Brief information about the Valencia
Its metropolitan area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of approximately 1.6 million people. Valencia is Spain's third largest metropolitan area, with a population ranging from 1.7 to 2.5 million based on how the metropolitan region is defined. Valencia's Port is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea.
Valencia was founded from the consul Decimus Junius Brutus Callaicus and known as Valentia Edetanorum. In 714 Arab and Moroccan Moors occupied the city, introducing religion their speech and customs; they implemented the cultivation of crops and irrigation systems as well.
Valencia was the Taifa of Valencia's capital. In 1238 the Christian king James I of Aragon conquered town and divided the property. In addition, he produced a new law to the city, the Furs of Valencia, which have been expanded to the remainder of the Kingdom of Valencia.
In the 18th century the privileges were abolished by Philip V of Spain as punishment to the kingdom of Valencia for aligning with the Habsburg side in the War of the Spanish Succession. When the Court moved there in the summer of 1812, valencia was the capital of Spain.
It also functioned during the Second Spanish Republic, as capital between 1936 and 1937. The city is situated on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, on the banks of the Turia, fronting the Gulf of Valencia. Its historic center is among the largest in Spain, with roughly 169 ha (420 acres); this legacy of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia among the country's hottest tourist destinations.
Due to its long history, this is a city with numerous popular celebrations and customs, such as the Fallas (featuring the traditional Spanish dish paella), that have been announced as Fiestas of National Tourist Interest of Spain in 1965 and Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO at November 2016.
From 1991 to 2015, Rita Barberá Nolla was the mayor of town in 2015, Joan Ribó out of Coalició Compromís, became mayor.