Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and one of Europe’s biggest and busiest container ports, but most of all it’s a delightful mix of bold, cutting-edge architecture, sprightly Mediterranean flair, and old-world charm.

Conveniently located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the beating heart of the Valencian Community is currently experiencing a renaissance with vigorous and innovative architectural development, a thriving cultural scene, and a new generation of dining, shopping, and entertaining options opening in the last decade on its picturesque streets lined with orange trees. And although the city is clearly reinventing itself, its remarkable monuments, mighty churches, and quaint historic neighborhoods still retain much of its rich Roman and Moorish heritage.

Situated in the heart of Valencia Old Town, the enchanting Barrio del Carmen (locally known as El Carme) is undeniably the city’s most attractive neighborhood, a vibrant melting pot of cultures, styles, and beliefs that coexist in peace against an idyllic maze of medieval alleyways. A short bus ride from the city center, yet thousands of years away, the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences amazes visitors with its unordinary grace and mind-blowing architecture masterminded by local legend Santiago Calatrava.

A mix of fine golden beaches, world-class museums and modern art galleries, electrifying nightlife, and quirky shopping adds to the colors and sounds of this still authentic Spanish corner, making Valencia one of the nation’s most appealing and popular travel destinations.

Come in spring to see Valencia in bloom and to experience the excitement of its greatest fiesta – Las Fallas, or in summer, when the city is soaked in a glorious laid-back pace. Although prices drop dramatically during the fall and winter months, the skies remain clear blue, the temperatures mild, and the museums as gorgeous as always.

What to See and Do in Valencia