The Incredible City of Valencia
The city of Valencia boarders the Mediterranean Sea, lying between the cities of Barcelona to the north and Alicante to the south. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain with a history dating back over two thousand years. Its warm climate, with average yearly temperatures of over 22°C, mean outdoor living at its very best – freshly-grown local fruit and vegetables, lazy long lunches and siesta time. Famous as much for its oranges as the spectacular annual Fallas Festival in March, the city has a great variety of culture and architecture that will excite and entertain.
Boardered by the city’s ancient walls and gates, which includes the magnificient Torres del Serranos, the narrow winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen hold the delights of the city’s Cathedral, La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) as well as many Gothic churches and a wide variety of museums. Sweeping to the north of the historic centre and flowing over 9km from the city’s new Bioparc Zoo towards the port is the green parkland of the Jardines del Turia (Gardens of the Turia river), where you can explore on foot or bicycle many cafes, children’s play areas, sports grounds, fountains, lakes and bridges. It is here that you will find Calatrava’s ultra-modern Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences), an architecturally stunning collection of buildings that house the city’s opera house, science museum and 3D cinema. On reaching the sea you will find over 2 miles of clean sandy beaches bordered by the Paseo Maritimo (seaside promenade) – a fantastic place for a Sunday morning stroll.
Over recent years, Valencia has proved itself as an internationally renowned sporting venue. It was the proud host of the European Formula 1 Grand Prix, which took place on the city’s streets every year in June (2008-2012). In 2009, the opening of the amazing Agora stadium within the City of Arts and Sciences complex, signalled the beginning of the annual Valencia Open 500 tournament, as part of the ATP Tennis World Tour. In 2007 and 2010 Valencia hosted the America’s Cup sailing regatta, considered the world’s oldest active trophy in international sport, and is also the venue of many other sailing events. For more information about Valencia, follow the links to the right. moving2valencia can provide an orientation to the city and its surrounding region, helping you to decide the exact location of your new home in Spain.