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Why Holiday in Valencia Province

Visiting Valencia is a unique experience in itself. Whether it is family holiday, or a city break, there is so much to see and do and tourists tend to make repeat. The city itself offers a huge amount of history, culture, entertainment and activities and of course delicious gastronomy. The region has beautiful coastal areas offering numerous nautical activities, options to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean and the surrounding scenery or simply take a dip in the beautiful tranquil waters.

The history and culture of the region stretches from the coast all the way inland and the locals are proud to display and sell their crafts to visiting tourists from all over the world. Valencia offers a wide choice of rental accommodation for your holiday in Spain. When making that important decision, let akilar.com assist with your choice of holiday villas, luxury apartments or beach front home for your holiday.

VALENCIA is a golfer's paradise with championship golf courses having manicured greens together with 9 hole courses for the less experienced golfer. Most have practice putting greens, driving ranges and even GOLF academies. The climate of the region is perfect for golfers all year round with clubs offering competitive green fees and fantastic standards.

The local fiestas in the Valencia region are spectacular and are full of colour, music and fun and more often than not fireworks are a major part of the event. Tourists are invited to take part in many events during the fiestas and the locals are friendly and welcoming

The mild climate attracts visitors in every month of the year and the entire region has HOLIDAY RENTAL APARTMENTS available at competitive prices offering an affordable holiday with plenty to do and see for everyone. Valencia is easy to get to and has a wonderful transport network both within the city and throughout the region. Tourists often find there is no need to hire a car though this always makes a Valencia, Costa del Azahar holiday more interesting.

History of Valencia Province

History on Valencia Holidays
Cathedral of Valencia

In 138 BC, Decimus Junius Brutus granted settlers and soldiers parcels of land close to the newly founded city of VALENCIA. Some years later, the temporary dwellings used by these same settlers, became buildings and prosperity quickly followed. However, though the city grew in both size and wealth, it was completely destroyed by fire in 75 BC during battle between Sertorius and Pompey. It was another 50 years before it was rebuilt and prospered once more and as the city grew, more public buildings were constructed, such as the Amphitheatre and the Forum, together with the river port which was an important boost to industry.

During the late third century, the city of VALENCIA again endured a recession where once populated areas now became ghost towns and industry came to a virtual halt but it was to be the Christian Church, who over the next couple of centuries, took over Valencia and removed traces of Roman hierarchy by building churches for Christian followers. There soon followed a gradual but steady return of prosperity to the city and by the Sixth Century the city had well and truly recovered.

Throughout the centuries, that followed, Valencia was inhabited by many types of settlers including Romans, Greeks and Byzantines, but it was the Moors, who while occupying the city for over 500 years during the 8th century, planted oranges trees, rice fields, silk and introduced ceramics to the region, all which are still very much a part of Valencia in the 21st Century. The irrigation system they put in place has been used for centuries since and still supplies water to the fields today.

Important Valencia Province Holiday Rentals Information

Holiday Valencia Villas and Beaches
One of Many Beaches in Valencia

Accommodation in Valencia is varied with apartments, townhouses and villas, some with their own pools, available for rental for short term holiday rental or even LONG TERM RENTAL throughout the winter months. Akilar.com will help travellers find the HOLIDAY RENTAL tailored to their needs, whether it's for a family holiday, a couple's break away, a group activity getaway or whatever type of accommodation requests you have, we will endeavour to find the ACCOMMODATION that best suits you. Rates are highest in the summer season during the months of June, July and August, as this is when there is the most demand and the rest of the year prices vary according to the various months.

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For those wishing to escape to Valencia for a few months over the winter period LONG TERM RENTAL prices are available which are very competitive and work out much cheaper than renting week by week. Individual owners display their range of prices throughout the year on AKILAR and can be contacted directly to organise rates for long or short stays, collection of keys and directions to the property in question. All the properties have individual provisions, though most provide washing machines, microwaves, change of bed linen depending on the length of the visit. Some have bbqs for the al fresco dining experience so typical of Mediterranean living. While some properties have satellite TV, with English stations, many have local Spanish TV., so if watching the soaps is a necessity to enjoying a break in VALENCIA, checking with the owner before booking is extremely important.

