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Valencia is a city of contrasts: an Old Town steeped in history and ringed by ancient walls, and the home to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. And that’s before you get to the hipster hangouts of Russafa and El Carme, plus a collection of excellent bars, restaurants and foodie markets. Head here for an authentic plate of paella, a laid-back vibe and the annual Les Falles festival – an inflammatory (in a good way) spectacle like no other. While Barcelona and Madrid remain the most talked-about Spanish cities, the savvy traveller knows that Valencia is the real destination of choice to sample contemporary Spanish culture at its most enjoyable.
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