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Valencia - a City of Contrasts

04th - 07th Mar, 2021 - AVAILABLE

Tutored by Astrid McGechan and

£1099.00 pp / Deposit -£200.00

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Valencia is one of Spain’s most exciting cities to visit and photograph. Founded in 138BC, it has a long and colourful history, influenced by Romans, Moors, Visigoths and Christians. Our photography tour will give us the chance to soak up its atmosphere and explore its character with our cameras, from the medieval past that shaped its old town El Carmen to the futuristic Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències – the City of Arts and Sciences.

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At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Tuition by Astrid McGechan
    • Entry to Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
    • Entry to Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe
    • Entry to Cathedral
    • Entry to La Lonja de la Seda
    • 72-hour Valencia travel card
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Transfers to hotel
    • Insurance
    • Meals not mentioned
  • Duration 3 Night Tours
  • Tour Code VAL06
Valencia - a City of Contrasts

Valencia is one of Spain’s most exciting cities to visit and photograph. Founded in 138BC, it has a long and colourful history, influenced by Romans, Moors, Visigoths and Christians. Our photography tour will give us the chance to soak up its atmosphere and explore its character with our cameras, from the medieval past that shaped its old town El Carmen to the futuristic Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències – the City of Arts and Sciences.

Valencia has changed dramatically over the last few decades. Following a devastating flood, the river Turia was diverted and its drained riverbed converted into a huge park, which stretches for several miles through the city.

Our group will be based in El Carmen, and we will start our tour with a stroll around the old town and a visit to La Lonja de la Seda – the Silk Exchange. This magnificent Gothic masterpiece was built in the late 15th and early 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

With an area covering 8000 sqm and 1500 stalls, Valencia’s Mercado Central is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, and certainly the most exciting to photograph. We will immerse ourselves in the hustle and bustle, observe and photograph the locals going about their business and the architectural splendour of the modernist construction, which was built in the Valencian Art Nouveau Style. 

Valencia is also a city at the cutting edge of architecture, and one of the most spectacular recent developments is the City of Arts and Sciences. Designed by architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, it features five main buildings stretching out over 2 km. We will spend time photographing the weird and wonderful shapes and reflections, and will also venture inside the fabulous Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, the performing arts centre with its opera and concert halls. The water features surrounding all the buildings give us the opportunity to hunt for reflections and produce more abstract images using a variety of techniques. 

Back in El Carmen, we will use our walk to look out for an altogether different aspect of Valencia as well – street art is prevalent on many walls in town. Often, the murals have a political or social message, sometimes they are humorous. They are constantly changing, and we may discover new ones, which have only just been painted.

To top it all off, we may well encounter various processions, people dressed up in costumes and brass bands in El Carmen, as Valencians prepare for the annual Las Fallas festival. One thing can’t be missed wherever we happen to be in the city – the noise of a few minutes of fireworks going off at 2pm every day at the Plaza Ayuntamiento!

Your tutor for this tour will be Astrid McGechan, who will be at hand to help you discover the many aspects of life in Valencia, and make sure that you’ll return with a portfolio of images you will treasure. 

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

Please DO NOT book your flights until advised to do so by the office. Tours have to become viable before we select the recommended flight.

Once a tour has enough bookings to make it viable, you will receive an email to alert you that the recommended flights have been uploaded to your client area on the website.

You are welcome to make alternative travel arrangements. If doing so, please ensure you are at the destination airport for the arrival time of the recommended flight to ensure you can take the transfer to the hotel. Alternatively you can arrange your own transfers and meet the group at the hotel on the first night.

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