Valencia Travel Guide
Ciudad De Las Artes Y Las Ciencias - Developed to encourage tourism to Valencia, this huge complex built on the dried up river bed of Rio Turia has become one of the biggest attractions in Europe. With L'Hemisferic and the Imax theatre and planetarium, L'Oceanografic, the underground water world, the Paluau de les Arts theatre, and Museu de Les Ciencies Principe Felipe, and interactive centre for science and technology, the complex has something of interest for every mindset.
Cathedral - Work on this cathedral began in the 13th century and finished about a hundred years later. With three different styles of architecture for each entrance, and treasure of immeasurable value inside, a visit to this church should easily take up a few hours of exploration.
Museu Provincial De Belles Artes - Considered one of Spain's foremost art gallery's, the displays of 14th to 16th century Valencian art are outstanding, as are the works by Spanish and foreign masters such as Velazquez, El Greco and of-course Goya.
Basilica Virgen de les Desamparados - The magnificent golden altar in this basilica is an astounding work of art, and evidence of the soaring wealth of the Roman Catholic Church.
Basilico Restaubar Fantastic place offering modern fusion food with Asian, Spanish & Italian influences. Great wine list. Manager is attentive and service is superb. Excellent value but really small so book in advance on 963 168 369. Located at Cadiz 42, Ruzafa, Valencia.
submitted by Lee, 12/08/08
Restaurant Manager Wonderful eaterie doing the best bistro food in Valencia..had brunch on Sunday..marvellous.
submitted by Derek, 26/12/05
Basilico Restaubar, calle cadiz 42 Wonderful restaurant in Valencia situated in Russafa. They're offering a beautiful fusion cuisine, great wines, cocktails and service! They even do brunch on Sunday!!!
Reserve B4 you go as it is often fully booked.
submitted by Julian, 21/11/05
Basilico Restaubar This is an amazing new fusion restaurant in russafa (up and coming area of Valencia). You'll get great food in amazing surroundings at affordable prices. And on sunday morning they also serve brunch! How fab!!!
submitted by Alexandre, 05/10/05
Via Vinis C. Bordadores, 3. A tiny restaurant with one of the most complete cellars in town. Warm service and nice atmosphere for a quiet glass of wine or a fancy dinner at a very reasonable price.
submitted by Mar, 09/05/05
Valencia Parks & Gardens
Jardin Botanico - This garden is maintained by the university and filled with about 43,000 plants from around the globe. Not only horticulturists, who will experience near orgasmic pleasure at the scientifically and methodically labeled displays, but also the ordinary man in the street, will find hours of delight wandering about this exotic and fascinating world of flora.
Old Turia Riverbed - About a block beyond the Jardin Botanico is 10 km of magnificent landscaping on the banks of the old Turia riverbed, that also surround the historic part of Valencia. Included in the gardens are sports facilities for adults and children alike, and the theme park based on Gulliver and his travels.
The Parterre Garden and the Glorieta Garden - Two of the most central gardens, as well as being the oldest gardens in the city. Peaceful and beautiful, they have giant Magnolias that are hundreds of years old.
The Monforte Gardens - Filled with elegant marble statues, cool ponds and pavilions where you can sit and enjoy the shade while gazing at the beauty of the gardens.
Although the Valencia's beaches are not exactly spectacular, they are greatly appreciated by locals and tourists alike, as the oppressive heat drives everyone into the water sooner or later.
Las Arenas and Malvarrosa are the most popular beaches and connected by a long and very busy boardwalk, but a more attractive beach is Saler, edged with pine trees and lying between the lagoon and the sea. There are also cafeterias and snack bars, showers and bathroom facilities close to the beach.
Valencia Restaurants and Bars
Restaurante La Utielana - Pl. Picadero Des Aguas, 3. Tucked away in a little alley is this restaurant that serves the most delectable paellas, seafood, and a variety of dishes that are within an affordable price range.
La Pappardella - C. Bordadores, 5. With an upstairs verandah and outdoor tables, this Italian restaurant is one of the most popular in the area, and is filled with lovers of pasta and all foods Italian.
Palace Fesol - Hernan Cortes 7. Valencian paella, baby lamb cutlets, shellfish, and many more dishes are served at this well-established restaurant that has been serving people since WWII. Photos of celebrities and bullfighters adorn the wall, while air-conditioning cools the room.
El Bermell - Calle Santo Tomas 18. This restaurant is found in a beautiful 17th century building in the Barrio del Carmen, the oldest part of Valencia. The chef, Emili Bermell is considered one of the best in the city, and only prepares dishes with the freshest and best ingredients which he personally selects daily.
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