Valencia's rather lengthy history reaches all the way back to 138 BC when the Iberian Peninsula was a part of the massive Roman Empire. Following the Second Punic War, Roman legionaries settled down and built up a city on the banks of the River Turia that they named "Valentia," a name which obviously bears resemblance to the current "Valencia." Known for their mastery of design and flawless architecture, the Romans set up and developed the region's first irrigation system- a series of canals and dams that the Moors would further elaborate a few years down the road. Head to the Plaza de la Almoina in Valencia to explore the extensive Roman archaeological ruins that have been discovered- it doesn't take much to realize that the Romans knew how to construct things that lasted! With the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, the Visigoths - tribes who were of Germanic origin - moved in and played a major role in national affairs for over two centuries. Unfortunately, as the end of the Visigoth reign neared, the society was plagued with internal conflicts, epidemics and other crises that chipped away at the Visigoths' political and social unity. The Moors, seeing the very obvious opportunity for a take-over, took advantage of the chaos and took the reins with little, if any, opposition. The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s south-eastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.
Hotel NH Valencia Center, Valencia, Spain