After a spectacular day tour I decided to stay and live in this charming city. The turquoise sky of the late afternoon, the huge city park - an outdoor sports paradise - and the wonderful weather worked their magic on me. More than 5 years ago I obtained my permission to work as an offical Valencian Community Tour Guide. When we say Valencia here we actually mean Alicante, Valencia and Castellón, a really big area, but it is the roughly 250kms radius around Valencia city that I know best. Geographically, Valencia lies in a very priveledged spot on a well-located peninsula and has always attracted immigrants just like me. Sourrounding Valencia are the rich soils of the 'huerta', desposited into this vast river delta over millenia. Vegetables and fruits grown just outside the limits of the city itself are the key ingredients in the local cuisine and add yet another charming dimension to life in the city. The central market is a stunningly beautiful showcase for what's fresh and in season in the huerta at any moment. Apart from its fortunate geography and climate, the city has an amazing history. The more you know, the more you want to know. As I was born in Australia I get particulary excited about some of the buildings and plazas in Valencia - it seems as if history breathes through these places and their ambience is just a little magical. Roman, Moorish, Jewish, Christian, Sufi and Alchemic threads all combine to weave a special Valencian tapestry. Although Valencia is not as well-known as Barcelona or Madrid it was, in the past, one of the most important places in Europe as the final destination on the Silk road. Its name was familiar to traders who worked the profitable sea routes across the Mediterranean's waters, as familiar as Naples, Venice, Marseille or Salonika back in the days when travelling by sea was, despite its dangers, safer than travelling overland. And right up to the present day, Valencia is a welcoming port for many travellers, not as busy as other big cities but, nonetheless, with many sites worth visiting and a fascinating mountainous hinterland. I am always delighted to share what I have learnt about Valencia from books and tours and, most importantly, from the stories and information passed on to me from Valencian natives. My Valencian friends are passionate about their city and its heritage, they have shared so much of it with me that I owe it to them to pass it on to our visitors with the same care and enthusiasm.
A Recent Review of this guide
Marta is a superb tour guide with an extremely in-depth knowledge of the historical as well as current context by which to understand the significance of the sites visited. Moreover, her wit and charm make it all the more interesting!
Offical Tour Guide of the Valencian Community
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