Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia is a city of fabulous contrasts: from its futuristic City of Arts and Sciences to its historic medieval centre, and not to mention its beautiful beaches! On a flight back to Amsterdam, I chose a window seat on the left side of the plane (row ‘A’) and got very lucky! Row ‘A’ is the place to sit for stunning views of Valencia from a plane window if the plane takes off in the direction of the sea – from my experiences in Valencia so far, this seems to be the default direction.
The plane took off in an easterly direction towards the Mediterranean Sea. The city sprawl quickly came into view straight after the take-off. The labyrinth of streets in the old town of Valencia quickly made way for a boxy grid and the broad boulevards of modern Valencia. The City of Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), with its striking white buildings and shimmering blue pools, was unmistakable. Seeing this architectural masterpeice from the air provided a great perspective of this massive development that stretches 2 kilometers along the old riverbed of the Turia.
As the plane flew over the city’s port, it banked to the left in a northerly direction, providing more stunning views of Valencia and its seemingly endless stretch of beaches. Awesome stuff!
Read about things to do in Valencia.
On a recent flight from Madrid to Palma de Mallorca, I got to see Valencia from a higher altitude. The path of the old Turia River snaking its way through the city was clear to see.
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