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In the Catalan region of Spain, Valencia, surrounded by orange trees, is the third biggest city in terms of population of the country. Located in the east of Sp...
In the Catalan region of Spain, Valencia, surrounded by orange trees, is the third biggest city in terms of population of the country. Located in the east of Spain, on the banks of the Mediterranean, the city is an important cultural, artistic, tourism and industrial center. Valencia is also very active with its nightlife, music festivals, beaches and bullfighting arenas. At the same time, Valencia is also appreciated by the historical texture that Visigoths, Romans and Andalusians are doing daily. Valencia, with its IMAX cinema Hemisferic, opera house Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, activity center Agora, botanical park Umbrella and Europe's largest aquarium Oceanologic, built by modern architects, we will advise you to visit the City of Science and Art It also has famous beaches like Malvarossa. The city, where you can find both the international representatives of the world cuisines and the richness of the Mediterranean cuisine, is home to the world famous "paella", a kind of yellow rice dish. Valencia, where you can think of different '' paella '' with seafood, chicken, game meat, sausage, hot dogs, red wine cocktail 'sangria' which is a gift of Spain to the world and contains fruit pieces as well as a small amount of vodka or rum ' 'is also very assertive about.
Where to stay in Valencia
1. The Old City - El Carmen
El Carmen, the most popular accommodation district in the city, is the richest place in Valencia in terms of history and architecture. In fact, Valencia University and its most important members belong to this region.
On the other hand, I must say it is moving, crowded and sometimes overwhelming. El Carmen is the ideal answer to the question of where to stay in Valencia - especially for those who are interested in the city, and for those with limited time in the city - which will provide transportation in a very short time.
2. Las Arenas
El Carmen and its tourist attractions can be reached by bus or metro in 15-20 minutes. The city beach and its surroundings are ideal for those who want to spend their vacation in Las Arenas with the sea, sun, sand. In fact, you do not need to mention a lot about hotels, boutique hotels, pensions, restaurants, cafes and bars.
The modern face of Valencia with its wide boulevards, luxurious shops, well-kept residences is Marina District. There are more rooms in this area, more rooms, 4 or 5 star large hotels. Although it is a lively area, it is a quieter area than El Carmen.
4. Turia River Bed
Almost 9 kilometers long is one of the greenest areas in the city. This area is also home to many attractions and events. The famous Science and Art Museum, Prince Felipe Science Museum and Valencian Aquarium are also located here. In fact, to describe this region in one word I would say "decent".
5. El Cabanyal
Perhaps the least touristy part of Valencia is El Cabanyal. On the other hand, populations are increasing day by day. In the past, the city of Valencia (El Carmen) was surrounded by walls so that poor people could not get in and out as the marina, Las Arenas, and this area were outside the city walls. It is actually 20 minutes away by metro or bus, but even today the El Cabanyal is like a completely different city. The most important feature is that accommodation and all other amenities are much more affordable.
5 ★ Caro Hotel
Caro Hotel is a historic building dating from the 19th century in El Carmen and decorated in a natural way. The Caro Hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. The 36-room hotel is located within a few minutes' walk of the Valencia Cathedral, the Viking De Lok Desamparados Basilica, the Carmen Towns, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Serranos Towers. Booking.com scores 9.3 as a difficult achievement.
The Caro Hotel is a highly sophisticated option, but I would recommend anyone who is affordable, although it is a bit expensive.
4 ★ Vincci LYS
There is also a restaurant and bar at the Vincci LYS Hotel which is an individual for those looking for a stylish and comfortable hotel in Valencia's central El Carmen. The hotel is located very close to the Norte Train Station and the breakfast is very popular with all guests with its rich content. There is also the Colón metro stop 400 meters from the hotel. The modern and stylish decoration combined with the central location is where I stay in Valencia.
The Valencia Bullring Arena, Principal Theater and Rialto Theater are some of the closest tourist attractions.
4 ★ Cathedral Suites Hotel
19-room (all suites) boutique hotel located 50 meters from Valencia's Cathedral in El Carmen. Despite having a kitchen in all rooms of the Cathedral Suites, the hotel also has a restaurant and bar where basic snacks are served. The rooftop swimming pool is another beauty of the hotel.
The Cathedral Suites Home is a peaceful and comfortable accommodation option with its spacious white décor, located in the center of historic sites such as the Valencian Archbishop building, Manises Square, Micalet.
3 ★ Catalonia Excelsior
Catalonia Excelsior is another and somewhat more affordable alternative in El Carmen. A member of the Catalonia Oteller Chain, the hotel also has a restaurant, bar and fitness room. Decorated in a modern style, the rooms are very comfortable and can also be preferred for meetings, conferences and business trips.
Located 300 meters from L'Ajuntament (Ayuntamiento) bus stop, the hotel is also close to the city's historic sights such as Valencia Municipal Building, Ayuntamiento Square, Olympia Theater, Principal Theater and the historic district.
