Valencia from A to Z

Taylor Rawls is a student at the University of Richmond and an ISA Featured Blogger. She is currently interning abroad with ISA Internships in Valencia, Spain.

  •  Albufera
  • Bravery
    • Valencia got its name from the word “valiente,” or “brave” in English.
  • Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias
Here is part of the oceanographic aquarium within La Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias.
Here is part of the oceanographic aquarium within La Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias.
  • Desserts
    • Valencia is known for having two especially delicious desserts: fartóns and churros. The best way to eat a churro is to dip it in chocolate. YUM.
  • Eating out
    • Most restaurants are closed between 4 pm and 8 pm, the hours between lunch and dinner.
  • Falles
    • Falles is a celebration of Saint Joseph. There are parades, insanely large puppets, and at the end of the festival, all of the puppets are lit on fire.
  • Gastronomy
    • Basically, there is a lot of food here, and it is all delicious.
  • Horchata
    • Valencia is the birthplace of this delicious drink, a combination of water, sugar, and tigernuts.
  • Institut Valencià d’Art Modern
    • The Valencian Institute of Modern Art has beautiful exhibitions of contemporary art and photography.
  • Jamon
    • Ham here goes by many names, but Spanish cured ham is delicious and can often be found as a starter or part of a tapa.
  • Kilometers
    • Running is huge here and you can find 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, and marathons almost every weekend.
  • La Tomatina
    • The world’s largest tomato fight. Enough said.
  • Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia
    • The Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia was founded in 1913 and has about 2,000 works.
  • Naranjas
    • Oranges, anyone?
  • Oranges
    • Just to recap, Valencian oranges are big, sweet, and can be found for sale on almost any street.
  • Paella
    • Original paella is rice mixed with chicken and rabbit, but you can find variations of it all throughout Valencia.
  • Queso
    • What would Valencia be without cheese?
  • Río Turia
    • The Turia River no longer runs through the middle of Valencia and it is now mostly something that resembles a garden and is perfect for picnicking, running, and bike riding.
A bank of the Turia River, covered in green grass and flowers.
A bank of the Turia River, covered in green grass and flowers.
  • Salchicha
    • Salchicha, “sausage” in Spanish, is eaten in Valencia during lunch and dinner, not breakfast, often as part of a sandwich or along with rice and vegetables.
  • Tortilla
    • If you order a tortilla here, you will get a thick, but delicious, mixture of eggs, potatoes, and onions.
  • Uvas
    • “Uvas” is Spanish for “grapes” and Valencia is separated into two zones and 4 sub-zones that all produce a different kind of wine.
  • Virgin’s Square
    • The Virgin’s Square (or Plaza de la Virgen) is in the center of the historic district and holds the famous Turia fountain.
Some statues that were set up in the Virgin's Square.
Some statues that were set up in the Virgin’s Square.
  • Water
    • Valencia is right on the Mediterranean Sea. Get your fill of sand, sun, and salty water.
The beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
The beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
  • Xàtiva
    • The Castle of Xàtiva isn’t exactly in Valencia, but it’s close and beautiful and definitely something that you should check out.
  • Yummy
    • This isn’t a noun, but this wouldn’t be a good list about Valencia if food wasn’t mentioned at least one more time.
  • Zoo
    • Valencia’s zoo, called Bioparc, has few barriers and attempts to make visitors feel as if they are actually in the wild.

The world awaits…discover it.

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