The Costa de Valencia stretches from the North of Costa Blanca towards the South of Costa de Azahar (in the province of Castellon). Valencia is one of the most famous and renowned cities of Spain, and is the main city of the Valencian Community, a Mediterranean heaven with stunning views over the coast!
The culture is the main attraction of this city, being recognized as the “City of Arts and Sciences” of Spain.
If you want to buy a summer house in Valencia, you’re in great luck, as it is surely one of the best coastal regions you could pick from. Being the cultural and artistic hub that the Costa de Valencia is, the region hosts several festivals all year-round, too.
In 1969, the Royal Monastery of Santa María del Puig was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest as a National Historic Monument. The monastery is situated in the village of El Puig, in the region of Valencia known as Horta Nord.
The monastery was built in the Renaissance style and was influenced by Herrerian, with four defensive towers. It was founded by order of King Jaume I, known as El Conqueridor, in 1240. Its historic importance comes from the fact that this was the setting for the definitive confrontation in the conquest of Valencia in 1237, the Battle of El Puig.
Inside the monument, you can visit the cloisters, the Royal room, solely for use by Spanish monarchs when they visit Valencia, the Jaume I Gothic room, where a reproduction of the king's sword is on display alongside a section of facsimile documents, and the Salón de la Cerámica (Ceramics room), lodging numerous ceramic pieces from the Romans, the Iberians and other historic periods.
The Silk Market is the city’s main landmark and a gem of civil Gothic architecture in the entire Mediterranean. The building was declared as part of Humanity's Heritage, by UNESCO, in 1996. La Lonja started being built in 1483, by the renowned Pere Compte, and its similarity to old Medieval castles is based on the appearance of a fortress. Visitors entering the forest of palm-tree-shaped columns are amazed by its enigmatic carvings, that hold the secrets of a society that was just opening up to the Renaissance period - secrets that still remain undisclosed to us today!
Cullera Castle is an astounding fortress built on top of a Moorish castle. Built during the Caliphate period (10th century) with the intent of controlling the coastline and the estuary of the Jucar river, the Cullera Castle has five towers and two fortified areas. Since 1997, it has housed the Municipal Museum of History and Archaeology of Cullera, having been declared as a Heritage Site of Cultural Interest.
Catedral de Valencia is dedicated to Jaume I the Conqueror and is one of the main attractions of Valencia you cannot miss for its majesty, its location, and its history.
The Cathedral’s construction started in 1262 on Roman establishments and Visigoths, and a mosque. It rose between the 13th and 15th centuries, having experienced different kinds of styles throughout the years, like Romantic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassicals, with the dominating Gothic style. Catedral de Santa María de Valencia is an authentic exhibition hall and a synopsis of the most extraordinary Valencian engineering history from the Middle Ages to the current day.
The Micalet (or Miguelete) is one of the historical emblems of Valencia. Taking a seat over the Plaza de la Reina, this construction from the beginning of the 15th century is visited by many Valencians, aware of its centuries-old life.
Assembled between the years 1381 and 1425, the Micalet made an impressive 63-meter floor that greets locals and tourists day after day.
Inside you can find a spiral scale that backs four interdependent rooms that used to be a small prison for the tower’s own bell ringers!
Although now it is a symbolic building, the Micalet used to have a very strategic utility: above the tower, our ancestors made bonfires that warned the other 64 defensive towers of the Valencian coastline whether there were, literally, “Moors on the coast”.
Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas is home to the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts.
The castle was built in 1750 for the Rabassa de Perelló family, who held the title "Marqués de Dos Aguas." As owners of the significant "Dos Aguas" estate in the fields southwest of the city, the family was very wealthy, employing the kingdom’s best artists and architects for its construction.
Valencia has been renowned for its ceramics production, and the displays in this historical castle take you through the whole history of the fine art, from the period of the Moors to the most recent days.
Located in the heart of Barrio de Carmen, the Serrano Towers were built at the beginning of the 14th century by Pere Balaguer and are known as the largest Gothic city gateway in Europe. These towers housed prison cells back in time, and on many festive and formal occasions acted as a triumphal arch. Nowadays, the towers are a great symbol of Valencia from which you can have a magnificent view of the city and of the river Turia.
There are no walls inside the towers, so we only see five dome-shaped spaces. The Serranos Towers were declared National Artistic Historical Monument in 1931 for being the most beautiful example of peninsular military architecture of the 15th century.
The Costa de Valencia is the third biggest city of Spain in terms of population, and thus, it has a great transportation system, with the second-largest underground system (only after Madrid’s), more than 50 different bus routes, and a railway that connects it with the rest of the country, which will get you to Madrid in less than 2 hours for only €40.
The Costa de Valencia experiences an enviably mild climate, which makes it ideal as an all year round destination, boasting nearly 2700 hours of sunshine; the average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. During autumn and spring, there may be light rains.
Valencia is particularly good to shop for shoes, bags, embroidered silk shawls and ceramics, and shops here are usually open from 9.30am to 8.30pm.
The most renowned streets for shopping in the Costa de Valencia are Colon, Don Juan de Austria, Jorge Juan, Cirilo Amorós and Calle La Paz. If you love fashion, accessories and designer items of the biggest brands, you can find them on the Poeta Querol street, between Calle La Paz and Calle Las Barcas.
From galleries in the heart of the city to large areas located outside, you can also stroll around Bonaire, Aqua Multiespacioshopping or Heron City shopping centres and enjoy the beauty and fashion that Costa de Valencia has to offer.
Being the birthplace of the famous paella, the Costa de Valencia is brimming with restaurants, cafés, and bars. A variety of seafood also comes straight from the boats to the local kitchens, and bomba (a short-grain rice to make paella) is planted and grown in the city's own Albufera Park.
From Mediterranean-Asian fusion menus to Gourmet Valencian Cuisine, the Costa de Valencia offers dining options for every food lover.
The wines here are also quite spectacular, and the prices make it an excellent option for those who want fine dining without spending a lot of money.
Since Valencia is one of the most popular tourist destinations, Valencia Airport (VLC) is the easiest option for those who wish to stay in the city.
Valencia Airport operates three different modes of transport into the city: taxi, bus and metro. The taxi journey will take around 20 minutes with a fee of around 21€; the metro will take you to the centre in around 25 minutes, for 3.90€; and the bus takes approximately 25-30 minutes, for 1.50€.
The Costa de Valencia offers long seashores, like the La Malvarrosa beach, El Saler beach, Port Saplaya beach, and many others that you will certainly enjoy, even more because of the sunny weather of the Costa de Valencia, with not much rain and temperatures that allow a refreshing dive for six months a year!
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