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Old January 31st, 2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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VALENCIA, España


In July 2010, as part of a family holiday to Alfaz del Pi, north of Alicante and just north of Benidorm, I ventured north by bus to Valencia - the regional capital of the autonomous community of Valencia. It is also the 3rd largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.

The city is a must-visit place if in the area. It reminded me a lot of Barcelona, not only in atmosphere, but architecturally and in city layout. There are plenty of wide busy avenues resonating traffic as well as enough narrow streets to get lost in. Of course, the region sports the Valencian language with resembles Catalonian quite a lot and can be seen all over the city on building engravings, plaques and more obviously, street signs. It is integrated into an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar. Its main festival, the Falles, is known worldwide, while the traditional dish, paella, originated around Valencia. The city contains a dense monumental heritage, including the Llotja de la Seda (World Heritage Site since 1996), but its landmark is undoubtedly the City of Arts and Sciences, an avant-garde and futuristic museum complex.

Country: Spain
Region: Valencian Community
Mayor: Rita Barberá
Elevation: 15m (49 ft)
Population
- City: 809,267
- Metro: 1,705,742 to 2,300,000

For more information, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valencia,_Spain

Many photos will follow. Hope you enjoy!
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Old January 31st, 2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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PART I
Parque Parterre to Plaza del Ayuntamiento

My walk began from Parque Parterre, a quiet square in the city centre, adjacent to the Jardines de la Glorieta. I walked down a sidestreet to join the Calle de Cristobal Colón. This major avenue runs southwestwards, later to go past the Plaza de Toros and Estacio del Norte, Valencia's central train terminal. Opposite the train terminal, I followed Avenida del Marqués de Sotelo northwards into Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Plaça de Ajuntament). This is the main square outside the city hall, a busy one way system running around its perimeter.







































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Old January 31st, 2011, 08:20 PM   #3
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Very nice! Looking forward to more.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 11:39 PM   #4
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Why (until recent years) Valencia was not on the tourist trail always puzzled me. It is certainly a magnificent looking city. Looking forward to more photos.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 12:06 PM   #5
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Valencia is lovely. Now people from Madrid can get there in 90 minutes with the high speed train. Both cities are very complementary.

It´s an interesting city for business and leisure.

The City of Arts is incredible too.

Very nice pictures man.

Please if you can send more.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 12:15 PM   #6
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Awesome, very nice photos from Valencia, Mike... well done i also looking forward for the rest of photos
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Old February 1st, 2011, 03:19 PM   #7
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Very nice! Looking forward to more.
Thanks mate, more coming up!

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Why (until recent years) Valencia was not on the tourist trail always puzzled me. It is certainly a magnificent looking city. Looking forward to more photos.
I agree. Valencia is a very interesting city - very diverse, lively and pleasant to walk around in. Plus it has a fascinating history and some unique sites to see such as what JAVICUENCA mentions below - the City of Arts - which I will be showing later. I take it you have been?

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Valencia is lovely. Now people from Madrid can get there in 90 minutes with the high speed train. Both cities are very complementary.

It´s an interesting city for business and leisure.

The City of Arts is incredible too.

Very nice pictures man.

Please if you can send more.
Hi! Yes I agree. That's worth knowing. My third year of university will be spent working abroad, and as I'm studying Spanish, in Spain. If I work in Madrid then I would love to come back to Valencia, perhaps at a different time of year to compare. Or, I would seriously consider working in Valencia as I loved the city.

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Awesome, very nice photos from Valencia, Mike... well done i also looking forward for the rest of photos
Thanks mate! More photos coming up.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 03:30 PM   #8
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PART II
Plaza del Ayuntamiento to Plaza de la Reina

Not much more can be said for this part. Other than, the walk between the two squares was very pleasant through the shaded streets with narrow shopping arcades and randomly plotted old churches. Plaza de la Reina sports the Cathedral, which can be seen with the circular wide tower across the square. At this point I had lunch at the cafe shown towards the end, entertained by the busker.



















































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Old February 1st, 2011, 09:51 PM   #9
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My third year of university will be spent working abroad, and as I'm studying Spanish, in Spain. If I work in Madrid then I would love to come back to Valencia, perhaps at a different time of year to compare. Or, I would seriously consider working in Valencia as I loved the city.



