Quartiers 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 est un quartier de l’est de Valence, qui était un village indépendant jusqu’en 1878. Il a un charme unique, avec une belle église et une place du marché. On peut encore y trouver des signes disant “pueblo de Benimaclet” – village de Benimaclet. Les rues sont typiques des villages situés en dehors des villes. Il s’agit de l’un des quartiers de Valence où l’on peut encore entendre la langue valencienne parlée dans les magasins, les rues ou le marché. C’est aussi l’un des quartiers avec l'une des communautés les plus unies, avec de nombreux clubs locaux ou "fallas" qui organisent des fêtes de quartier et des événements. Benimaclet est situé à proximité de l’Université Polytechnique et c’est un quartier étudiant et animé pour cette raison. Il est bien desservi par les transports publics, avec l’arrêt de métro de Benimaclet qui permet de se rendre directement dans le centre ou à l’aéroport. On y trouve aussi le tramway, qui vous permet de vous rendre à la plage en 10 minutes. Il est également facile de se rendre en vélo aux plages et dans le centre et on trouve beaucoup de pistes cyclables à Benimaclet.
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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


Le district de Campanar à Valence est divisé en quatre quartiers : Campanar, Les Tendentes, El Calvari et Sant Pau. Il se trouve au nord-ouest de Valence et il fut une municipalité indépendante jusqu’au XIXe siècle, ce qui fait qu’il conserve encore certaines particularités. Sa vieille ville, où l’on trouve l’église de la Virgen del Campanar, qui est aujourd’hui le centre du quartier, est un témoignage de ces temps passés.

Dans le Campanar, en plus de petits commerces, bars et restaurants, on trouve un grand centre commercial, le "Nuevo Centro", idéal pour aller faire des achats et se détendre, après une journée passée à visiter les principaux monuments de Valence. Le quartier a également de nombreux espaces verts et il est à côté des Jardins del Túria, qui se trouvent au bord de l’ancien lit de la rivière. Il s’agit d’une zone résidentielle, tranquille et sûre, très bien desservie par les transports publics. C’est justement là que se trouve la gare routière centrale de Valence.

Pendant les Fallas, le quartier de Campanar gagne en importance, étant donné que l’on trouve dans ses rues des groupes de Fallas faisant partie des plus importants de la section spéciale.

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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


Cette avenue se trouve dans le quartier populaire de "En Corts" et elle est à seulement 15 minutes à pied de la gare centrale de Valence. Le quartier se trouve à proximité de Ruzafa, qui, grâce à sa vie nocturne animée, ses excellents restaurants et son ambiance multiculturelle, se transforme rapidement en un des quartiers les plus populaires de Valence.

On y trouve les arènes de Valence (Plaza de Toros), l’une des plus grandes d’Espagne, construite en 1850 en s’inspirant du Colisée de Rome. Le Couvent Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles peut paraître simple depuis l’extérieur, mais son intérieur, où se distingue l’impressionnant cloître, est tout le contraire. À proximité du couvent, on trouve le marché animé de Rufaza, plein de fruits, de légumes et d’autres produits frais, ce qui en fait un très bon endroit pour observer la vie quotidienne des valenciens. Le mieux est d’avoir l’impressionnante architecture de la Cité des Arts et des Sciences de Santiago Calatrava presque sur le pas de la porte.

Doctor Waksman est un quartier permettant de se rendre facilement au reste de Valence grâce aux autobus, et l’arrêt de métro Joaquín Sorolla-Jesús est à seulement quelques pas. Le quartier de En Corts est plein de restaurants et de bars à tapas, pour tous les goûts et tous les styles.

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Feria de Muestras


La "Feria de Muestras" de Valence se trouve à Benimámet, dans la partie nord-est de la ville. Ce quartier, éloigné du centre de la ville, a un caractère propre très marqué, car il s’agissait d’une municipalité indépendante jusqu’en 1882. Aujourd’hui, Benimámet, avec Beniferri, forme le district connu sous le nom de "Los Poblados del Oeste".

Le quartier est très bien connecté au centre de la ville grâce aux transports publics (autobus, tramway, lignes 1 et 4 de métro) et il n’est qu’à 5 km de l’aéroport de Valence. C’est un quartier dynamique, où l’on trouve de nombreux petits commerces, supermarchés, bars et restaurants.

Dans la "Feria Muestrario Internacional" de Valence (centre d’expositions), une cinquantaine d’événements sont organisés chaque année, dont la majorité ont une portée internationale, ce qui fait qu’elle attire plus d’un million de visiteurs par an. La Feria de Valence est l’une des plus anciennes d’Espagne et son enceinte est la quatrième plus grande au monde.

À Benimámet, en plus de la Feria de Muestras, on trouve également le Vélodrome Municipal Lluís Puig. Pour ce qui est des monuments, l’Église de San Vicente Mártir se distingue ; elle date du XVIe siècle et héberge en son sein une riche iconographie.

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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


Situé à proximité de l’entrée de Valence, quand on entre dans la ville par le nord-ouest, le Palais des Congrès se trouve dans l’une des rues principales de Valence, la Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas. Il se trouve à proximité de l’aéroport et il est très bien desservi grâce aux lignes de bus, tramway et métro.

Le Palais des Congrès est au cœur du quartier ; il s’agit d’un énorme centre de conférences où sont organisés un grand nombre d’événements et de congrès toute l’année. À proximité, on trouve la "Ciudad Fallera", où sont créées la majorité des fallas, ces statues gigantesques en papier mâché qui sont brûlées pendant la grande fête de Valence.

À proximité du Palais de Congrès, on trouve deux jolis parcs dans lesquels on peut se détendre et se promener, parmi les ombres des jardins et entre les fleurs. Le quartier offre d’innombrables opportunités pour goûter à la cuisine locale dans l’un de ses excellents restaurants, et ensuite, il est possible de profiter de la fameuse vie nocturne de Valence dans l’un des bars et discothèques des environs On trouve également un casino à proximité, pour ceux qui sentent que c’est leur jour de chance.

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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 était un village indépendant jusqu’en 1877. C’est aujourd’hui l’un des quartiers les plus historiques de Valence, situé entre la gare centrale “Estación del Norte”, les Grandes Vías (Marques del Turia et Germanías) et l’Avenida Peris y Valero. Ruzafa a des racines arabes et il porte le nom d’un jardin arabe. Il était connu dans le passé comme “la Terra del ganxo” – La terre des crochets. Il en est ainsi car la plupart de ses habitants travaillaient au bord de la rivière, et récupéraient les troncs qui descendaient de Los Serranos. Pour cela, ils utilisaient des crochets, le quartier est donc devenu "la terre des crochets". “La Iglesia Parroquial de San Valero y San Vicente Mártir”, aussi connue comme la “Cathédrale of Ruzafa” a été construite en 1415. Le “Mercado Municipal de Ruzafa” a été construit en 1954 et c’est l’un des monuments les plus caractéristiques de Ruzafa. Ruzafa est un endroit très vivant et les rues sont toujours pleines de vie, ce qui en fait un endroit très intéressant à visiter la nuit comme le jour. Ruzafa est situé en plein centre et beaucoup de valenciens le considèrent comme le centre-ville. Il a connu, comme El Carmen, une renaissance spectaculaire pour devenir un quartier très “cool” et chic, avec de nombreux bars, restaurants et pubs.

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