Sightseeing in Valencia that were not in my top of the list for upcoming trips. The cheap plane tickets there tempted me that Valencia was already the first place I traveled to earlier this year. It is the third largest Spanish city after Madrid and Barcelona. During my four-day stay, the city managed not only to please me, but also to fascinate me.
Its incomparable architecture - a mixture of Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Mudejar (Arabic style), as well as the incredible modernist and futuristic buildings. A useful tip from me - with a pre-purchased pass card you can travel anywhere by public transport, and it is very well organized. You can enter all tourist attractions and sites.
The sights of Valencia reflect the history of the city. The entrance to Valencia is guarded by the Ancient Gate Quart. From here begins the old central part of the city. The medieval gates of the castle of Torres de Serranos stand on the site of fortifications from the Roman era. I was lucky enough to be in Valencia on January 22, when a festival is held in honor of San Vicente Martir - a martyr and defender of the city. The tour started from the Central Cathedral of Valencia, where one of the most important Christian relics - the Holy Grail - is located.
Then began a spectacular city procession to the places associated with the martyrdom of the saint. We toured the Church of the Virgin Mary, Patroness of disadvantaged people, the Church of St. Catalina, The Church of St. John.
It was good that the hotel was in the city center, within walking distance of the city's main attractions, that I was able to see impressive buildings. Each of them with original architecture and rich history The Lonja De La Seda Silk Exchange, The Central Market, City Hall, Plaza de Toros, The Palace of the Marquis Dos Aguas, Generalidad Palace, The Museum of Fine Arts.
I spent one of my days in the natural sights of this extremely green city. A huge park complex has been built in the former bed of the Turia River, which stretches throughout the city. It consists of several areas, which include the Royal Gardens, the City of Arts and Sciences and the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden of Valencia is the oldest botanical garden in Spain.
Established in the 16th century at the Medical University for the purpose of cultivating and studying medicinal plants. Today, her plant collection includes over 4,500 endemic and exotic plant species from around the world. At first I was a little skeptical about this place, called a biopark.
It turned out to be one of the most impressive and amazing zoos I have ever seen. The interesting design of the zoo masks all sorts of barriers, giving the impression that I am in the natural environment of animals. It is divided into separate zones inhabited by representatives of all continents. There are no bars between guests and animals in the interactive zoo, except when it is necessary to ensure safety.
The non-standard design of the zoo masks all kinds of barriers, creating the impression of being in the natural environment of animals. And another whole day (it turned out to be insufficient) for the City of Science and Art. This is a modern entertainment complex, a real architectural pride of all of Spain.
This avant-garde futuristic complex is divided into six separate parts with a common park area: Museum of Science, Oceanographic Park, Planetarium, Botanical Garden, Palace of Arts and Agora Congress Center. In short, this was my trip to Valencia, the hometown of the Spanish paella.