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WHY VALENCIA SPAIN
The province of Valencia is the largest of the three which go to make up the Valencian community. It is situated in the centre of the spanish Mediterranean coastline. It overlooks the spacious Gulf of Valencia and is skirted at the back by a group of medium-high mountains and rolling plains leading to the lands of Aragon and Castile-La Mancha. It is opposite the Balearic islands and equidistant from the country's two major decision-taking centres: Madrid and Barcelona. Valencia is identified with the Mediterranean Sea because the culture deriving from the old Mare Nostrum is manifest in its patterns of social behaviour. It is the administrative capital of the Valencian community and the centre of the reagion of L'Horta. It is the most densely populated town in the Valencian community as it is encircled by a wide belt of medium-sezed municipal districts which form an unbroken built-up area with an average density of 1,600 inhabitants per square kilometre. Sightseeing around the city begins in the old quarter. Until the mid-nineteenth century, it was defended by a wall, the inner route of the number five bus. Still standing as proof are the graceful Torres de Serranos, the spacious Torres de Quart and some remains of the apron wall in the basement of the Valencia institute of Modern Arts. The most outstanding artistic heritage is to be found in the districts of Seu and Xerea, where the marks left by thr Romans lie hidden beneath Arab ruins and modern churches and palaces.
The Mercat district took shape around the commercial life of the city's inhabitants. Accordingly, its two most emblematic buildings are used for trading purposes. The Gothic building of La Lonja, declared by UNESCO as a heritage of humanity, features a beautiful columned room where the old tables on which trading transactions were finalised are still in use today. Outside the destroyed wall grew the Valencia of the bourgeoisie, with its wide pavements, broad landscaped thoroughfares and countless instances of modernist architecture. On the other side of the Turia's old riverbed lie the nursery gardens, along with the Fine Arts Museum and the ultramodern part of the city which, on account of its size, serves as a nexus between the coastal townships and the old quarter. The futuristic face of the city is mirrored on the old riverbed through the Gulliver Children's park and the leisure and culture complex., Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciencies. Life in the city spreads down to the seafront with the harbour are and the beaches of Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa
The Old Town
it is the center of everyday life and a unique scenery for the visitor.
The Community Valencia
Community Valencia or Comunidad Valenciana,
the land of orange groves,
paella, sangria and fiestas!…
The people from the Community Valencia love to party and they will grab any excuse to celebrate anything. This region has a rich history. You can still find roman and Islamic influences like in the rest of Spain. But it is the middle ages that characterize the region that we know today. You will still find many medieval castles and fortifications in this region. Some of them are not more than ruins nowadays but many others are worth while a visit and include archaeological museums or expositions.
People here are very proud of their region and heritage. Besides Spanish, or “Castellano”, local people also speak Valenciano, a language that resembles a mixture of Spanish and French. You will notice that even towns have two names, for instance: Alicante (in Castellano) and Alacant (in Valencià). The closer to teh region's capital city, the more people speak Valenciano, the prouder they are, the bigger the chance that they just will refuse to speak Castellano.
The coast of the province of Valencia gives a more medieval feel with its many castles and legends.
This is the land of orange groves, paella, sangria and great fiestas. The coast of the province of Alicante is the Costa Blanca with towns like Benidorm and Altea. Go fiesta in Valencia.
Province of Valencia (Costa de Valencia)
Yes, one of the Provinces of the Community Valencia is also called Valencia. The city Valencia is the Capital of the region and the province.
There are also many unique traditional fiestas that are celebrated here with passion. Las Fallas are without a doubt the most impressive. Enjoy Valencia
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