As well as being famous for its art and architecture, Valencia is also known for the fantastic food.
Valencia is located on the Mediterranean Sea approximately four hours drive to the south of Barcelona and three hours to the east of Madrid.
With an estimated population of the city of Valencia of around 800,000, and a population in the metropolitan area of 1.75 million, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain.
Valencia is known for Las Fallas, which is a famous local festival held in March, for being the birthplace of paella, traditional Valencian ceramics, traditional dresses and the new City of Arts and Sciences build in a very interesting architecture.
There are a number of Catholic fiestas throughout the year, and the Holy week celebrations in Valencia are considered the most colourful in Spain.
Being located by the sea, there are some great beaches not only close to Valencia, but also within the city itself. The beaches of La Malvarrosa and Levante offer a wide variety of places to dine and enjoy a quiet evening by the sea. The Barrio del Carmen neighborhood is in the old center. The area has many outdoor cafes and trendy shops and there is an interesting mix of people.