Marvel at the collision of old-world charm and modern architectural genius in Valencia – Spain's gateway to the Mediterranean. Among the baroque cathedrals, bustling plazas and engineering masterpieces, you'll find friendly locals, inspired artists and a rich cultural heritage.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
World-famous architect Santiago Calatrava has made his mark on Valencia with the impressive City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències). This beautiful complex consists of a cinema, garden, theatre, planetarium, science museum and more!
The waters off Valencia are considered some of Europe's best sailing grounds. And you'll have every right to feel like a real pro sailing these seas – they played host to the 2005 America's Cup.
If you want a taste of all Valencia has to offer – the fresh seafood, mountain herbs, field-grown grains – you've got to try the local paella. Although there are many varieties of this rice dish, the Valencian paella is usually made with only the freshest ingredients in a cast-iron pan over a wood fire. Satisfy your thirst with a taste of horchata, a popular tiger nut drink found at any of the local bars surrounding the cathedrals. Rice dishes are a sought after main course at the Malvarrosa Beach restaurants, particularly La Rosa.
As with its architecture and culture, Valencia's shopping offers a combination of old and new. Whether you're looking for time-honoured crafts or ultra-chic fashions, you're sure to find the perfect shop. Be aware that the shops here usually follow the typical hours of a Spanish workday – open from around 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As part of the European Union, Spain's official currency is the euro (EUR). Credit cards and traveller's cheques are also widely accepted.
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