The city of Valencia is the capital of the autonomous region of Valencia, in Spain. Known as the third largest city in the entire country, the city had long been known as an industrial city, particularly due to its strategic location. For many centuries, Valencia had served as an international gateway into the Mediterranean.
Today, Valencia is gaining a reputation as one of the prime tourist destination where commerce, culture and history thrive together in perfect harmony. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the city is the City of Arts and Sciences. This futuristic complex is now recognized one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city. The complex boasts an avant-garde design and a symbol of where the city of Valencia is heading.
For a taste of the old and the historic, head out to the Llotja de la Seda. Built in the year 1548, this remarkable fortress has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as an exquisite example of Gothic architecture as well as reminder of the contribution the city of Valencia had and continues to give to Spain as a whole.
The best time to head out to Valencia is during the month of May during the Fallas Festival. Known throughout the country as a spectacular display of food, art and color, the Fallas Festival is held annually in honor of St. Joseph. Apart from the gigantic figures that fill the streets, locals and tourists alike are treated to a vast array of food including the paella of which the city is well-known for. In the afternoon, the plaza comes alive with fireworks display that is done at the historic Plaça de l'Ajuntament.