It's important to book early if you're choosing to holiday in the high season. Most Valencia region Rentals of choice will be located in the beach area so don't be disappointed and book early to insure your VALENCIA HOLIDAYS accommodation is secure.

Special Information for Booking Holiday Rentals in Valencia Region

Check the adverts for special discount rates when choosing your RENTALS IN SPAIN. Most VALENCIA RENTAL PROPERTIES will offer a discount based on either early booking or even a last minute booking. Some also offer long term rental prices if this is your requirement. Check the winter rates as this is considered the low season.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Valencia Province

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Waterparks on Valencia Province Holidays

Outside the city of VALENCIA, but within its region, there are plenty of tourist attractions to visit while on holiday in the COSTA DEL AZAHAR. The town of SAGUNTO in the north of the region has a medieval castle which stretches over 1 km and is an amazing insight into Valencia history. Among its many other historical attractions is the Roman theatre over 2,000 years old and considered a very important legacy from Roman times.

An annual fireworks extravaganza can be found in the town of PATERNA on the outer perimeter of Valencia city whilst the small town of Bunol, 40 km outside Valencia, has the infamous Battle of Tomatoes, the biggest tomato fight in the world. This is when where the townspeople come out in the thousands to battle against each other with piles of tomatoes delivered by the lorry load.

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Aquapolis in CULLERA is a waterpark with a large array of water slides to suit all the family. For the more adventurous tourists there are the Himalayan and Kamikaze slices, the names speak for themselves. They have a range of water slides from the gentler to the Himalayan and Kamikaze slides. The national park of Albufera has orange and lemon groves surrounding the area with the San Lorenzo Lagoon to the very south of the Park.

In the town of GANDIA, a popular tourist attraction is the Palace of Santo Duque located in the old centre of the City. Known as a national monument of Spain, its architecture is evidence of centuries of interchanging rule by different cultures. Its Patio de las Armas is its crowning glory and draws tourists from far and wide to view this very essence of Spanish history.

Another historical must see in Gandia is the Colegiata, a collegiate church located in the Plaza de la Constitución. Its Gothic architecture is evident in its tall tower which was built on mosque originally constructed by the Moors in the 13th Century.

A nice day out can include a visit to the ceramic centre in MANISES to observe the production of one of the region's popular industries and the town of El Puig, offers tours of a printing museum for visitors to the VALENCIA region.

VALENCIA City offers tourist attractions for all ages, not least of which is the beautiful Jardines de Turia (Turia Gardens), 9 km of green areas in the dry riverbed of the River Turia encompassing stunning gardens, mazes, sports grounds, and playgrounds for children to enjoy this magical combination of grass and foliage, within one of the largest cities in Spain. The gardens include a theme park with huge slides, based on the story of Gulliver's Travels and there is no admittance fee.

Adjacent to the Turia Gardens, also built in the dry riverbed, is the PALAU DE MUSICA, an Opera House and the CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES. This includes a Science Museum, Laserium, Planetarium, IMAX cinema and a huge marine park or aquarium called L'Oceanogràfic. This is the largest aquarium in Europe containing species from the main marine ecosystems the world. It includes a Dolphinarium with shows for the public throughout the day. The design of the buildings is enough to attract tourists as it is an incredible display of modern architecture created by Felix Candela.

VALENCIA'S historical attractions stretch throughout the city and beyond including Plaza del Mercado, Lonja de la Seda, Santos Juanes and Mercado Central. LA CATEDRAL (the Cathedral) has three gates of different styles, barozue, gothic and Romanesque and EL MIGUELETE (the bell tower) offers fantastic views of the city of VALENCIA. THE PLAZA DE LA VIRGEN is a square surrounded by historical buildings with a fountain in the middle depicting the irrigation of the Turia river. Pigeons are in abundance in this beautiful square and there are plenty of cafes to have a refreshing drink during a tour of the city.

Villages of Polop in Valencia Province

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Villages of Polop in valencia

Cullera: The coastal town of Cullera sits at the bottom of the Muntanya de l'Or (Mountain of Gold) with the idyllic setting of being at the estuary of the Mediterranean Sea whilst also enjoying the bonus of being set on the banks of the Jucar River.

