On the eastern coast of Spain only a four-hour drive to the south of Barcelona, Valencia has beautiful stretches of beach. The city is also known for holding the America’s Cup in 2007 and 2010, for its yearly Fallas Festival and for delicious and traditional paella. This city has a rich history and is filled with elements of modern life. Of the many Valencia attractions, here are five selections:
In the new Turia Gardens, this innovative zoo featuring the scientific principles of zoo-immersion has incredible natural habitats for its many animals. With its phenomenal methods of care and design, the zoo does not stink from animal refuse.
In downtown Valencia, this busy market has room for many small vendors. Besides being a pleasant shopping tour, visitors can find local and handmade crafts. Specialty foods are especially popular with visitors.
City of Arts and Sciences
This fantastic park complex has a collection of gigantic, contemporary buildings with eye-catching architecture. True landmarks of the city, these structures are the creations of Valencia’s Santiago Calatrava.
The Guadalest Valley is the perfect region in which to enjoy a road trip. Located south of Valencia, the area is lovely during different seasons. The small towns have wonderful restaurants serving local fare, and the shops are great for purchasing inexpensive gifts and souvenirs.
A fabulous aquarium, the sea lion show is captivating and entertaining and the displays are beautiful with amazing animals and fish. Signs and features are presented in English.