Sep 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Visit the Third Largest City in Spain

Senior citizens, do you know the top three cities in Spain? Of course Madrid is #1 but what are #2 and #3?  And so you might choose Barcelona or Sevilla like me.  The answer is Barcelona, number 2 and  Valencia is third.  Madrid is big with a population of 3,255,944 then Barcelona with 1,621,5373 and Valencia with 814,208.

So let’s first check out where Valencia is located?  You’ll discover that it is on the east coast of Spain. There are many fantastic destinations in Spain that seniors can choose to visit, however a visit to Valencia would be a good choice. Located on the east coast of Spain and with a great diversity of attractions, Valencia is called the City of Art.  Google Earth will put you there in 3D.

Old? Yes, and Senior Travelers Love the Food

Valencia was founded more than 2000 years ago by the Romans. Several historic buildings, such as the La Seu Cathedral and the Silk Exchange are reminiscent of Valencia’s heyday during the late Middle Ages. The construction of the futuristic looking City of Arts and Sciences at the end of the 20th century heralded a new era for Valencia and increased its popularity as a senior citizen tourist destination.

Besides all the cultural offerings found in town, seniors seeking exceptional gastronomical options will not be disappointed. The world famous saffron rice dish paella originated in Valencia as well as the almond dessert treat turron. Valencian cuisine includes fresh local seafood, assorted meats, and vegetables, creatively combined with regional spices and oils. Food lovers will surely delight in the gourmet options available, perfectly complementing the fascinating landmarks that they will come across. And photos anyone… visit valencia spain? Yes, it’s old…but it’s new as well .

Sights and Attractions

Lonely Planet has a nice description of Valencia with many suggestions for senior visitors to check out. TripAdvisor thinks that seniors would enjoy these Ten Top Things to do.  If ten were not enough, let me add fifteen more. The walking tour of Valencia offers a complete overview of the city, from the ground up. A local walking guide will take senior walkers to  every major site in the city center, including Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences, the Opera House and much more. Walking is good for you plus you won’t even know you are getting good exercise as all those terrific sights will keep your attention.

Take a bus tour

During your time in port in Valencia, explore the city with a 24-hour ticket aboard a hop-on hop-off bus tour. You can see all the main sights, such as the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Silk Exchange and the Congress Palace. Upgrade your tour to visit the Valencia Oceanographic, an aquarium and marine park at the City of Arts and Sciences. The largest aquarium in Europe, the Oceanographic is home to more than 45,000 animals from 500 different species.

And just a “couple more facts”

Additional facts about Valencia would highlight that it is a great historical and cultural city with 42 museums, 12 theaters, 13 main art galleries and is one of the most important ports in Spain.  All this with a population of around 800,000 and an average temperature of around 17ºC and many beautiful beaches and other natural attractions. With very good road, train and air connections to major Spanish and European cities, Valencia is very well connected to the rest of civilization.

I’ll be in Prague, Vienna and Budapest soon so I’m looking forward to writing first-hand experiences and suggestions from there.  In the meantime, enjoy Valencia and ¡Buen viaje!  jeb

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