About Valencia

When you say Valencia you say sun, oranges and sand, but as Spain’s third largest city, located at the Mediterranean Sea it has even more to offer! Valencia enjoys 320 days of warm sunshine a year, this makes it the perfect place to live and be outside enjoying the River Gardens, eating the best paella Spain has to offer or exploring the mountains and fields that surround the city.

Valencia is an intriguing place that can surprise any traveller, therefore it won’t be a surprise that this is one of the most popular places to study Spanish. It is a wonderful city with thriving culture, eating and nightlife scenes. It has the laidback atmosphere of Southern Spain and the liveliness of Barcelona, you decide whether you want to relax or mingle in with the crowd. Valencia is a city that is never afraid to innovate and if that also applies to you. This is your perfect spot to study the Spanish language!


The attraction is a staggering ensemble of ultra-modern structures that are given an ethereal quality by the reflecting pools that surround them.Within these gargantuan buildings are cultural venues and first-class family attractions like L’Hemisfèric, a planetarium and IMAX Cinema, or the breathtaking L’Umbracle, a botanical collection of plant species native to Valencia.

City of the Arts and Sciences


With 45,000 individual animals from 500 different species, you won’t find another attraction on this scale in Europe. The aquarium is organised by ten zones, each synthesising a distinct environment, and using real seawater pumped from Valencia’s waterfront. So at the Arctic tank you’ll get to see beluga whales swimming in a spacious and thoughtfully designed tank. Elsewhere you can spot sand tiger sharks, penguins, walruses, and dolphins.



This majestic late-15th-century building is a UNESCO site and held as the masterpiece of Valencian gothic architecture. La Lonja de la Seda is the finest a monument to Valencia’s golden age, when the city was one of Europe’s main centres for trade and culture.The name means “Silk Exchange”, where traders from far flung pats of the Mediterranean would meet and make deals. Inside you can marvel at the dainty twisting columns of the main hall



The city’s solemn gothic cathedral dates to the 13th and 14th centuries, with renaissance, baroque and neoclassical modifications made over the next few hundred years. But the most fascinating part, and perhaps controversial, is the Chapel of the Holy Chalice. At the altar is one of a few chalices claimed to have been used by Jesus to institute the Holy Eucharist at the last supper



The cathedral’s octagonal bell-tower graces many postcards sent home from the city. It’s a Valencian gothic construction begun in 1381 and completed just under 50 years later. Originally it stood completely alone from the cathedral, but extensions in the late-1400s brought the two structures together.



Like most historic centres in Spanish cities the heart of Valencia is made for wandering. All of the must-see sights in this part of the city are just couple of minutes away from each other. Between each landmark is a maze of little streets with cafes, restaurants and local amenities or artisan shops. To beat the heat in summer stop off at a square like Plaza de la Virgen for a cool glass of horchata, an amaizing typical drink from Valencia.



The northeast side of the old-town is the youngest and most bohemian part of the city. El Carmen took shape in medieval times, situated outside of the 11th-century Moorish walls but within the Christian ones that went up in the 14th-century.What’s great about this place is the way the palaces next to these cool, shaded alleys have been converted into hip boutiques, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Here is where many nights out in Valencia will end



This astounding park brings you fresh air and relaxation right in the middle of the city. It came about in the 20th century after the River Turia burst its banks in 1957 causing great damage to the city.

jardín del turia


Opposite the Silk Exchange is another prized landmark, the cavernous and palatial Central Market building. Even if you’re just sightseeing here you’ll love the building’s art nouveau metal and glass design.
Despite dating to the early-20th century it blends perfectly with the historic architecture in this part of the old city.



Within minutes of the old-town you could be sunning yourself on a Mediterranean beach. Malvarrosa is a wide strip of golden sand that stretches for a kilometre along the city’s seafront.



The beach starts some way south of Valencia’s port, which you’ll be able to see in the distance. At 2.6 kilometres in length this beach means peace and privacy as you relax on white sands on the coast of La Albufera Natural Reserve.

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