Valencia Areas

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Aragon/Mestalla


Aragon is located just north of Valencia’s largest park, “El Jardín del Turia”, and is close to the historical centre of the city and not far from the university campus.

After a catastrophic flood in the late fifties, the river Turía was divided in two at the western city limits. The water has been diverted southwards along a new course that skirts the city, before meeting the Mediterranean sea. The old riverbed, now called the 'Garden of the Turia' (Jardí del Túria/Jardín del Turia) has been transformed into a sunken verdant park of trees and flower gardens, landscaped ponds and lakes. It boasts cafés, climbing frames, football pitches, a skateboard park and many other sports facilities. It allows cyclists and pedestrians to traverse much of the city without the use of roads.

Towards the park's eastern end is the Gulliver Park (Parc Gulliver/Parque Gulliver), a children's adventure playground featuring a huge fiberglass model of Lemuel Gulliver tied to the ground with ropes. Gulliver's clothes form slides and ladders and the ropes that tie him are climbable. At the eastern end of the river course is the Valencian Music Palace (el Palau de la Música Valenciana). Marking the park's eastern extreme is Valencia's new City of Arts and Sciences with the Opera House and Science Museum.

Aragon is very well connected with the public transport and in a short space of time you can get to the centre, the port or Arts and Science area.

The Mestalla football stadium is located on Avenida Aragon and is the home ground of Valencia C.F. With a capacity of 55,000 seats, it ranks as the fifth largest stadium in Spain. It is also renowned for its steep terracing which makes it one the most intimidating stadiums in Europe to play.

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Av. Del Puerto


This impressive avenue (about two kilometres long) links the Aragon area to the Port and the Valencia’s city beaches. It is also within walking distance of the City of Arts and Sciences.

The port of Valencia is located in the east of the city. It is one of the most important ports in Spain and the tenth most important in Europe. It handles 20% of Spanish export. In the main food and drink (the Valencian region is famous for its oranges), furniture, ceramic tiles, fans, textiles and iron products. Aside from the Industrial Port, is the Valencia Super yacht Marina, the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, and the Port of the America’s Cup. Following the announcement that the 32nd America's Cup would be held in Valencia in 2007, the port underwent radical changes and rennovation. It was divided into two parts, one part remaining unchanged while the other section would be used exclusively for the America's Cup festivities. The two sections are now divided by a wall that goes deep into the water. The Formula 1 Grand Prix also took place in the port of the America’s Cup and will be repeated there every summer for the next six years.

To the north of the Port lie Valencia city’s beaches, Las Arenas, La Malvarossa and La Patacona. Once a traditional fishing area, these wide beaches with fine golden sand, have been over-taken by Valencia’s inhabitants, who come to enjoy the sun and relax. Flanked by a wide promenade, it’s the perfect place to ride a bike, go jogging, play beach volleyball or just take a stroll. Here you will find many restaurants to try the original Valencian Paella or enjoy a drink and some tapas. In the summer the port and the beach offer great nightlife with open air discotheques and bars.

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Benimaclet


Benimaclet is a neighbourhood in the east of Valencia, which was until 1878 an independent village. It has a unique charm with a beautiful church and market square. You can still find signs saying “pueblo de Benimaclet” – village of Benimaclet. The streets are typical of villages outside of the city. It is one of the neighbourhoods in Valencia where you will still hear the main language Valenciano, being spoken in the shops, in the streets or in the market.

It is also one of the most community based areas in Valencia, with many of the local social clubs or ‘fallas’ often organising neighbourhood parties and events.

Benimaclet is located very close to the Polytechnic University and is therefore very much a lively student area. It is well connected with public transport with the metro station Benimaclet giving a direct link to the centre and to the airport. It is also on the tramline, which means you can be at the beach within 10 minutes. The beaches and centre are also easily reachable by bicycle and Benimaclet is well linked with cycle paths.

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Botanico


The Botanico is right next to the old part of the city, El Carmen, both of which are separated by the impressive Torres de Quart (one of the remaining towers of the old city walls).

