36 Facts About Valencia


Valencia is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third-most populated municipality in Spain, with 791, 413 inhabitants.

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The spelling "Valencia" was approved by the AVL based on tradition after a debate on the matter.

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The name "Valencia" has been the only official name of the city since 2017.

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Climate of Valencia is a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers.

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Valencia has one of the mildest winters in Europe, owing to its southern location on the Mediterranean Sea and the Foehn phenomenon, locally known as ponenta.

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Valencia is one of the oldest cities in Spain, founded in the Roman period, c 138 BC, under the name "Valentia Edetanorum".

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Many Jews lived in Valencia, including the accomplished Jewish poet Solomon ibn Gabirol, who spent his last years in the city.

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Valencia became a major slave trade centre in the 15th century, second only to Lisbon in the West, prompting a Lisbon–Seville–Valencia axis by the second half of the century, powered by the incipient Portuguese slave trade originating in Western Africa.

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The 18th century was the age of the Enlightenment in Europe, and its humanistic ideals influenced such men as Gregory Maians and Perez Bayer in Valencia, who maintained correspondence with the leading French and German thinkers of the time.

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Valencia failed to take the city in two assaults and retreated to Madrid.

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City life in Valencia carried on in a revolutionary climate, with frequent clashes between liberals and republicans.

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On 30 March 1939, Valencia surrendered and the Nationalist troops entered the city.

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Valencia was selected in 2003 to host the historic America's Cup yacht race, the first European city ever to do so.

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Twenty-two days later, on 25 July 2007, the leaders of the Alinghi syndicate, holder of the America's Cup, officially announced that Valencia would be the host city for the 33rd America's Cup, held in June 2009.

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Valencia enjoyed strong economic growth before the economic crisis of 2008, much of it spurred by tourism and the construction industry, with concurrent development and expansion of telecommunications and transport.

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Since the onset of the Great Recession, Valencia had experienced a growing unemployment rate, increased government debt, etc.

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In 2009, Valencia was designated "the 29th fastest-improving European city".

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Valencia's port underwent radical changes to accommodate the 32nd America's Cup in 2007.

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City of Valencia makes available a bicycle sharing system named Valenbisi to both visitors and residents.

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In October 2021, Valencia was shortlisted for the European Commission's 2022 European Capital of Smart Tourism award along with Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Dublin, Florence, Ljubljana and Palma de Mallorca.

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Valencia is a municipality, the basic local administrative division in Spain.

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Valencia renewed his spell for a second mandate following the 2019 election.

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Third largest city in Spain and the 24th most populous municipality in the European Union, Valencia has a population of 809, 267 within its administrative limits on a land area of 134.

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The urban area of Valencia extending beyond the administrative city limits has a population of between 1, 564, 145 and 1, 595, 000.

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Holy Week celebrations in Valencia are considered some of the most colourful in Spain.

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Valencia was once the site of the Formula One European Grand Prix, first hosting the event on 24 August 2008, but was dropped at the beginning of the Grand Prix 2013 season, though still holds the annual Moto GP race at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, usually that last race of the season in November.

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In 2012, Boston's Berklee College of Music opened a satellite campus at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, its first and only international campus outside the U S Since 2003, Valencia has hosted the music courses of Musikeon, the leading musical institution in the Spanish-speaking world.

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Valencia was the birthplace of the cold xufa beverage known as orxata, popular in many parts of the world, including the Americas.

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The Palau de la Musica de Valencia is another noteworthy example of modern architecture in Valencia.

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Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia, is the museum with the second largest amount of paintings in Spain, after Prado Museum.

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Largest plaza in Valencia is the Placa del Ajuntament; it is home to the City Hall on its western side and the central post office (Edifici de Correus) on its eastern side, a cinema that shows classic movies, and many restaurants and bars.

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The Valencia Bioparc is a zoo, located in the Turia riverbed.

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Valencia is internationally famous for its football club, Valencia CF, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and La Liga, winning the Spanish league a total of six times including in 2002 and 2004, and was a UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2000 and 2001.

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Valencia is among the only European cities ever to host Formula One World Championship Grands Prix on public roads in the middle of cities.

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Valencia is the home of the Asociacion Espanola de Rugby League, who are the governing body for Rugby league in Spain.

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In 2015, Valencia hosted their first match in the Rugby league European Federation C competition, which was a qualifier for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

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