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Why fly to Valencia?
If you were to picture a city that would do well as the setting of a romantic Shakespearean play, you would do well to envision Valencia. This sunny, pink, cobble-stoned city is a Mediterranean gem.
Valencia is one of Spain's largest cities and sits on the Turia river on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula. It is made up of old neighborhoods that excude the charm of a city built 2000 years ago.
In the center of Valencia you will find many ancient sites like Tribunal de las Aguas, Almoina and the the Basilica of the Virgin. One of the most-visited buildings that sit there is the predominately Gothic-style Valencia Cathedral which was built up from the 12th century. The vaulted ceilings are intricately designed and embellished with beautiful artwork.
Old world Valencia has a new neighbor that is certainly not looking to the past with exteriors that look like something from the futuristic Jetsons cartoon series. The City of Arts and Science is dotted with avant garde buildings designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. The complex is a great one-stop-shop for checking out quite a few different things. The site houses an acquarium, a science center, museum and art galleries, an IMAX theater and even an opera house. The large space naturally has restaurants to keep you fortified as you jump from one building to another.
Valencia has been very inventive with its new design work in the city. One of the greatest features the city now ofers is the Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia. This is a riverbed that runs right through the city and has been filled in so that residents can use the wide strip as a park. There are gardens and ponds and this is where you will see locals going for a walk or a bike. It provides for a lovely natural getaway while in the city.
Once you've rejuvenated yourself in the park, head out for some great dining and shopping. The city has numerous restaurants serving delicious Valencian cuisine and you really can't go wrong no matter where you dine. Shopping boutiques are found throughout the city, but for a great and more locally-inspired experience head to the Plaza del Marcada. This market is full of fresh produce as well as locally-prepared goods like jams and meats. You can taste test the goods as you meander through the stalls.
Plan well and take it easy as it is not a marathon but rather an adventure, the city will do its part in charming you into relaxatio
Valencia has lovely temprature year-round. The temperatures in the winter are in the low teens, although in the nights they can drop to the low 10s. The summers are toasty with numbers in the mid to high 20s. Rainshowers take place thoughout the year, however summers receive the least amount.
When to fly to Valencia
Summer is a very popular time to visit Valencia as the temperatures are warm and there is a lot to do outdoors. Flight ticket prices are fairly high from June to August.
Tourism slows down in the winter months as the weather cools and this means flight rates roll down as well. You can find some great flight ticket deals for travel to the city ffrom January through to March.
Getting into Valencia
Your portal into Valencia opens up at the Valencia International Aiport which is about 10 minutes from the city center if you were to use a private car. From the airport you have a variety of choices for getting into the city center. You can take the metro line which will get you into the city in approximately 20 minutes. The journey will take you almost double the time of the metro but alternatively you can use the public transit bus. Taxis are available outside o the terminal.
Getting around Valencia
The city has many great options if want to use public transit during the trip and the best thing about it all is you can use it all for free as long as you pick up a VLC Tourist Card. You can pick up this card at the tourism office, which is is located at the airport. Valencia has several metro lines as well as public buses to get you around. Renting a bike or taking a taxi are also options.
- Visit the Llotja de la Seda, which translates into the silk exchange and has been the site of trade in Valencia since the 14th century. The building is a good example of gothic architecture and today hosts a large inddor market where you can find everything from produce to handmade goods that make for great souveniers. The building is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Site.
- Visit Bario del Carmen for a taste of the old world. Meander along the cobblestoned streets and visit the famous mansion houses. The area is built within the old Islamic and old Christian city walls. The quart towers are not to be missed.
- Visit Fallas Museum for a different take on what a museum can be. This particular museum houses sculptures that were initially created out of the tradition of spring cleaning. All of the stuff that would normally be chucked or donated was brought together in the form of a statue and that is how it all began. Today, there are artists that do this kind of work, but the museum also houses pieces from the early 1900s. It is an unusual but fun experience.
- If you are traveling with children visit the Gulliver playground. It has great climbing structures and super high slides that they will get a real kick out of. Just not it's not for toddlers as some of the equipment is positioned too high up for you to let them go at it alone. This park is close to the City of Arts and Sciences.
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