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Valencia is a charming old city and the capital of the Valencian Autonomous Community of Spain that is well worth a visit. Valencia is famous for its Fallas Festival in March, for being the birthplace of paella, for hosting the "2007 & 2010 America's Cup", and for the massive architectural project by Santiago Calatrava called The City of Arts and Sciences.

The Fallas Festival is where local areas build big papier-mâché models. They are mostly of a satirical nature and can be as tall as a few stories. Fallas are constructed of smaller figures called ninots, Valencian for "dolls". Another feature of Fallas is the fireworks. Every day, there are three fireworks events, la despertà, la mascletà, and el castillo. The days of 17th and 18 March is La Ofrenda. The falleras from each falla take flowers to the Plaza of the Virgin. These flowers are used to construct the virgin. The processions are grand and very beautiful and worth catching.

The City of Arts and Science is located where the old river Turia used to flow and over there you will find a Science Museum, a Planetarium, an IMAX cinema, an Aquarium and, in the near future, the Arts Museum.

For shopaholics, Patriarca Square (Plaza del Patriarca) is a good place to look for the major national brands and spend your hard-earned money until your heart contents.

Your visit to Valencia won't be complete without having a taste of paella. There are several versions of this tasteful rice dish: Paella Valenciana, with meat (chicken and/or rabbit usually), Paella de Marisco, with fish or seafood, or even Paella Mixta, with meat and fish at the same time, the least popular among locals. If you want to eat an authentic Paella, try it at the Malvarrosa beach area; you will find there are several good restaurants. The authentic Valencian Paella is made only with fresh ingredients, in a special iron pan and using a fire made with wood.

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