Valencia, Spain

The third-largest city in Spain is a gorgeous location that is content to let Barcelona and Madrid take the spotlight while it goes about being a wonderful place to live with booming nightlife, dining, and cultural scenes.

Valencia, a city that never shies away from innovation, redirected its flood-prone river to the outskirts and turned the previous riverbed into a gorgeous green ribbon of park that runs straight through the middle of the city. Santiago Calatrava, a native, created the stunningly futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias buildings on it. The city is home to a number of magnificent Modernista structures, as well as other outstanding contemporary structures, fantastic museums, a lengthy beach, and a large, charming old district.

Valencia is known as the birthplace of rice dishes like paella, but its vibrant dining scene also provides plenty of other cuisines, making it a great place to eat. Valencia is surrounded by its huerta, a rich area of market gardens.

Valencia Marathon

Since 1981, Valencia, Spain has hosted the annual Valencia Marathon (also known as Marathon Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP for sponsorship purposes). World Athletics has classified it as a Platinum Label Road Race. The Valencian sports club SD Correcaminos, which also oversees the annual Valencia Half Marathon, is in charge of organising the event.

The Spanish Road Races Ranking places the marathon first among all marathons.  With 30,000 participants in this event and up to 50 percent of them travelling from abroad, this event is starting to grow exponentially in popularity year over year.  


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