The Carmen is a neighbourhood that is over one thousand years old. It grew up between the two city walls, with both Muslim and Christian influences. Once an almost abandoned area it experienced a rebirth and has become one of the most hip places in town. Brimming with bars, restaurants, pubs and discotheques it is a lively place to spend your evening. Unique shops and boutiques of different styles, from vintage to modern brands abound in el Botanico y el Carmen.

The Botanic area houses the Botanical gardens, which were moved to this site in 1802. Once the encampment of Napoleon’s invading forces, today behind its old walls, with beautiful old trees and wide range of plants it provides a tranquil retreat from the sun and the city. The Botanic area is also walking distance from two of Valencia’s most exciting museums, the IVAM (the museum of modern art) and the MOVIM photographers gallery.

By the other historic tower of the city walls ‘Torre de Serranos’ you can access Valencia’s largest park “El Jardin del Turia”.

After a catastrophic flood in the late fifties, the river Turía was divided in two at the western city limits. The water has been diverted southwards along a new course that skirts the city, before meeting the Mediterranean sea. The old riverbed, now called the 'Garden of the Turia' (Jardí del Túria/Jardín del Turia) has been transformed into a sunken verdant park of trees and flower gardens, landscaped ponds and lakes. It boasts cafés, climbing frames, football pitches, a skateboard park and many other sports facilities. It allows cyclists and pedestrians to traverse much of the city without using the roads.

Towards the park's eastern end is the Gulliver Park (Parc Gulliver/Parque Gulliver), a children's adventure playground featuring a huge fiberglass model of Lemuel Gulliver tied to the ground with ropes. Gulliver's clothes form slides and ladders and the ropes that tie him are climbable. At the eastern end of the river course is the Valencian Music Palace (el Palau de la Música Valenciana). Marking the park's eastern extreme is Valencia's new City of Arts and Sciences with the Opera House and Science Museum.

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C. Artes y Ciencias (Av.Francia)


This new residential and luxurious area is situated in the northeast of the C.A.C., within a few minutes walking distance from the river park. With wide streets and nearby shopping centres, the buildings are new and normally equipped with swimming pools and gyms.

The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (Spanish) or CityofArtsandSciences is an ensemble of five areas in the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia.

Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava in collaboration with Félix Candela. it is an impressive example of contemporary architecture.

The "city" is made up of the following, usually known by their Valencian names:

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

The opera house and cultural centre was the latest building to be completed in the City of Arts and Sciences. It opened on 8 October 2005 and the first opera to be performed was Beethoven’s Fidelio.

L'Hemisfèric

It is an imax, cinema, planetarium and laserium

L'Umbracle

Walkway and Garden

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

The Science Museum opened on 13 November 2000 and is over 40,000 square meters in area and resembles the skeleton of a whale.

L'Oceanogràfic — Open-air oceanographic park

L'Oceanogràfic is the largest complex of its type in all of Europe and has 45,000 animals of 500 different species including fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates — amongst these are sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, beluga whales, and more — all inhabiting nine underwater towers. Each tower is structured in two levels and represents the major ecosystems of the planet.

The park is divided into ten areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans — the Arctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea. The park also includes a dolphinarium. The sea water is pumped from the Playa de la Malvarrosa having passed all of the necessary requirements for quality.

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C. Artes y Ciencias (Peris/Valero)


This traditional and residential area is situated in the southeast from the C.A.C., just within a few minutes walking distance. The architecture is mainly old buildings; it is a typical Spanish neighbourhood with all the local services.

The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (Spanish) or CityofArtsandSciences is an ensemble of five areas in the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia.

It is designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava in collaboration with Félix Candela and started in July 1996. It is an impressive example of contemporary architecture.

The "city" is made up of the following, usually known by their Valencian names:

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

It is an opera house and cultural centre and the last one completed of the City of Arts and Sciences. It opened on 8 October 2005 and the first opera was Beethoven’s Fidelio.