The combination of culture, leisure activities and beautiful beaches makes Cullera an ideal tourist resort and fishing has been replaced by tourism as the dominant trade of the town because of its proximity to Valencia City. The local caught fish is sometimes combined with the rice of the region, to make the ever popular seafood and rice dish, Paella.

There are an abundance of historical sites in Cullera including a 13th Century fortress at the top of the mountain within which there is a 19th Century sanctuary of the Virgin of the Castle (Virgin del Castillo). Also of special interest is the Cave of Dragut so called after the pirate of the same name. There is a depiction of the historical invasion of the Berbers in this cave and it is an interesting place to cool down in the summer heat.

Many of the beaches are sheltered by numerous orange groves and those further along from the estuary, are less populated at any time of the year. Paddleboats and windsurfing are popular activities, during the summer months.

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Gandia: Gandia has always been a very popular choice for Spanish tourists as a coastal destination. It is located between Valencia City and Benidorm and because of its geographical bordering, on the edge of both Costa Blanca and Costa Azahar, it has retained its Spanish ambiance. It is only in recent years that it has become a sought after area for international visitors.

Lliria: The town of Lliria , located 25 km from Valencia City, is known as the musical capital of VALENCIA with two Schools of Music, two famous bands, Banda Primitiva and Unio Musical and eager students in their thousands learning to play beautiful tunes on a selection of instruments.

Agriculture is the main economy of Lliria but between its music and the historical Roman influence in the town, which is still very evident, tourists are drawn to the area for its unique culture. In particular, visitors love to roam around the leisure centre, built by the Romans, which has a temple, hot baths, pools and even shops. The metro system of Valencia reaches as far as Lliria, thus making it easily accessible to tourists, who can enjoy the traditional fresh food, made from ingredients picked locally and stroll through the streets, or simply sit and sample some of the local wines the region has to offer.

Oliva: Located in the furthest point south of the Costa Azahar, at its boundary with Costa Blanca, is Oliva, is a beautiful jewel in the crown of this coast. The combination of its golden sandy beaches, glistening mediterranean waters and the nearby Safor mountains envelope this town in a cloak of tranquility.

Piles Area: Piles Area is tucked away in the area of the Valencia coast, in the Costa Azahar known as the Gulf of Valencia where you will find the beach and the town of Piles. It is situated between Oliva and Gandia and enjoys the contrast of sandy beaches with fields and marshes, and even the mountains in the distance. Nautical activities such as sailing, canoeing and windsurfing are offered by the local sailing school and the town of Piles is just a kilometre away offering plenty of services for tourists.

Villalonga: Visitors to Villalonga have the use of many beaches including the Piles area and can choose the pleasures of the med or the challenges of the Safor Mountains which stand protectively above the town. The energetic outdoor enthusiasts might choose cycling, hiking or even horse riding through the mountains or such water sports as kiteboarding, sailing, windsurfing or waterskiing. Those looking for a more relaxing holiday by the sea can sunbath on the sandy shores and have a leisurely jug of sangria at one of the local beach tavernas.

With several local towns steeped in history and the infamous Benidorm with its fantastic tourist attractions such as Aqualandia, Mundomar and the famous theme park, Terramitica, located nearby, Villalonga offers a holiday to suit all tastes.

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Valencia City: The City of Valencia is one of the largest in Spain and offers a contrast of historic and modern architecture. Set on the coast of the Costa del Azahar, it is a popular destination for both Spanish and foreign tourists all year round.

While Valencia is known as a beautiful city it is also respected as an economic success particularly in recent years with the construction of the fantastic City of Arts and Sciences which is located on the dry river bed of the previously diverted River Turia. It is divided into five separate areas encompassing an Opera House, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía a, garden area that includes a walkway L'UMBRACLE, a Science museum, EL MUSEU DE LES CIENCES PRINCIPE FELIPE, an Imax Cinema, Laserium and Planetarium and the infamous L'OCEANOGRAFIC, known as the largest aquarium in Europe, an oceanographic park set out in the open. The area attracts approximately 4 million visitors a year and is an amazing example of modern architecture. The Grand Prix and the European Cup are also annual events that bring tourists from all over the world to this beautiful city together with the FALLAS celebrations which are held in March and include paper mache sculptures being set alight.

