Valencia is the third biggest city of Spain, located by the Mediterranean Sea, 350 km from Madrid and Barcelona, the main Spanish cities.
Valencia, with its population of 800,00 inhabitants, its streets and its superb climate offers you a wide selection of entertainment, culture and other outstanding experiences.
You will have an opportunity to taste the best food, enjoy the sunshine and beaches, do sports and meet students of Spanish in the city that also prides itself in its rich cultural heritage. You will discover a city with history, which was one of the most important and prosperous Spanish cities in the 14th and 15th centuries.
The Spanish Federation of Schools of Spanish of the Valencian Community, Fedele CV, suggests visiting the following attractions if you want to make your stay in Valencia an unforgettable experience.
The Virgin Square and the Cathedral of Valencia
La Plaza de la Virgen (the Virgin Square), located in the historical downtown, is home to the cathedral, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken and the Palace of the Valencian Autonomous Government.
The Door of the Apostles of the Cathedral has gathered the Water Court for over a thousand years. The Court, which is the oldest existing tribunal and justice institution in Europe and probable in the world, gathers every Thursday at midday. It is a place of great cultural interest.
The main structure of the Cathedral of Valencia was erected between the 13th and the 15th centuries, principally in the Gothic style. Its construction took centuries, making it a mixture of architectural styles – ranging from the early Romanesque, subtle Renaissance and excessive Baroque to Neoclassicism – which is the most outstanding characteristic of the Cathedral of Valencia that turns it into a jewel of the universal architecture.
The Millennial district of the city grew between the Muslim and Christian city walls. A walk along its entangled and cobbled streets, flanked by important medieval buildings takes us back in time.
Entering palaces, walking through medieval gates of Quart and Serrano Towers, marveling at impressive frescos while wandering inside Saint Nicolas Church is a must once you are here.
The most important cultural buildings in el Carmen district are the following:
- Torres de Quart
- Torres de Serranos
- IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno)
- Centro Cultural la Beneficencia
- Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad (MUVIM)
- Centro del Carmen
- Casa- Museo del pintor José Benlliure.
The Marina de Valencia
The Marina de Valencia is a point of reference for the city, not only for the events that take place in it, but also for its unique buildings. In her they are The Tinglados of the SXIX; the Building of the clock and the building Veles e Vents, emblem of the new Marina. It is worth mentioning its shops, terraces and restaurants, which have wonderful views.
Valencian Ancient Silk Market and Central Marketplace
Valencian Central Marketplace occupies a total area of 8,160 meters. Currently it is not only an important commercial space for the trade of fresh produce, but also a great cultural ant tourist attraction for both foreign and local visitors.
La Lonja de Valencia (Valencian Ancient Silk Market) is one of the symbolic buildings in the city. The construction of this masterpiece of civil Gothic architecture started in 1483. The building as a whole is composed of three parts which observed from the marketplace square make up first the procurement room, then a turret and finally the Sea Consulate on the left.
La Lonja was declared a National Artistic Monument in 1931 and the World Heritage Site in 1996.
The Beaches of Malvarrosa and Patacona
Malvarrosa is an excellent Valencian city beach, which is typically busiest in summer due to its proximity of the city. It’s a golden, sandy beach which offers numerous high-quality entertainment and sports services in its promenade. 1,000 m long and 135 m wide, it´s an ideal venue to enjoy the day on the beach with your friends and family.
Patacona beach is a natural extension of Marvarrosa beach and it has recently become one of the most popular areas of the city, as both a holiday destination and a residential district, because of its closeness and good transport connections with the Valencia downtown.
It´s a fine, sandy beach, 1,051 m long and approximately 110 m wide. A gastronomic offer of the area is extensive, visitors can enjoy local, French and Italian dishes, as well as signature cuisine and confectionery. In summer, the venue is full of various beach bars.
La Ciudad de la Artes y de las Ciencias
An example of futuristic architecture of a Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, whose colossal buildings house IMAC cinema in l´Hemisfèric, the biggest European aquarium in l´Óceanogràfic, an educational and interactive exhibition in the Prince Felipe Museum of Science and the most avant-garde opera house in Queen Sofia Palace of Arts.
The Albufera Natural Park takes us to the world of nature, where the only sounds we can hear are the songs of birds or the sound of water. It´s a protected reserve located just 10 km of the city. A visit to the park gives us an insight into the Valencian passion for the nature and environment and lets us discover the origins of the Valencian gastronomy.
Bioparc and Oceanogràfic.
From west to east, the city offers entertainment and educational opportunities that teach you about fauna, like an expedition to Africa in Bioparc or a submarine trip in l`Óceanogràfic, where you can see tropical Arctic and Japanese Sea species of fish. Find out about our natural pack, which will give you numerous advantages.