Valencia - paella, wine and beaches
The Community of Valencia comprises the provinces of Valencia, Castellón and Alicante. With 500 kilometres of Mediterranean coast, the climate is generally warm and dry, though Autumn is known for strong rainfalls.
The Arabs undoubtedly left the strongest influence in terms of agriculture and craftsmanship. It is a place of fiestas – such as Las Fallas, and the Moorish or the Christian fiestas – all interesting and worth participating in.
Valencia, the capital, is a cosmopolitan city, with numerous interesting things for a visitor to do, both socially and culturally. In Alicante one can find archaeological vestiges going back to the third millennium B.C. and remainders of the Iberian settlement from the end of the 5th century B.C.
Valencia used to be the capital of the former Kingdom of Valencia and is the third largest city in Spain. Splendid monuments of this history include the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was begun in 1262. The best-preserved remains of Islamic Valencia are "Abd al-Malik's Baths", more widely known as Baños del Almirante (Admiral's Baths). There are also some houses in Salinas St where traces of the Arab presence can still be found.