Settled by Roman soldiers in 137 B.C. the city of Valencia has grown over the centuries to become the third-largest city in Spain.  Located along the banks of the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia takes advantage of its warm Mediterranean climate to provide year-round entertainment and attractions to lure thousands of visitors each year.

As of the most recent census, Valencia had a population of 810,000 within its 134 square kilometres, providing a city feel.  The population of metropolitan Valencia ranges from 1.7 million up to 2.3 million. Valencia sits just 15 meters above sea level, which provides a true Mediterranean climate.  Summertime high temperatures reach 29 degrees Celsius during July and August, and a very comfortable 16 degrees in January.  Low temperatures during the summer hardly go below 20 degrees and a tolerable nine degrees Celsius in January.  Valencia does receive on average 450 millimetres of rain per annum, evenly spread out throughout the calendar year.

Valencia maintained several buildings from Roman and Arab times.  Many of these buildings have been well maintained and are tourists’ favourite stops in the city. Some of the more famous buildings in Valencia include:

La Lonja de la Seda:  Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Gothic style commerce/trade building has been in use since 1482.

Valencia cathedral:  Also named St. Mary’s Cathedral, this place of worship has brought Romans of all faiths in for worship since 1238.  Prior to being a Roman Catholic cathedral, the site and part of the interior served as a mosque as well.  The cathedral is home to the Holy Grail, a chalice used during The Last Supper.

Placa de la Verge:  The largest public square in Valencia, the plaza is home to the town hall, a cinema, and several restaurants and bars.

The city of Valencia is served by Valencia Airport, located ten kilometres from the city centre.  Consider car hire at Valencia Airport to travel to and around Valencia.

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