Valencia facts & figures

Valencia facts & figures

Here are some interesting Valencia facts & figures of the beautiful city and the province of Valencia.

valencia facts & figuresPopulation approx.: 810,000 Valencia City and 1,5 million including Valencia surroundings.
Autonomous Community: La Comunidad de Valencia
People:  Valencianos
Languages:  Spanish and Valenciano/ Valencià
Geography: on Spain’s mideastern Mediterranean coast.
Climate:  Typically Mediterranean – mild winters and hot, dry summers
Average Yearly Temperature 21.5ºC (70ºF)

Name

The original Latin name of the city was Valentia, meaning “strength”, or “valor”, the city named according to the Roman practice of recognizing the valor of former Roman soldiers after a war.

Food

Valencia is the birthplace of paella. The traditional regional style is saffron rice with chicken, rabbit, beans, snails and artichockes. There are more than 200 other rice dice varieties combining seafood, shellfish, game, vegetables and more. Valencia is famous for its “horchata” – a frozen drink made of tiger nuts and almonds (“chufas”). It’s a great refreshment on a hot day, and there are even specialized locales called “horchaterías”.  Valencia is famous for its gastronomic culture; typical features of its cuisine include paella, fartons, bunuelos, the Spanish omelette, rosquilletas and squid (calamares).

Port

Valencia’s port is the biggest on the Mediterranean western coast, the first of Spain in container traffic as of 2008 and the second of Spain in total traffic, handling 20% of Spain’s exports.

Tourism

The city has numerous convention centers and venues for trade events, among them the Feria Valencia Convention and Exhibition Center and the Conference Palace, and several 5-star hotels to accommodate business travelers (in total more than 20,000 beds in the city)

Languages

The two official languages spoken in the city are Valencian and Spanish. Due to political and demographic pressures in the past, the predominant language is Spanish. The Valencian language is taught and spoken in most of the surrounding area and province of Valencia.

Architecture

The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, is primarily of Gothic style but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin. The 15th century was a time of economic expansion, known as the Valencian Golden Age, in which culture and the arts flourished. Concurrent population growth made Valencia the most populous city in the Kingdom of Aragon.

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