Located to the east of the Iberian peninsula and washed by the Mediterranean Sea, formerly Valencia was known as the Kingdom of Valencia, and now, unofficially, Valencia. It is the third province in Spain by population and its economy emphasizes the export of its famous textile industry, tourism and to a lesser extent, by competition from third countries, agriculture. Among its most famous is the architect and designer Santiago Calatraba Valls, designer of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, and currently under construction Chicago Spire of the United States among others. This beautiful region, Mediterranean par excellence, enjoys a warm climate, a landscape full of contrasts, and a friendly and laid back people. The typical dish of Valencia is the "paella", just in Valencia we will find out the true masters of this famous dish from Valencia.
Mountainous interior, the province of Valencia has a relatively large coastal plain formed by alluvial soils which serves as a seat at the "Valencian Huerta". The coast is low, sandy and shallow, without any other geographical feature than Cape Cullera, and belongs entirely to the Gulf of Valencia, which extends from Cabo de la Nao to Oropesa. The 2 main rivers crossing Valencia are the Turia and Jucar.
The climate of Valencia is typically Mediterranean, very warm and humid during the summer and with very cold temperatures in winter. The 3 autonomous communities in which Valencia is divided is Alicante in the southern half of the province, Castellon, northern half, and Valencia.
Valencia was host to the 2007 & 2010 America's Cup. This fact, along with the construction of the "City of Arts and Science" by the well known architect Santiago Calatrava have made Valencia a city in transition. Massive construction and transformation over the last 10 years have turned a once little-considered medium city into a meatier and more interesting destination.
Throughout the valencian community there are many traditional festivals, from the famous Fallas, to the Moors and Christians celebrations in Alcoy, the Magdalena Fiestas in Castellon de la Plana, Easter, celebrated throughout the Valencia region, Bonfires of San Juan, and a large etc which are interspersed between tradition and modern festivals.
The most international dish is "paella" (made in many different ways) but not the only one.
Fideuá, Arroz al Horno, Arroz a Banda, Olla Churra, Cazuela Marinera, Minxos are some valencian dishes.
Valencia has a large number of protected landscapes by the Valencian government, both in the interior, along the coast and close to the major cities and towns.
Albufera Natural Park(Valencia): The Albufera is located about 10 km south of the city of Valencia. The natural reserve comprises the system formed by the Albufera itself, its wet environment, it is a coastal lagoon located on the Mediterranean coast south of the city of Valencia. Its basin covers an area of 917.1 km ², stretching from sea level to an altitude of about 1,000 meters. Separated from the sea by a narrow sand bar sand dunes is stabilized by a pine forest (Dehesa del Saler). The Albufera is a transit area for many migratory birds species and retains a large number of protected species. We can access it through the Saler highway (V-15) starting from Valencia crossing the park from north to south to El Saler, where the highway continues as a conventional road to Sueca (CV-500), and Las Palmeras linking to the CV-502, which is aimed at Cullera.
Las Palomas Desert natural Park(Castellón):
Includes the valencian municipalities of Benicassim Castellon, Borriol, Cabanes, Castellón de la Plana, and Puebla Tornesa. The mountain is located in the region of La Plana Alta. The park has a Mediterranean climate strong droughts in summer.
La Mata and Torrevieja Lagoons Natural Park(Alicante): Includes the towns of Guardamar del Segura, Los Montesinos, Rojales and Torrevieja in Alicante. There are two major logoons, Torrevieja, 1,400 hectares with a major axis of 5,500 meters and la Mata lagoon, located one km northeast of Torrevieja. The star specie here are the flamingos, which we'll see in large numbers during the breeding season. The lagoons are crossed by the highway N-332, a deviation up to the town of Torrelamata.