Valencia is the new Barcelona

Gastronomy, modernity, light, life, air, sea and a passion for doing things well. We would go so far as to say that Valencia is one of Spain’s most all-round cities: a metropolis that you can explore by strolling through its streets and neighbourhoods from one end to the other in just a few hours, from River Turia to the beach. A galaxy of light and life, it offers a permanent contrast between a city that looks forward to the future and one whose history is evident in every single nook and cranny.


Big avant-garde works of architecture have transformed Valencia’s skyline, like the City of Arts and Sciences or Calatrava bridge. A short distance away, the Serrano Towers offer a visual contrast, with their centuries of history, together with Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Puerta del Mar and Modernist jewels like Valencia’s railway station, Estación de Norte, or the city market Mercado de Colón.


We would like to highlight the newly renovated Mercado de Colón: a unique, aristocratic building in the heart of the city that is currently used for numerous different activities, in keeping with its history. It is here that Inalco wishes to halt for a while, exploring a place that evokes a respect for tradition while also inspiring new ideas for the future. Like its namesake, the explorer Christopher Columbus, we have decided to embark on a journey into the fascinating unknown …

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