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WALK ONE - HISTORIC CENTRE

WALK TWO - THE RIVER PARK

WALK THREE - CITY OF ARTS & SCIENCES

EXPLORE - THE BEACHES OF VLC

THE SHOPPING - FASHION

THE SHOPPING - VLC'S MARKETS

Valencia is a great city.

Although it is Spain's third city, unlike its big sisters, Madrid and Barcelona, it is compact, manageable and great to get around if you are visiting for the first time. You just need to know the basic layout. The city centre, which includes the Centro Historico, is bordered on three sides by the Gran Vias- lovely tree-lined avenues, and on the fourth by the Río Turía, the park that was once a river (more on this later). Across the river is access to the port and the beaches of Valencia.

Valencia is a city of contradictions and contrasts, particularly in its architecture - Ancient and modern stand side by side -usually to great effect. There are stunning examples of both, La Lonja, Mercado Central, The Ayuntamiento and Post Office on the one hand and The City of Arts and Sciences, The New Law Courts and the Velas i Vents buildings on the other.

We mentioned the Río Turía previously and this is an excellent and somewhat surprising example of forward thinking town planning on a massive scale. The Río Turía was made in to a park in the 1950's after a devastating flood burst the river banks and destroyed much of the city. Valencia built a new river bed (flood channel) away from the city diverting the ancient river to the new. The city decreed that the old river should become a park 'for all time' and it now winds its way down 10 kilometres of gardens, fountains, running tracks, sports grounds, children's playgrounds, cafés, wild areas, woods, a Music Palace, Opera house, Science Park, Oceanarium and all the original bridges (and some new), making Valencia one of Southern Europe's Greenest Cities.

So here is thisisvalencia.com's guide to the city - the buildings, the monuments, the parks...
You will fall in love with Valencia!

SIGHTSEEING AND GETTING AROUND THE CITY
There are several ways of seeing Valencia:

Valencia Bus Turistic
Starts its journey daily from the Plaza de la Reina and has two routes, :

THE CITY TOUR, stopping at all the main sites including The City of Arts and Sciences, unfortunately, it doesn´t go to the new and improved port area but we will tell you how to get there later.

ALBUFERA (Valencia's rice paddies) and includes a boat trip across the waters, both routes are 12€

By EMT, the local bus:
There are many useful city buses-- all very reasonable and efficient. The No. 5 or the 5b both do a circuit around the city (basically for locals and shoppers) and the best way to make the most of the bus is to buy a Bonobus, a 10 ride ticket is about 5€(you can share with a friend if travelling together) individual tickets can be bought on board but all bono types must be purchased beforehand from estanques (tobacco shops, where incidentally, you can buy postage stamps 'sellos'), kioskos, paper stalls and some shops.

Trams: depart from the Pont de Fuster and will take you down to the beach or out to the north of the city .

Metro: Excellent and frequent services all over the city and to the Airport.

Taxis: Relatively cheap, and plentiful most of the time.

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Our columnist, Barbara O'Neill, wrote very briefly about the Casa Museo Benlliure in a recent column here on Thisisvalencia.com. She was quite moved and impressed by the visit and hasn't stopped talking about it since. So we have asked her to add it as a full length piece to our Explore Valencia section - here it is, and she is right, It is well worth a visit.

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hola · hello
adios · goodbye
¡hasta luego! · see you later!
por favor · please
gracias · thank you
perdona · excuse me / sorry
¿tienes hora? · do you have the time?
¿donde está el catedral? · where is the cathedral?
yo quiero una cerveza · i want a beer
¡salud! · cheers!
derecha · right
izquierda · left
todo recto · straight on
en la esquina · on the corner
servicios/baños/aseos · toilets/bathrooms
iglesia · church
torre · tower
plaza · square
mercado · market
ayuntamiento · town hall
parque · park
calle/carrer(in valenciano) · street
puente/pont(in valenciano) · bridge
avenida · avenue
playa/platja(in valenciano)
· beach

Valencia's
major rock and pop venues

This list does not aim to be definitive - just to give Valencia's main rock and pop music venues. If you would like to get in touch with us to request we add a venue or to report a broken link,
please email us here
For venues outside Valencia , click here

Valencia's
major art galleries
and exhibition venues

This list does not aim to be definitive - just to give Valencia's major art exhibition spaces. If you would like to get in touch with us to request we add a venue or to report a broken link,
please email us here
For venues outside Valencia , click
here

Valencia's
major theatre and classical music venues

This list does not aim to be definitive - just to give Valencia's main theatre and classical music venues. If you would like to get in touch with us to request we add a venue or to report a broken link,
please email us here
For venues outside Valencia , click
here

Valencia's
Venues that show films in Original Version

This list does not aim to be definitive - just to give Valencia's main Original version Film venues. If you would like to get in touch with us to request we add a venue or to report a broken link,
please email us here
For venues outside Valencia , click
here

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