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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2009 12:34




The city of Valencia.

Valencia is located on the Mediterranean coast and is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Valencia. It has a population of 800,000, a figure which increases to 1.5 million if the total metropolitan area is taken into account.

Founded in 137 BC, the city has been a crossroads for different cultures, as is reflected in the various styles of its landmarks and buildings:- Gothic , Renaissance , Baroque, Art Nouveau and rationalist architecture. It is situated on the River Turia which was rerouted to avoid flooding and now the dry riverbed is landscaped park and public amenity. Valencia is a city that has preserved its old city centre (where most government buildings are to be found) and in recent years has expanded towards the sea. Near the sea are the traditional maritime neighbourhoods of Cabanyal and Nazaret. These at one time were independent towns but are now part of Valencia city. Here you can find the city’s main beaches, “La Malvarrossa” and “Las Arenas” and walk along the new and very pleasant sea-front promenade. You can swim and sunbathe at most times of the year thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate of warm temperatures and low rainfall. Temperatures never fall below zero degrees centigrade in winter, while summers are very hot and humid due to the proximity of the sea and because the city is surrounded by agricultural land. 


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