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Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Spanish churros and hot chocolate get all the press in Spain, but in Valencia it’s all about horchata and fartons. Horchaterias abound in this Spanish region where the refreshing milky semi-sweet drink is made from chufa (aka tigernuts), water and...
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Av. l'Orxata, 41, 46120 Alboraia, Valencia, Spain
Bordering Valencia, Alboraya (Spanish) or Alboraia (Valencian) is the town where you’ll find some of the best tasting horchata—the traditional Spanish cold drink made from chufas (tiger nuts), sugar, and water. In fact, while driving to this...
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Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is one of Valencia's must-see spots and an ideal place to relax. Located just outside the city center, the buildings provide a modern contrast to Valencia's old, winding streets....
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Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Centrally built in the middle of the Ciutat Vella, Mercado Central, or Mercat Central if you want to stick to the local version of Catalan is Valencia's go to market for Paella produce. Set in a magnificent Art Deco Building, it is home to about...
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Passeig de Neptú, 34, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia claims to be the birthplace of paella, so where better to try this richly indulgent meat-and-rice dish? Paella can include a variety of meats, beans, and vegetables—along with saffron—the spice that delivers its distinctive golden-yellow...
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Carrer de la Blanqueria, 23, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
The Casa-Museo Jose Benilliur is the private house and garden of Jose Benilliur, a Valencian painter who was a good friend of fellow artist, Joaquín Sorolla. The house has been lovingly preserved as a museum with all original furnishings—not to...
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Plaça del Mercat, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Explore this baroque gem in Valencia's historic Plaza del Mercado. Intended as a hermitage when constructed, the church was built on the site of a 13th century mosque, but was seriously damaged by fire in the 14th and 16th centuries. Before going...
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Valencia, Spain
This Calatrava-designed complex is dedicated to science and cultural propagation. Aptly named “city”, it feels like visitors are transported to a separate destination, a futuristic complex comprising five units: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and...
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Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Sip horchata de chufa, a sweet drink made from tiger nuts—edible roots harvested from the chufa sedge plant—while seated at an elegant marble-topped table at Horchatería Santa Catalina. Coffees, sandwiches, pastries, and artisan chocolates are...
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Valencia, Spain
Valencia’s most famous cocktail, Agua de Valencia was invented in the 1950s (confusingly, at a bar called Cafe Madrid). Something like a souped-up mimosa, it’s a blend of orange juice, champagne, gin, and vodka, best enjoyed by the pitcher while...
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Plaça de l'Almoina, s/n, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Its full name is “The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia,” but people will know what you mean if you just call it the Valencia Cathedral. Consecrated in the 13th century, the cathedral has what it claims to...
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Carrer del Pintor López, 1, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
The Turia River bed gardens run for 9 km (about 6 miles) through the city of Valencia. The original river was diverted in 1957 due to flooding, and since then, the exposed riverbeds have been converted into wide, lush parks and gardens. The City...
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Carrer de Josep Benlliure, 69, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
The tavern's curving wood and glass doors only hint at the building's centurion history. Inside, creamy, tiled walls provide a contrasting background for mahogany-colored barrels advertising spirits like brandy, anise, and manzanilla for sale....
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Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia's La Lotja de la Seda, or silk exchange, is a castle-like structure in the middle of the city's old town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's considered one of the best examples of Gothic-era civil architecture in Europe. Dramatically...
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Calle del Historiador Martínez Ferrando, s/n, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This gorgeous, brick building features a facade adorned with ceramic tiles and stained glass, and houses stalls selling fresh fruit, fish, vegetables, cheese, and cured meat. You can also find restaurants and bars within its walls, along with...
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Carrer de Sorní, 13, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This growing Spanish brand (with stores in France, Andorra, and Portugal, at present) makes practical but playful everyday clothes for women and children. Stock up on brightly colored stockings, patterned dresses and blouses, and cozy sweaters and...
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Carrer de Xàtiva, 28, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Bull-fighting rarely leaves spectators without strong reactions, but whatever your attitude toward this particular Spanish tradition, you're bound to be impressed by the splendor and sheer size of Valencia's neoclassical bull-fighting ring and...
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Cuenca, Spain
The remaining casas colgadas or “hanging houses” in Cuenca Spain have been refurbished over and again. It is said that the entire face of the Huécar Gorge was once lined with hanging houses dating back to the 15th century, but now only three...