Valencia city life
Valencia has an active and vibrant city life, truly satisfying all tastes, especially fans of arts and culture. Iconic monuments in Valencia include: Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serranos, the Torres de Quart (Quart Towers), the Llotja de la Seda – The Silk Exchange (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), realised by architect Santiago Calatrava.
Some museums you can visit include:
- The Museu de Belles Arts de València, where you can admire works by Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya, as well as engravings by Piranesi
- The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (Valencian Institute of Modern Art) houses permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and photography.
- El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe – an interactive museum of science
- Museu d'Història de València (Valencia History Museum)
Admire the beautiful architecture of Plaza del Mercado (Placa del Mercat), Plaza del Reina, ‘Queen's place’, located in the old town area – a magnet for every tourist that comes here, Valencia's Central Market, the beaches, or the old Turia riverbed.
Valencia hosts many local traditions and festivals, the most popular is called the Falles, declared a celebration of international touristic interest.
Football fans will have the occasion to watch matches of the local football club, Valencia C.F.
International atmosphere in Valencia
Valencia is a major touristic attraction, but also appealing to immigrants, due to low living costs and a better quality of life compared to other countries in Europe. Almost 15 % of Valencia’s population is foreign-born, having as ethnic communities people coming from Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Morocco, Romania, China, India, and Pakistan.
An important hub for international trade, Valencia also hosts numerous trade fairs and conferences, with international business people from all over the world attending these events.
In Valencia, you will experience mild winters and long warm, sometimes hot summers. During December - February, the maximum temperature ranges from 13 to 21 °C (55 to 70 °F). In spring, the temperature often exceeds 20 °C (68 °F), and August is the hottest month 27-34 °C (81-93 °F) during the day.