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Basic Orientation in Valencia, Spain
The centre is where most things to see are.
The centre of Valencia is clearly defined. It is enclosed in a hexagon. The six corners are:
You will find it very obvious when you go beyond the boundaries of the hexagon - you will either have to cross a large street (Guillem de Castro on the West or Colon on the East) or the Turia river-garden. So go ahead and get lost in the centre, it is a great experience. And unavoidable.
The main landmarks within the centre are 4 main gorgeous squares where you will find a good half of Valencia's sights:
These squares make for spectacular sightseeing.
On the north side of Plaza Ayuntamento (7) there is a fork. The right San Vicente Martir, a gorgeous alley, will lead you to Plaza de la Reina (8). If you turn right from here, you wil be connected to Glorieta Square (10) by Calle la Paz - a long straight landmark street in Valencia - remember it.
Coming back to Plaza de la Reina (8) for the moment. Just behind it is Plaza de la Virgen (9) - the main historic square of Valencia.
Carmen is the most referred-to part of the Centre, being the epcentre of central cultural and leisure activity.
It is in ancient medieval district with charming corners and lots of sightseeing, esp closer to the core of the centre. However, Carmen is insane on a map and you will do well getting your bearings here.
...With Plaza de Carmen (marked green) in the depth of the district.
It is important to know the main arteries for getting around Carmen, marked on our maps - they can save you when you are lost and confused. Here they are:
C/ San Vicente Martir - connecting Pz Ayuntemento (7) and Pz de la Reina (8)
C/ Serranos - connectins Pz de la Virgen (9) and Torres Serranos (11)
C/ Caballeros, Pz Tossal, C/ Quart - in this order, the main artery from Pz de la Virgen (9) to Torres Quart (12)
C/ Bolseria - connecting Mecado Central (13) with Pz Tossal
Pz Tossal is the central junction in Carmen, joining C/ Caballeros from Pz de la Virgen (9), C/ Quart from Torres Quart (12) and C/ Bolseria from mercado Central (13)
Pz Tossal also has two main arteries of the inner Carmen shooting off - C/ Baja and C/ Alta, going North to Pz del Carmen (marked green on the map). They are not marked on our maps since they are of secondary importance, but they come in very useful if you explore inenr Carmen, esp at night.
To the South-East of the Centro lies a typical XIX century Spanish expansion of L'Example. The large chunk of this area closest to the river is known as Canovas, for being around Pz de Canovas. Canovas is a booming leisure district on weekends - with a large nightlife and the most cosmopolitan (and one of the largest) selection of restaurants. While this district is quite pretty for a walk, there isn't, however, any sightseeing.
North of the river only the Eastern half is of interest, the part between the sea and the centre. It is quite simple to work out
Avenida del Puerto (2) is only of marginal interest for some of its restaurants and hotels, if you are staying in the area.
The coastline of Valencia starts with the America's Cup Port (1) right at the end of Avenida del Puerto (2) and carries on north in 4km of a beachline.
Right before it is the maritime district of Cabanyal (3) with some good sight-seeing, restaurants and architecture in its Southern part. The main street here is Calle de la Reina (4)
Right now you can check out the interactive Google Map which will help you to get acquainted with the layout of the city
Once in the city, you can get paper maps:
Official map + map of bus routes - available free in Tourist Offices
Corte Ingles maps - free maps distributed by the Corte Ingles megastores throughout the city, e.g. hostels, shops, etc. Take care with this one! - it is turned 90 degrees so you may get confused about North and West. The sea should be on the East of the city, i.e. right side of the map.
Tourist maps and resources - available to buy in souvenir shops and newspaper vendors.
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