Comunidad Valenciana (1)
La Comunidad Valenciana occupies a substantial part of the Spanish Mediterranean coast and is the ‘sun and beach’ tourism region par excellence, because of its smooth climate and its long sandy beaches. Tourism is a big industry in Valencia, with excellent possibilities to practice any sport (golf, diving, tennis), besides enjoying a busy nightlife and a wide variety of cultural activities and popular celebrations.
Valencia is blessed with hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coast with enjoyable beaches like Alicante’s White Coast, Benidorm, Valencia or the Azahar Coast in Castellon, in addition to nearly 20 natural parks. This region is among European vanguard regarding tourism and family leisure, having a lot of aquatic parks, great theme parks like Terra Mitica, in Benidorm, and the City of the Arts and Sciences in Valencia.
In the Valencian capital the Market square is located, where perhaps the best Valencian architectonic monument can be found: ‘La Lonja’, constructed by Valencian merchants in 1483 as the head office of Contracts and the Consulate of the Sea. The Cathedral is of primitive gothic style. The dome stands out, with its octagonal bell tower, symbol of the city, and referred to by local Valencians as "Miguelete".