Valencia—A Classical and Dynamic City

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Properties for sale in Valencia, ESP

ESSENTIALS

Population:1,500,000 metropolitan area
Language:Spanish, but English widely spoken
Currency:Euro.

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Located in the center of the Spanish Mediterranean coast, Valencia basks in more than 300 days of sun each year, making its fabulous beaches the main attraction.


Located in the center of the Spanish Mediterranean coast, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. Valencia basks in more than 300 days of sun each year, making its fabulous beaches the main attraction. Windsurfing, waterskiing, jet-skiing, kite-surfing, snorkeling, game fishing, jogging, beach volleyball, Frisbee catch, or rollerblading on the promenade can be enjoyed just minutes from the urban center on Malvarrosa Beach. The biggest beach night of the year is The Festival of San Juan held during June's summer solstice, when the night sky explodes with huge firework displays, while spectacular bonfires dot the shoreline and music is carried on the night breeze. In late summer and autumn, the beach is transformed into an open-air cinema for nightly film showings.

The perfect confluence of wind, waves, and sun accounts for the city’s most famous water sport: sailing. For the second consecutive time, Valencia hosted the quadrennial America’s Cup in 2010. In 2007, Valencia became the first European city in the Cup’s 150-year history to host this Holy Grail of yachting. How fitting, considering that many historians believe that the biblical Holy Grail, is on prominent display in the city’s cathedral. Valencia’s other global sporting event is the Formula One Grand Prix of Europe, which takes place on the city’s urban circuit.

The city’s historic layers, dating back to Roman and Moorish times and up to the Renaissance period to the exuberance of the Art Deco era, are all on display in the center of this ancient city. The main nightlife district is, undoubtedly, the Barrio del Carmen, where Bohemian tradition rubs shoulders with modernity. Its quiet cafés invite visitors to savor the evening on outdoor terraces and watch the historic buildings’ metamorphoses under the use of artistic exterior lighting. “Clubbers” can also find more energetic venues for music and dancing. Like all Spaniards, Valencians have a great appreciation for a vibrant and rich lifestyle. In fact, one of the main treasures they enjoy the most is undoubtedly the wide range of Valencian cuisine—paella being the king dish.

Their cheerful character is reflected in each of the celebrations held throughout the year, either religious or civil. Valencia’s Holy Week celebrations are considered to be one of the most colorful in all of Spain, while during the festival of Las Fallas, celebrated in March, the city’s population swells three-fold to watch ninots, or large puppets cathartically burned in effigy.

Not to be missed is Valencia’s Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the city’s testament to modern architecture as art. Designed by native son Santiago Calatrava, this arresting collection of science, natural history, and art museums, as well as an IMAX theater, forms what is considered among the most avant-garde of modern architecture on the continent. The complex’s L’Oceanogràfic is Europe’s largest aquarium. This area has become one of the most renowned residential areas in the city, with prominent properties featured for sale by Rimontgó.

The museum is situated on the dry riverbed of the old Turia River, re-diverted long ago after centuries of dangerous flash flooding and now an urban park offering seven kilometers of a jogging, cycling, or strolling paradise. The park snakes under an array of fantastic bridges, each architecturally distinct, and terminates at Parque de Cabecera. This is an exquisitely planned parkland that has an artificial lake perfect for canoeing or paddle boating and an outdoor auditorium that hosts live music and theater throughout the year.

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