Discovering The Beauty Of Valencia
In the middle of Spain's Mediterranean coastline, the city of Valencia is the third largest in Spain. It sits opposite the Balearic Islands and has a group
of mountains as a backdrop. Beautiful beaches are just a fraction of what make Valencia popular with holidaymakers.
Founded in 138 BC, Valencia is a city steeped in culture and rich history. Much of this is evident in its architecture. Occupied at various times by
different groups, Valencia is better for it. Counted among those who once called the city home are the Romans, Greeks, Moors, Visigoths and
Aragonese. Much of the existing architecture is a remnant of the Muslim occupation. Chief of these are the Banos del Almirante bathhouse and
minaret of an old mosque.
Each group that came took and left something of their culture in Valencia. The Moors are credited for bringing an irrigation system. This system is still
in use today. They took olives, so central to Mediterranean diet, oranges and rice to Valencia.
Its strong economy is largely driven by tourism. Valencia also possesses the largest port on the Mediterranean West Coast. Here too is located the
renown Turia Gardens and the City of Arts and Sciences. The city is also home to a UNESCO Heritage Site Monument, the Gothic building of La
Sightseeing in Valencia
Valencia has always been a popular destination with Europeans. American holidaymakers also like to explore Valencia's Mediterranean charm.
What started out as an industrial municipality gradually changed its tone, making it more tourist-friendly. A number of old landmarks were restored and
a construction boom saw the development of new structures. The most prominent of these is the Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias or City of Arts
The City of Arts and Science may well be Valencia's best known attraction. This futuristic complex was built to welcome the new millennium. Its
amazing architecture and size have inspired the nickname "city within a city."
Sightseeing tours generally begin in the o