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Holidays to Valencia

Valencia is situated along the curve of the Mediterranean where the French border and the Costa de Valencia River meet. Though technically part of Spain, Valencia is an autonomous community that shares much of its language, culture, and history with Spain but is itself unique. In fact, because the city only became part of Spain in the 15th century, the Catalonian language persisted. The Spanish that is spoken there now is a rich dialect of the ancient Catalonian language.

What was once coastal farmland now attracts visitors from all over the world. Holidays to Valencia attract plenty of beach lovers since the rugged coastline is so very inviting. The coast of Valencia is also dotted with small, fortified towns and charming villages that make such holidays a wonderful experience.

Because Valencia is such an old city, it has a lot of history. One of the most important things to see when in Valencia is the old city of Girona, one of the few places that show how different cultures and religions once got along, with Jewish, Christian, and Islamic monuments only steps from each other. Another taste of history can be achieved in the Barri del Carme neighbourhood, the old city centre. There are many outdoor cafes, trendy shops, and an eclectic mix of people. The streets of this area lend evidence to the fact that the history has not been forgotten though modern influences do persist.

In recent years, food enthusiasts have argued that creative gastronomy has moved from France to Spain, particularly into this region, making Valencia holidays perfect for food connoisseurs. Stop by some of the wonderful restaurants in the area, particularly in Costa Brava and Ampurda.

Art lovers will be thrilled on Valencia holidays with a visit to the Dali Museum located in Figueres. If you are a real Salvador Dali fan, then you may also want to trek to Cap de Creus and visit the artist’s home.

The Torres de Quart, which is found at the end of the Calle Quart, is a medieval tower that was part of an ancient wall that surrounded the old city centre. The tower shows evidence of its age but is still a sight to see. You can also see the Torres de Serrano, also part of the ancient wall, though both of these towers have been renovated and modernised in recent years.

Over the last two decades, Valencia has grown into a mecca of art and culture. Parts of this cultural rebirth are the inclusion of the festivals that are held. If your holidays to Valencia take place in March, do not miss the chance to experience Las Fallas. It is a week of fireworks, food, solemn processions, and bonfires. It is one of the best festivals in Europe.

 
 
 
 
 

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