L'Hemisfèric

It is an imax, cinema, planetarium and laserium

L'Umbracle

Walkway and Garden

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

The Science Museum opened on 13 November 2000 and is over 40,000 square meters in area and resembles the skeleton of a whale.

L'Oceanogràfic—Open-air oceanographic park

L'Oceanogràfic is the largest complex of its type in all of Europe and has 45,000 animals of 500 different species including fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates — amongst these are sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, walruses, beluga whales, and more — all inhabiting nine underwater towers. Each tower is structured in two levels and represents the major ecosystems of the planet.

The park is divided into ten areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans — the Arctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea. The park also includes a dolphinarium. The sea water is pumped from the Playa de la Malvarrosa having passed all of the necessary requirements for quality.

Campanar


The Campanar district of Valencia is divided into four zones: Campanar, Les Tendentes, El Calvari y Sant Pau. It is located in the northeast of Valencia and until the 18th century was completely independent which is why it still conserves much of its own identity. The older part of the neighbourhood, where the church Virgen del Campanar is found, is the centre of the neighbourhood and is a memory of times past.

In Campanar, apart from the small businesses, cafes and restaurants there is a large shopping centre, the Nuevo Centro, ideal for a spot of shopping and a relaxing cup of café con leche after visiting Valencia’s main sights. There are various parks in the neighbourhood among them the Túria Gardens, which follows a dry riverbed. It is a residential zone, relaxed and safe, and well connected via public transport with the rest of Valencia. The Valencia Central Bus station is in this neighbourhood.

During the Fallas, the Campanar neighbourhood attracts even more attention as it is where some of the most important Falleras are located.

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Canovas


The area Canovas has it’s name from the square Canovas del Castillo and is located in the end of the Avenue Gran Vía Marqués del Turia. It is very close to the biggest urban park in Valencia, El Jardín del Turia. After a catastrophic flood in the late fifties, the river Turía was divided in two at the western city limits. The water has been diverted southwards along a new course that skirts the city, before meeting the Mediterranean sea. The old course of the river continues, dry, through the city centre, almost to the sea.

The old riverbed, now called the 'Garden of the Turia' (Jardí del Túria/Jardín del Turia) has been transformed into a sunken verdant park of trees and flower gardens, landscaped ponds and lakes. It boasts cafés, climbing frames, football pitches, a skateboard park and many other sports facilities. It allows cyclists and pedestrians to traverse much of the city without the use of roads.

The historical centre is located within 20 minutes walking distance. The Carmen is a neighbourhood that is over one thousand years old. It grew up between the two city walls, with both Muslim and Christian influences. The 15th century Serrano and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city.

The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th century, is primarily of Gothic style, but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin (Basílica De La Virgen De Los Desamparados).

The wide open streets lined with orange trees and overlooked by the stunning buildings, makes Canovas one of the most elegant areas in Valencia. Chic restaurants and bars with terraces abound. Across from Gran Via you will find the impressive, tiled building of the converted Mercado Colon, now filled with restaurants, bars and sophisticated shoppers. Just near here Calle Conde Salvatierra and Calle Sorni are home to many of the exclusive designer shops

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Ciutat Vella/El Carmen


The historical centre of Valencia is comprised of El Carmen and the commercial city centre - Ciudad Vella.

Among the most important monuments are Plaza Redonda, Torres de quart, Portal de Valldigna and the Iglesia Del Carmen. One of the main features of El Carmen are the holes in the massive towers of the Torres De Quart from the cannonballs used in the time of Napoleon. The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating back to Roman and Arabic times. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th century, is primarily of Gothic style, but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin (Basílica De La Virgen De Los Desamparados). The 15th century Serrano and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city.

UNESCO has recognized the Late Gothic silk exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) as a World Heritage Site. The modernist Central Market (Mercado Central) is one of the largest in Europe. The main railway station, Estación Del Norte, is built in art deco style.

The area is full of young people and lively bars. This lifestyle in contrast to the backdrop of old stone buildings and hidden courtyards, huge wooden doors with high door-knockers (to be reached from horseback) gives the Carmen a unique charm.

