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If you are going to describe the Costa Blanca you cannot leave out the marvellous beaches and bays in the autonomous region of Valencia. This part of the Mediterranean coast is an ideal place for every type of water sports. Equally, it invites to enjoy the clear air of the Mediterranean Sea and to spend either some quiet days of relax or live days of complete diversion.

The Denia surroundings offer a variety of interesting places of excursions. Not far away in the interior is Xaló, where you can visit a picturesque flea market every Saturday. Only a little further there is the Laguar Valley (Vall de Laguar), famous for its extended almond and cherry plantations and surrounded by rampant mountains. The Ebo Valley (Vall d’Ebo) also stretches from the coastal area in the east westwards into the mountains. The most famous site of the valley is the stalactite cave „Cova del Rull”. If you move more southwards, you get to the Guadalest Castle (Castell de Guadalest). It crowns a massive rock structure. To visit the castle, you’ll have to walk through a tunnel that has been hammered through this rock.

Valencia

Who is going to visit Denia should not miss to visit also the regional capital Valencia. The city centre surprises every visitor with its innumerous splendorous and well-kept art nouveau buildings. Following you find some of the many interesting places and monuments to visit.

La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

The City of Arts and Sciences is an impressive assembly of breathtaking modern architecture that can be enjoyed both inside and out, whether by watching an opera or a 3D IMAX film, or visiting the interactive museum or the largest aquarium in Europe. Basically, it consists of six unique buildings, constructions and places:

Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe

Museum of Sciences Prince Philip. The building was designed by Santiago Calatrava and reminds a whale skeleton. It is orientated to learning the sciences through experience, so everything is graphically displayed, with huge texts and pics, experiments, buttons to touch and experience... perfect as well for adults as to go with kids of 7-12 years!

L’Hemisferic

The Hemisferic is a splendid Laserium, Planetarium and IMAX cinema (over 900 m² of screen). It has the shape of an eye and is reflected in a 24.000 m² lake. The cover of the cinema looks like an eyelid that can be opened and closed.

L’Umbracle

The Umbracle is an over 17.500 m2 measuring exposition area, which renders a view to every building of the ensemble of the City of Arts and Sciences. It’s also a botanic garden which presents the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean area of Valencia as well as a tropical vegetation. During summertime part of the Umbracle serves as an open air discotheque.

L’Oceanogràfic

The Oceanogràfic is the biggest aquarium in Europe measuring 110,000 m². More than 45,000 examples of 500 different marine species inhabit nine underwater towers that, structured in two levels, represent the most emblematic ecosystems of the planet. The oceanographic park has also a spectacular delphinium and different garden areas with more than 80 different plant species.

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

The spectacular building of the Palace of Arts Queen Sofia is dedicated to promoting the performing arts. Measuring over 70 metres in height, the building is divided into four separate halls, all boasting the latest technological advances conceived to stage all kinds of opera, musical and theatrical performances.

Pont de l'Assut de l'Or

This dazzling white single-pylon cable-stayed bridge was completed in December 2008. The name is Valencian for the Dam of the Gold and refers to a dam that was located nearby, although locally the bridge is referred to as El Jamonero (The Ham Holder) or Pont de l'Arpa (The Harp Bridge). The aesthetic effect of the bridge arises in part from the curved pylon and the 29 parallel cables supporting the bridge deck, accented at night by spot lighting of the cables and the pylon measuring 125 m in height.

L’Àgora

The Agora is an icon of the City of Arts and Sciences. It‘s a versatile space that will allows the holding of varied events; a multi-functional setting for the staging of congresses, conventions, concerts, and performances. It can also be converted into an exhibition area.

Der Barrio del Carmen

The “Barrio del Carmen” is a picturesque quarter of the historical city centre. Here you find all kinds of bars and restaurants, local, regional, national, and international. It offers many cultural highlights. Also, it’s a meeting place for students from all over the world.

L’Albufera

Pure nature 10 km away from the city, dreamy sunsets, boat rides and being able to completely switch off for a while. The Albufera Natural Park is one of the most representative and valuable coastal wetlands in the Valencia Region and the Mediterranean basin. Covering an area of 21.120 hectares, it is the largest lake area in Spain and one of its most important rice growing areas. So, it is easy to understand, why Spanish paella has its origin in the Albufera. You can go for a stroll along six of the possible walking routes within the nature park and discover the water birds and plants.

La Lonja de la Seda

“Lonja de la Seda” means silk market. It is one of the most emblematic monuments of the city and a masterpiece of civil Gothic architecture. The building has been declared by UNESCO as part of Humanity's Heritage. The silhouette of the Lonja and its main façade, overlook the historic marketplace and are part of one of the most attractive and architecturally important corners of Valencia.

Mercado Central

The “Mercado Central” or Central Market of Valencia is one of the oldest markets still in use in Europe and a perfect example of Art Nouveau architecture of the early 20th century. It was inaugurated in 1928 and completely renovated in 2010. It’s the perfect location to get lost in its numerous aisles with 900 stands filled with local products. The building is situated in the heart of the historic city centre, which is very close to several tourist attractions and numerous shops, bars and restaurants.

There is more information at: http://comunitatvalenciana.com