Thanks mate! More photos coming up.
Both cities Madrid and Valencia are great to spend a year working and learn Spanish. If you´re in Madrid you can jump easily to Barcelona, Seville, Segovia, Toledo, Valencia, Burgos, Bilbao...you know, it´s in the middle of Spain. And if you´re in Valencia you can jump to Barcelona, Mallorca, Cuenca or even Andalucia...Valencia has a lovely weather. I was there in October and spent the day in the beach. I didn´t have a bath but it was very pleasant anyway.

Did you try the bycicles? You can rent them anywhere and the city is so easy to see by bycicle...

By the way I tried the new high speed train from Madrid in January and it was wonderful to go to the beach and back in the day...

The light in your pictures is wonderful, MIke, but that´s so easy in Valencia...
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 02:42 AM   #10
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Both cities Madrid and Valencia are great to spend a year working and learn Spanish. If you´re in Madrid you can jump easily to Barcelona, Seville, Segovia, Toledo, Valencia, Burgos, Bilbao...you know, it´s in the middle of Spain. And if you´re in Valencia you can jump to Barcelona, Mallorca, Cuenca or even Andalucia...Valencia has a lovely weather. I was there in October and spent the day in the beach. I didn´t have a bath but it was very pleasant anyway.

Did you try the bycicles? You can rent them anywhere and the city is so easy to see by bycicle...

By the way I tried the new high speed train from Madrid in January and it was wonderful to go to the beach and back in the day...

The light in your pictures is wonderful, MIke, but that´s so easy in Valencia...
That's what I'm looking forward to! I didn't try the bicycles, no. Though that is one of the best ways to see a city. You went to the beach in January? Wouldn't it be a bit chilly, even in Spain? Yes, the light was hard to get right because it was almost too bright giving a lot of contrast between light and shadow. Excellent quality of light though - very similar to that which I had in Madrid.
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More great pictures. Thanks man!It seems you´re walking in the streets of Valencia...
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I like Valencia!
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Fantastic photos, as usual, from Bristol Mike. Have yet to go there but now it's a must.
Let's hope it doesn't become a tourist mecca like Barcelona, that would probably spoil it.
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Such an imposing, sunny place. Fantastic Mike!
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More great pictures. Thanks man!It seems you´re walking in the streets of Valencia...
Thanks. Yes, we were by foot on this occasion.

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Fantastic photos, as usual, from Bristol Mike. Have yet to go there but now it's a must.
Let's hope it doesn't become a tourist mecca like Barcelona, that would probably spoil it.
I don't think it will become like Barcelona in too much of a hurry as, as has already been said, it's slightly off the beaten track caught between two different touristy areas in Spain. Fortunately though, I think the tourist influence is more spread across its sheer size. Although Valencia's size is noticeable, tourism is pretty much to a premium.

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PART III
Plaza de la Reina to Los Torres Quart

Leaving Plaza de la Reina, one goes through a series of narrow streets once more before being faced by two quite notable landmarks of the city - these are the Medieval Corn Exchange (La Lonja) and the Central Market.

The Medieval Corn Exchange is prehaps the finest Gothic style architectural monument, its interior showing 24 columns and built in 1843 for Venetian merchants as the silk exchange. It also became the headquarters for the Maritime Consulate which has a gold leaf, hand carved ceiling. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures.

The Central Market is situated opposite the Medieval Corn Exchange. This was built slightly later in 1928. The variety of food is fantastic, with an array of fruit, vegetables, fish, herbs and spices. Apart from being quite striking on both the inside and out, it is one of the largest markets in Europe.

Behind this, a construction development masked another series of quiet sidestreets leading to Los Torres Quart, a gateway that was once part of the historic city wall.








































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Old February 2nd, 2011, 11:26 PM   #18
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really nice photos.. a very spanish city indeed
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Wonderful city! and photos! Do you have photos of City of sciences as well?
I want to go to Madrid and/or Valencia soon (I have been to Barcelona). I think Valencia has a lot of sun even in the winter.
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beautiful and lovely despite the eclectic architecture.
I've never seen as many pictures as these of Valecia and it charms me.
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