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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

The most beautiful locations in Spain

Spain’s history and culture is amazingly rich and interesting. From ancient monuments left by the Romans and the Moors, medieval castles and the white villages of Andalusia inland, to the vibrant city of Barcelona and Madrid, there is a great mixture of cultural attractions in Spain. The landscape is equally diverse. The evergreen estuaries of Galicia could not be more different from the deserts of Almeria or from the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada. And then there are the countless sparkling beaches that dot the Spanish coastline. Although busy in the summer, you can also find some secluded beaches. In short, Spain is the place for all kinds of tourists: those who want to, of course, sip sangria in a dream beach, for those who want to enjoy the Spanish culture full of flamenco and bullfighting, those seeking to discover the history of Spain through its many historical and artistic treasures. For all so much fun, so much scenery which is always different.

Spain has much to offer: breathtaking landscapes, art, architecture and culture. A holiday in this land has some milestones not to be missed. Here are the most beautiful places in Spain.

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Granada
This wonderful city is an amazing place to visit. It is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain in Spain, and it is an excellent place for winter sports, but also in  summer for its nearby beaches. In Granada many and various events are also organized .

Barcelona

Located just north of the Spanish coast, Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan and lively city of Spain. Despite the fact that the city boasts many breathtaking monuments of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance periods, the Modernist building is no doubt the feature that best describes Barcelona, ​​particularly in the works of Antoni Gaudi. La Rambla, the colourful restaurants, the large trees and the Gothic Quarter with its Gothic buildings, the Roman ruins and several bars and restaurants, are locations certainly worth a visit.

To reach Barcelona besides the flights and buses, it is worthy to check a trip by ferry. Excellent low fares are to be find here: www.ok-ferry.com/en/barcelona-ferries.aspx

Pamplona

This medieval town in northern Spain has many fascinating attractions. For example, the Gothic house of prayer has been considered as one of the most important religious structures in all of Spain. In the beautiful mountain ranges around the city there are several places to visit.

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Malaga

In the same way that you might expect from the capital of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), Malaga also has amazing beaches and an incredible climate. This vibrant city has much more to offer than ocean, sand, and light. You will come across it in many incredible monuments including the royal residence of the lords, the Alcazaba, the most representative building of Malaga from the Moorish period. The city boasts buildings from the wonderful designs, and an energizing nightlife. After dinner, you can indulge in theatres, clubs and traditional bar.

Costa Brava

It is characterized by its shores, and its landscape that resembles a paradise blue, with excellent tourist accommodation and beautiful beaches.

Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar is about 200 million years old and has 143 caves, over 30 kilometres road and several miles of galleries. The city of Gibraltar features many valuable historical periods, too: in the twelfth century a Moorish city,  in the fifteenth century Spaniard domination and in the eighteenth century it became a British province. Gibraltar has a rich nightlife with many discos and nightclubs.

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Benidorm

It is one of the main tourist resorts in Europe partly because of its large coastline which is divided between the Platja de Ponent, located to the west and Platja de Llevant which lies to the east. Many are located near Benidorm theme parks. Benidorm is also one of the most moden cities in Spain but there are plenty of historical places as Tossal de la Cala, a former Iberian town, such as El Mirador de la Punta del Canfali, a lookout perched on a small hill Platja de Ponient and Playa de Llevant and the Church of St. James and St. Anne, built between 1740 and 1780.

Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city of Spain. Valencia offers many sunny beaches that are a short drive from the city. It’ s just as prestigious for its orange groves as it is for its vibrant nightlife. The roundup of the pubs and many holiday destinations in Valencia are endless; there is plenty of fun and outdoor activities: golf, cycling and tennis. Do not miss the Science Park which highlights three different multimedia shows: Planetarium, Imax and Omniscan. And then the Palace of Arts, a concentration of art with music, dance, theatre.

San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a beautiful city, which boasts extraordinary beaches cha attract many tourists every year. Playa de la Concha is the largest beach in San Sebastian, is sunny and it is the best beach for swimming. When you are tanned enough you can direct us to the Old Town (Parte Vieja), dotted with excellent seafood restaurants and tapas bars. After dinner you can go to one of the many stylish bars and clubs.