21st May 2007
There are museums, monuments , gardens ,shopping and even a superb beach right by the city centre. Don’t miss the Holy Grail chapel claiming to possessing the chalice used in Christ’s last supper or the stunning architecture of the opera House and Arts and Sciences buildings the largest in Europe.
Add to this, for the first time in Europe, Valencia are currently hosting The 32nd America’s cup. This weekend things really began to hot up (including the temperature at 28 degrees) with the Italian boat Luna Rossa beating the Americans to reach the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup. From 1st June they will challenge either New Zealand or the Spanish team in this event for the right to challenge the current Champions the Swiss for the Americas Cup which will take place from 23rd June.
Valencia city has invested 500 million Euros on this event and has made special efforts to maximise the access of the event to the general public.
There is a completely new marina and canal which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. During the day there are many opportunities to see multimedia exhibitions on the history of the cup, watch the teams prepare for racing or go out on a spectator boat close up to the racing.
In the evening enjoy some Tapas and Rioja as the sun goes down followed by the spectacular sound and light show throughout the port complex.
Valencia really has a lot to offer as a summer city break and is only two and half hours away from Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle plus a short metro journey direct from the airport to the heart of the city.