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Valencia – Art Nouveau meets Futuristic October 29, 30 and 31 and November 1, 2016 Welcome to our first Spanish Blog. Back in the Netherlands it is like the song of the Mamas and the Papas, “All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey” but here in Valencia the sky is still blue and there are oranges hanging in the trees. First thing we do when we arrive at the hotel, is changing our clothes. Valencia is in terms of population, the third largest city in Spain. It lies at the southeast coast in opposite of the Balearic Islands. The next four days we are going to explore the city and tell you all about it in our Blog. A gaudir! On the General Information tab you will find some information on weather, public transport, hotels etc.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
1. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias The new eye catcher of Valencia is called Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. It is situated near the harbor of Valencia in the Jardines de Turia. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias means literally the City of Arts and Science, it exists out of 7 buildings which were designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The futuristic buildings are surrounded by water and  sculptures, the buildings give the city a modern and international image. The construction was completed in 2009.  The organic forms of nature stood model for the designs of the buildings. In the  buildings one can find the largest Aquarium of Europe, a museum of Science, an IMAX theater and Opera building.
2. Jardines de Turia We are walking through the Jardines de Turia to reach the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Due to a major flood back in 1957, the city Council decided to lead the river outside the city and transform the riverbed into a Park. In the 9 km long Park, one can still see all the bridges which crossed the former river. The Park is the ideal place to practicing sport or to ride your bike.
Mercado Central
3. Mercado Central I am standing in front of the Mercado Central. It opened its doors back in 1928 and was built in an Art Nouveau style. This large market hall is open from Monday till Saturday till 14.30 hrs. A large variety of fruits, vegetables, meat and other products is being sold in the Market Hall. There is so much to see, smell and touch. But don’t forget to look up to enjoy the magnificent roof.
Roof Mercado Central Art Nouveau style houses Art Nouveau style houses Valencia Mercado de Colón
4. L’Eixample We are walking through L ‘Eixample, this district is famous for its Art Nouveau style houses and buildings. The district runs from Calle Colón and the Avenida del Reino. There are many exclusive restaurants and expensive boutiques. You will also find the Mercado de Colón which was designed by the architect Francisco Mora Berenguer.
Mercado de Colón
Art Nouveau style houses
Plaza de la Virgen Valencia
5. Plaza de la Virgen, the Cathedral and El Miguelete Plaza de la Virgen is the most important and beautiful square of Valencia. The square is named after the Holy Virgin Mary because she is the patron Saint of Valencia. On the square you will see the Turia fountain and the Cathedral which was also built in honor of the Virgin Mary. Next to the Cathedral you see the tower which is nicknamed El Miguelete. Valencia has had many invaders, which you see reflected in the design of the Cathedral, this is a mixture of the Gothic, Roman and Moorish architecture. Inside the Cathedral one can find religious Art and historical relics. El Miguelete was built in 1539, it is possible to climb the tower, it has 207 steps but the view is fantastic.
Torres de Serranos Valencia
6. Torres de Serranos The old still existing city gate is called Torres de Serranos. This gothic building was built in 1397, it took several years to build it because of the thickness of the walls. From 1586 until 1887 it was used as prison for the rich criminals.
Lonja de la Seda valencia
7. Lonja de la Seda  The Lonja de la Seda is the historical silk exchange of Valencia. Because of its strategic location a lot of trade was conducted in Valencia. For that reason Valencia has always been a rich and prosperous city throughout the centuries. The Lonja de la Seda was built back in 1482 and was not only used as a silk exchange but also as a place where merchants handle their financial matters. It exists out of three parts, after entering the main entrance one comes into the most impressive hall which is decorated with pillars which are carved in the form of palm trees, also the floors and ceilings of the other parts of the building are very beautiful. The building was put on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1996.
Estación del Norte Valencia Estación del Norte inside
8. Estación del Norte The name of the most important railway station of Valencia is a bite misleading because the station is situated at the south side of the city center. It was built in 1917 in the Art Nouveau style. The façade has beautiful reliefs in the form of oranges. On top of the building an eagle keeps the watch, this eagle is the symbol for speed. Inside the building is richly decorated with trencadis. Trencadis are mosaic made out of ceramic shards which are laid in a layer of plaster. Also if you don’t have to catch the train, it is worth visiting!
