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Valencia is finally making a comeback after years of playing third fiddle to big sisters Madrid and Barcelona. Two decades of civic reinvigoration have turned the city into a worthy destination for any European travel plan. Valencia’s easily navigable center is home to all of the quintessential Spanish temptations—noisy neighborhood eateries, cobbled squares with gushing fountains, and people as warm as the Mediterranean sun. Countless attractions await visitors to the scenic coastal city. In early spring, travelers flock to the Fallas festival: five crazy days of costumes, bonfires, parades, and plenty of partying. The museum-inclined will love the incredible City of Arts and Sciences complex, which features the biggest aquarium in Europe, interactive science exhibitions, and some terrific modern architecture.
Valencia has a rich heritage—and a fiery independent streak—that dates all the way back to Roman times. Much of the population speaks Valencian (a dialect of the Catalan tongue of the north) and self-identify not as Spaniards, but as Valencians (though everybody speaks regular Spanish as a first language, too). The region of Valencia is the home of paella, that flavorful rice dish traditionally cooked over a wood fire and laden with smoky chicken and rabbit. Whether you’re looking for great food, wonderful people-watching, or world-class cultural institutions, Valencia has it all.