Areas de Valencia

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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 es un barrio de la parte este de Valencia. Fue un municipio independiente hasta el 1878, año de su anexión a la ciudad de Valencia. Su iglesia y plaza mayor conservan intacto el encanto de otros tiempos y algunas de sus calles siguen enseñando carteles del siglo XIX en los que se puede leer, literalmente “Pueblo de Benimaclet”. Su asentada tradición asociativa queda reflejada en los numerosos eventos y fiestas organizados por los casales falleros y las asociaciones de vecinos del barrio. En sus tiendas y mercados se escucha hablar mayoritariamente valenciano. Benimaclet está ubicado muy cerca de la Universidad Politécnica, lo que lo convierte en el barrio predilecto de jóvenes y estudiantes. La estación de metro “Benimaclet” ofrece una conexión rápida y segura con el centro de la ciudad y con el aeropuerto. El tranvía permite desplazarse hasta las playas en solo 10 minutos. Y para los que se animen a alquilar una bici… hay muchos carriles por recorrer hasta el centro y las playas!
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Botánico


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


El distrito de Campanar en Valencia se divide en cuatro zonas: Campanar, Les Tendentes, El Calvari y Sant Pau. Está ubicado en el noroeste de Valencia y hasta el s. XIX fue un municipio independiente, por lo que aún conserva ciertas particularidades. Su casco antiguo, en el que se sitúa la iglesia de la Virgen del Campanar, y que ahora se ha convertido en el centro del barrio, es un recuerdo de esos tiempos pasados.

En el Campanar, además de pequeños comercios, cafeterías y restaurantes, hay un gran centro comercial, el Nuevo Centro, ideal para salir de compras y relajarse después de una jornada visitando los principales monumentos de Valencia. El barrio también cuenta con varias zonas verdes y está junto a los Jardines del Túria que transcurren por el antiguo cauce del río. Es una zona residencial, tranquila y segura, muy bien comunicada mediante transporte público. Precisamente aquí está la estación central de autobuses de Valencia.

Durante las Fallas, el barrio de Campanar cobra especial protagonismo, ya que en sus calles se sitúan algunas de las agrupaciones falleras más importantes de la sección especial.

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Cánovas


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


Esta avenida está situada en el popular barrio de En Corts y está a tan solo unos 15 minutos andando de la principal estación de trenes de Valencia. El área delimita con el que gracias a su animada vida nocturna, sus excelentes restaurantes y su ambiente multicultural, se está convirtiendo rápidamente en uno de los barrios más populares de Valencia: Ruzafa.

Esta zona acoge la Plaza de Toros de Valencia, una de las más grandes de España, que fue construida en 1850 inspirándose en el Coliseo de Roma. El Convento de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles puede parecer sencillo desde el exterior, pero su interior, donde destaca el impresionante claustro, es todo lo contrario. Cerca del convento está el bullicioso mercado de Ruzafa, lleno frutas, verduras y otros productos frescos, lo que lo convierte en un gran lugar para echar un vistazo a la vida cotidiana de los valencianos. Lo mejor de todo es que tienes la impresionante arquitectura de la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias de Santiago Calatrava casi en la puerta de casa.

Doctor Waksman es un área que está bien conectada con el resto de Valencia gracias a los autobuses, la estación de metro Joaquín Sorolla-Jesús está a tan solo un paseo. El barrio de En Corts está lleno de restaurantes y bares de tapas para todos los gustos y de todos los estilos.

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Feria de Muestras


La Feria de Muestras de Valencia se encuentra en Benimámet, en la zona noroeste de la ciudad. Este barrio, alejado del centro de la ciudad, tiene un carácter propio muy marcado, ya que hasta 1882 fue un municipio independiente. Actualmente, Benimámet, junto con Beniferri, conforma el distrito que se conoce como Los Poblados del Oeste.

Se trata de una zona muy bien comunicada con el centro urbano mediante transporte público (autobús, tranvía, líneas 1 y 4 de metro) y que está a tan solo 5 km. del aeropuerto de Valencia. Es un barrio dinámico, en la que abundan los pequeños comercios, supermercados, bares y restaurantes.

En la Feria Muestrario Internacional de Valencia se organizan unos cincuenta eventos anuales, la mayoría de ellos de carácter internacional, por lo que atrae a más de un millón de visitantes al año. La Feria de Valencia, es una de las más antiguas de España y su recinto es el cuarto más grande del mundo.

Además de la Feria de Muestras, en Benimámet se encuentra también el Velódromo Municipal Lluís Puig. A nivel de monumentos, destaca la Iglesia de San Vicente Mártir, del s. XVI, que en su interior alberga una rica iconografía.

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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


Situado muy cerca de la entrada de Valencia cuando se llega a la ciudad desde el nordeste, el Palacio de Congresos está asentado en una de las principales calles de Valencia, la Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas. Está cerca del aeropuerto y muy bien comunicado mediante líneas de autobús, tranvía y metro.

En el corazón del barrio está el Palacio de Congresos, un enorme centro de conferencias en el que se celebran un amplio número de eventos y congresos durante todo el año. Cerca está la Ciudad Fallera, donde se crean la mayoría de fallas, esas estatuas gigantes de papel maché que son quemadas durante la gran fiesta de Valencia.

Cerca del Palacio de Congresos hay dos preciosos parques en los que tomarse un respiro y pasear a través de las sombras de los jardines y entre las flores. La zona proporciona un montón de oportunidades para probar la cocina local en alguno de los restaurantes de más calidad y después está la posibilidad de disfrutar la famosa vida nocturna de Valencia en alguno de los bares y discotecas de la zona. Incluso hay un casino cerca para los que sientan que es su día de suerte.

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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 ha sido un municipio independiente hasta el 1877. Hoy en día es uno de los barrios con más historia y tradición de la ciudad y está ubicado entre la Estación del Norte, la Gran Vía del Marqués del Turia, la Gran Vía de les Germanies y la Avenida de Peris y Valero. Ruzafa tiene raíces árabes y significa “jardín”. En el pasado, Ruzafa recibía el nombre de “terra del ganxo” (la tierra del gancho) por el hecho de que muchos de sus habitantes trabajaban en la recogida de troncos de madera que llegaban a Valencia por el río Turia, para lo cual usaban ganchos. La Iglesia de San Valero y San Vicente Mártir (1415) y el Mercado Municipal de Ruzafa (1954), son algunos de los lugares de mayor interés cultural y turístico de este barrio. Ruzafa es una zona de Valencia vibrante y entretenida: con bares, restaurantes y pubs es conocida por los mismos valencianos como una de las zonas más cool y chic de la ciudad!

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