Valencia is the third city of Spain in terms of urban population, after Madrid and Barcelona. Located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, it was founded by the Roman Empire, on the location of a preceding Iberian town. The remains of its 2.000 years of history can still be found in various parts of the city.
Valencia has experienced fast urban and economic developments during the last thirty years, hosting in recent times a number of worldwide events, such as the American Cup and the Formula 1 European Grand Prix. The city has also invested heavily in various projects that have contributed toward making Valencia a popular tourist destination.
The city of Valencia hosts two major public universities in the Spanish system: The Universitat de València, Estudi General (UVEG), and the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). The combined student population of the two universities amounts to more than 80.000 students, and both of them have large technological centers, with important links to the industrial sector.
Valencia offers a combination of avant-garde style, culture and mediterranean spirit, bound to captivate any visitor. There are thousands of things to discover, but we would like to suggest reasons why you just have to come and see it for yourself.
A mild climate with 300 days of sunshine per year and an average temperature of 19º C make Valencia an ideal destination at any time of year.
A rich and varied cuisine whose key ingredient is rice prepared in a variety of ways, with paella as the signature dish.
In Valencia, you have seven kilometres of beaches on which to find your perfect spot. Choose from city beaches, which you can get to by metro or tram, or more unspoilt beaches, such as El Saler in the Albufera Natural Park.
In Valencia, thousands of people soak up the sun all year round at an outdoor bar or café, while having a few tapas and a glass of wine or cold beer. And at night… there are lots of different kinds of scene in the various nightlife areas, from the hotspots in the old town, to those by the sea or in the student areas.
In Valencia there is always something to celebrate. Its most important festivals include Las Fallas, when the city is filled with gigantic sculptures that are burned to mark the arrival of springtime. Other festivals include Maritime Holy Week, the procession of Our Lady of the Forsaken, Valencian Corpus Christi and the July Fair.
Valencia converted the former bed of the River Turia, which used to run through the city, into an enormous 9 km long park. Today it is a green lung in which to walk, cycle, play sport, go to cafés, etc. Valencia also has a unique and fascinating nature area: the Albufera Natural Park.
Valencia contains influences from Roman, Visigoth, Moorish and Medieval cultures. This is evident in many of its iconic monuments and buildings, such as the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site), La Almoina, the Serranos and Quart Towers and the Cathedral.
Great 21st century buildings, such as the City of Arts and Sciences designed by Santiago Calatrava, The Conference Centre by Norman Foster and the Veles e Vents building by David Chipperfield, have all helped to make Valencia a landmark of architecture and a symbol of European avant-garde.
Valencia will fascinate you with its charming little spots that do not appear in guidebooks but that you will discover during your visit. The mansion houses and plazas of the Barrio del Carmen, the Plaza Redonda, the Santa Catalina Church - in whose square you will find the narrowest building in Europe - the frescos in the San Nicolás Church, the clock of the Santos Juanes Church, San Vicente’s baptismal font in the San Esteban parish church or the alligator over the door of the El Patriarca Church are just some examples of the hundreds of surprises that Valencia has in store for you.