VENICE DREAM COASTAL ENVIRONMENT
Venice Dreamy Coastal environment, this warm Mediterranean port city lives up to the local saying «a piece of fallen sky to earth «. Under the warm rays of the Southern Sun, the city’s palm-fringed squares are full of life, and their churches glow with brightly colored tile cupolas. As the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Valencia, the city is rich in cultural heritage. Magnificent historical monuments, such as the 15th century silk Exchange, the Palace of the Marquise of the EIGHTEENTH century and the Museum of Fine Arts, narrate the story of a wealthy merchant and an aristocratic past. However, Valencia has entered the 21st century with gusto. The elegant Institute of modern art, along with the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, immerses tourists in a new world of artistic and scientific discoveries.
City of Arts and Sciences
This Modern architectural marvel is located at the end of the rerouted Turia River. Along the water sits a number of futuristic and unique buildings, including the well-known Oceanografic aquarium. They Also include L’hemisferic, which resembles a giant eye that can be opened and closed, and contains a planetarium and an IMAX theater. The Museum of the main Sciences is a natural history Museum designed to parecser a skeleton of a whale. The Agora is a high-pitched sports field, and Palau’s opera house has four theatres, an opening roof, and mobile platforms to connect between floors. The City is connected by a garden promenade with native vegetation of Valencia, and a beautiful hanging bridge.
The Silk Market
This magnificent Gothic structure was built in the 15TH century to house the silk bag of the city, the market where the famous Valencian silk was marketed (to be sold throughout Europe). One of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture in Europe, the building resembles a medieval castle with its altivado exterior and formidable Tower. The façade has richly decorated doors, decorative windows and gargoyles (the grotesque carved creatures that function as jets of water). The main hallway has rich stellar vault in crooked columns. Visitors can climb the 144 stone steps of the tower’s helical staircase. From the top of the tower, the views of the city are breathtaking. This attraction is open to the public every day. On Sundays, the Lonja is used as a venue for exhibitions of coins and stamps.
The Central Market in Valencia
This Public Market is considered to be one of the oldest European markets that continue to operate. It’S Open six days a week, and closed on Sundays. The Modernist Roofing building that houses the market was built in 1914, and contains a series of beautiful stained glass windows and space for more than 400 merchants. Shoppers can find gifts, souvenirs and food items. Of particular attention are the annexes of fish and offal. For those who just want to absorb the ambiance, a large tapas bar is located in the middle of the market in full view of many of the shops.
The main beach of the city of Valencia, La Malvarrosa, is a wide and open beach with fine sand along the Mediterranean waters. Next to the beach is the seafront promenade, a magnificent promenade, where tourists can enjoy walking, roller-skating, or stopping in a restaurant for a delicious paella and a glass of wine. The House of the Valencian writer Vicente Blasco Ibáñez is located on the Malvarrosa beach and has become a museum with an exhibition of his personal belongings and literary works.
City Hall Square
The City’s central urban Square (actually a triangle) is flanked by many of the city’s major buildings. These include the City Hall and the main post office, the Cinemográfico Institute and the Rialto Theatre. The decoration of the square is a circular fountain, a wall of flower stands and a statue of the hero of Valencia, Francesc de Vinatea. The Falles Festival has several main events happening in the Square, making it the place to visit in the spring. The tours of the many historical events here are available, and include tours of several of the most important buildings.
Cathedral of Valencia
This ornate and hexagonal cathedral is the largest church in the city, and dates back to the 13TH century, although it took almost two centuries to complete. It Is A combination of several architectural styles, and the interior is decorated with many paintings from the 15TH century. OF Special note is a chalice in the collection of this cathedral, which has been defended by many as the true Holy Grail. Whether true or not, the Chalice has become a name for itself as the official papal chalice, most recently by Pope Benedict. The 1St century Cup was a gift from the king of Spain in 1438.
National Museum of Ceramics
The González Marti National Ceramics Museum is located in a 15TH century palace that was refurbished in the Rococo architectural style. The main entrance is crowned by a statue of the Virgin Mary, who pours twin fountains out of her hands. Named after the collector who established it, the Museum houses ceramic pieces from several different places, including Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and prehistoric times. Traditional Spanish pieces from regions such as Manises, Paterna and Alcora Are exhibited, as well as a series of contemporary pieces. These include some works by Picasso.
Jardines de Turia
These Gardens, the largest urban gardens in Spain, were created when the river Turia, prone to flooding, was diverted by the city. The old riverbed of the river was formed in the garden of Turia, and includes a bike path through the city, along with several attractions. The gardens are not only well-landscaped, they have several fun attractions for others, including sports courts and fields, giant chessboards, Skate parks, fountains, and much more. It Is a way to walk to the city of Arts and Sciences, the towers of Serranos, Bioparc, and much more.
Created in 2008, the BIOPARC is owned by the city of Valencia, but managed by a zoological company for profit. It Is located along the Turia Gardens, and has a modern concept of having habitats designated for animals that are visited by people. Instead of separating animals from people by railings and cages, they use natural forms such as large rocks, ditches, and rivers to keep them separate. African animals are the highlight of the zoo, although there are a number of examples of other ecosystems in the world as well.
Torres de Serranos (Old Town Gate)
This impressive milestone is a symbol of Valencia. The Towers of Serranos represent an old gate of the old town and evoke a time in which the city was surrounded by ramparts of defense. The city walls were built in the 14TH century on Roman foundations. In 1930, the Serrano Towers were restored to their former glory. From these huge Towers, visitors can take panoramic views of the cityscape. The Arch of the entrance door features Gothic decorative details and two city shields.
This highlight of the City of Arts and Sciences is a tribute to the spectacular oceanic life of the Mediterranean off the Valencian coast. It Is the largest of its kind in Europe, with more than 11 million gallons of water, and 45000 individuals of 500 different species. This includes a huge area of dolphins, a tank of sharks and rays, and much more in nine huge underwater Towers. The Aquarium is divided by Geographic region into ten sections, covering everything from the Arctic to the Equator, with a special note played to the marine life of the local Mediterranean.