In the city centre, to the south of the Carmen, you will find all the international high street shops and most well known brand names. The largest square is the Plaça de l'Ajuntament, which contains the town hall (ajuntament), a cinema that shows classic movies (La Filmoteca), and many restaurants and bars.You cannot miss the majestic post office with paintings on the ceiling.

Doctor Waksman


This Avenue is located in the popular neighbourhood of En Corts and is only a 15 min walk away from Valencia’s central train station. The area borders what is quickly becoming one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Valencia, Russafa, thanks to the lively nightlife, excellent restaurants and multi-cultural atmosphere.

The area is home to the Valencia Bull Ring, one of the largest in Spain it was built in 1850 and styled after the Roman Colosseum. The Convent of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles may appear plain from the outside but inside it is anything but, the highlight being the impressive courtyard. Close to the Cathedral of Russafa is the bustling Russafa market filled to overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables it is a great place to get a glimpse into the daily lives of the locals. Best of all the impressive architecture of Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences is on your door step.

Doctor Waksman is well connected with the rest of Valencia via the Valencia Bus service and the Metro station Joaquin Sorolla-Jesus is only a short walk away. The En Corts neighbourhood is full of restaurants and tapas bars catering to all tastes and styles.

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Feria de Muestras


La Feria de Muestras de Valencia is found in Benimámet, in the city’s northeast. This neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city has its own character since it was only annexed by Valencia in 1882. Today, Benimàment together with Beniferri form the district known as Los Poblados del Oeste.

The area is very well connected to the rest of Valencia via public transport (bus, tram and lines 1 and 4 of the metro) and is only 5km from Valencia airport. The neighbourhood is dynamic and has numerous shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants.

Over 50 events take place every year at the Feria Muestrario Internacional de Valencia, the majority of them are international and attract over 1 million visitors annually. The Valencia trade fair is one Spain’s oldest and the world’s fourth largest.

Aside from the Trade Fair, Benimàment is home to the Lluis Puig Velodrome and the 16th century Church of St. Vincente Martyr which contains some spectacular religious artefacts.

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Juan Llorens


Juan Llorens is one of the main nightlife areas in Valencia with lots of bars, restaurants and discotheques.

It is very close to El Carmen and the city centre, called Ciudad Vella.

The neighbourhood of El Carmen is 1000 years old. Some of the most important monuments in this area are Plaza Redonda, Torres de quart, Portal de Valldigna and the Iglesia Del Carmen.

One of the main features in El Carmen are the original holes in the massive towers of the Torres De Quart made from the cannonballs from the time of Napoleon. The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th century, is primarily of Gothic style, but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin (Basílica De La Virgen De Los Desamparados). The 15th century Serrano and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city.

UNESCO has recognized the Late Gothic silk exchange (La Lonja de la Seda) as a World Heritage Site. The modernist Central Market (Mercado Central) is one of the largest in Europe. The main railway station, Estación Del Norte, is built in art deco style.

Lots of young people and lively bars contrast old stone bridges and antique door-knockers giving El Carmen a unique charm.

There are loads of bars, restaurants, pubs and discotheques to spend a night of partying. Unique shops and boutiques in different styles, from vintage to modern brands, you will find them all over El Carmen.

In the city centre, to the south of the Carmen, you will find all of the international boutiques and the national commercial brands.

The largest square is the Plaça de l'Ajuntament, which contains the town hall (ajuntament), a cinema which shows classic movies (La Filmoteca), and many restaurants and bars.You cannot miss the majestic post office with paintings on the ceiling.

Juan Llorens is located very close to the metro station Angel Guimera, with direct lines to the airport and the beach.

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Palacio de Congresos


Located very close to the entrance of Valencia when coming from the North East, the Palacio de Congresos sits on Valencia’s busiest street the Avda Cortes Valencianas and is close to the airport and very well connected with bus, metro and tram lines.

