During your stay at Dormio Resort Costa Blanca, be sure to visit the city of Valencia! Spain's third largest city has all the ingredients for a great day out: many sights, interesting museums, cosy squares and atmospheric terraces. In addition, you will find Valencia no less than three times on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Discover the invaluable historical and cultural value of this city of arts and sciences!
Valencia played an important role in the silk trade for centuries. This history is well reflected in the Silk Exchange, an exceptional historic building that was declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The Gothic limestone building has always been the centre of trade. Nowadays, silk is no longer traded, but a visit to the impressive trading hall is definitely worthwhile. The beautiful trading hall shows the wealth of the city in the 15th and 16th centuries. End your visit with a relaxing moment in the beautiful courtyard full of orange trees.
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Are you in Valencia on Thursdays? Then visit the Plaza de la Virgin around noon and attend a centuries-old ritual! Ever since the 10th century, the time of the Moors, every Thursday at noon eight, democratically elected farmers will come together. In front of the cathedral, the Water Tribunal discusses problems and issues about water and irrigation. In case of a conflict, the farmers of the Water Tribunal will give their verdict in a short time. The tribunal is world famous for its great efficiency and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2006.
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Las Fallas is a real traditional Spanish party. It has been celebrated for about 200 years and marks the beginning of the spring. Since a few years the festival, which officially starts on the last Sunday of February, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
During Las Fallas huge sculptures are made of papier-mâché. You will find more than 700 of these meter-high works of art throughout the city. A visit to Valencia during Las Fallas is highly recommended! For three weeks all kinds of festivities will be organized. Tradition, satire and art will come together. The builders, falleras, are dressed in beautiful dresses. The highlight is La Cremà, or the burning. On the last day of the festival all the sculptures will go up in flames, accompanied by fireworks.
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