Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city 350km from Barcelona, is a magnificent place and liveable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Valencia never afraid to innovate, is a city with fresh breeze and minimal crowd.
Catedral de Valencia
Valencia’s cathedral was built over a mosque after the 1238 reconquest. Its low, wide, brick-vaulted triple nave of different architecture of Boroque, Gothic and Romanesque with neoclassical side chapels. It is also beleived to have Holy Grail, the Holy Chalice the very cup used by Jesus during the Last Supper.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the city of art and science
This aesthetically stunning complex occupies a massive 350,000-sq-metre swath of the old Turia riverbed. It’s occupied by a series of spectacular buildings that are mostly the work of world-famous, locally born architect Santiago Calatrava. The principal buildings are a majestic opera house, a science museum, a 3D cinema and an aquarium. The sight of reflection of blue water on the glass structure of the building is worth the ticket.
Valencia’s self-proclaimed “new generation zoo” is walking distance from the city center.
There are close to a thousand animals of 150 different African species at Valencia’s Bioparc, with specially designed habitats to ensure their utmost well-being and comfort. Here the barriers are practically invisible. It aims to give visitors the chance to experience the African continent, and learn the importance of protecting natural environments. Situated in Cabecera Park, within the former Turia riverbed, the Bioparc covers an area of over 100,000 msq.
Cueva de las Calaveras
Cueva de las Calaveras are ancient caves with all the stalagmites and stalactites one would expect in a cave.
Valencia’s market Mercado Central is more spacious market than the more famous Boqueria market in Barcelona. As it sees only a less number of tourists, the things available here are not so expensive.
Foods of Valencia
Valencia is at the heart of Spain’s reputation for great Mediterranean cuisine, with plenty of great food. The two must try foods of Spain are Paella and Horchata. Paella the Spain’s most famous dish which comes from Valencia is a rice and meat dish, made in the fields around Valencia, and it usually contained chicken and rabbit and sometimes snails. The vegetables will most traditionally be green beans and butter beans.
Horchata popular non-alcoholic drink is made from water, sugar, and tiger nuts.
La Lonja, the silk market
The Silk Market La lonja is the main monument of the city and a masterpiece of civil Gothic architecture. The building has been declared by UNESCO as part of Humanity’s Heritage. The old silk exchange which happens here looks like something out of Lord of the Rings.
Valencia’s bullring is a modern design, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get some good fighters. During the Fallas festival which is a traditional celebration held in the city of Valencia where the monuments are burnt during the celebration bullfighting happens in Valencia.