At the heart of the neighbourhood is the Palacio de Congresos, an enormous conference centre which hosts a number of events and conferences year round. Close by is the Ciutat Fallera where the majority of the Fallas are made, Fallas are giant statues made of paper mache which are burnt during Valencia’s annual street parties.

Close to the Congress centre are two gorgeous parks where visitors can take a break between activities and stroll through the shaded gardens and among the flowers. The area provides innumerable opportunities to sample the local cuisine in one of the top quality local restaurants and after there is the possibility to enjoy Valencia’s famed nightlife in one of the local bars and clubs in the area. There is even a casino close by for those who are feeling lucky.

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Playas


To the north of the Port lie Valencia city’s beaches, Las Arenas, La Malvarossa and La Patacona. Once a traditional fishing area, these wide beaches with fine golden sand, have been over-taken by Valencia’s inhabitants, who come to enjoy the sun and relax. Flanked by a wide promenade, it’s the perfect place to ride a bike, go jogging, play beach volleyball or just take a stroll. Here you will find many restaurants to try the original Valencian Paella or enjoy a drink and some tapas. In the summer the port and the beach offer great nightlife with open air discotheques and bars.

The port of Valencia is located in the east of the city. It is one of the most important ports in Spain and the tenth most important in Europe. It handles 20% of Spanish export, the main exports being food and drink (the Valencian region is famous for its oranges), furniture, ceramic tiles, fans, textiles and iron products. Beside the Industrial Port, is the Valencia Super yacht Marina, the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, and the Port of the America’s Cup. Following the announcement that the 32nd America's Cup would be held in Valencia in 2007, the port underwent radical changes and renovation. It was divided into two parts, one part remaining unchanged while the other section would be used exclusively for the America's Cup festivities. The two sections are now divided by a wall that goes deep into the water. The Formula 1 Grand Prix also took place in the port of the America’s Cup and will be repeated there every summer for the next six years.

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Plaza España


The area of Plaza España is lively and central, within walking distance to El Carmen and Juan Llorens, the main nightlife areas in Valencia with lots of bars, restaurants and discotheques.

The Carmen neighbourhood is around one thousand years old. It has undergone extreme change and is now full of young people and lively bars. This lifestyle in contrast to the backdrop of old stone buildings and hidden courtyards, huge wooden doors with high door-knockers (to be reached from horseback) gives the Carmen a unique charm.

Brimming with bars, restaurants, pubs and discotheques it is a lively place to spend your evening. Unique shops and boutiques of different styles, from vintage to modern brands abound in el Carmen.

In the city centre, to the south of the Carmen, you will find all the international boutiques and the national commercial brands in a nice ambient. The largest square is the Plaça de l'Ajuntament, which contains the town hall (ajuntament), a cinema which shows classic movies (La Filmoteca), and many restaurants and bars.You cannot miss the majestic post office with paintings on the ceiling. The neuralgic centre of Valencia is all around the area of Colon.

It is also very well connected with the public transport, with direct lines to the airport, to the beach and the port.

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Ruzafa


Ruzafa was until 1877 an independent village. Nowadays it is one of the most historical neighbourhoods in Valencia, located between the central station “Estación del Norte”, the Grandes Vías (Marques del Turía and Germanías) and the Avenida Peris y Valero. Ruzafa has Arabic roots and is named after an Arabic garden. In the past it was known as “la Terra del ganxo” – Land of hooks. This was because most of the inhabitants worked by the river collecting tree trunks that came down from Los Serranos and for this they used hooks and so it became known as the ‘land of hooks’.

“La Iglesia Parroquial de San Valero y San Vicente Mártir”, also known as the “Cathedral of Ruzafa” was built in 1415.

The Mercado Municipal de Ruzafa was built in 1954 and is one of the most characteristic monuments in Ruzafa.

Ruzafa is a very vibrant area and the streets are always buzzing with life, making it an interesting place to visit day or night. Ruzafa is very centrally located and many Valencian people already consider it as the city centre. It has experienced, like El Carmen, a major rebirth to become a very “cool” and chic area with many bars, restaurants and pubs.

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