Valencia is a cosmopolitan city with about 800,000 inhabitants. This beautiful Mediterranean city enjoys a mild temperate climate and offers a wealth of gastronomic delights, festivals and cultural events. Here you will be able to see how prosperous historical traditions and recent innovative architecture stand side by side.
In the last two decades Valencia has undergone an amazing transformation.
Examples of modern architecture such as the “City of Arts and Sciences”, the museum “IVAM” (“Valencia Institute of Modern Art”), the concert hall “Palau de la Música” and the conference centre “Palau de Congresos” form an interesting contrast to the beautiful and mysterious historic centre with its religious temples and Gothic Baroque. “Jardín del Turia”, the riverbed of the former Turia river is now a park surrounding a large part of the city which is perfect for all kinds of sports such as cycling, jogging and skating.
A very famous and interesting part of the city centre is Barrio del Carmen which is known for its variety of “tapas” bars, restaurants with delicious Valencian cuisine such as the famous “paella” and its countless pubs and discos.
People of all ages and with all tastes enjoy discovering these enchanting narrow streets with all their ancient buildings.
Pleasant temperatures in Valencia ensure that the beach is bustling during most of the year. Wide and open with fine golden sand, it is very popular both for sunbathing and for the restaurants and cafés situated along the waterfront promenade.
The most popular festival in Valencia takes place in March: “Las Fallas”. For five days, fireworks can be seen and heard all over the city. The smell of gunpowder blends with the scent of emerging Spring flowers. The sound of band music and the “mascletas” turn the city into a place to behold: a complete transformation that precedes spring every year.
Valencia is a city internationally known for its sailing, as it hosted the 32nd America’s Cup. Another popular international event is the Formula 1 Grand Prix when the city vibrates with the thunder of racing car engines.
And all this, together with more than 300 days of sun per year and people who are open-minded and friendly, make Valencia the ideal place in which to spend a memorable study holiday.