Valencia is the third largest city in Spain with a population of 1.7 million people in the metropolitan area. The city is located on the Mediterranean coast to the south of Barcelona. Valencia has the best beaches of Spain on the Costa Blanca, more quite than others. The city has its own port, the biggest on the Western Mediterranean coast and the second of Spain.
The area around Valencia is known as orange country since you will find orange trees everywhere. The main festival in Valencia is Las Fallas which is held in March and has a reputation throughout Spain. The famous Spanish dish paella is originated from this city. Valencia is also home of football club Valencia C.F. one of the top teams in Spain.
Valencia started as an industrial city. Now it is starting to become a tourist place as the work of architect Santiago Calavatra is changing the landscape around the city. His most famous work is Ciudad delas Artes Y Las Ciencas. Tourists can also see old landscapes like the old Towers of the medieval city, monasteries as the San Miguel de los Reyes and museums. There are numerous convention centers, several 5 star hotels and the Conference Place. The city has different parks where you can enjoy a picnic or just enjoy the weather and it has a bubbling nightlife, many restaurants and shops.
Travelers to Valencia need a valid passport. For the 14 countries part of the Schengen agreement an official national ID card will also be enough. Travelers from America and other non-European countries don’t require a visa for visits less than 90 days.