Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and is an autonomous community capital, which has a port that is the fifth of the busiest ports in Europe. Located in the south eastern coast of Spain, Valencia is more known for the development of science and arts which is reflected by the interactive museum, an oceanarium and a planetarium. This place is well known for the beaches, walking trails, lakes and wetland reserve. The Turia River is only 3 miles away from this city, which is flowing straight into the Mediterranean Sea. Spanish is the official language and “Valenciano” is the other language spoken by the Valencian community in Spain. There are tourist centers in the city catering to visitors with information on places to visit, culinary and ongoing cultural programs in and around the city. Travelling by air to Valencia Airport you will have to take a car or bus to reach Valencia, which is 11 km from the airport. To visit the places of tourist interest, you will find guided tours from which you can choose from according to your itinerary.
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The City of Arts and Sciences is an architectural and cultural complex where you will find entertainment and cultural programs and is among the most visited places in Spain. It consists of the Hemisferic, Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Umbracle, the Oceanografico and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.
This site is a group of buildings built during the period 1482 and 1533 which was originally a trading center for silk. Masterpieces of some Gothic architecture can be seen here which are examples of the wealth and power of a Mediterranean city. It was declared as a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO.
Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas is the building where the Gonzalez Marti National Museum is housed. Here you will find decorative arts made of porcelain and ceramic, traditional costumes, textile arts and furniture. After restoration the museum was opened in 1954 to the public.
The Instituto Valencia d'Arte Modern (IVAM) is the first center of modern arts in Valencia where you can have a look at the 20th century artistic avnt-garde which include pop and abstract art. The permanent exhibition displays the Pinazo and Julio Gonzalez collections.
The Quart Tower is a part of the city walls of Valencia which was built in the 14th century and signs of bombarding by the French when they sieged the city in 1808 can still be seen on the exterior walls of the tower.
The Valencia Bioparc covers an area of 100,000 sq, meters and is the home of a large number of African animal species. The boundaries are not to be seen and visiting this innovative nature park, you will find yourself in an ambience of natural habitat with the animals roaming about in a way that seems that this place is their home.
Valencia was founded in 138 BC, when Decimus Junius Brutus was the head of the consulate. Regular soldiers were the first to settle in this place when they were given land by the consulate. It was during the war between Sertorius and Pompey in 75 BC when this city was destroyed. Gradually Valencia recovered from the middle part of the first century and development took place in the urban areas with public buildings, an ampitheatre and forums being constructed. The importance as a strategic point was gained by this city at the time of the Byzantine invasion. Since then Valencia became a city flourishing in trade and now it is one of the popular holiday destinations.
Population of Valencia is 800,866 and 1,507,108 taking together the entire metropolitan area. This includes foreigners, immigrants from Africa, China, India and Pakistan. There are American and European Ex-pats in large numbers.
The hottest month in Valwnncia is August when the temperature rises to a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius and the coldest month is January when the temperature drops to 9 degrees Celsius. October is the wettest month with 89mm rain recorded as average. He sunshine is most during June which is 11 hours, and the best time to visit this city is during April and May when the warm weather and a pleasant Mediterranean climate welcomes visitors to this beautiful city.
Besides a good many hotel, guest houses, you will also find youth hostels providing excellent accommodation. You can book in advance holiday rentals well before your visit to get the best deal.