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If You Ever Get to Valencia

The beauty of the beaches, the warmth of the tropics, the enchanting architectural structures, the beautiful people and the rich cultural heritage, all these define the City of Valencia Spain.

The city of Valencia lies along the banks of the Turia River on the Eastern Coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the western part of the Mediterranean Sea of Spain. It is home to more or less 800,000 people, all with various customs and traditions. The name of the city means “strength” or “valor”. It is a city which continues to progress and develop with the passing of time. It is for this reason that Valencia is a good choice as a travel get-away because it can offer its visitors the mesmerizing sights and attractions they can’t find ordinarily in other places.

When you decide to go to Valencia you can check out these remarkable places:

1. The Beautiful Gardens

Valencia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful gardens. If you want the smell of fresh flowers, you can take a walk at the Jardines de Real, Jardin Montforte, Botanic Garden. You can also stroll around the narrow and winding streets of Carmen Neighborhood.

2. The Museums

You can find a lot of museums in Valencia which showcase beautiful artworks from famous artists of all time. Some of the museums here are the Fallero Museum, the Patriarch Museum, the Historical Museum, the National Ceramics Museum, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art and the Blasco Ibañes Museum.

3. Palaces

If you want to have a look at how palaces looks like, you can plan a tour of Valencia’s ancient castles, built as early as the Middle Ages. You can also visit the following sites: Palacio de Marques de Dos Aguas, Palau de la Generalitat, Palacio de Congresos, Palacio de Cervello or Palau de la Musica.

4. Cathedral

If you are a religious person or you enjoy visiting churches, you can do so in Valencia as well. The Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of our Lady of Valencia is a must-see. It is a Roman Catholic Church built in the 13th and 15th century with a Gothic style of architecture in a cruciform plan. One of the Holy Chalices revered is found in one of its chapels. Inside the chapel are 15th century paintings of local artists such as Jacomart and other artists from Rome.

5. La Lonja

The La Lonja is a late Gothic architectural structure. It was originally a silk exchange and was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996. It is a stunning example of the wealth of the Golden Age of Valencia. The building is composed of three parts and has a walled courtyard, the Orange Garden. In the main Hall the Salas de Contratacion are supported by gorgeous twisted columns. This hall was the place where the merchants met to conduct their business. The Pavilion of the Consulate is the side-wing of La Lonja which was the seat of the Tribunal del Mar, the first merchant tribunal ever to be formed in Spain. The Central Tower of the Lonja is the third part of the structure where merchants who could no longer pay their dues were imprisoned.

James Wakefield