From a garden of an arab prince back in the 9th century to the place where the troops of Jaime I in 1238 began the christian conquest of the city. It went through abandonment and marginality during the 70´s and 80´s. Today it has become the focus of all eyes, refuge of artists and designers, paradigm of the modern and alternative, and a hub of nice coffee shops, nice restaurants, bars & clubs.
Valencia’s Old Town is the city’s beating heart. It’s a tangle of mediaeval streets dotted with orange trees and grand monuments like the Silk Exchange, our amazing food market, Mercado Central. Start on a high by scaling the Cathedral’s “Miguelete” Tower for priceless panoramas. Then dive, map-less, into the Carmen neighbourhood and fraternise with locals in every corner.
In Valencia city we are lucky to have three beaches together. Las Arenas – La Malvarrosa – La Patacona.
The beach of Las Arenas is one of the most traditional places in Valencia. Since then, Las Arenas has been a place to meet and celebrate with friends and family. Today, the beach of Las Arenas and Malvarrosa, offer modern restaurants and bars, leisure areas and a long promenade that unites them. Next to the beach of Malvarrosa, and separated by a bridge, is the Patacona Beach, with fine sand and a wide promenade.
After a catastrophic flood, in 1957, the river was diverted to the southern part of the capital and in the old channel, already dry. City of Arts and Sciences, the project, designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, was carried out for its construction in the old Turia bed.