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The best of each district in Valencia: Ciutat Vella

Valencia is divided up into 19 neighbourhoods and each one is divided up into several quarters. Ciutat Vella is one of the important districts in this city. It is the cultural, political and historical centre due to the large number of interesting sites that give life to this area. Sites such as the Catedral de Valencia, Torres de Serranos, Mercado Central and the most important political institutions are located close to Ciutat Vella.

Visiting this district and walking through its streets to appreciate the story found in each of its corners, is a journey into the past with the present demure.

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Special features of the district

A visit to Ciutat Vella will help you travel a few centuries back to the medieval times, where the district evolved during the Roman occupation. Delimited by a wall dating back to the fourteenth century, this district contains the following neighbourhoods: La Seu (oldest neighbourhood in Valencia), La Xerea, El Carmen, El Pilar, El Mercat and Sant Francesc, which have a population of about 26 thousand inhabitants.

In the heart of this district, the city's gothic style cathedral, dating from the thirteenth century is still standing, as well as Torres de Serrano and Quart, the Lonja de la Seda and the most important political institutions such as the Town Hall and the Palacio de La Generalitat Valenciana.

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Squares and main streets

One of the most emblematic squares of Valencia is the Plaza de La Reina. This is the busiest district, which opens its the door to the Apostles, giving access to the city's cathedral. It was built in 1878 on the wedding day of kings Alfonso XII and María de las Mercedes and has since undergone at least two renovations.

La Plaza de la Virgen is another representative point of the city. He is the heir to Roman bravery Forum and in its surroundings you can see three of the most emblematic buildings of the district: Catedral, Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados and el Palacio de la Generalitat Valenciana and gardens. It is a perfect location as it's totally pedestrianised for children to play or skate in.

Finally, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, known as the most important and central part of the city, has different buildings with great architectural beauty such as the town hall which was declared a historical and artistic monument in the country.

As for the streets, Caballeros stands on the central axis of Carmen, because it is here that the old Valencian nobles used to live in. The structures located here have been renovated fully, but still continue to exhibit their majestic and distinctive style.

The nearby restaurants

Each neighbourhood has many charming dining places, one of them being Boatella, a classic bar located in the central square of the market and has one of the best tapas in town. The fried shrimp or scampi is just one of the many delicious dishes that make up its varied offerings.

In Xerea the restaurant Principio del Fin offers unique flavours of modern cuisine with meat, fish and variety of tapas. It is located in Plaza del Arzobispo and is the perfect place to spend an evening with friends chatting over a glass of wine and, after the meal, a homemade dessert.

In El Carmen, you can enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine specialty offered by La Cuina D'Enric, located very close to Torres de Serrano. In your menu you will find different types of rice and tapas before getting to know the Valencia leisure centre in which it is located.

Shopping and business areas

Carmen is situated in an area where you can go "shopping". Bolsería, Plaza del Tossal and Calle Quart are places where there are Custo Barcelona, ​​Komomolo, and The Place. But if you are looking for exclusivity as provided Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, then Paz, Poeta Querol and Plaza del Ayuntamiento are ideal locations.

Nightlife areas

Leisure time in Valencia during the evening is in Carmen, where you can try different local drinks and shots at Café Lisboa, Café de las horas, Bigornia Café Pub, Café Museu, Café Sant Jaume and Café Negrito.

Places to go with children

For children there is also a lot of fun places to visit. There are several museums such as Museo del Siglo XIX, Museo de Prehistoria and Museo Valenciano de Etnología as well as Centro Cultural del Octubre where you will find different cultural attractions that will enrich your children .

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