Casa-Museo Benlliure Casa-Museo Benlliure Valencia
9 + 10 Museums During our stay, we have visited two museums. 1. Museo Nacional de Cerámica González Martí These were two birds with one stone. The ceramic museum is namely situated in the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. The making of ceramic goes back to the Moorish occupation. Valencia is famous for its ceramic. The museum gives you an impression of the development of the ceramic throughout the centuries. Above the main entrance you see an alabaster reliefs, it represents an allegory of the rivers Turia and Júcan and the Holy Virgin Mary, the patron of the family. Inside the house, one gets a good picture of the wealth and living conditions of the family. The rooms are richly decorated with furniture and art. Address and visiting hours: Calle Poeta Querol Tuesday – Saturday 10-14 and 16-20 hrs entrance fee € 3,- Sunday 10-14 hrs and public holidays entrance fee € 0,- 2. Casa-Museo Benlliure The Benlliure family formed an important art historical family for the city of Valencia. This famous artistic family Benlliure has lived in this house, which is now turned into a museum. The eldest son of the family, José Benlliure bought the house back in 1912. The ground floor has been preserved as if the family still lives in the house. This gives a good and authentic picture of how people of that class lived in that time. At the first and second floor you will see the paintings of José Benlliure and other fellow artists and the sculptures of Mariano Benlliure. Address and visiting hours: Calle Blanquerias 23 Tuesday – Saturday 10-14 and 15-19 hrs entrance fee € 2,- Sunday 10-15 hrs and public holidays entrance fee € 0,-
Casa-Museo Benlliure
hotel tip Valencia tip 2 beverwijk tip 2 beverwijk
Tip 1: To dip a sweet farton into a glass of horchata/orxata. Horchata or Orxata how the inhabitants of Valencia call it, is a traditional beverage made from ground almonds. The farton is made from flour, milk, sugar, oil, leavening agent and eggs. The long, sweet and spongy farton is made to be dipped in your glass of horchata/orxata. Gaudir del seu menjar!
Horchata Valencia
Tip 2: Renting a bike to explore the city. In the city center there are special bike rent stations, where you can throw some money in a machine and you can cycle away. There are special biking trails in the city center and in the Park Jardines de Turia.
Tip 3: When you are in a bar try a glass of Aqua de Valencia, which is made from a base of cava (Spanish champagne), orange juice, vodka and gin. Salut!
tip 2 beverwijk
Hotel tip Valencia: For our stay, we booked a room at the AC Hotel Colon Valencia (belongs to AC Hotels Marriott), the address is Carrer de Colón no. 6 in Valencia. This was a good choice, the hotel is situated close to the Metro Xàtiva and the railway station Estació del Nord. Carrer de Colón is one of the main shopping streets of Valencia. All the major attractions are within walking distance for example the Cathedral, Plaza de la Virgin, Lonja de la Seda and Mercado de Colón. The hotel is modern, clean and well insulated, so you will hear no street noise. If you are interested in this hotel, please check out here the availability and most advantageous offers for this hotel, so you can directly book a hotelroom.
AC Hotel Colon Valencia AC Hotel Colon Valencia Room
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Valencia – Art Nouveau meets Futuristic October 29, 30 and 31 and November 1, 2016 Welcome to our first Spanish Blog. Back in the Netherlands it is like the song of the Mamas and the Papas, “All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey” but here in Valencia the sky is still blue and there are oranges hanging in the trees. First thing we do when we arrive at the hotel, is changing our clothes. Valencia is in terms of population, the third largest city in Spain. It lies at the southeast coast in opposite of the Balearic Islands. The next four days we are going to explore the city and tell you all about it in our Blog. A gaudir! On the General Information tab you will find some information on weather, public transport, hotels etc.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
1. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias The new eye catcher of Valencia is called Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. It is situated near the harbor of Valencia in the Jardines de Turia. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias means literally the City of Arts and Science, it exists out of 7 buildings which were designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The futuristic buildings are surrounded by water and  sculptures, the buildings give the city a modern and international image. The construction was completed in 2009.  The organic forms of nature stood model for the designs of the buildings. In the  buildings one can find the largest Aquarium of Europe, a museum of Science, an IMAX theater and Opera building.
2. Jardines de Turia We are walking through the Jardines de Turia to reach the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Due to a major flood back in 1957, the city Council decided to lead the river outside the city and transform the riverbed into a Park. In the 9 km long Park, one can still see all the bridges which crossed the former river. The Park is the ideal place to practicing sport or to ride your bike.
Mercado Central
3. Mercado Central I am standing in front of the Mercado Central. It opened its doors back in 1928 and was built in an Art Nouveau style. This large market hall is open from Monday till Saturday till 14.30 hrs. A large variety of fruits, vegetables, meat and other products is being sold in the Market Hall. There is so much to see, smell and touch. But don’t forget to look up to enjoy the magnificent roof.
Roof Mercado Central Art Nouveau style houses Mercado de Colón
4. L’Eixample We are walking through L ‘Eixample, this district is famous for its Art Nouveau style houses and buildings. The district runs from Calle Colón and the Avenida del Reino. There are many exclusive restaurants and expensive boutiques. You will also find the Mercado de Colón which was designed by the architect Francisco Mora Berenguer.
