The port city of Valencia is on Spain’s south-eastern Orange Blossom Coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. The Third largest city in Spain, Valencia is a vibrant destination with exuberant fiestas, colourful ceramics and most attractions within walking distance. The three finest buildings in the city – the Palau de la Generalitat, the gothic hall of La Lonja and the cathedral – were all built during the city’s heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries. It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake, walking trails and bird-watching.