For the first time in more than 150 years, from June 23rd to July 7, 2007... Europe will hose sailing’s most prestigious event.
About six million people are expected to flock to this sunny city on Spain's Mediterranean to watch the world's best yachtsmen from ten countries battle it out as the Swoss Alinghi team defends its title against 11 other teams.
For Valencia, the event spurred an ambitious urban planning program with a view to creating one of the top ports in the Med.
At the entrance to the canal sits the emblematic Sails and Winds building which offers panoramic views of the inner harbor. The $45.9 million building will have six restaurants, 20 clubs, bars and other entertainment venues....providing privileged views of the races. The city will have a new metro line linking the port with the airport. The airport has a new terminal and an extension of the runways. The new Central Station will eventually accommodate the AVE...the high-speed train connecting Valencia to all the major cities in Spain.
Parts of the city's two main arteries that lead to the station are being buried underground. While above, the 74-acre Cabecera Park ....the largest green area in the city is being created. It will have a Mediterranean river forest with a hugh five acre lake. It will also host an amusement park with a botanical theme.
The heart of Valencia reelects it's "Golden Age" of the 14th and 15th century. It is reelected in the beautiful Gothic Silk Exchange, the Gothic-Romanesque-Baroque cathedral and the 15th century Gothic palace. Other gems include the 18th century Baroque mansion of the Marques de Dos Aguas, the Museo de Belas Artes, and the Mercado Central.
To meet the demand, new hotels have been opening since 2004.
Hotel Balneario Las Arenas
Hotel Sorolla Palace