Reasons to study Spanish in Valencia
- Population: 800,500
- Location: East coast of Spain in autonomous region of the same name.
- Valencia has an international airport that makes the city well connected with the rest of the world
- It is Spain's third largest city and where numerous international fairs and exhibitions are held
- Valencia is the ideal place for studying Spanish due to its privileged location on the Mediterranean coast that ensures you the perfect climate all year round. Thanks to its kind inhabitants, you will immediately feel at home.
- After hosting the 32nd edition of the America's Cup Regatta, Valencia has become one of the principal tourist destinations of Europe and a cosmopolitan metropolis where one can enjoy a great deal of entertainment and culture. The fast cars of Formula One have also sped through its streets in a unique circuit linking the sea and its port area to the emblematic City of Arts and Sciences, an architectural and cultural symbol of Valencia.
- Valencians love fiestas and delight in sharing their joy with others. By far the most popular of festivities are the world famous Fallas (12-19 in March) with their festive bonfire explosion of colors, fireworks, and semi-sweet smell of gunpowder.
- Leisure and entertainment activities in Valencia constitute one of the most exciting and extensive ranges throughout the Mediterranean. Everywhere, discos, nightclubs and pubs provide the right kind of scene for enjoying a night out.
- In Valencia, there are many museums to be visited and monuments to be admired: you cannot miss a visit to the Cathedral and the Royal Monastery of Santa María.
- A fantastic climate and more than 500 kilometers of coast. The Valencia coast is one of the Spanish coastal areas with the most extensive beaches.
- If you want to discover more than just sun and sand, you will find remains of most remote civilization: Phoenicians, Greeks, Iberians and Romans.
More information about Valencia
The province of Valencia is the largest of the three which make up the Valencian Community. It is situated in the center of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline opposite the Balearic Islands and equidistant from the country's two major decision-taking centers: Madrid and Barcelona. Overlooking the spacious Gulf of Valencia and is skirted by a group of mountains and rolling plains that lead to the lands of Aragon and Castile-La Mancha. Valencia is identified with the Mediterranean Sea because the culture deriving from the old Mare Nostrum is manifested in its patterns of social behavior.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Valencia
Valencia is the administrative capital of the Valencian Communityand the most densely populated town as well. Sightseeing around the city begins in the Old Quarter. Until the mid-nineteenth century, it was defended by a wall, today being the inner route of the number five bus. Still standing as proof are the graceful Torres de Serranos, the spacious Torres de Quart and some remains of the apron all in the basement of the Valencia Institute of Modern Arts. The most outstanding artistic heritage are found in the districts of Seu and Xerea, where the marks left by the Romans lie hidden beneath Arab ruins and modern churches and palaces.
The Mercat district took shape around the commercial life of the city's inhabitants. Accordingly, its two most emblematic buildings are used for trading purposes. The Gothic building of La Lonja, declared by UNESCO as a heritage of humanity, features a beautiful columned room where the old tables on which trading transactions were finalized are still in use today. Outside the wall grew the Valencia of the bourgeoisie: wide pavements, broad landscaped thoroughfares and countless instances of modernist architecture. On the other side of the Turia's old riverbed lie the nursery gardens, along with the Fine Arts Museum and the ultramodern part of the city which, on account of its size, serves as a nexus between the coastal townships and the old quarter. The futuristic face of the city is expressed in Gulliver Children's park and the leisure and culture complex Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciencies. Life in the city spreads down to the seafront with the harbor and the beaches of Las Arenas and La Malvarrosa.
Plaza de la Virgen
Fiestas and celebrations in Valencia
The calendar of popular fiestas is rich and varied in Valencia. Each part of the year has its own celebration and recollection of tradition. The bonfires of San Antonio Abad come first on the calendar, with burning pyres of firewood and the blessing of animals. Of particular note is the one held in Canals. On March 19th, the Fallas dedicated to St. Joseph take over the streets of the capital and of over 60 other towns in the province. On the appointed day, huge platforms bearing intricate cardboard figures are erected, to be burnt four days later amid a blaze of fireworks. These are the fiestas which attract the largest number of spectators and arouse most interest among visitors, drawn by the colorfulness of the Passacaglia, the offering to the Virgen of the helpless and the fireworks display.The Corpus Christi, Fiesta of Moors and Christians and of course, the famous tomato-throwing festival of "La Tomatina", are other fiestas of Valencia.
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