The Valencian Community, more commonly known as simply Valencia, is an autonomous community of Spain located in the central and south-eastern side of the Iberian Peninsula. The region, which has nationality status, is divided into three provinces: Valencia, Alicante, and Castellón, 34 comarques or districts, and 542 municipalities. As tourist spots, the province of Castellón offers beach and mountain activities, Alicante is best known for its nightlife, resorts, and leisure opportunities, and Valencia is known for the Albufera natural park and as the region's capital and largest city.
What to see & do
City of Arts and Sciences - The City of Arts and Sciences is a cultural and architectural complex in Valencia. It is regarded as the most significant modern tourist destination in the city. The following are the buildings that make up the complex: L'Hemisfèric is an IMAX Cinema, planetarium, and laserium; El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is an interactive science museum; L'Umbracle is a landscaped walk with indigenous plant species; L'Oceanogràfic is an open-air oceanographic park (the largest of its kind in Europe); El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is an opera house and performing arts centre; El Pont de l'Assut de l'Or is a suspension bridge that connects the south side of the complex with Minorca Street; L'Àgora is a covered plaza wherein concerts and sporting events are held; and Torres de València is part of a project of the construction of three skyscrapers (on hold).
Valencia Bioparc - The Valencia Bioparc is a zoo located on the Turia riverbed in Valencia. The zoo was moved from its original location to the new Bioparc facilities, occupying 10 hectares, in 2008. The zoo houses about 4,000 animals that live in environments very similar to their natural habitat. The zoo does not use traditional railings and uses instead ponds, rivers, streams, and rocks to separate the visitors from the animals. In this way, the animals are able to live close to their natural living conditions and the visitors are immersed in the same environment.
Bonfires of Saint John - Bonfires of Saint John is an annual festival that occurs around Saint John's day's eve (June 23). It is celebrated in many cities and towns in the country, but the largest festival takes place in Alicante. During the festival, people gather and create large bonfires.
How to get Valencia
Trains and buses are the main form of public transportation in the Valencian Community. A tram service operates along the coast from Alicante north to Denia. Some parts of the province can only be reached by private car. For getting around Valencia, Metro Valencia consists of five lines (including a tramway to the beach) that connects the suburbs with the city. Bikes can also be rented and is very convenient, as the city is essentially flat. When riding a bike, you are mandated to sport lights and reflective clothes, especially at night, in order to avoid accidents.
How to get there
The Valencian Community has two international airports: Alicante–Elche Airport and Valencia Airport. Alicante–Elche Airport, located nine kilometres southwest of Alicante, mostly handles tourist-oriented flights. It is served by Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Jet2.com, easyJet, Vueling, Thomson Airways, Wizz Air, and other airlines, which operate between Alicante and several locations in Europe. Valencia Airport on the other hand handles mostly business traffic. It has connections to about 15 European countries, provided by Air Berlin, Air Europa, Iberia, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Transavia.com, Vueling, and Wizz Air.