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Clockwise from top: El Portet Beach; Valencia's central market;
Orange trees at Saint Mary's Cathedral.
Spain's sunny city boasts striking
architecture and delicious eats
Valencia's cityscape is dominated by Santiago Calatrava's masterpiece, the futuristic
City of Arts and Sciences. But, thanks to its prime Mediterranean location, Valencia
feels relaxed and beachy, with flamenco dancing and busy sidewalk cafés.
This city gave paella, the fragrant Spanish rice dish, to the world. You'll fight
over the soccarat, or crispy rice, at the bottom of the pan. You can also try local
quick bites like manchego cheese and tomato sandwiches, and freshly squeezed
orange juice from Valencia oranges, available everywhere. Valencia is also known
for delicious tapas- indulge in grilled bread topped with ibérico ham, tiny fish, or
garlic and tomatoes.
Wander the more than 900 stalls at the Plaza del Mercado, an enormous produce
and seafood market that's one of Europe's largest. Snap photos at the Estaciò del
Nord train station; from there, enjoy shopping along Calle de Colón. Surrounding
this area are the beautiful shady streets of the upscale L'Eixample neighborhood.
One more major sight to see? The Holy Grail, said to be the cup used by Jesus at
the Last Supper, is on display at the Valencia Cathedral.
Our Virtuoso shore experience will see many highlights of Valencia and enjoy a
delicious paella lunch.
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