Explore Valencia, the Spanish city declared “World Design Capital of 2022”

The World Design Organization (WDO) has declared the Spanish city of Valencia the World Design Capital of 2022. Located on the southeast coast of SpainValencia is a port located on the Mediterranean.

According to the WDO website, “Valencia has become a leading example of the effective and strategic use of design in public policies, which has had a beneficial impact on industries, infrastructure and mobility. The city’s impressive mix of historic and modern structures, associated and coexisting with the natural environment, is best showcased in the example of the Turia Garden, one of the largest urban parks in Spain.

Let’s take a look at what made Valencia the design capital of the world in 2022:

Turia Garden

At first glance, Turia Garden is just a pretty urban park with a nine kilometer green belt filled with plants and ponds, shady nooks, sports areas, bridges and walkways. It is also one of the largest urban parks in Spain, a popular place to relax, bask in the sun, to exercise, and much more. But the garden has an impressive history. It is built on the bed of the Turia River which changed its course after a massive flood, leaving the land dry and exposed. What it is today is the work of landscape designers and architects who gave the site its current makeover.

Central Market

Valencia’s Central Market is a large modernist building dating back to 1914. It covers 8,000 square meters over two floors. If you look up you will see features of the modernist era in the domes and sloping sections at different heights. The interiors are covered in iron, wood, ceramics and polychrome tiles. The market is best visited during the day as the sunlight filtering through the colorful windows is a sight well worth seeing.

City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences is one of the cities of Valencia must visit places. It was made by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and is located in the premises of the Turia Garden. This scientific and cultural leisure complex also houses the Oceanogràfic, the largest in Europe aquarium with seven different marine environments and 45,000 species. There is also Hemisfèric, the 3D cinema with a concave screen of 900 meters. Also worth visiting: Science Museum, Ágora, Umbracle, Opera Palau de les Arts and Assut de l’Or.

Valencia Cathedral

Valencia Cathedral houses the Holy Chalice, but it was once transformed into mosque. Its construction dates back to the 13th century and it preserves, to this day, elements such as the Iron Gate of Romanesque Baroque style in its Gothic style construction. The terraced Museumwhich houses works by artists like Goya, and the Miguelete Tower which offers a panoramic view of the city, are also must-visits.

North Station

Valencia’s main train station is important for travellers, but it also receives its fair share of visitors, due to its magnificent architecture. Designed by Demetrio Ribes in 1017, this modernist construction is in line with the Secesión Vienesa, an artistic movement born at the end of the 19th century. The interior and exterior design is also a tribute to the Valencian orange trade. The construction features mosaic work on the ceilings, walls and floors as well as ceramic and intricate patterns on the wrought iron gates.

roussafa

Russafa or Ruzafa is the trendy area of ​​Valencia, in the league of London’s SoHo, which was originally a rural area that has been converted into urban sprawl. It is lined with cafes, hotels, a local market and often sees cultural performances after dusk.

The Lonja de la Seda in Valencia

Currently a Unesco World Heritage and a paid tourist destination, this group of buildings was originally used for the silk trade. A masterpiece of late Gothic architecture, the Sala de Contratación (market hall) is a particularly striking example of the commercial power of this Mediterranean merchant city in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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