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“Valencia Spanish City Break - Travel Tips” 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, England
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6 reviews
36 helpful votes
“Valencia Spanish City Break - Travel Tips”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2010

In Spanish Valencia is pronounced with a ‘th’ in the middle instead of the ‘c’. To pronounce it properly touch your tongue on your top teeth as if you were saying the word ‘the’. Most of the buildings outside the centre of Valencia are ugly colourless apartment buildings. There is a lot of graffiti and some parts of the city look like a building site where the workers went home three years ago and forgot to return. The landscape is flat and there is a lot of industry, but do not panic. The whole city is not like this. The centre of Valencia is stunning which contrasts significantly with the ugly high rise blocks of the suburbs. It also has some very interesting futuristic new buildings and a fine beach. The city of Valencia is a great place for a weekend city break.

The Medieval and Roman urban grid of streets with winding narrow lanes provide shadow and shelter from the heat of the torrid Valencian Summers. It is easy to get lost in this labyrinth. You will find beautifully renovated palaces, posh stores, charming squares, and restaurants with character, trendy and busy bars, but be prepared, you will also see decrepit, shabby areas and dilapidated places. People in Valencia speak two languages: Spanish and a dialect of Catalan known as Valencian. You will notice this reflected in the street signs as they are bi-lingual. The most traditional zone for shopping in Valencia is in the southern part of the historic centre, along the streets of Colón, Roger de Lauria, Don Juan de Austria, Poeta Querol, Barcas, Pintor Sorolla, Cirilo Amorós.

Valencia is Spain's 3rd largest city and has an outstanding fiesta and festival scene that rivals the south! The best time of year to come is in mid-March for the Las Fallas festival where they build giant paper mache dolls, light giant bonfires and set off fireworks. It is a little bit like Britain's bonfire night but bigger and lots more fun. If you are going for a weekend break remember that as this is a catholic country most shops are closed on Sunday. Plan to do you shopping on Saturday. Many of the Museums close on Monday so check the internet to find opening days. Also remember that many shops and museums close for a long siesta lunch break of at least 2 hours normally between 14.00 -1600. If you are going to look around the many churches make sure you dress appropriately. No exposed shoulders and very short skirts or shorts.

Craig Moore - www.MooreTravelTips.com

4 Thank P175634
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6 reviews
7 helpful votes
“Valencia is nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2010

Valencia is a nice place to see during their religious holidays. They have cool parades that are interesting to see if you haven't already.
Valencia is a beach town. The city centre itself is a bit far form the beach but you could see the beach and the town in two days and that's not rushing.

Natives visit Valencia from all over central Spain. Near Valencia look out for the Tomatina festival in Bruno in August!

1 Thank SamanthayElena
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North Wales
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43 reviews
43 helpful votes
“Changed my opinion on Spain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2010

Following disastorous trips to Barcelona (full of eastern european migrants hell bent on ripping you off, stealing from you or picking your pockets) to a disappointing visit to Lanzagrotty (miserable,unhelpful staff in hotels,restaurants and shops plus a real need for a lick of paint and a general tidy up) we ventured to Spain for the 3rd time, and stayed in a villa outside Valencia. We spent a wonderful day visiting a truelly magnificent city, which has clearly identified and addressed the needs of its visitors. We drove into the city (not for the faint hearted or anyone not blessed with eyes in the back of their heads!!) and found free on street parking in abundance on the Paseo de la Alameda ( dont be put off by the sight of young North African males apparently trying to guide you into vacant spaces, they appear to be doing it to get a tip for helping you, ignore them and find your own space, they are free after all.) This street is located just north of the 'L'Oceanografic', one of the new modern buildings that adorn the city skyline and make finding your car again afterwards much easier.
Crossing the road onto Calle Menorca puts you on the 'BusTouristic' route, where for 14 euros you get access to the maritime bus route around the port and the newer part of the city, (there are a couple of points on this route where you can change buses and catch the historical route ( no additional fee, 14 euros is for both bus routes). which takes you to the many historical and religous venues and museums around the city.
The many squares are pedestrian friendly with lovely street cafes and tapas bars, tourist offices are easily located for any infomation you need about your immediate location or the city in general, and the comforting sight of police officers milling about clearly makes the whole experience feel safe.
A visit to Valencia's cathedral is well worth it but scaling the bell tower again is not for the faint hearted, 207 gruelling steps of pain! but the view is worth it, a 360 degree panoramic view of the whole city and some.
All in all I dont know if I've changed my opinion of Spain, but Valencia, well thats a different story..........go there you wont be disappointed.

3 Thank Bruno1207
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49 reviews
56 helpful votes
“The City of Arts and Sciences”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2010

The City of Arts and Sciences, that super modern place of Valencia, with amazing architecture... In fact it's a big complex, with some very interesting buildings. First, the museum of science "Princie Felipe". There are of course permanent and temporary exhibitions, but also all kind of interactive experiments, some free, some you have to buy tickets but they are very cheap... you can enjoy all kind of activities concerning the evolution of life, science, technology, psychology, in a very educational and tempting way. The slogan of the museum is: “It is prohibited not to touch, not to feel, not to think”.
By the way i saw there an IBM computer built between 1957 and 1962, "small" like a closet... ha ha ha... (Then, the Hemispheric, a spectacular building representing a human eye: the eye of wisdom... Inside there is the largest screen room in Spain, housing two projection systems in a concave screen covering more than 900 square metres where you can see documentarties from different domains (in spanish, german, english, french at your choice - a simple button of the special kind of helemt that you receive at the entrance). I saw a very interesting one about the Egyptian mummies.
L'Oceanografic, the largest aquarium in Europe, composed by different building presenting the life form the seas and the oceans. You can also participate to a show with dolphins, very interesting and enjoyable.
Then, the Umbracle, like a gorgeous garden housing an open-air art gallery with sculptures made by contemporary artists.
And last, but not least, the Palace of Arts, "Reina Sophia", containing 4 halls where there are organized all kind of classic music, opera and ballet shows.
The entire complex is almost 2 km long and you can enjoy the time even simply walking and admiring the buildings.

2 Thank Cristina M
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Brussels, Belgium
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21 reviews
19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2010

Valecia was a pleasant surprise! There are many interesting places to visit in the town centre, the Cathedral, beautiful 'modernista' indoor markets (Central and Colon), gothic baroque buidlings and churches. There's something for everyone's taste. Modern buildings by Santiago Calatrava.
Not far a beach, not the best in Spain but worth going to for a day if you need to relax.
Great food and wine too.

1 Thank Julvan
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