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    The centre of Valencia

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    Favorite thing: If you haven’t got time to explore Valencia you’d better see the centre of Valencia which is enclosed in a hexagon. The six corners are:
    1. Puente de Real bridge
    2. green Glorieta square ending with a marble arch
    3. Train station and Bullring
    4. Libraby (old Hospital) - a cross-like Rennaisance building
    5. IVAM Modern Art Museum
    6. no landmark

    The main landmarks within the centre are 4 main gorgeous squares where you will find a good half of Valencia's sights:
    7. Plaza de Ayntamento
    8. Plaza de la Reina
    9. Plaza de la Virgen
    10. Glorieta - shady green

    You can watch my 3 min 24 sec Video Valencia part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    You can watch my photo of Valencia on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39° 28' 29.50" N 0° 22' 31.56" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Plaza de Reina.

    http://www.valenciavalencia.com/aboutvalencia/orientation.htm

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    The other side of Valencia

    by solopes Updated Feb 19, 2013
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    Favorite thing: In a recent professional trip to Istanbul, I met L. a kind lady from Valencia that offered me a couple of brochures about the city and showed the kindness and welcoming manners that I'm used to meet in Spain.

    OK!

    I'm recovered, and Valencia is back to my travel plan. See you soon, L.

    In Valencia.

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    The Turia Gardens.

    by Maurizioago Updated Nov 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Turia River that flew through the city used to flood regularly. It was diverted south of the city after a terrible flooding happened in 1957. Later it was decided to transform its bed into a park.

    The Turia Gardens are practically a large and long (c.ca 9 km) park that borders the old city. It has playground areas for kids, cycle paths, and several sports areas.

    Nineteen bridges cross these gardens. Some of them are new and other are the old bridges of the river. One of my favourite is the Puente de las Flores. This is decorated with lots of flowers at the borders and has two walkways for pedestrians and some benches.

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    El Miguelete.

    by Maurizioago Updated Nov 19, 2011

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    Favorite thing: El Miguelete or Micalet is the octagonal bell tower of the cathedral. It was built between the 14th and the 15th centuries in Gothic style.

    They say you can enjoy a beautiful landscape over the city when you get to its top.

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  • Valencia: a great travel experience!

    by Astrolabio Written Aug 31, 2009

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    Favorite thing: My favorite site of Valencia is "Rio Turia" park! It seems like a Central Park! Perfect site to ride your bike or simply take a walk, enjoying the sun and the city landscape!

    Fondest memory: I really miss my valencian apartment! I've rent an apartment (http://www.getmeanapartment.com/es/330/alquiler-apartamentos-valencia.html) in the historic centre of Valencia and I've enjoyed having easy acces to all the museums in this beautiful city! And all typical restaurants of course (Casa Roberto, La Riuá, El Forcat)!

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    Some info about Valencia...

    by Bamby-Bambi Written Aug 22, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Founded by the Romans in the year 138 BC Valencia has accumulated enormous wealth from all the cultures which have resided here over the centuries ( Muslims, Goths …) . Stroll through Valencia and feel the plurality and evolution of a city where prosperous historical tradition and recent and innovative architecture stand side by side.

    The historic centre with its religious temples, Gothic Barroque and Modernist monuments, the varied and renowned museums, the architectural projects such as the city of Arts and Science, and the Conference Palace are but a few of the many attractions which Valencia has to offer its visitors.

    Valencia is one of the main industrial centres on the Mediterranean. It has also become a European Congress Centre as well as an important focal point for international business and trade fairs. Valencia is a cosmopolitan city and is ideal for commerce and cultural exchange.

    Heavily influenced by the sea since its foundation, the city of Valencia’s maritime links are as strong now as they have ever been. Thanks to this close relationship with the sea, its expertise in staging important events and the unstinting efforts of central, regional and local government, Valencia has been selected ahead of 65 other cities around the world as the host of the 32nd America’s Cup. In hosting this international event in Spring 2007 Valencia will become an exceptional vantage point overlooking the Mediterranean, affording visitors an unrivalled view of the action.

    This beautiful Mediterranean city enjoys a mild temperate climate and offers a wealth of gastronomical delights, festivals and cultural events. Browse through the site and find out everything you need to know about your stay.

    www.valencia.es

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    THE BULL FIGHTING ARENA - PLAZA DE TOROS

    by MaheshSamtani Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    Plaza de Toros de Valencia
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    Favorite thing: One of the classic venues in Spain as far as bull fighting arenas are concerensd the Plaza de Toros of Valencia has been in the since since August 1851, the date of its official innauguration. Built to a design that very much represents a Roman theater, it is divided into 48 areas and has a seating capacity of upto 13.000 people. One of the major events of the bull fighting calender in Spain begin at this venue witht he festival of the fallas in march, every year.