5 ★ Las Arenas Balneario Resort
Located on Las Arenas Beach, Belneario Resort is a 5-star member of the Santon Chaines Chain. It is also a feature of being a beach hotel, the decoration is very bright. It is also very aesthetic at the same time. It has two swimming pools, SPA, fitness center, 1 restaurant and 3 cafes, close to the Marina and City Center of Las Arenas Beach. Therefore it is also an ideal intersection point in terms of its position.
It is a 15-minute walk from Ayora and Amistat Metro Stations and we recommend you to stay at the hotel in Valencia.
4 ★ Primus Valensiya
The 262-room PrimusValencia in the Marina is a very stylish hotel with not only its facilities but also spacious and modern decoration. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, Francesc Rifé or Jean Marie Massaud, the PrimusValensiya has three main options: a main restaurant, a cafeteria and a lobby lounge. Ki Marina Region is full of cafes, bars and restaurants. The swimming pool at the garden is large and pleasant, and facilities such as SPA and fitness room are also available.
The nearest metro stations Ayora and Marítim - Serrería are within a 6-7 minute walk from the hotel, and AquaValensiya Shopping Center, Science and Art Museum, Fallas Museum and Valensiya Harbor are located nearby.
3 ★ Sweet Hotel Renasa
At the end of his writing in Valencia, there is a suggestion at El Cabanyal. Restored in 2015, Sweet Hotel Renasa is a 69-room hotel with a restaurant, a sauna and a fitness room. The hotel's location is also another important feature, which is decorated in a modern and spacious style.
Aragón and Facultats Metro Stations are a few minutes' walk away and the hotel is very close to the Valencia University and the Valencia F.C stadium. It is also possible to reach the Las Arenas and Marina Regions in a 15-minute walk from Sweet Hotel Renasa.
Places to Visit in Valencia
1. Valencia Cathedral
The Valencia Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de Valencia), located on Plaza de la Virgin Square; It was first built as a mosque by the Andalusian Arabs in the 13th century. Shortly after it was built, Christians began to use it as a cathedral when the city was seized. The cathedral, one of the most important structures in the old city district, offers a rich architectural wealth due to the fact that it was damaged during the 16th century due to fire and enlarged and developed in three different periods. The exterior architecture carries traces from gothic, baroque and neo-classical periods. Be sure to add this to your list of places to visit in Valencia.
2. City of Arts and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences, considered today to be one of the finest examples of modern architecture, It consists of a combination of six gigantic buildings. The science and arts center planned by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava in 1996; Palau De Les Arts brings together six different buildings called Reina Sofia (opera house), Hemisferic (IMAX cinema), Agora (a center where different activities are held), Umbracle (botanical park) and Oceanografic (Europe's largest aquarium) .
3. Llotja de la Seda La Lonja
Protected by UNESCO Llotja de la Seda La Lonja; is considered one of the masterpieces of late period gothic architecture. Built between 1482 and 1548, the building was used as a silk stock exchange building. It is the work of Pere Compte, one of the most prominent architects of the era, whose architectural masterpiece is remarkable with its medieval qualities considered as the golden age of Valencia. Especially noteworthy with the contract room consisting of a large number of spiral columns, the main tower is Consulado del Mar and orange garden.
4. Mercado Central
Mercado Central (Central Market), Valencia's largest indoor market; Built in 1914. In this local market decorated with Valencia style mosaics, you can find many flavors, especially vegetables, fruits, meat and fish products. Even if you are not going shopping, you can observe the daily shopping habits of the people by adding this bazaar to the places of interest in Valencia.
5. Turia Gardens
Situated right next to the City of Arts and Sciences, Jardins del Turia (Turia Gardens) is based on the transformation of the great cataclysm of Valencia. Turul, Cuenca and Valencia territories in the history of the Turia River that spilled over to the Mediterranean many times over, although in 1975, 81 people died in a great cause of the Felacağı. After the destruction of the house over 5800 years and the serious damage to Valencia, the Spanish government decided to change the route of the river in order not to experience such a situation again. The former part of the river is now a large park where people can go cycling, hiking and relaxing. Turia gardens where you can see many different species of trees; It looks like a lush oasis in the middle of Valencia.
6. Bioparc Valencia
Bioparc Valencia is among the innovative zoo gardens; they know a place where animals can feel in their natural environment. Visitors are able to see behind the walls, which are almost invisible, without disturbing the animals. In this park, which offers a tiny reflection of Africa, you can get to know a lot of different animals from hyenas to zucchini.
7. Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas
The Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas, which began its construction at the end of the 15th century and ended in 1740, It is one of the most beautiful examples of Rococo architecture. In the first years of construction, the structure, which was mainly influenced by gothic architecture, has been greatly influenced by Baroque style after construction for about two centuries. The pavilion, which was purchased by Gonzalez Marti in 1954, now serves as a museum exhibiting mainly ceramic objects.