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Valencia

From the remains of the Roman Forum, to the emblematic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of the Arts and Sciences), Valencia has transformed its layout, while preserving monuments that are a living testimony of bygone periods.

The city of Valencia started out as a Roman colony known as Valentia while Décimo Junio Bruto was cónsul. Centuries later, during the presence of the Arabs in the area, Valencia recovered its splendour and was one of the main urban centres in the eastern area of Al-Andalus. In 1238 the city was definitively conquered by the monarch Jaime I, then becoming part of the Kingdom of Valencia.

The historic centre preserves a great artistic legacy. The Cathedral houses the tower most closely identified with Valencia from outsiders, the Miguelete (the Cathedral’s gothic bell tower). The remains of the ancient medieval walls are represented by two old gates: the Serrano Tower and the Quart Tower.

Moreover, the city owns two outstanding gothic buildings of the 15th century: the Palau de la Generalitat, site of the Government, and the Lonja de la Seda (the Silk Exchange), the latter being a World Heritage Site. On the other hand, art nouveau has also left its mark on the city with examples such as the Mercado Central, made from iron, glass and tiles and the Mercado de Colón.

In addition to this architectural legacy important museums grace the city like the Valencian Institute of Modern Art or Museo de Bellas Artes San Pío V among others. One of the most symbolic is the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of the Arts and Sciences), a futuristic complex housing the L'Hemisfèric Cinema-Planetarium; the Palace of the Arts, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum; and the Universal Oceanographic. Valencia, Oceanographic

The Turia Gardens, in the riverbed of the Turia, offer one of the largest leisure areas in the city.The Palau de la Música situated in such an environment, has become one of the most important musical centres in Spain. The festive nature of the people of Valencia is represented in the festival of las Fallas. Valencia, Turia Gardens

During this celebration, enormous 'fallas' or papier-mâché monuments, usually with a satirical theme, are erected in the capital's streets and squares. On the night of the 19th of March, the night of the 'cremà', the fallas are burnt, with the exception of the best ninot (caricatural figures), which is pardoned and exhibited in the Fallas Museum.

Valencia has been selected as the host of the 32nd America’s Cup.Since then the creation of the Port America’s Cup, has transformed part of the commercial port into a purpose-built facility for the world’s greatest yacht race. This is where the 12 teams have their bases and the public can enjoy every second of the competition’s atmosphere. A new superyacht pier has also been built.

Two new public marinas are being built adding over 600 new berths for yachts. To complete the surroundings, a new public space is being created allowing close links to the ’s Cup, the Port and the sea. Featuring a wide variety of local and international cuisine, and everything from nightclubs to cafés, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at Port America’s Cup. Entertainment, activities and games are spread throughout the area, meaning there’s always something to do,see and participate in.

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