Plaza de la Virgen Valencia
5. Plaza de la Virgen, the Cathedral and El Miguelete Plaza de la Virgen is the most important and beautiful square of Valencia. The square is named after the Holy Virgin Mary because she is the patron Saint of Valencia. On the square you will see the Turia fountain and the Cathedral which was also built in honor of the Virgin Mary. Next to the Cathedral you see the tower which is nicknamed El Miguelete. Valencia has had many invaders, which you see reflected in the design of the Cathedral, this is a mixture of the Gothic, Roman and Moorish architecture. Inside the Cathedral one can find religious Art and historical relics. El Miguelete was built in 1539, it is possible to climb the tower, it has 207 steps but the view is fantastic.
Torres de Serranos Valencia
6. Torres de Serranos The old still existing city gate is called Torres de Serranos. This gothic building was built in 1397, it took several years to build it because of the thickness of the walls. From 1586 until 1887 it was used as prison for the rich criminals.
Lonja de la Seda valencia
7. Lonja de la Seda  The Lonja de la Seda is the historical silk exchange of Valencia. Because of its strategic location a lot of trade was conducted in Valencia. For that reason Valencia has always been a rich and prosperous city throughout the centuries. The Lonja de la Seda was built back in 1482 and was not only used as a silk exchange but also as a place where merchants handle their financial matters. It exists out of three parts, after entering the main entrance one comes into the most impressive hall which is decorated with pillars which are carved in the form of palm trees, also the floors and ceilings of the other parts of the building are very beautiful. The building was put on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1996.
Estación del Norte Valencia Estación del Norte inside
8. Estación del Norte The name of the most important railway station of Valencia is a bite misleading because the station is situated at the south side of the city center. It was built in 1917 in the Art Nouveau style. The façade has beautiful reliefs in the form of oranges. On top of the building an eagle keeps the watch, this eagle is the symbol for speed. Inside the building is richly decorated with trencadis. Trencadis are mosaic made out of ceramic shards which are laid in a layer of plaster. Also if you don’t have to catch the train, it is worth visiting!
Casa-Museo Benlliure Casa-Museo Benlliure Valencia
9 + 10 Museums During our stay, we have visited two museums. 1. Museo Nacional de Cerámica González Martí These were two birds with one stone. The ceramic museum is namely situated in the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. The making of ceramic goes back to the Moorish occupation. Valencia is famous for its ceramic. The museum gives you an impression of the development of the ceramic throughout the centuries. Above the main entrance you see an alabaster reliefs, it represents an allegory of the rivers Turia and Júcan and the Holy Virgin Mary, the patron of the family. Inside the house, one gets a good picture of the wealth and living conditions of the family. The rooms a rich decorated with furniture and art. Address and visiting hours: Calle Poeta Querol Tuesday – Saturday 10-14 and 16-20 hrs entrance fee € 3,- Sunday 10-14 hrs and public holidays entrance fee € 0,- 2. Casa-Museo Benlliure The Benlliure family formed an important art historical family for the city of Valencia. This famous artistic family Benlliure has lived in this house, which is now turned into a museum. The eldest son of the family, José Benlliure bought the house back in 1912. The ground floor has been preserved as if the family still lives in the house. This gives a good and authentic picture of how people of that class lived in that time. At the first and second floor you will see the paintings of José Benlliure and other fellow artists and the sculptures of Mariano Benlliure. Address and visiting hours: Calle Blanquerias 23 Tuesday – Saturday 10-14 and 15-19 hrs entrance fee € 2,- Sunday 10-15 hrs and public holidays entrance fee € 0,-
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Tip 1: To dip a sweet farton into a glass of horchata/orxata. Horchata or Orxata how the inhabitants of Valencia call it, is a traditional beverage made from ground almonds. The farton is made from flour, milk, sugar, oil, leavening agent and eggs. The long, sweet and spongy farton is made to be dipped in your glass of horchata/orxata. Gaudir del seu menjar!
Horchata Valencia
Tip 2: Renting a bike to explore the city. In the city center there a special bike rent stations, where you can throw some money in a machine and you can cycle away. There are special biking trails in the city center and in the Park Jardines de Turia.
Tip 3: When you are in a bar try a glass of Aqua de Valencia, which is made from a base of cava (Spanish champagne), orange juice, vodka and gin. Salut!
Hotel tip Valencia: For our stay, we booked a room at the AC Hotel Colon Valencia (belongs to AC Hotels Marriott), the address is Carrer de Colón no. 6 in Valencia. This was a good choice, the hotel is situated close to the Metro Xàtiva and the railway station Estació del Nord. Carrer de Colón is one of the main shopping streets of Valencia. All the major attractions are within walking distance for example the Cathedral, Plaza de la Virgin, Lonja de la Seda and Mercado de Colón. The hotel is modern, clean and well insulated, so you will hear no street noise. If you are interest in this hotel, please check out here the availability and most advantageous offers for this hotel, so you can directly book a hotelroom.
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