Valensija je grad festivala, među kojima su najpoznatiji Toma de Bunjol (bitka paradajzom) i Festival Las Faljas Valencia is a city of festivals, the most famous of which are La Tomatina de Buñol (the Battle of the Tomatoes) and the Las Fallas Festival Air Serbia » Er Srbija | 15 Valencia is a city whose very name we associate with sunshine, oranges and sand. And indeed it is the ideal place for relaxation, with 320 sunny days a year. The modern Valencia is known for its elegant Parc Municipal and the spectacularly futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava. As Spain’s third largest city, it has all the cultural, academic and culinary advantages of a metropolis, but this is also a city where you are more likely to be awakened in the morning by church bells and birdsong than by urban hustle and bustle. Unlike its cousins Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia has retained the authentic Spanish lifestyle. Most beautiful beaches Some of the most beautiful beaches that are washed by the waters of the Mediterranean can be found just 15 minutes from the city centre. The beaches of Las Arenas, Malvarrosa and Cabanyal have all received the Blue Flag confirming their status among the world’s most beautiful beaches, while a little further away, approximately 10 km to the south, are beaches hidden between rocky outcrops and surrounded by pristine nature. One such beach is El Saler, which also forms part of the protected Albufera Natural Park. City of arts and sciences The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias [City of Arts and Sciences] is a cultural and architeGuitars, paella and sangria ctural complex that lies at the heart of Valencia and forms the city’s greatest tourist attraction, but also its biggest landmark. This part of the city, which was designed jointly by architects Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela, consists of several parts. There is the Hemisphere, L’Hemisfèric, with a cinema and planetarium housed in a building made to resemble a giant eye. The Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, an interactive science museum that’s made to look like the skeleton of a whale. And L’Oceanogràfic, representing Europe’s largest oceanographic aquarium, which encompasses an area of 110,000 square metres and contains 42 million litres of water. Built in the shape of a water lily, it is a work of the aforementioned Candela. Each building represents a different aquatic environment, including the Mediterranean, wetlands, temperate and tropical seas, oceans, the Arctic and Antarctica, islands etc. This aquarium is home to over 500 different species, including fish, dolphins... Paellas and sangria Valencia provides enjoyment for all the senses, so be sure not to miss out on the chance to try its traditional paella variants. There are many different recipes, including paella with meat and with seafood, while there are also appetisers of full-fat cheeses and the inevitable cured hams. Vegans shouldn’t overlook the fried asparagus, while absolutely everyone should try the famous sangria, a sweet wine combined with fruit. FOTO: Depositphotos