The ‘Orange Blossom Coast’ is located in the province of Valencia and has an unspoilt, breath-taking countryside with lemon and orange groves, nature reserves and pristine beaches. The local cuisine is based largely on fresh seafood and rice with Paella being one of the most popular, and famous, dishes along with Tombet del Maestrzgo, a traditional soup. This area has a fantastic climate with warm, sunny weather throughout the year. The nearest major airport is located in the city of Valencia.
As Spain’s third largest city, Valencia is a lively metropolis with a mix of contemporary and traditional architecture and a wonderful combination of city, sea and sunny weather. There is over 100 km of coastline and the beaches are very well maintained with excellent facilities and plenty of water-based activities on offer such as sailing, swimming, kite surfing, wind-surfing and kayaking. In the old town, El Carmen, there are some incredible museums and art galleries, as well the Valencia Cathedral, which was constructed in the 13th century and claims to hold the Holy Grail. The incredible views from atop the Miguelete bell tower are worth the climb. The nightlife in Valencia is unmatched and you can often find musicians playing their instruments and singing outside one of the many pubs and restaurants. Plaza de la Reina is located in the old town, and is a great location for enjoying a drink and traditional meal. Plaza Redonda has a slightly quirkier reputation, with its circular design and unique stalls selling souvenirs and local crafts. Valencia is probably most famous for its delicious Paella, especially the combination of chicken and rabbit. Aside from the many cultural and historical sites, there are beautiful public gardens, a central market with around 1 000 stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to meat, cheeses and even sweets. Just opposite the market you will find La Lonja de la Seda, which is a 15th century silk exchange market and has been named as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Fallas festival, which takes place in March, is an interesting experience, with street parties, parades, fireworks and an array of over the top, eccentric statues and figurines. The climate is very pleasant with warm sunny days throughout the year, it is no wonder it is a popular destination for tourists. Valencia airport is located approximately 10 km from the city centre.