Valencia Sights and Landmarks Guide, Spain
One of the most attractive and interesting places to see in Valencia is the City of Arts and Science. It contains something for just about everyone. The primary attraction is the Science Museum, and there is also a planetarium. The aquarium is a sheer delight, featuring many different species of every color and size. The whole City of Arts and Science has a futuristic air about it, particularly the Science sections. Children should find it especially interesting and there is plenty to keep them busy for a long time.
The Barri del Carme district is in the center of the old town area, and contains a curious blend of almost forgotten old buildings and more contemporary structures. You can find several interesting street cafes in this area, as well as some of the most popular shopping venues. The whole area is a diverse mix of the old and the new, where longtime residents rub shoulders with the gay community as well as the hippies in the city. One of the most well known churches in Valencia is the Seu, a grand cathedral which shows examples of different styles of architecture, having been established by the Moors but later taken over by Christian authorities. The Llotja, which was a trading center in ancient times, has recently been identified as a heritage site and contains some very interesting sculptures of gargoyles.
The ancient Turia River no longer flows through Valencia, but its bed still remains and is a great place to take a walk and check out the many sporting centers and fountains that have been established there, as well as an artificial lake where you can enjoy boating on a fine evening. The whole of the river bed has been transformed into what is practically a huge, sprawling park, which also has many walking as well as biking trails that are hugely popular with both locals as well as tourists. For a more historically oriented experience, don’t miss out on the Torres de Quart, which is one of the oldest towers in the country. Established during medieval times, it was once part of a massive wall that was erected to defend the city’s boundaries.
Valencia is also pretty well known for its porcelain industry, and nowhere can you find finer examples of this than at the Lladró Porcelain Museum, which also has its own porcelain factory. Photography is not allowed within the factory itself, but you can see the whole fascinating process of porcelain making, and also check out the extensive collection at the museum.
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- Bull fighting and old buildings in Valencia
review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
Interesting city, with an medieval fort at the harbour, a bull fighting arena and several other old buildings within the city. The streets an buildings in the city center look nice, small streets and old houses let you breath a piece of history. You can choose under within several restaurants and...
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- City of Arts and Sciences
travel tip by erato posted more then 30 days ago
A must to see in Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences (called 'Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias de Valencia' in Spanish), what is a huge comlex of exhibitations near the port and the beach.Among of others there is a beutiful Opera...