Stretching across a distance of over 130 square kilometres, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. It is home to a population of over 800,000 inhabitants of which a significant percentage are foreign born residents. Valencian and Spanish are the two most commonly used languages in the city. It has been recognised for its importance in the global economic system and is considered to be amongst the world's "Gamma"-rank global cities.
Valencia is located to the east of the Iberian Peninsula on the banks of the Turia river. Throughout history it has been considered to have been Spain's Mediterranean port, with the Port of Valencia being the largest port in the Mediterranean Sea and the one of Europe's busiest container ports. Its coast is also home to some of the finest beaches in the area.
Valencia is home to a number of fascinating architectural buildings, cathedrals, medieval churches, museums, and squares and gardens. It is also famous for its exciting festivals such as the Falles and the annual tomato throwing festival, and prominent places-of-interest include the City of Arts and Science, Barri del Carme, Valencia Cathedral, the La Lonja de la Seda, Torres de Quart and the Valencian History Museum.
The Valencia Airport is located about 10 kilometres away from the city centre and is amongst the busiest airports in Spain. The airport sees millions of passengers every year and handles flight connections to around 15 countries in Europe.
A few Halal restaurants are available in Valencia such as the Balansiya, Aleimuna, La Cañameria, Aljuzama, Al Menara and Aladdin. However it is recommended that you enquire with the restaurant owners about the availability of Halal menus prior to dining. The Russafa neighbourhood - the area behind the railway station - also offers a fair share of Halal food options.
A number of mosques are found in Valencia, including the La Gran Mezquita de Valencia - a big mosque that is located at C/ Palancia 5, 46021, Valencia. Mezquita de Orriols and the Islamic Cultural Center are two other mosques in Valencia that can be visited.