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Valencia is Spain’s third city with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. The climate can best be described as ‘amazing’, allowing residents to enjoy the beaches almost year round.

Valencia has a busy cultural life. Districts like Barrio del Carmen, Ruzafa and El Cabanyal provide a wide choice of restaurants, bars and clubs. There are concerts at the Palau de la Música, three foreign language cinemas, and excellent museums. The city has two football teams in La Liga, Valencia FC and Levante, and tickets are available. The opera house attracts international stars, as does the music festival at Benicassim every July; recent headliners include The Arctic Monkeys, The Stone Roses and The Killers. There really is something for everybody.

The city’s fiestas are world famous, particularly Las Fallas in March, when enormous statues are built across the city and then burnt on the 19th. The city surrenders itself to a week of fireworks, bonfires and parties that cannot be missed.

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