Valencia, the land of flowers and faults, is one of the largest and most important cities in Spain, and one of the liveliest. Being located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, one finds the beaches in the very heart of the city. Not surprisingly, especially during the summer, many tourists visit it. Well if you want a beach holiday with fantastic possibilities to practice any sport and enjoy a brilliant nightlife, along with a wide cultural offer, then Valencia is the perfect place.
Important International Fairs confirm that Valencia is one of the most dynamic cities in Spain. Strolling through its streets and enjoying the abundant possibilities that the capital offers is something for which the hours can run without realizing it. If after that, you get appetite, then it’s time to try the most famous dish in Spain exactly where it was born, the Paella Valenciana. In addition Valencia is of course the city where the Cid, the national hero, fought against the Moors in times of Reconquista.
Many popular festivals in the city and surrounding villages still remember events of this era. But in this chapter we will not be able to forget about Las Fallas, impressive parties of light and fire that will impress the one who happens here coinciding with these dates. In recent years Valencia has acquired an additional role at the international level. Important cultural events have contributed to this; such as the construction of the City of Arts and Sciences and sports; such as having hosted the Americas Cup, the most important sailing competition in the world, or the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which takes place on a spectacular urban circuit that runs through the Port area.
The old town
The old town is bounded by the tramway, which marks the path through which the walls of the city stood until 1865. Here we find the greatest concentration of monuments, most of which belonged to the period of splendor after the reconquest, in 1238, when Jaime I took the city with black hands.
In this way you can make a comfortable walking tour, passing through the last little squares and solitary alleys that remain in Valencia: We start in the Cathedral, in early Gothic style. It has three covers, one Romanesque, one Gothic and one Baroque.
The main chapel is baroque and the neoclassical sides. Its impressive dome stands out, the bell tower of octagonal plant, symbol of the city, which the Valencians call the “”Micalet.”” From its roof you can see a beautiful panorama (and if you have patience like Victor Hugo, you may manage to count the 300 bell towers that he claimed to have possessed the city.)
But the most extraordinary fact is doubtless the Chapter Hall, where The Cathedral Museum exhibits paintings by Goya and Jacomart, Cellini goldsmiths, Paggibonsi carvings, paintings by the Valencian School from the 15C to the XVII and one It is an extraordinary Custody which, because it is more modern, has no less value than others of greater antiquity.
Basilica of the Virgin of the Desamparados (“”Mare de Deu dels Desemparats””), the patroness of the city, and in an immediate alley the Almud’n, wheat store of the medieval period, now restored and turned into a Museum. Continuing east, in a small square, is the Church of San Esteban, where, according to tradition, the Cid married his daughters and St.
Vincent Ferrer was baptized. In the nearby street of the Palau is the Palace of the Admirals of Aragon, and in the Trinquete de Caballeros, the Church of San Juan del Hospital, Gothic style, as it is, if not more so, the Convent of Santo Domingo, in the Plaza de Tetu˜n, in spite of the additions of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in its interior or the cover designed by Felipe II.
In the river Turia we find three bridges of ogival trace, the Bridge of the Real one, the Bridge of the Trinity and the Bridge of Serranos, with the Torres de Serranos old gate of the wall (15th century), which has both luxury of triumphal arch and solidity of military bastion.
The river Turia, caused in 1957 a flood that caused numerous deaths and destroyed large number of buildings, so it was decided to divert it to the outskirts of the city. Now the old channel of the river is the scene of sport and recreation of all Valencians as they walk, run, bike (especially mountain), play football, rugby, base-ball, skate and do gymnastics daily the thousands of citizens that congregate in this pleasant lung of life that is the River.
The IVAM – Valencian Institute of Modern Art – is a great museum that should not miss lovers of new trends in art. It is one of the three best museums of modern art in Spain. It is located in front of the old channel of the river, to the height of the Language School, that is just the other side of the channel.