Valencia tourist attractions
Valencia is the capital of the province with more than 800,000 people within the city limits and 150,000,000 within the city limits, making it the third largest city in Spain and the 15th largest city in the European Union. A vibrant, modern city, one of the most important cities on the Mediterranean coast, a prestigious business center and now home to Formula One Spain.
Geographical location of Valencia
Valencia is located on the banks of the River Toria, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the western part of the Mediterranean Sea, facing the Gulf of Valencia. At the time of its founding by the Romans, it was located on a river island in Turia, 6.4 km (4.0 miles) from the sea. Albufeira, a freshwater lagoon and waterfall about 11 km south of the city, is one of the largest lakes in Spain. The city council bought the lake from the Spanish crown for 1,072,980 ridges in 1911 and today forms the main part of the Parc Natural de l’Albufera, with an area of 21,120 hectares (52,200 hectares) in In 1976, because of its cultural, historical and ecological value, Generalita Valenciana declared it a natural park.
Valencia city weather
Valencia has a Mediterranean climate with short, temperate winters and hot, dry summers. The temperature here averages 18.3 ° C. 22.8 ° C during the day and 13.8 ° C at night. In the coldest month of January, the maximum temperature is typically 12 to 18 degrees Celsius during the day, and the minimum temperature is typically between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius at night. In the warmest month, August, the maximum daytime temperatures typically range from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius, around 18 to 20 degrees Celsius. Snowfall is very rare. The last case was a small amount of snow on January 11, 1960.
History of the city of Valencia
The city of Valencia was founded by the Romans in 137 BC as Valencia (meaning power or courage). The city prospered under the rule of the Moors and became famous for trading in many basic and exotic goods including paper, silk, leather and ceramics.
The city continued to be an important strategic and cultural site, having been repeatedly occupied by Spanish and foreign forces for almost a thousand years.
Architecture in the city of Valencia
Valencia retains much of its past in its architecture with direct Roman, Arabic and Gothic influences. The Cathedral of Valencia was built between the 13th and 15th centuries and is primarily Gothic in style but also has Baroque and Romanesque architectural elements.
La Lonja de la Seda, a silk exchange market, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many historical sites to visit in Valencia, but as a modern city there are also examples of contemporary architecture. The most famous Ciutat de las Arts I les Ciênces (City of Arts and Sciences) is an incredible entertainment complex designed by Santiago Calatrava himself in Valencia.
Economy of the city of Valencia
Prior to the 2008 economic crisis, Valencia experienced strong economic growth, largely driven by tourism and the construction industry, with the development and expansion of communications and transport. The economy of this city is social services, because only 84% of the population working in the service sector is employed. However, the city has an important industrial base, which is 8.5% of the population working in this sector. Recent growth in the manufacturing sector has largely improved car assembly. (Ford Motor Company’s large factory is located in the suburbs of Almosf). Agricultural activities are still carried out there, even if relatively small, only 1.9% of the working population and 3973 plots (9820 plots) are mostly planted in orchards and citrus orchards.
Since the onset of the Great Depression (2008), Valencia has experienced rising unemployment, rising government debt and heavy spending by the city government. In 2009, Valencia was named the “22nd fastest growing city in Europe”. Its impact on business, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and art contributes to its position as one of the global beta cities in the world. The metropolis of Valencia had a GDP of $ 52.7 billion and a per capita income of $ 28,141.
Famous dishes of Valencia
Valencia is the birthplace of Paella, which is considered the national food of Spain by many Spaniards, but in Spain it is considered the provincial food of Valencia. Valencian Paella usually consists of meat and not seafood, but all kinds can be found in the city. From Paella, the city has many restaurants that can cater for any type of food, but seafood is expected to be very special in this city.
Famous beaches of Valencia
Valencia has more than 100 km of coastline, most of which are inhabited by fantastic beaches that are known for their blue flag beaches. With 2,600 hours of sunshine a year, visitors go to the beaches of Valencia every year – both national and international tourists.