Valencia is the capital of the region and with its suburbs, the city has almost one million inhabitants and thus becomes Spain’s third largest city, after Madrid and Barcelona. In recent years, Valencia has turned into a modern, inviting city.
Here is also a large industry, the car industry is significant, many Swedes certainly do not know it, but Spain is one of Europe’s largest car manufacturers and a large part of the cars are made in Valencia. There is also one of Europe’s largest ports.
The Perfect Destination for Long Weekends
Judging from the number of partygoers from all around the world who have chosen this place for their unforgettable Valencia stag do weekends, this place has a lot to offer. Naturally, all visitors start the adventure from the inviting city center and start to encircle the city with long relaxing walks through Spanish history.
Valencia’s modern center has wide avenues and a wide range of shops. The older central parts of the city are charming with narrow alleys, churches, and palaces. A large part of the old medieval ring wall is preserved and at several of the city gates, the magnificent towers still remain. Of the older buildings, the medieval cathedral is most worth seeing. Not far from the cathedral is La Loncha Palace, which was used for silk sales during ancient times.
For those with a special interest, a visit to the ceramics museum Museo Nacional de Ceramica is necessary, for others, it is mainly the entrance that attracts visitors. The museum is housed in an old palace with a marble gate in a decorated baroque style. In addition, Valencia’s Market Hall is one of the city’s major attractions and offers a lively spectacle, the Market Hall is one of Europe’s largest and even one of the oldest that is still working.
In the modern parts of the city, there are Valencia’s latest attractions, the Arts and Science City, which was built during the start of the 21 century. Here, the star architect Santiago Calatrava, who is from Valencia, created an imaginatively breathtaking but also insane creation that can not be missed! The buildings are shown on the picture to the left look like giant beetles and now attracts people interested in architecture from all over the world.
Valencia’s most famous beach is called Playa de Levante and the distance from the city center is ten minutes by taxi. At Playa de Levante there are several good restaurants where you shouldn’t miss the chance to taste the genuine Pella. For drinking, you might guess that beer is a great seller because of the climate and you are more than right. The tap water is drinkable but tastes nothing further. Do as the natives and order mineral water “agua mineral”. Mineral water with carbon dioxide is called “agua con gas”.
The Valencian region really has a warm climate for viticulture but the local red wine has become better in recent years thanks to new technology, and yet gourmets still stick to other Spanish districts such as Rioja, Navarra, Penedés and Ribera del Duero found in most restaurants. The taverns buy their bottles directly from the wholesaler, which means that the price of a good reserve is not much higher than what one has to pay in a store.
North of Valencia lies the province of Castellón with several major coastal resorts mainly for Spanish tourists. Here you can find many luxurious holiday apartments owned by Spaniards from Valencia or Madrid. In the northern parts of the Valencian region and inland, agriculture is important. The fertile coastal strip is dominated by artificially irrigated horticulture with citrus, tropical fruits, vegetables, and rice.