Valencia is one of the most dynamic tourist destinations of the last few years. The city offers an attractive array of activities and sights; suitable for all ages.
It combines history, tradition and modernity in an unusual way. It is a unique kind of city, traditional, original, cutting edge and full of intriguing contrasts. Its architecture dates from the first century B.C. to the most futuristic, 21st century design. Beaches bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, just 15 minutes from the city centre, situated next to the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, an up-and-coming sports and tourist marina conceived to become the most attractive one on the Mediterranean.
Valencia has also become a focus for conference tourism as well as a major destination for incentive trips. The city boasts a wide-ranging environmental offer due to its proximity to the Albufuera nature reserve and the green lung, located in the old Turia riverbed which crosses the city centre from east to west. Valencia is a city experienced in handling all kind of events; with a reputation as one of the most complete and versatile destinations on the continent.
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The City of Art and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences is a cultural entertainment centre with stunning architecture and great capacity to entertain, teach and excite by promoting public participation. Situated along almost two kilometres of what was formerly the bed of the River Turia, with a surface area of 350,000 square metres, the City of Arts and Sciences is a huge open space. Offering cultural and intellectual leisure, it has given Valencia the best centre of this type in Europe.
Visit the Old Town
Twenty-one centuries of history right at the heart of the city, where you’ll find such historical treasures as Valencia Cathedral, the Micalet, the Basilica of the Virgin and the Almoina. Don’t miss the Tribunal de las Aguas (Water Court), a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (noon on Thursdays). immerse yourself in one of Europe’s biggest markets, the Mercado Central, situated inside a jewel of pre-modernista architecture.
The Royal Marina and Valencia's beaches
The Juan Carlos I Royal Marina is one of the city’s most important landmarks, not only due to the events that are held there, but also due to its unique buildings. It houses the 19th Century Harbour Sheds, the Edificio del Reloj and the Veles e Vents building, the emblem of the new Marina.
Bioparc of Valencia
This innovative zoo, in which the barriers are practically invisible and the animals feel right at home, covers some 100,000 square metres and is located in the Parque de Cabecera within the former Turia Riverbed. Contrary to traditional zoos, this park has the unique feature of bringing the visitor totally into the habitat of the animals.
The redirecting of the River Turia that ran through Valencia in order to avoid the periodic flooding that the city suffered left an expanse of land crossing from the east to west, surrounded by the old town and city centre. After a profound urban study an ambitious project produced a fantastic river-bed park with all sorts of facilities for children, sporting activities, ponds, fountains and the wonderful infants’ park – the Parque del Gulliver.