Valencia—versatility in recreation
A charming and flourishing city in Spain, Valencia is a delight to the tourists. It has many attractions to please the visitors. As a place steeped in history it offers many insights into European history but its equally modern complexion attracts tourists from all over Europe and the rest of the world.
The Quart Towers, bell towers of Micalet and Santa Catalina Church, Cathedral of Valencia are some of the historical sights. Barrio del Carman is replete with old Roman and Arabian remains. Basilica of Virgin is of magnificent style. Even the present modern railway station is designed in such a modern fashion that is considered as a masterpiece in present day architectural form. Real Collegio del Corpus Christi is a stylish monument. There are many renowned relics declared by the UNESCO as World Heritage sites. Some of the Churches constructed during Renaissance period are breath-taking in grace and style.
Special mention must be made of City of Arts and Science, a futuristic structure designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava which has an opera house, science museum, a planetarium and an oceanographic park as well! This is a grand construction not only for sheer aesthetic delight but for entertainment and instruction as well! There are other fine museums in Valencia like Fallero Museum, Cathedral Diocesan Museum
The north coast of Valencia, close to capital has Malvarrosa Beach and Marine Sports complex Port Saplaya. There are plenty of amusement and relaxation centres in and around this place to make the visitors totally refresh and relax himself! Swimming, hiking, playing, lazily dozing, drinking and eating are not mechanically done here but infuse a spirit of relaxation and adventure!
Though the Botanical Gardens have its roots in medieval times, the present form largely exists from the beginning of the 19th century. Nearly 4,000 species of trees have been added and the meticulous preservation and propagation of nature’s treasures have enhanced the instructive role of the park. In contrast you have Mont forte Gardens full of neo-classical features, delighting the tourist with contrasting natural settings! The Royal Nursery Gardens and River Turia old gardens are also places which must be visited by the tourist. Maritime Museum and Museum of the Patriarch are other useful places to be seen.
The 112 km coastal area in Valencia is remarkable for outdoor and maritime sports. People enjoy with various games and activities besides routine hiking and swimming. There are plenty of amusement parks and recreational activities to sooth the mind from the year-long work activity.
Restaurants offer nice food and drinks and then, of course, the tourist can indulge in cultured night life. Music goes on till daybreak and there is choice food and wine at competitive rates. Apart from splendid local varieties food, European, Asian and American varieties also satiate the appetite of the discerning visitor.
There are star hotels and hostels and dormitories to suit the taste and pocket of diverse types of visitors. But hospitality is ensured at all places. Transport is no problem for the individual or family or business groups.
What with local special festivals and festive atmosphere round the year, Valencia treats its visitors with great concern. Body and mind get refreshed and stimulated.