Thanks to its geographical location, Valencia has historically been Spain's gateway to the Mediterranean and has that special charm that only ports have. The warm climate, sandy beaches and clean water give the Valencian coast a beauty which is unique in the peninsula.
History and modernity
It is not common to find cities that combine modernity and the relics of the past in such harmony. Valencia is a city that never stops moving with the times, adapting to current circumstances and preparing for those to come. It is an international design centre which attracts tourists from all over the world and is one of Europe's most lively venues for trade fairs and other events.
Tourism, a key sector for Valencia
Tourism is one of Valencia's most important resources. The countless attractions of the city, which include such internationally famous places of interest as the Oceanogràfic aquarium, the Hemisfèric, the old course of the River Turia, the Bioparc, the City of Arts and Sciences, and the old centre, draw large numbers of visitors throughout the year. The layout of the city and its transport system prevent overcrowding and allow visitors to enjoy Valencia at its best.
The city's characteristics make it an excellent meeting point for those in the world of business. It is an ideal setting for meetings, conferences, trade fairs and international congresses. As well as being a gateway to the Mediterranean for Spain, it is highly regarded by the business community in this country and the rest of Europe. Its transport network, one of the finest in the country, makes it easy for visitors to combine leisure and tourism with the work commitments that have brought them to the city.
Leisure and sport in Valencia
The city contains a large number of open-air facilities for sports of all kinds, including the spectacular former course of the River Turia, now occupied by green spaces, football and rugby pitches, athletics tracks and much more. The excellent climate and the easy access to all parts of Valencia, thanks to the efficient transport network, make it possible for people to participate in their favourite activities anywhere in the city.
The Fallas, a symbol for the city's identity
Nationally and internationally, the Fallas are perhaps the best known feature of the city's cultural life. These festivities are in honour of the city's patron saint and take place between March 15 and 19 each year. During this period visitors can see the spectacular and picturesque Fallas, giant satirical creations which are burnt on the night of March 19 to 20. Each falla represents a different contemporary social theme and they compete with each other for first prize. At this time the number of tourists in Valencia increases exponentially and they join local residents to celebrate a festival featuring fireworks, fire and noise.
Valencia boasts a wide range of cultural facilities, including museums, theatres, exhibitions and cinemas. Of special interest are the Oceanogràfic, the famous City of Arts and Sciences, the Palau de la Música and the Bioparc, a product of the profound internal renewal that has taken place in the city. Silken offers you the chance to enjoy them all with its hotel in Valencia, the Silken Puerta Valencia. This comfortable, elegant hotel is an ideal base for your visit.
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