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As the birthplace of paella, Valencia is the place to come if you're looking to enjoy some of the finer points of Spanish culture, and holds the unique distinction of being one of the most historic and at the same time cutting-edge cities in Europe.

Indeed, Valencia is home to a number of stunning and fascinating historic sites and buildings, including the cathedral, which contains Gothic, Baroque and Romantic elements to its design, and also features a tower which can be climbed for some stunning views across the city. The Plaza del Carmen, meanwhile, sits in the heart of the city and is surrounded by structures that date back to medieval times.

However, a short trip across town will bring you to the state-of-the-art City of Arts and Sciences, which is home to a number of futuristic buildings such as the Science Museum, the Arts Museum and the Opera House. This space-age neighbourhood really is a fascinating place to explore, and sits on the banks of the now dried-up River Turia, which itself is one of Valencia's most charming features, as it has been turned into a beautiful park that runs the length of the city.

On top of all this, Valencia also benefits from being a coastal city, and boasts an excellent beach as well as world-class seafood.

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