5 good reasons to go to Valencia
To see / do
Culture and history
A rich historical heritage
There are impressive buildings worth visiting all around the city. Sights you really must see include the incredible Gothic cathedral, Torres de Serranos towers, Plaza de Toros bullring, the Presidency of the Generalitat of Catalunya, and finally the La Llotja de la Seda civic building and former 15th century Silk Exchange. And you’ll spot lots of other beautiful places along the way.
The green side of Valencia
Valencia has some beautiful gardens for visitors to enjoy on sunny days. In the city centre, the scenic Gulliver Park and Palau and Turia gardens are well worth a visit. Or you could head to the BioParc, home to many native African animals, or the Natural Parks at La Albufera and Sierra Calderona.
A city gazing out to sea
Valencia is a port city with something to please everyone. At the marina, there’s a diverse range of activities and attractions. For a start, you’ll see the expansive warehouses built at the beginning of the 20th century. You can also do water sports or take a boat trip over to Ibiza.
The central market is buzzing
Valencia’s central market first opened its doors in 1928. The market is sure to awaken all your senses. And the building itself is impressive with its metal frame, glass windows and dome. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the market, you’ll see plenty of high-quality, fresh produce on the stalls (snails, saffron and more). There’s also another great market at Colón.
Enjoy all Valencia has to offer
Valencians love to meet up in the evening for a drink or bite to eat. Head to Barrio del Carmen, one of the city’s liveliest areas. The bar and restaurant terraces fill up really quickly, so don’t leave it too late to grab a table and unwind in the warm and friendly atmosphere.
The real paella
Have you ever tried Valencian paella? Paellaoriginates from Valencia, so the paella you get here is the real deal. To rustle up a Valencian paella, you need chicken, rabbit, rice, tomato, green beans, and saffron to make the dish look pretty. If you add seafood etc, it’s no longer a Valencian paella.
Turrón, Spanish nougat
Lots of people fall in love with this sweet, Spanish treat. Turrón is a type of nougat that’s made in different ways depending on the region. Around Valencia, it’s made with almonds, sugar and egg whites. Fruit and other flavourings can be added to give the turróna unique, delicious taste.
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