About Valencia & UPV

Valencia is a welcoming, cosmopolitan city where historic buildings coexist with contemporary designs; a city combining tradition and modernity; a city that is young, expressive, different and at the cutting edge. It is the third city in Spain, and among the most livelies. It is located at the Mediterranean sea, and you will find beaches right in the very heart of it. During the summer-months it is heavily visited by tourists, and if you want to spend holidays at the beach, with fantastic possibilities for any kind of sports (golf, diving, cycling, tennis, etc. are all very popular here) and a boiling nightlife, together with an ample cultural offer, then Valencia is the place for you.

The region of Valencia

The beaches of the Region of Valencia are undoubtedly some of the best in Spain, with hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline to be enjoyed, ensuring visitors an unforgettable stay. Not only are the beaches wonderful but the community is also an excellent area for water sports and sailing. It has one of the best regatta venues in Europe and is one of the most active and important harbours of the Mediterranean, as confirmed recently by the selection of Valencia as the host city for the 2007 America’s Cup.

The region also has more than twenty golf courses created by some of the most prestigious designers and champions - making the Region of Valencia the perfect place to enjoy the best golf in Spain with excellent all-year-round weather. The best-known Golf club is El Saler, where The Seve Trophy was held.

The cultural calendar of the towns and villages of the community overflows with events and festivals that combine traditions and customs with current affairs in which everyone can participate. A good example of this is the Fallas festival in March of each year.

The city of Valencia


Valencia, situated in the Mediterranean coast of eastern Spain, is the capital city of the autonomous region Comunidad Valenciana. For several centuries it was the capital city of the Kingdom of Valencia, part of the confederation of kingdoms of the Spanish Crown. Currently, it has around 650,000 inhabitants.

There are two public universities: the Universidad de Valencia, founded in 1499, with a generalist approach, and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, focused on technical studies (although including the old Fine Arts School of Valencia). In addition, there are two new, small private universities.

Not many cities are capable of so harmoniously combining a fine array of sights from the distant past with innovative, “avant-garde” constructions now being erected. Valencia, whose founding dates go back to 138 BC, is one of these fortunate few. From the remains of the Roman forum located in today’s “Plaza de la Virgen” - part of the Roman city of Valencia - to the spectacular Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the “City of Arts and Sciences”,  this town has transformed its physiognomy over the years while preserving its monuments from the past. Sightseeing around the city begins in the old quarter. Until the mid-nineteenth century, it was defended by a wall, the inner route of the number 5 bus. Still standing as proof are the graceful “Torres de Serranos”, the spacious “Torres de Quart” and some remains of the apron wall in the basement of the Valencia institute of Modern Arts

The Market District took shape around the commercial life of the city’s inhabitants. Accordingly, its two most emblematic buildings are used for trading purposes. The Gothic building of “La Lonja”, declared by UNESCO as a heritage of humanity, features a beautiful columned room where the old tables on which trading transactions were finalised are still in use today. On the other side of the Turia’s old river-bed lie the nursery gardens, along with the Fine Arts Museum and the modern part of the city. The futuristic face of the city is mirrored on the old Turia’s river-bed through the Gulliver Children’s park and the leisure and culture complex “Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciencies“. Life in the city spreads down to the seafront with the harbour and the beaches of “Las Arenas” and “La Malvarrosa”.

After all that probably you will get hungry , and you have the chance to try Spain’s most famous food right where it was born: “Paella Valenciana“.

Important trade fairs confirm Valencia’s position as one of the most dynamic cities in Spain. In recent years, important international sports events like the America’s Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix on a street circuit at the city’s port have put Valencia more than ever on the world map.

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

The Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) is a public, dynamic and innovative institution that is dedicated to researching and teaching. The UPV maintains strong bonds with its social environment and a strong presence abroad.

Our vocation as a service results from our commitment to society. We provide our students with the knowledge they need to be able to work as graduates in their professional field, and we offer them an all-round education where they acquire technological skills, as well as a humanistic and cultural education.


We train people and we train professionals because we believe it is our duty to give our students not only knowledge but also experience. By so doing we believe that we are helping them to become free, responsible people who are aware of social problems, are capable of taking on commitments and have prospects for the future. The teaching and administrative staff engaged by the UPV work to offer our students the high quality education they need.


UPV video tour

This video clip shows what life on campus is like: classrooms, laboratories, sports facilities, additional services …

Institutional Brochure

The institutional brochure visually provides the most relevant information and figures concerning the University, i.e. number of registered students, degrees, official postgraduate studies, R&D activities, international actions, facilities and services, employability statistics. It is a full-colour 16-page booklet that combines short texts, figures and pictures. The brochure can be downloaded in PDF or printed on A4 sized paper.

UPV Brochure (English version)

Links about Valencia

foto Ciudad de las Ciencias Valencia

Ayuntamiento de Valencia

Web site of the City Council of Valencia, in which you can find a street map, information about topics related with the city and their inhabitants and the history of the city.

Valencia’s Region Tourist Office

You will find the necessary information when visiting the Valencia’s region.

Valencia’s City Tourist Office

Essential website providing tourist information about the city of Valencia, its history, places of interest, museums, transports, lodgings, restaurants, and leisure offers among other options. Digital tourist guides are available here.

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno

Modern Arts exhibitions are shown in this emblematic building.

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Science, nature and art in a complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination in Europe, placed in Valencia.

foto Ciudad de las Ciencias Valencia