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View Finder: Valencia

A friend of mine recently referred to Spain’s third largest city as “the Cinderella city” – beautiful, but shunted aside by the domineering Ugly Sisters of Madrid and Barcelona.  It’s an apt description; Valencia is too often overlooked by tourists heading for the buzz of one of the bigger metropolises.  Give this city a chance to work her charms, however, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s not often that a city ticks every single box but Valencia manages it.  Beach?  Check.  A mix of ancient and contemporary architecture?  Check.  A thriving music and nightlife scene? Check.  Quiet places to relax and good transport links around the city?  Check.  And as an added bonus, Valencia is the home of paella which means you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re hungry after a day spent relaxing on the beach or exploring the narrow colourful streets of the Old Town.

The view across the city
The view across the city

 

Plaza de la Reina and the cathedral tower
Plaza de la Reina and the cathedral tower

 

Torre de Serrano - the gate marking the entrance to the Old Town
Torre de Serrano – the gate marking the entrance to the Old Town

 

Plaza de la Virgen
Plaza de la Virgen

 

Mercado Central (central market)
Mercado Central (central market)

 

Paella - the traditional dish of Valencia
Paella – the traditional dish of Valencia

 

La Lonja - the old silk trading building
La Lonja – the old silk trading building

 

The futuristic buildings of the Arts and Science park
The futuristic buildings of the Arts and Science park

 

Fountain on Malvarosa beach
Fountain on Malvarosa beach

 

Sunrise over Malvarosa beach
Sunrise over Malvarosa beach

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