City Break: Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain which is full of culture.

In Valencia there is a river which is very prone to flooding so as a city they diverted the river by converting the former riverbed. They converted it into a green park with futuristic style buildings known as Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava. Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias stands for City of Arts and Science as it is also known as one of the most famous attractions Valencia. Buildings within the area are:
L’Hemisferic which is an IMAX cinema, planetarium and laserium which is meant to resemble a giant eye.

El Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe which is an interactive science museum which resembles the skeleton of a whale.

L’Umbracle which is an open structure with a landscape walkway with plant species such as rosemary and lavender.

L’Oceanografic which is the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe as well as being built in the shape of a lily. It is home to over 500 different species including walruses, belugas and seals.

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is a opera house and performing arts centre with four large rooms which are a main room, magisterial classroom, amphitheatre and a theatre of camera.

El Pont de l’Assaut de l’Or is a white cable stayed bridge which crosses the Turia riverbed.

L’Agora which is a covered plaza that holds concerts and sporting events.

When visiting any city its always interesting to visit the market that the city offers which was no exception in Valencia with a visit to Mercado Central. It’s a popular location with the locals as well as tourists as you will find vendors selling food items. Within the market you can also find souvenir shops and restaurants. This market is located near Llotja de la Mesa which is a Valencia Gothic style civil building which is a tourist attraction in the city that used to function as a silk exchange. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Most cities will have a cathedral which is no exception for Valencia as they have a Roman Catholic cathedral which is called Metropolitan Cathedral – Basilica of the Assumption of our Lady of Valencia, which contains a number of 15th century paintings. It is also known as Saint Mary’s Cathedral or Valencia Cathedral.

Puerta de Serranos can be known as Serranos Towers is one of the twelve gates which formed part of the ancient city wall of Valencia. It was built in the 14th century with a gothic style. Within Valencia it is one of the best preserved monuments as well as being an important landmark to the city. These gates were the main entrance to the city which were originally built with a defensive function with towers previously as a prison for nobles

We went to a place for Brunch at a place called Bastard Coffee and Kitchen which was lovely. It’s away from the city centre so I would recommend a taxi, I was visiting a friend in Valencia so we drove there. I found it to be really good value for money as you can get Pancakes or Eggs Benedict with juice and coffee for as little as €11.


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