New flights announced by British Airways will link London Gatwick with Spain’s 3rd city
The direct route from Gatwick to Valencia begins on November 6th, with four flights a week, increasing to six a week by summer 2016. Valencia is eclipsed by its better known rivals Madrid and Barcelona in the city break stakes, but this lively city is fast becoming one of Spain’s must-see destinations. Famous for its numerous festivals, fine historic buildings, striking futuristic architecture and great museums, Valencia also has some excellent beaches making it an attractive all year round destination.
A decade of bold development has given Valencia some particularly striking modern architecture, adding to the wealth of elegant art nouveau buildings that line the streets, as well as Gothic and Renaisssance monuments. A stroll around the historic Carmen neighbourhood is a must. Here there are plenty of cafés and bars to sample. A visit to the art nouveau Central Market to see fabulous fruit, vegetables and fish on display will always be rewarding.
The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencas is a vast complex, home to a wealth of attractions including the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, an interactive science museum and the Oceanogràfic, Europe’s largest marine park.
Winter temperatures are relatively mild – you can often sit outside during the day even in January and February. Spring and autumn are the liveliest seasons for cultural events and you are almost guaranteed warm temperatures and sunshine.
Valencia is known all over the world for its Fallas. These fiestas came into being to celebrate the arrival of spring by burning, and thus purifying, everything old and negative from the previous year. For five days in March the streets are filled with true works of art made from papier-mâché. These complicated statues several metres high seem to defy gravity. They are created by Falla artists, craftsmen who spend a whole year almost exclusively dedicated to their creations. The festival ends by burning the Falla, to the great delight of the locals who flock to watch the spectacle
Valencia gave birth to the paella and the dish is very much part of the culture of the city. As a staple of every Valencian’s diet, it’s no mystery why this rice dish is taken so seriously by locals and found on almost every street corner.