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Valencia

Spain’s third-largest city is a magnificent place and a great combination of city, sun and beach. Valencia has a mix of old and new buildings, giving it a real special feel of its own. From medieval castles and towers to modernist and art deco architecture, from nice little shops to big shopping centres, Valencia has it all. Home of paella, surely the most famous Spanish dish of all.  Valencia’s most famous tourist attraction is the weird-but-wonderful City of Arts and Sciences complex. The complex consists of several buildings for cultural and educational activities, including a science museum, aquarium, planetarium and IMAX cinema. Designed by local celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava, it’s perhaps the most iconic symbol of the city.

Valencia’s old town is one of the most popular areas of the city. It is where much of Valencia’s night life takes place. It is also where a wealth of interesting history and architecture can be found. It is the location of Valencia’s most important museums and squares such as Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza de la Reina, Plaza del Ayuntamiento and where you will find the famous old market – El Mercado Central, the Serrano Towers and Quart Towers.

Valencia Cathedral is built in the same place where the first temple stood in Roman times, and later, a mosque. The cathedral was constructed between 1262 and 1426, and because of the extensions and renovations carried out later on, there are several different styles superimposed on the predominant primitive Gothic architecture.

The tranquil seaside district of Cabanyal is only 7km from the city centre, though, when you arrive, it feels as if you have travelled back in time. Narrow streets are flanked by turn-of the century edifices, ornately decorated with typical tilework. Once threatened with destruction, this former fishing village is now thriving.

Ruzafa neighbourhood is probably Valencia’s most exciting area. Just south of the central train station, it is not only historic, but has bohemian vibes common to other hipster neighbourhoods around the world. Popular with young artists, hipsters and those in-the-know, Ruzafa is a cool area centred round a few blocks full of cafés, bars, shops, clubs and restaurants. During the day, you’ll find vintage thrift shops and small galleries and bookshops, but at night the streets come alive with a buzzing nightlife. Crowds of people pack into the small restaurants, or spill out onto the streets outside the bars and clubs.