The port area Puerto de Valencia and the beautiful sandy beaches are very inviting after the bustle of the city with water sports being a popular diversion for sports enthusiasts.

Valencia offers fantastic shopping, delicious food, including Paella which originated from this region, interesting sights, art and culture and an excellent transport system. The night life is spectacular and the weather is good all year round. It is a breathing vibrant city full of colour and energy offering an enjoyable, rewarding experience for tourists of all ages and tastes.

Golfing in Valencia Province

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Stunning Golf Courses in Valencia

The fertile terrain of the landscape of Valencia is ideal for golfing and as such it has some super courses maintained to a high standard in the region. If taking a golfing holiday to Valencia make sure and play all of the courses. For the larger groups, staying in a Valencia villa will be much cheaper than staying in a hotel.

El Saler, an 18 hole , 72 par Golf Course is located 20 km from Valencia and surrounded by pine forests and was designed by Javier Arana. Golf World has voted it 2nd in Europe's Golf Courses and it has deservedly been the venue for the Spanish Open quite a few times. The course offers fantastic views of the Mediterranean and its picturesque setting is easy on the eye. The course offers a challenging game through pine groves and sand dunes and there is a restriction on a player's handicap of 36. Two chipping areas and practice bunkers are also available at this golf course together with a driving range and putting green. The course is open daily, all year round.

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Club de Golf Oliva Nova : Another 18 hole golf championship golf course in the VALENCIA region is Club de Golf Oliva Nova, which is near the town of OLIVA. Designed by championship professional golfer, Severiano Ballesteros, this 72 par course hosted the Peugeot Oki Spanish National Championship four times and with the amount of lakes obstructing the line of play throughout most of its 18 holes, it is a difficult, but visually impressive course to play. The club also has a Golf Academy catering for many nationalities, two putting greens, a driving range, two chipping areas and two bunkers. It is available for play all year round and the mild climate of VALENCIA is very beneficial to golfers.

Club de Golf El Bosque: Very popular with tourists to VALENCIA is the 18 hole golf course at the El Bosque Hotel and Country Club with its well maintained greens, dense forest, driving range, and golf academy, together with outdoor swimming pools to cool down after a long game. Club de Golf El Bosque, as the club is known, is well located on the outskirts of Valencia City. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr, a well respected golf course designer, it was opened in 1975 and to date it has remained a well designed and maintained course for golf enthusiasts to play.

Club de Golf Escorpion: 12 kms north of VALENCIA is an unusual course in that it has three separate courses, consisting of 9 holes each. Set amidst orange groves and palm trees this course was built in 1975 and it can be played as a 9, 18 or even 27 hole golf course. Needless to say, the scenery is fantastic and with the lakes being home to a lot of water birds, the peace and tranquility is different than found anywhere else. The course has a driving range and practice area, together with a club house, which is an old manor house with excellent restaurant and there is also a pro shop on site.

Campo de Golf Manises: For a family golfing holiday, the Campo de Golf Manises, situated 8 km west of VALENCIA, is the ideal choice. This 9 hole course, though challenging, is very child friendly both within the club and on the course. Designed by Javier Arana and built in 1954, making it the oldest golf course in Valencia, its long narrow fairways with pine trees on either side, its numerous sandy bunkers and its manicured greens, offer the less experienced of golfers a chance to improve their game whilst trying to overcome these obstacles. A practice course, a practice green and practice bunker, along with other facilities are offered by this course. You can view most of the area golf courses and their details here.

Valencia Province Fiesta's

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Beautiful Fiestas in Valencia

With an enormous amount of fiestas in the Spanish calendar, some local and some national holidays, fiestas are celebrated in the cities, towns and villages of Valencia proudly and with much planning and attention to detail. Like other towns and cities in Spain they celebrate the national holidays of Easter and Christmas, New Year and the Feast of the Three Kings on the 6th January with huge celebrations. However, Valencia has some fiestas that are specifically their own such as the Tomatina festival in Bunol where tones of tomatoes are used in a battle between locals and tourists who wish to participate.

