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Valencia, Spain

By Cristina Romero

Spain's third-largest city, Valencia basks on the Mediterranean coast south of Barcelona. Amid rugged mountains and glorious orange groves, the city boasts impressive futuristic architecture, neon-lit fountains, a colorful old town and a bustling beach. The easiest way to explore the city is on the fast, efficient metro trains or, in the central areas, on foot. For a real taste of Valencia, try its famous nightlife, arrive during March's Las Fallas festival or try local firewater, Agua de Valencia.

One of the most obvious expressions of Valencian culture is the numerous and often long fiestas that take place in the city. Most of them are unique to this place, not celebrated anywhere else in Spain, or at least in a different form. They are usually a very old tradition from past centuries, offering a true insight into the culture, especially since they are just as celebrated by the Valencians of today. The fiestas in Valencia is your chance to observe the genuine Valencian traditions complete with Valencians costumes, music and philosophy of life. The fiestas range from religious celebrations and land-related traditions to the mega-festival of Las Fallas - by far the most complete expression of Valencian culture.

The tradition evolves but stays-even the City of Arts and Sciences has a great deal of ceramics in its design. You could find out more about the ceramics in the Museum of Ceramics, or you could visit the Lladro centre which has become an internationally famous producer of high-art ceramics. You can also buy yourself a souvenir in many of the Valencian shops, especially on the Pz Redonda

Valencian ceramics are famous. This city has a very deep and unique tradition in this form of art and they have become the visual symbol of Valencian culture. Look around and you will see the ceramics everywhere-street signs, building facades, interiors, household items.

In a dining-obsessed country like Spain, food is definitely part of the culture. Valencia has its own clearly defined cuisine, born from a cross of the rice culture with the products of the sea. The Paella was born here, and there is a whole range of other rice and seafood dishes on offer. The Valencians do enjoy their traditional cuisine and the paella is an old tradition.


My name is Cristina; I'm 14 years old; I'm from Valencia, Spain; I love to dance; I enjoy playing basketball and swimming and I like sailing.My mum's name is Pilar, she's a social science teacher, and my dad's name is Juan Carlos and he's a business manager for a company.


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