Valencia, Spain: Antiquity Versus Modernity

written by | Posted on June 27th, 2012

Tourist Office of Spain

 

Since ancient times, Valencia has been renowned for its radiant light, maritime spirit and fertile soil. Mediterranean by nature, here you can see relics of Roman, Visigoth and Islamic cultures, as well as notable examples of all styles of art and culture. Over the last few years, the city has shown its splendor to the world as the host of major international events such as the America’s Cup regattas and the F1 European Grand Prix.

Valencia enjoys a warm climate for most of the year, boasting an average temperature of 64º F with around 300 days of sun per year.

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Valencia surprises visitors with its harmonious blend of antiquity and modernity. A visit to the old town is a must. There your clients will find everything from the bustling Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen, between which is located the Cathedral with its famous bell tower, El Miguelete, and the Serranos and Quart Towers, the only two perfectly conserved city gates.

Strolling through the Barrio del Carmen, they’ll arrive at the jewel of civil gothic architecture, the Lonja de la Seda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated opposite the modernist Central Market.

All of these contrast with the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. The atmosphere inside this spectacular architectural complex, which lies in the former Turia riverbed, makes it one of the most worthwhile visits of all. Hiring a bicycle is highly recommended here, as visitors can cycle the six miles along the riverbed which crosses the city, and take a quick trip to the African plains with a visit to Bioparc, a new zoo-immersion concept. Nearby is the bus stop for the Albufera Bus Turistic which will take your clients on a 2-hour visit to the Albufera National Park, which offers albuferenc boat trips to go fishing on the lake, or visit a barraca, the houses where the families of fishermen used to live. Furthermore, Valencia boasts a 4-mile stretch of beach, where you can enjoy some of the city’s traditional dishes on the seafront.

Art lovers are spoiled for choice, with over 30 museums to choose from. Some house contemporary art, such as the IVAM. Additional options include the Museum of Fine Arts, the second largest art gallery in Spain after the Prado Museum.

For more information, e-mail profesionales.crm@tourspain.es or visit spain.info.