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Capital of
Comunidad Valenciana


Inhabitants: 739.412
Altitude: 13 m above sea level

Distances:
Castellón: 69 km
Alicante: 166 km
Albacete: 191 km
Murcia: 241 km
Barcelona: 349 km
Madrid: 352 kmValencia

The Bright City .. .

One of the biggest cities in Spain, and among the most liveliest. It is located at the Mediterranean sea, and you will find beaches right in the very heart of it. During the summer-months it is heavily visited by tourists, and if you want to spend holidays at the beach, with fantastic possibilities for any kind of sports (golf, diving, cycling, tennis, etc. are all very popular here) and a boiling nightlife, together with an ample cultural offer, then Valencia is the place for you. Important trade fairs confirm Valencia's position as one of the most dynamic cities in Spain.

After all that probably you will get hungry , and you have the chance to try Spain's most famous food right where it was born: "Paella
Valenciana"

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Valencia is of course the city where "El Cid", Spain's national hero, fought against the Moors, and popular festivals in the city and many villages around still remind of this epoch

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History


Founded by the Romans, Valencia has been the home of many cultures over its history: Romans, Visigoths, Moors and the Aragonese all made the city an important cultural and financial centre.

In the year 1094, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, called El Cid Campeador, conquered Valencia on behalf of the Christians, but the city later fell to the Almoravids in 1102. Following the Moorish domination, it was in 1238 that James I of Aragon finally reconquered the city, and founded the Kingdom of Valencia, with its characteristic legislative privileges (Furs).

During the 15th and 16th centuries, Valencia became one of the major economic powers on the Mediterranean seaboard. It was the time of the Valencian siglo de oro (Golden Age), which was characterized by splendour in the arts at the hands of Joanot Martorell (author of Tirant lo Blanc, the first modern European novel), Ausias March, Roig de Corella, Isabel de Villena, Jordi de Sant Jordi and Jaume Roig, among others.

During the War of Spanish Succession, Valencia sided with archduke Charles of Austria, and after the victory of the Bourbons at the Battle of Almansa (April 1707), Phillip V abolished the local privileges, or fueros. In 1874, Alfonso XII was proclaimed constitutional king at Sagunto, north of Valencia.

When democracy was restored, the Land of Valencia was given its present Autonomous Statutes in 1982. The history of the city, now the capital of the Land of Valencia, is both rich and varied, providing a patrimony that has converted it into one of the major cities in Spain on both cultural and economic levels.


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Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. Valencia is situated on the banks of the Turia river, on the eastern coast of the Iberian peninsula and the western part of the Mediterranean Sea, fronting the Gulf of Valencia.


The most important places to visit in Valencia are: Cathedral of Valencia (if seen from the top the Latin cross shape of cathedral can be seen. Holy Grail can be seen in one of the cathedral's chapels), Bioparc (it is not another zoo! Make sure you have enough free space on your flash-card), Museum of Science (if you short in time or if you visited something similar in Germany or France you might skip this option, but if you have 1 day, you can buy a combined ticket to visit this museum too), Oceanografic (worth visiting, the best part is dolphin show. Normally overcrowded, so reserving tickets online might be a good idea), Central market and many more.


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Gastronomy


The rich variety of Valencian cuisine, reflecting the diversity of local products, is another ol the pleasant surprises that await you. Among the region's well known dishes, Valencian paella is the true protagonist. Genuine paella is done over a wood fire, with the broth being prepared first before adding the rice.

But there are many other valencian rice recipes, such as: arròs a banda (rice dish with seafood), arròs negre (rice with squid, hence "black"), arròs al forn (oven-baked rice), arròs amb bledes (rice with chard), arròs amb fesols i naps (with haricot beans and turnip)...

You can also stil try other treats such as fideuà (a kind of paella with noodles instead of rice), originally from Gandia; all i pebre (eels in garlic sauce), from the inland lagoon of Albufera; suquet de peix (fisherman's dish); esgarrat (salted cod with sweet peppers); figatell (meatballs made from liver).

All of these can be enjoyed together with Valencian wines - white from the Alto Turia and Serranía areas, or red from Requena, Utiel and Campo de Llíria. And in addition to the quality of Valencia's fruits, in which oranges play a major role, you'll find an extensive array of confectionery, the star of which is the arnadí (a pie made from sweet potatoes) and a series of typical refreshments such as horchata de chufa (tiger nut milk), often accompanied by fartons (a kind of sweet breadstick), originating in Alboraya.


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Night Life


You may have heard of the Moonlit Valencian Nights...

Leisure and entertainment activities in Valencia constitute one of the most exciting and extensive ranges throughout the Mediterranean. The climate collaborates with night-farers, filling open terraces and street cafés in the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo, or the romantic dance salon with live music on the Malvarrosa beach.

Everywhere, discos, night clubs and pubs provide the right kind of scene for enjoying a night out.