There is no fiesta more spectacular than the fallas festival in Valencia. The word “falls” is the Valencia word for “fires” and the skies above Valencia are quite literally lit up at night on the 19th of March every year. This festival is held in many towns but Valencia surpasses them all with no less than 350 giant figures made of paper mache and built throughout the city and set alight, creating huge blazes. The festival celebrates the end of winter and beginning of spring from the 15th to 19th of March which is Father's Dy in Spain. Each day at 2 pm there are firecrackers set off at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), which is a competition between many neighbourhoods of Valencia City for the best volley and it ends with a huge type of explosion of firecrackers together which is similar in sound to an earthquake, an incredible experience not to be missed. The city has spectacular fireworks displays, street carnivals and parties with tourists made very welcome by all and sundry. The Las Fallas festival is a red hot experience for tourists to Valencia.

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July Fair: This is another festival in Valencia which is full of music and colour bringing tourists and locals together. It is a catalogue of events, including a phenomenal fireworks display in Jardines de Turia, concerts with big names from all over Europe performing in key venues throughout the city, bullfights in the San Jaime bullring with well respected Valencia matadors such as Vincente Barrera and floats with colourful fresh flowers, parading along the Paseo de Alameda. This is known as Batalla de Flores (Battle of Flowers) which marks the end of the fair and the public throw flowers and petals at the floats as they pass by with firecrackers being set off to finalise events once the parade has finished.

Fiesta San Vincente Martyr: This fiesta takes place on 22nd January and is the celebration of the patron saint of Valencia who performed a lot of miracles in the city. Mass is celebrated in the morning in the cathedral and there is a procession afterwards where people throw bay leaves from their balconies. The home of San Vicente is open to the public on this day and is free. The chapel where his body is in a crypt is also available to visitors. Firework displays, singing and dancing are part of the celebrations and locals play homage to this saint at crosses all around the city.

Virgin del Carmen: In Gandia the fiesta of the Virgin del Carmen, the Patron Saint of Fishermen, is celebrated on the 16th July in the port area of the town. The day is celebrated by offerings of flowers and plenty of fireworks, Spanish style.

Salsa Festival Cullera: The month of August combines music and dancing, in the lovely town of Cullera on the Costa del Azahar. It is here that the Salsa Festival Cullera is celebrated with 3 different types of dance, Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba. Top djs and dancers get together to enhance the party atmosphere in this Valencia town and the beaches are alive with tourists coming from all over to watch this dancing extravaganza.

Moors and Chrisitians: This festival is celebrated in towns around Valencia at different times of the year, re-enacting the battles that were fought, involving the townspeople and remembering the history that made the region what it is today.

No matter when you visit Valencia, there will always be a fiesta in the region to enjoy, local or national, with colour, music and fireworks to give you a taste of the Valencia party atmosphere that is a proud tradition of the people of the region. A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in Valencia Province

Dining out on Valencia Holiday Rentals
Paella - Main Dish of Valencia

The Valencia region is well known for its Mediterranean gastronomy, using local fresh vegetables, meats and fish for its cuisine with specialties relative to local towns using home grown produce. Onions are specially grown in the Lliria area and it also offers locally grown rice in its local specialties such as rice with coleslaw and paella dishes. The Valencia’s originally invented paella making it with chicken and rabbit but there are variations of it throughout Spain. Rice is the basis of many different dishes in this region and in the village of El Palmar you can find a choice of over 100 different rice dishes.

The coca de almendra is a sponge cake from the Valencia region, made from almonds. The local wine in the LLIRIA region is the Edeta-Lauro Roman wines and is popular for complimenting the delicious meals served in the restaurants.

There are a wide variety of restaurants in the City of Valencia, to suit all palates with many having the added attraction of being conveniently located to places of interest. Oleo is a modern restaurant in the port of Valencia, divided into two sections and serving Spanish tapas in one while the other is devoted to the fine dining experience. Its award winning Chef, Vicente Patino, received fantastic recognition when Ron Dennis booked the whole place for his guests during the Formula 1 Grand Prix. If it is elaborate French cuisine you are looking for, TORRIJOS is the restaurant to eat at. It first received a Michelin Star in 1992 and has retained it ever since combining classy surroundings with wonderful food cooked in full view of diners.

