View of La Albufera, Valencia

Valencia (province)

Region of Valencia

Located in Eastern Spain, in the centre of the Region of Valencia on the shores of the Mediterranean sea.

The capital is the city of Valencia, also capital of the region. It has a wealth of historical-artistic heritage, including the La Lonja de la Seda (The Silk Exchange), declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the innovative City of Arts and Sciences. It is also home to the Fallas, held each year in honour of San José, listed as a Fiesta of International Tourist Interest. Other festivals in the province also hold this distinction, including the Tomatina in Buñol and las Fallas in Sagunto. Also highly recommendable for visiting are the attractive municipalities of Cullera, Gandía, Requena, Sagunto and Xátiva.

The natural environment is formed of more than a hundred kilometres of coastline with golden sand beaches. There are two natural parks and numerous spaces for enjoying outdoor sports. Highlights include areas such as Los Serranos and El Rincón de Ademuz. The gastronomy includes some very well known rices dishes, such as the paella. Other noteworthy products include horchata (a popular drink made with tiger nuts) and ‘Agua de Valencia’ (Valencian Water), a cocktail made from cava, orange juice, vodka and gin.

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