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Valencia 2007. The designating of Valencia as the host city for the 32nd America's Cup, whose final will be celebrated in 2007, will convert the city into a meeting place for the sport of sailing. In order to do this, new infrastructures are being prepared that will complement the current offers of service in the city, especially in the port and the influential areas of this great world event.

Sports


Valencia offers a complete spectrum of facilities for sporting activities, greatly aided by its mild climate. You can concentrate on water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, fishing, etc. Or stick to land by playing golf (four courses), tennis, or squash; going hiking or horseriding and participating in team sports. Or take to the wing with aerial sports, such as sports flying, microlight aircraft, hang gliding, parachuting or ballooning. For genuine Valencian sports, you should ask about pulling and dragging contests and the joies, or horse races, which are popular among regional farmers. The region's true protagonist, however, is Valencian pelota, played in special enclosed courts, or trinquetes, or in the streets of surrounding towns, in either llargues, raspall or galotxa styles.


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Festivities


Valencians love fiestas and delight in sharing their joy with others. By far the most popular of festivities are the world famous Fallas (12-19 March), or festive bonfires, with their explosion of colours, fireworks and the smell of gunpowder. The creativity shown in the artistic monuments ushering in the spring, the music of marching bands and the colourlul display ol local costumes make a visit to Valencia in Fallas (pronounced: fai-yas) an unforgettable experience.

Also of note are the festivities ol the Seafarers' Holy Week in the port district, the Corpus Christi Parade, the Carnival and the July Fair with concerts and live, open-air music, the festivity of San Vicente Ferrer, the feast day of Mare de Deu dels Desamparats, the fiesta of Sant Dionís, etc.

And only at a few kilometers from Valencia you can also have a look at many other colourful festivities that spread all

around the Comunitat Valenciana at any season of the year.

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The Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) feasts are a penchant for pomp, splendor and the donning of garb evoking the days when the Chistian hosts battled against the men of Islam in the 13th century. The feast reaches its maximun climate at the city of Alcoi, but there are many other towns where this tradition is held with great spendor such as Biar, Ontinyent, Bocairent, Villajoyosa, Alicante, Callosa d'Ensarrià, Jijona, Cocentaina, Villena, Elda, Petrer, Crevillente, Bañeres, Albaida, Sax y L'Olleria.

Those festivities, with their spectacular battles and parades or entradas(entries) of the moor and cristian troops, with their rich and colourful festive garb, the unceasing music and kindling admostphere beetwhen the audience and the paraders are realy unforgetable.

There are many other festivities, such as Les Fogueres de Sant Joan, the rigilious mediaeval origin representation of El Misteri d'Elx, the festive pilgrimages of els Peregrins de Les Useres and la Mare de Déu del Lledó. ...


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Gardens

We can find inside the city diverse gardens to have a nice and pleasant walk. For example:


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Tourist Offices


Tourist Information Offices of the Government of Valencia.

In Valencia, contact:

      * Tourist Central Office
Paz,48
46002
Valencia

* Estación del Norte
Játiva,24
46007
Valencia

* Aeropuerto de
Valencia
46940 Manises



Town Tourist Offices

More tourist information at:

      * Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1
46002
Valencia

* Av. Cataluña, 1
46010
Valencia
List of premises that offer accomadtion for disabled in Valencia. We have managed to find just over 60 in all.


PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

LANGUAGE

There are two official languages in Valencia: "Valenciano", used in the Valencian Community, and Spanish, Spain's official language.

TIME ZONE
People generally eat later than in other European countries: breakfast (7:30 and 10:00 a.m.) is similar to the continental style. Restaurants serve lunch between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and dinner from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

The timetable for shops is from 10 am to 1.30pm and from 4.30pm to 8pm. The big stores are open all day from 10am to 9pm.

POSTAL SERVICES
The Central Post and Telegraph Office (Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 24) is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Telephone: 96 310 27 30. Stamps are also available in all tobacconists.

ELECTRICITY Valencia
Standard electrical voltage in Valencia is 220-240 V AC, 50 Hz. A transformer and an adapter are necessary to use North American electrical appliances whose plugs have two square pins. Adapters are available in most hardware stores.

CREDIT CARDS
Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Valencia accept the main credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access y Diners Club.

BANKS
Most banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Only a few branches open on Saturday mornings. There are 24-hour automatic tellers around the city, and most (Servired, 4B, etc.) offer international services.

HOLIDAYS Valencia
-New Year's Day: 1st January
-San Vicente Mártir: 22nd January
-San José: 19th March
-San Vicente Ferrer: 5th April, moved to the Monday following Easter
-Good Friday and Easter Monday: (dates change every year)
-Labour Day: 1st May
-Sant Dionís: 9th October, Valencian Community National Day
-All Saints: 1st of November
-The Day of the Constitution: 6th of December
-The Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 8th of December.

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