Set in a building that was originally the stables in the monastery at Monserrat is the Restaurant Abat Cisneros. With its stone arch ceiling characteristic of its 16th Century stonework it has a wonderful ambience and together with delicious seafood and meat dishes served Catalan style, it is an experience not to be missed.

For a more European than Spanish experience, the Restaurant El Eden, found in the town of Oliva, is worth a visit. Set amidst orange groves in peaceful surroundings, this is a family run restaurant with the dining area overlooking a swimming pool for customers use. Patrons receive a really personal touch in this restaurant with well priced food cooked to perfection.

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Valencia has always been known as a city that never sleeps, but new licensing laws have changed that to some extent. For clubbers, the drinking starts between midnight and 1 am ,with groups gathering in bars all over the city. By 2:30 a.m., they move on to clubs, firstly drinking in the car park before actually going into the club where they dance till dawn and then moving on for breakfast at local cafes in the city. The main areas for revelers are Barrio del Carmen where Calle Caballero is the epicentre of the fun with bars and clubs in abundance eager to bring in the punters. The Plaza Canova is clubbing paradise on a smaller.

There are however, plenty of alternatives to clubbing at night in Valencia including the theatre, musicals, cinema or a choice of musical entertainment including Jazz Clubs, Classical Music concerts, Rock music or the traditional Flamenco dancing which can be found throughout the city.

Nightlife in the town of Gandia in the Valencia region ranges in the same as Valencia City with a variety of bars, especially those by the beach, offering fireworks, live music and shows. Whether you want to stay by the beach all night or head to the clubs, there is something for everyone. The pafetos (pubs) are popular at night with the youth favouring the old part of the town and the new part being busier and full of all age groups.

The towns in the Valencia region offer a varied night life, some have discos and clubs, while others concentrate on the local cuisine and local bars which are friendly and welcoming. The beach areas are usually the focus of attention for all ages, both day and night and all of the towns have a busier nightlife in the summer months. However, for the personal touch during a meal out experience the friendliness of the locals, especially in the less busy months and discover the essence of Valencia hospitality.

Remember, wherever you stay in the Valencia region, try the local specialties as they are the unique dishes that will enhance you visit and you will always associate them with your visit to the region. It is advisable look out for local festivals at the time of your visit, as there is no nightlife more entertaining than a Spanish Fiesta. Tourists are made to feel at home with the locals and the colour and music and fireworks are phenomenal.

Although you may choose Self Catering Holiday Rentals for your Holidays in Valencia, you will never run out of choices to have if dining out is on the cards.

Shopping in Valencia Province

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Shops and Markets In Valencia Province

With a great transport system both to and within the city, Valencia is every true shopper's dream come true. It is full of high street shops such as Mango, Zara, Bershka or even the beautiful underwear shops like Oysho. Shoe shops are in abundance in the city with something suitable for everyone. Home furnishing shopping is available at such places as Artikel, Zara Home and La Bañona to name but a few and all of these shops can be found strolling through the beautiful streets of the city. Calle Colon, Calle Pintor Sorolla and Calle Don Juanis are main shopping areas and here you will find familiar favourites mixed with designer outlets together with cafe bars to relax and have refreshments throughout the day.

For the ultimate designer experience, whether to buy or simply browse and see how the other half live, the street to be on is Calle Poeta Querol, full of stunning designer stores displaying expensive quality items. Then continue down a side street called Calle de Virues where more chique stores line the pavement in opulent surroundings.

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Shopping can be mixed with sightseeing, everything is nearby and stopping for a coffee at one of the street cafes or having a menu del dia in a local restaurant is all part of the shopping experience. While in the shopping areas these two can be combined by visiting Mercado de Colon which is on Calle Jorge Juan. This is a 20th Century Modern building which was recently restored and is now home to a marketplace with small shops selling souvenirs, quality wine, meat and expensive ceramics with small cafes to sit and be enveloped in the history set out in the beautiful architectural surroundings.

There are also large shopping centres on the outskirts of Valencia where many of the high street favourites have local stores, including Centro Commercial El Saler and Centro Comercial Gran Turia, both fronted by large Carrefour hypermarkets with cinemas showing all the latest releases (in Spanish, though some cinemas now have facilities to view in English).

