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Valencia, the third city in Spain

Valencia is a medium-sized Spanish city which is attracting every year a more young tourist flow, which are open to new experiences, as well as travel enthusiast away from mass tourism. In fact, in the city, many are  the things to do and see.

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We see in this mini-guide of Valencia which are the thing to do and see and what you can not miss during a trip to this wonderful and exciting city in Spain. We begin, however, from analysing the climatic situation of Valencia and the time of year most likely to lead a trip without a hitch and surprises.

What is the best time of year to visit Valencia?

Valencia is characterized by a mild and pleasant climate throughout the year: a big plus for the city, which is attracting more and more massive flow of tourists thanks to the fact that every month of the year is perfect to visit the city’s most famous and evocative attractions. Given that, however, it should be specified that spring and summer are certainly times when Valencia gives the best.

For those who can not stand high temperatures and the heat of summer, are highly recommend the months from March onwards, until the beginning of the summer season. For those who love the sea and aims to spend a relaxing holiday by the beach, taking a tan and sipping cool drinks, however, the best time is the summer months, when temperatures are high and the sun is always present.

Valencia is nice to visit during the periods in which the city will organize events, fairs and festivals, as well as during the celebrations of Semana Santa. Just the Holy Week aka Easter time is one of the most loved by tourists because the celebrations and rituals that characterize it are centuries old and retain a timeless charm.

Do not miss during Semana Santa is without a doubt the procession with floats that refer to the Passion of Christ, reinterpreting it in an ever new and original. The floats are followed by penitents dressed in a very special frock, with a hood and cloak. The procession marches through all of the most charming districts of Valencia, in particular in those most ancient and evocative as the Cabanyal and Grau.

The second most important religious celebration in Valencia is the festival of the Crosses of May. In this festival the people of Valencia pay tribute to Our Lady of the Forsaken with processions of floats and decorations made with huge crosses and colourful flowers. The second Sunday of the month, then, is the time when the image of the Virgin is carried in procession: the city is transformed into a carpet of flowers and fragrant petals.

For the young and adventurous there is another opportunity to have fun witnessing a ritual that repeats the same for centuries: the Tomatina. If you do not know, it is a “battle” that has symbolic as only weapons tomatoes. Every year during the Tomatina if they use more than 140 tons. La Tomatina is held in a small town near Valencia, Buñol.

What to see and do in Valencia

If you are planning a trip to Valencia here is some advice on what to see and do in the city. There are, in fact, tourist attractions and monuments that you can not really  miss in Valencia. What are they? Let’s find out in this concise and reliable guide to the city.

Valencia is composed of several districts, and in particular the old town, major tourist area, consists of 3 districts, the Barrio del Carmen, the Centro Historico (North and  South). The rest of the city expands towards the sea, with the outlying suburbs: Eixample, Russafa, the City of Arts and Sciences, the port and the Albufera Nature Reserve.

Begin your exploration of Valencia from the three portals of access to the beautiful Cathedral: the Puerta del Los Hierros, in Baroque style, the Puerta del Palau, in the Romanesque style, and the Puerta de los Apostoles, in the Gothic style.

The Cathedral of Valencia (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009) is an immeasurable charm from the building has been built in the thirteenth century in a very suggestive location. This place is considered sacred since ancient times and has previously hosted a Muslim mosque and a Roman temple.

Just near the Cathedral, about 200 meters from the Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, dating from the seventeenth century. The church is located on the beautiful Plaza de la Virgen, a religious symbol of Valencia because it is linked to the celebrations of the “Fallas“.

They are interesting to see even La Lonja de la Seda of Valencia, that is, the old Silk Market (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996), and the neighbouring Central Market of Valencia, where you can also take advantage to do some shopping of  typical products.

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Along the river you cannot give up a relaxing stroll in the Gardens of Turia, a true haven of tranquillity, greenery and peace in the heart.

As for the nightlife and you have to go out in the evening in Calle de los Caballeros (try the aperitif Agua de Valencia) or in the Barrio del Carmen, in the heart of the historic centre. Many newly built premises are, then, in the Ciudad Universitaria or along the beaches, especially in the summer.

How to reach Valencia? By ferry very interesting routes and ferry are here at http://www.ok-ferry.com/en/ports/ferries-valencia.aspx