ruled by the Romans, Moors and eventually the Christians – a diverse history which only adds to its character.

The miles of white, sandy beaches are ideal for a lazy afternoon sunbathing, a stroll along the seaside or practising several of the watersport activities that are on offer.

Perhaps Valencia’s most famous landmark is “The City of Arts and Science” – an avant-garde, futuristic museum complex, also home to the city opera house. In the 1950s, the river Turia that once ran through the area, was drained of water in order to construct the park. This spectacular example of modern architecture has now become one of the must-see attractions in the region.

It is well worth venturing outside of the city to discover the surrounding areas, such as the Albufera National Park, where you can take a boat trip across the protected wetlands, alternatively you could visit the D.O Valencia wine region and sample some of the local wines. As the city is home to arguably Spain’s most famous dish, no trip to Valencia is complete without trying paella – a hearty rice dish that can be made with either meat or seafood.

There is an extensive choice of hotels according to travel needs and to suit all budgets.

Facts:

  • Third largest city in Spain.

  • More than 800 000 inhabitants.

  • Spain’s largest commercial port.

  • Two co-official languages – Castilian Spanish and Valenciano – similar to Catalan.

  • Valencia’s most important festivity "Las Fallas” is held in March.

  • The Holy Grail is claimed to be hidden in the city´s cathedral.

  • The 15th century is referred to as the golden age of Valencia.

  • The University of Valencia was founded year 1499.

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