A privileged enclave
Bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the Valencian Community, made up of the provinces of Alicante, Castellón and Valencia, is one of the most privileged areas along the Spanish coast, with hundreds of kilometres of beautiful beaches, a pleasant climate all year round (with temperatures in winter that rarely drop below 10º) and delicious Mediterranean gastronomy.
The villas and residential areas that spread across the coves and bays of this region are the centre of attention for foreign residents and visitors alike, whilst the city of Valencia brings together all the attractive features typical of a big city. Having this lively metropolis nearby is particularly interesting for people living on the Costa Blanca, where you can find charming localities such as Dénia, Jávea, Moraira and Altea, as it provides the culture, vibrancy and services of a major centre all within easy reach.
A gem itself on the Mediterranean, Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, is a hub of history, culture and amusement, where the big city sophistication is fused with Mediterranean style to make for a relaxing life.
Steeped in history and rich in culture, Valencia personifies the charm of a Mediterranean city. Monuments such as the Lonja de los Mercaderes (a World Heritage Site), the cathedral and basilica, Mercado de Colón, Estación del Norte, the Church of the Santos Juanes plus the Micalet and Santa Catalina towers, all honour the past of a historic city, which also takes a peek into a vibrant future through the City of Arts and Sciences, a project by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, and the future Central Park. Valencia also brings together cultural attractions with museums such as IVAM, MuVIM and San Pío V. Visitors will be left seduced by the gastronomy that starts at the popular Mercado Central, at the tables of these establishments specialised in Valencian culinary (Casa Roberto, Racó del Turia, Casa Montaña) and ends in the kitchens of the international idols like Richard Camarena (Camarena Restaurant), Quique Dacosta (Vuelve Carolina), Bernd Knöller (Riff), Vicente Patiño (Saiti) o Raúl Aleixandre (Vinícolas). Just a few kilometres from the capital of the Costa Blanca, a visit to the Parque Natural de la Devesa del Saler is a must, as it is a fantastic attraction, together with the La Albufera lake, from which you can enjoy the unforgettable sunset.
The Valencian Community has an excellent transport infrastructure:
– Car. The AP 7 motorway runs along the length of the coast and forms part of the European network of motorways. The A3 dual carriageway allows quick access to Madrid. A comprehensive guide to the road infrastructure can be gained from the website of the Direccion General de Trafico.
– Train. RENFE provides local, national and international services which connect the entire Valencian Community with several European cities. Valencia enjoys a rapid connection to the Spanish capital, Madrid, via the high speed train (AVE).
– Sea. The ports of Alicante, Valencia and Denia offer passenger as well as goods services with the port of Valencia being one of the busiest freight ports in the Mediterranean. For more information Trasmediterranea, Balearia or Iscomarferrys.
– Plane. Valencia and Alicante airports operate flights to Alicante and flights to Valencia from the main cities in Spain and Europe. For more information visit AENA’s website.