Valencia: 2 Great Reasons to Visit

Valencia. Image: Reiseuhu, unsplash.
Valencia. Image: Reiseuhu, unsplash.

Valencia is the third most populous city in Spain. It is also the capital of the homonymous state and the Valencian community. However, it is not just a typical Spanish historic center. What sets Valencia apart from other cities are these combinations between the modern and the past.

Valencia is the city of walls and great medieval buildings, as well as of the modern, which transits between technology, science and contemporary art. Equally, it is the city for vacationing, for sunbathing and sea in the Mediterranean. Above all, this is what makes Valencia one of the most complete destinations in Europe. Surely, these are the 3 reasons that will make you want to travel and enjoy Valencia.

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2 Reasons To Discover Valencia

Image: Tamara Malanin, Unsplash.
Image: Tamara Malanin, Unsplash.

Now we will talk about the main reasons to visit this city:

  1. Medieval City;
  2. Modern Valencia.

Medieval City

Image: Jacques Phillippe, Unsplash.
Image: Jacques Phillippe, Unsplash.

We open our range of must-see places to visit in the Historic Center of Valencia, with La Lonja de la Seda. World Heritage Site, which truly is one of the most beautiful architectural works of the Gothic style.

Another emblematic place is the Gothic-style Cathedral dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. It is noteworthy that it underwent Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical transformations.

There is also the Palácio del Marques de Dos Aguas. This was the residence of the Rabassa de Perellós family, a magnificent building located right in the center of Valencia. This monumental building, which attracts the attention of those who contemplate it for its originality and richness of the artistic decoration of its facades and its splendid interior, was built in the 15th century by the Rabassa Perellós family.

Image: Marisa Cornelsen, Unsplash.
Image: Marisa Cornelsen, Unsplash.

As a walled city, Valencia has two large entrance towers, the Torres de Quart and the Torres de Serranos. Today, these two monuments are the main vestiges of the old medieval wall that surrounded and protected the place.

Torres de Quart is a pair of twin towers that were part of the medieval wall that surrounded the old city of Valencia, whose function was to defend the city.

The Torres de Serranos should be seen from the front and from the back, since its appearance varies greatly with the angle from which it is viewed. Puerta de Serranos is one of the twelve gates that guarded the ancient Christian wall of the city of Valencia, Spain. It is in Valencian Gothic style, from the end of the 14th century.

Modern Valencia

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Image: Martjin Vonk, Unsplash.

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, in Spanish, is one of the main attractions of a modern Valencia, which preserves the old, with an eye on the future.

However, it is a cultural and leisure center that was opened in 1998, so that the local community could have a first-class family space, such as the L’Hemisfèric planetarium, the IMAX cinema, and the L’ Umbracle, which is a botanical collection of plant species native to Valencia.

This is the second oceanographic site in the world, opened in 2003 and currently has more than 500 aquatic species, organized into 10 areas, each with a different setting. It is undeniably a breathtaking place. For example, the Arctic Tank, will amaze you with the whales swimming.

It is also a unique experience to go through the undersea tunnel, which is the largest in Europe. Plus, you’ll be walking underneath sharks, literally. The feeling is incredible, we hope you enjoy this adventure!

So, following a modern Valencia, you must visit this central market. It is a great example of the avant-garde architecture of this charming city. In this sense, this market is perceived as a part of history that already visualized the future, on the one hand because of Art Nouveau architecture and on the other because it is a modernist work. So worth knowing.

Anyway, we hope that our suggestions will help you in your travel planning and if you go to Spain, don’t forget to stop by Valencia. You will love it!

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