    Often used also for other ocasions such as theater repreentations, musical concerts, circus shows and other variety entertainment, this structure is a live structure into the scenery of the center of the city. Situated very near the railway stations and the town hall you will not miss it.
    Xàtiva 28, 46004 Valencia - 963 519 315
    www.plazadetorosdevalencia.com

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    Estacion del Norte - Central railway station

    by MaheshSamtani Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Estacion del norte - Valencia
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    Favorite thing: This is one of the most beautiful modernist constructions that is very well conserved and worth visiting. You might even just come accross this building which is just in the center of the city and right next to the bull fighting arena. This building was built to the design layout by Valenciano architect Demetrio Ribes, between the years 1906 - 1917. The facade of the building is decorated with oranges and orange blossom flowers, whcih are very typical of this part of the country, along with the shield of the city. The foyer, in the interior is decorated with a luxurios combination of wood, marble and local ceramic tiles.

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    FERIA VALENCIA - THE TRADE FAIR GROUNDS

    by MaheshSamtani Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Valencia is the capital city of the Comunidad Valenciana autonomy, which is a very industrial region producing a huge variety of products and services. Most of these are exhibited and projected to the commercial channels through Feria Valencia. The biggest fair grounds in the whole country. In time, Valencia was a pioneer with the trade shows and still hosts some of the most important trade fairs that are held in the country, bringing in a enormous amount of people visiting the city on business. The installations, which are the best of its type in the country, have been very recently renovated and offer quality, comforts and profits to its visitors.
    The fair grounds can be very easily reached by public transport, which include, bus and tram services till the door.

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    FALLAS

    by MaheshSamtani Written Feb 9, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This is probably the only art in the world tht is constructed with the objective of being desctructed. Millions of Euros are spent on this milenary festival which consists of papier mache and wooden efigies risen as critisism to happenings that could be from the field of specially politics, sports or glamour. You will find hundreds of figures at practically every crossroad of the city from between the 15th of March, till the 19th when they are consumed by the flames.
    The popularity of this festival has been attracting more and more tourists from all corners of the globe making it difficult to find a hotel room in the city and also to distances of upto 100 kilometers. So if you are planning to visit Valencia for the fallas, please see that your reservations for staying and travelling are done well in advance.
    More information at the official website - www.fallas.com

    Fondest memory: You will have to do a lot of walking come with comfortable shoes

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    best wine i strongly recommend

    by mpetouris Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: try to find the red wine venta del puerto
    there are two nº 12 and nº 18
    and if you are going to stay a couple of days more
    then the icono wines ( from the laviña winery) 7 different types to try
    i recommend the rare chardonnay you will be delighted
    cabernet sauvignon and merlot are delicious and syrah is a must
    start looking for them to the nearest el corte ingles
    of enjoy a meal at santa catalina
    lovely country it is

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    Jardines del Turia

    by sue_stone Written Feb 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Jardines del Turia are located in the former riverbed of the River Turia. The river used to flood regularly, and after a particularly bad flood in 1957 approval was given for the river to be diverted away from the city centre.

    Since then, the 7km long river bed has been transformed into a mixture of playing fields, cycling & walking paths, and gardens.

    There is also a bizarre looking children's playground just near the City of Arts & Sciences

    Fondest memory: The Jardines del Turia are a relaxing place for a walk if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Nearest metro: Turia or Alameda

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    Orange trees!

    by sue_stone Written Feb 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I didn't really know that much about Valencia before I visited, but the one thing that did come to mind when I thought about the city was that Valencia was a type of orange. Valencia's have a high juice content and are sweet and delicious, so I've been told.

    Did that mean that oranges would be available in copious amounts in Valencia....were the 2 connected at all...

    Well by the looks of the orange trees covering the city, I guess they are connected!

    Fondest memory: Along with palm trees, orange trees were all about, used to line streets and footpaths. It was certainly unusual, but one of my favourite things about Valencia.

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    Churches galore

    by DanielF Updated Nov 17, 2005

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    Favorite thing: As the rest of Spanish historic towns, Valencia is extremely rich in churches. Barroque is the predominant style in the Valencian churches and the characteristic blue-tiled domes are almost everpresent, but samples of almost all architectural styles are present in the city.

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    Valencia's Old City

    by DanielF Updated Oct 26, 2005

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    Rooves of Valencia
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    Favorite thing: Valencia's old city is one of the biggest historical urban areas in Spain. This labyrinth of narrow lanes, where it is easy to get lost, offers almost everything: beautyfully renovated palaces, cozy squares, posh stores and restaurants, trendy and busy bars, but also misery, shabby areas and many crumblesome, dilapidated places.

    The Old City District (Ciutat Vella) is located in the area formerly enclosed by the city walls, on a bend of the lower course of the river Túria. It comprises six neighbourhoods: la Seu, la Xerea, el Carme, el Pilar, el Mercat and Sant Francesc.

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