Valencia On the RoadValencia, Spain
In spite of its large population, Valencia not only enjoys of every amenity existent in any other Spanish city but also enjoys of a more relaxed life style than its bigger counterparts.
Valencia is located on the East coast of Spain in the region of the same name.
Valencia is best known for "Las Fallas," a festival that takes place in March, where massive papier-maché sculptures are raised everywhere in the city to be burned on "la nit del foc" (night of fire).
One of the main attractions is Saint Mary's Cathedral which is both architecturally and historically rich along with its tower, locally known as "El Miquelet" or Little Michael. Climb its 51 meters and you will have an amazing 360° view of the city.
If this building could talk it would tell innumerable stories of all the occurrences its walls have seen throughout the centuries. For instance, after been built in the 14th century, it became a mosque during the Muslim invasion. Later, when El Cid conquered the city, it became a Roman Catholic cathedral.
The Muslims reconquered the city again and used it as a mosque. But after king Jaume I took control over Valencia things changed again to this day. This and many more stories abound in this fascinating city.
If you have some spare time in your next trip to Spain, do not hesitate in paying a visit to this enchanting gem of the Mediterranean coast.