City of Flowers and Light
Nothing defines Valencia better than its encyclopedic architecture. Its streets are lined with wonderful Spanish Modernista buildings, its mighty Gothic cathedral stands on the site of a Roman temple, museums are housed in lavishly decorated palaces, and food markets have been designated national monuments. And then, there’s the strikingly futuristic City of Arts and Sciences rising out of a pool of water like a giant, prehistoric whale’s skeleton. Couple that with beautiful beaches, otherworldly festivals, and the world’s best paella and you have one of Spain’s most unique and interesting cities.