The Costa del Azahar is located between the Costa Dorada in the north and the Costa Blanca in the south. Its name, which means Orange Blossom Coast, is owed to the countless citrus plantations that spread their delicate scent everywhere. The coast has vast, white sandy beaches. The mild climate throughout the year makes it a pleasant holiday destination. Unfortunately, there are few natural obstacles to the on-going overdevelopment, however the mountainous hinterland with its medieval villages compensates for this.
Spectacular museum and 3D cinema
The building, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is supposed to be a human eye, in the middle of a huge water basin. Hemisfèric is also about seeing. The 100-meter-long roof houses a 3D IMAX cinema and is part of the “City of Arts and Sciences” of Valencia, where museums, the largest aquarium in Europe and the Palace of Arts vie side by side for the attention of visitors. The entire building is surrounded by 24,000 m² of water.
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Bird and hiking paradise on Spain's largest lake
The shallow lake south of the city of Valencia is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a sand dune. The freshwater lake covers 27 square kilometers, its maximum depth is 1.5 meters. Six small islands lie in the Albufera lake. Together with the beaches and dunes of the surroundings, the lagoons, wetlands and the Mediterranean forest, it was declared a nature park. The 211 square kilometer Parque Natural de l´Albufera is of national importance as a resting place for migratory birds. Several short hiking trails lead through the area.
Mighty ruins from Roman times
The city 25 kilometers north of Valencia was already the focus of world history in 218 BC. At that time the inhabitants allied themselves with Rome, although Sagunt lay in the sphere of influence of the Carthaginians. But when Hannibal besieged the city for nine months, no help came from Rome, whereupon the locals set fire to their own city out of desperation. Still today the mighty ruins give an impression of the former meaning of the city. Worth seeing is the Teatro Romano, which was built 300 years after the terrible siege.
After Barcelona, Spain's third largest city is the country's most important cultural centre on the Mediterranean coast. Citrus fruits, olive oil, wine and raisins from the hinterland are transhipped and delivered to the whole of Europe in the port of the city of 790,000 inhabitants. The old town with its medieval maze of streets is of Mediterranean beauty. To the north and east it is surrounded by a garden fed by the Rio Guadalaviar.