The city is located on the bank of the Turia river, although when it was founded by the romans, it was located in a river island at only a few kilometers from the sea. Around 10 kilometers at the south of the city, you can fild the Valencian Albufera. The Albufera is one of the biggest lakes of Spain and has an area of around 2.100 hectares plus an extension of more than 14.100 hectares of marsh mostly used to grown rice. Due to it's cultural, historical and ecological value, this landscape was the first natural park of the Valencian community.
The old town is one of the most extensive of Spain, with around 169 hectares and thanks to its historical and monumental heritage, makes one of the most visited cities of national and international tourism of the country. Among the most representatives monuments you can find the Miguelete (bells tower of the cathedral), the Cathedral the Serrano and Quart's towers, the Silk Market, declared World Heritage by the Unesco, and the city of Arts and Science. Another highlighted city attractions are the Fine Arts Museum, the most important pictorial museum in the valencian region, making it one of the most important ones of Spain and the Valencian Modern Art Institute (IVAM), which aims to study and spread the art of the XX century.
In the traditional cuisine of Valencia, it has a special importance the use of the rice, the olive oil, the vegetables and the fish and seafood from the mediterranean coast. The most international dish from Valencia is the Paella (name of the recipient used to cook it), which is originated as a humble dish cooked by the people living on the Albufera's marsh. This dish has the rice as the base, although is relished with products of the region, mostly chicken, rabbit, duck and fresh vegetables. Since it was invented, more variants have appeard, like the one cooked with seafood, the one that only has vegetables or the Fideuá, where the rice is replaced with noodles.