I am preparing an article about my city, Valencia, for a website and I have realized that I have many things to tell you about it. So here you have the first one of a series of posts.
Valencia is a very nice and comfortable city to live: big enough to have a wide cultural and services offer, but not too much to be oppressive and make you spend hours to get around. In addition, the weather allows to enjoy walking or riding almost the whole year.
You cannot miss the old town: Plaza de la Virgen, with the cathedral, Plaza de la Reina, Santa Catalina’s tower and La Lonja, the most beautiful ancient building of the city, in my opinion. A visit that you will love is the Almoina, an archaeological site where you will see the historical remains of the city.
From there we can wander through El Carmen neighbourhood, where we find parts of the ancient wall and Arabic remains close to mansions, in addition to being the most alternative neighbourhood of the city, with craft shops, workshops, restaurants and pubs.
We can also do a modernist route to find some nice buildings as the Mercado Central, the Estación dle Norte or the Mercado de Colón.
Finally, a visit to the Ciudad de las Ciencias, a group of buildings that house a complex of cultural and scientific offer. My preferred is the Oceanográfic. It is placed at the end of the Turia Garden, which has became the lung of the city, with gardens, areas for sports and walk and playparks.
If you like museums, I suggest the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, the Museo SanPio V, the Museo Valenciano de la Il.lustració i la Modernitat and the Palaciodel Marqués de Dos Aguas.