Shopping in the Valencia region varies, depending on the size and population of a town and Gandia is a perfect example of this. With a population of over 60,000, it has sophisticated shops and stylish boutiques which are found in the streets of the town and of course in the large shopping centres in the suburbs. Gandia's up market ambiance shines through in its shopping experience with small shops offering quality designs at a competitive price focusing on providing limited editions rather than mass production. There are of course many high street stores together with souvenir shops and local markets which are a real tourist attractions and shops selling local crafts which are unique to the region and sold at a competitive price.

The shopping experience in Oliva is a little different. While it has a large shopping centre on the outskirts of the town off the motorway, known as the Bonaire Shopping Centre, the town itself offers a wide selection of stores on the main streets but the local production such as crafts are sold in the smaller streets in the older part of the town. The indoor market in the town sells fresh produce such as fish, fruit and vegetables caught and grown locally.Shopping could not be easier as by looking here.

Best Times to Visit Valencia Province

Valencia has something for everyone all year round. For those wanting to get away from the harsh winters, it is a wonderful place to be as it simulates most of the European countries that experience cold winters with its beautiful lush landscape, yet it maintains a wonderful climate throughout the year. Golfers in particular find Valencia a great place to be from September to June and even in the summer months. Golfing in this region is easier as the climate is a little cooler than the regions further south. Walkers, hikers and mountain climbers, together with cyclists will enjoy the milder months from November through to the end of April or even May whereas sailing, windsurfing, diving and other nautical activities can be done all year round in the lovely coastal areas of the Valencia region.

For those who enjoy the buzz and the heat of the summer months, June through to the end of September is the time to be in Valencia, especially the month of August when the Spanish people take their holidays and the place is full of tourists with extra entertainment put on all over the region for the visiting crowds.

Fiestas are celebrated throughout the Valencia region all year round so tourists can always find a festival somewhere to enjoy the festivities of a local town or village in traditional Valencia style.

Holiday Climate in the Valencia Region

The Valencia region experiences the mildest Mediterranean climate on the east coast of Spain and is very manageable all year round. The temperature averages 18 degrees all year round with it between 11 in winter and 26 degrees in the height of the summer making it a comfortable place to be at any time of the year.

The fertile land of the region is evidence of its mild climate and with rice fields, olive and orange groves producing fruit and olives for both local consumption and export. The climate is very important to the economy of Valencia and Spain in general.

Another economic benefit of the mild climate in Valencia is the tourism it brings to the area. The mild climate is ideal for outdoor activities such as golfing, sailing, diving, cycling, walking etc and such huge events as the Grand Prix and Americas Cup races together with golf championships all bring revenue to the region of Valencia.

In an average year there is 300 days of sunshine in Valencia and that is a great benefit to tourists who experience dark cold winters in other parts of Europe and all over the world.

Getting To and Around Valencia Province

Valencia can be reached by a number of methods, the most popular being flying. Valencia airport is the most obvious choice, with alternatives being Barcelona and Alicante depending on whether your Holiday Rentals in Costa del Azahar is on the North or South of Valencia. From Valencia airport there are a number of options for continuing on to your accommodation such as the metro system connecting with local trains in the city, local taxis which are stationed outside the arrivals building, private coach services, or the airport bus. There is also the Bus Aeropuerto which connects in the city with the RENFE trains to travel to the towns on the outskirts and around the region. Barcelona airport also has a metro system at the airport connecting with other services in the city to bring you to Valencia. While Alicante airport doesn't have any trains yet, it does have a reliable bus service to bring tourists to the city. From there you have the train service, RENFE , to connect to Valencia CITY or some of the towns in the region. Both Barcelona and Alicante airports also have taxis and private coach companies available to transfer tourists to their Holiday Rentals in Costa del Azahar.

Getting to Valencia by ferry is another option available to tourists. Ferries are a comfortable way to travel and having the car to drive around the Valencia area is a real bonus to get the most out of the beautiful scenic surroundings. . Routes from the U.K. include Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao and with Spain's fantastic motorways, the journey on to Valencia is both pleasant and well serviced.

