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valencian paella

Paella, the most famous dish of this region

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With 4 millon inhabitants, and a coastline 470 Km. the Valencian Region is formed by three provinces: Alicante, Castellón de la Plana and Valencia. Its a region known for its fruit agriculture, beaches and port.

'L'Hemisfèric' at the City of Art and Science
Tourism office: Pl. Ayuntamiento, 1. Valencia.

Highlights: Third biggest city in Spain and a major sea port.
Celebrations: 'Las Fallas' March 12th to 19th. This celebration is known for the colourful and gigantic sculptures of carton that will end up burning as bonfires in the 'Nit del Foc' (Night of fire).
Monuments: cathedral, 'El Micalet', 'Real Basílica de Nuetra Señora de los Desamparados', 'Palacio de la Generalidad', 'Palacio de la Baylía', 'Palacio de la Scala', 'Baños del Almirante', 'Portal de Valldigna', 'Torres de Serranos', 'Casa de les Roques', 'Real Monasterio de la Trinidad', church of 'San Juan del Hospital', convent of 'San Jerónimo', church of 'San Nicolás', 'Lonja de Mercaderes', 'Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias'.

Food: the most typical dish is the 'paella valenciana' and all its possible variants: 'arroz al horno', 'arroz a banda' (with fish), 'arroz negro' (with squid's ink), 'paella de verdura' (with vegetables), 'amb fesols i naps', 'All i pebre' or the 'fideúa' (noodle paella). Non paella-like dishes are: 'sopa coberta', 'olla churra', 'calducho', 'gachamiga' and the 'cachuli', to mention a few of those you can find more commonly to the inside of the region. In pastries the 'arnadí' (pumpkin and almond cake), 'buñuelos de calabaza con chocolate' and sweet softdrinks like the 'horchata' to be drunk accompanied by 'fartons' a type of pastry. White wines from 'Alto Turia' and from the mountains; red ones from the towns of Requena, Utiel or Campos de Liria, and white sweet wines like 'moscatel'.

Tourism office: Explanada de España, 2. Alicante.

Highlights: the Costa Blanca (white coast) with beaches and resorts like Benidorm, Torrevieja, Calpe, is one of the most important tourism enclaves of the Mediterranean.
Celebrations : Bonfires of 'San Juan', in June.
castle of 'Santa Bárbara', church of 'Santa María', city hall building, 'Gravina' palace, museum of the Municipality, 'Casa de la Segurada' and Archaeology museum.

Tourism office:
Pl. Maria Agustina, 5.

The town of Benicassim has one of Spain most important poo-rock music festivals. Other interesting locations are Oropesa de Mar, Peníscola or Castellón city.
cathedral of 'Santa María', City Hall building, "El Fadrí", Bishop's palace, 'Basílica Mare de Deu de Lledo'.

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