It is located in eastern Spain, in the centre of the Region of Valencia and on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
The capital is the city of Valencia, which is also the regional capital. Its rich artistic and historic heritage includes particularly the Silk Exchange, with the World Heritage designation, and the ground-breaking City of Arts and Sciences. The city is also the scene of the spectacular Fallas midsummer bonfire festival, declared a Festivity of International Tourist Interest. This same distinction has been awarded to another of the festivities in the province, the Tomatina tomato battle in Buñol. Also recommended are a visit to the attractions of the towns of Cullera, Gandía, Requena, Sagunto and Xátiva.
Its natural attractions include over 100 kilometres of coastline, with beaches with fine golden sand. It has two nature reserves and numerous spaces for enjoying sports in the open air; the districts of Los Serranos and El Rincón de Ademuz are of particular interest. The local gastronomy is best known for rice dishes such as paella, and other typical products are horchata (tiger nut milk) and water from Valencia.
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