Options for transport around Valencia includes buses, trains, trams, taxis or even the old reliable bicycle which is ideal for the flat terrain of the area. The main bus station which is called “Estacion de Autobuses” is serviced by 12 bus companies, some operating within the city and to towns around Valencia and others fastracking passengers to major cities within Spain and across Europe. The metro operates approximately 130 km of rail lines within Valencia City and also provides a tram line, a safe and modern way to get around the city while enjoying the sights in a leisurely way. RENFE Cercanias is a Spanish train service which operates within the Valencia region to transfer passengers to major cities around Spain but Media Distancia is the RENFE railway that operates transfers of passengers within the Valencia region. Public transport throughout Spain is reasonably priced and Valencia is no exception, so whether touring the city or holidaying within the region, there is a good network for visitors to Valencia.

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Tomatina Bunol, Valencia,  Costa Blanca, Spain We all know that the Costa Blanca is famous for tasty oranges but just 30 miles away from Valencia in the small village of Bunol it is a different story. The produce they are famous for is not the succulent oranges but the tasty tomato and are better known for wearing it rather than eating it. Bunol now host the worlds largest food fight, which means that you can throw as many tomatoes as you can at what ever moves or not, which is held the last Wednesday of every August.

 

Things to Do in Valencia The city of Valencia in Spain is one of the countries best kept secrets and is not totally run over by foreign tourist. It is an ideal city for any type of holiday and is so packed with things to do, you will never have to leave. Shops, museums are just a start and the Millennium science complex is one of the finest in Europe. Between visiting shops and tourist points you can enjoy the palm fringed plazas and parks about town. You will want to visit the historic part of the town though as the outskirts are of high rise blocks and
Towns & Resorts on Costa Azahar Try to think of Valencia as being developed from a recipe. All of this can be left to your imagination in what it is and where it came from. There are just to many facets to choose from like the energy of Madrid, the vibes of Barcelona and the friendliness of Seville, all of which are to be found here with much more. The Holy Grail of Spain, the paella and of course El Cid are other points of interest.

 

Villages of Costa AzaharLa Plana Baixa is the coastal area of Castellon and has a number of villages that are perfect for exploring. Each has its own individual feel and tourist attractions. Burriana is home to El Salvador, a 13th Century Gothic church and the Orange museum. Vall d’Uixo has a very interesting old quarter, which is brimming with Arabic and medieval architecture. It is also home to the caves of San Jose. Vila-Real is famous for its ceramic tiles and still has a booming economy based on its agriculture and agricultural products.
Villages of Costa AzaharIn the area of La Plana, Castellon you will be able to explore a number of small unspoilt villages. In no particular order these are the ones we feel are most worth a visit, Oropesa de Mar and Benicassim are both sleepy by day with tranquil beaches but have lively night-time activities with bars and restaurants offering live music and dancing.
Villages of Costa AzaharThe area of Els Port contains three traditional villages that make interesting places to visit, Forcall, Morella and El Maestrazgo de San Mateo. If you like traditional buildings and historical architecture, then the main square, Plaza Mayor in Forcall is the place to head. This 16th century Plaza remains the heart of the village and is great place to grab a coffee and watch the world go by.
Villages in Costa AzaharThis is the place to head for if you want beautiful unspoilt coastline. The scenic shores are dotted with beach hotspots such as Alcossebre, Benicarlo, Peniscola and Vinaros, which act as a mecca for beach lovers due to the white sands, clear seas and stunning views. Due to their proximity to the sea, all are active fishing villages, renowned for their seafood.
Villages of Costa AzaharAlto Maestrazgo is known for its agriculture and textile industry and contributes considerably to the economy of the province. There are a number of hidden gems worth visiting. Ares del Maestre was once a walled city before it was captured by the Muslims. The village is famous for its pre-historic caves, complete with cave drawings as is the neighbouring Benassa, which is now a world heritage site.
Villages of Costa AzaharThis region of Castellon is inland from the coast and is where you find Alto Palancia . Another interesting village is Segorbe, which is renowned for its bull fighting festivals as well as being a typical example of a Spanish village.
Villages of Costa AzaharThe area of Alto Mijares is inland Castellon and includes the village of Fuente la Reina Montanejos. The village has a number of interesting places of historical interest, but is best known for its healing spa baths.
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