Ice rink in Valencia, Spain
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Christmas in Valencia, Spain

Ice rink in Valencia, Spain

People enjoy an ice-skating rink at the Town Hall square in Valencia.

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Christmas in Valencia, Spain

In Plaza de la Virgen, a fountain pays tribute to the Rio Turia, which once flowed through Valencia. 

 (James R. Carroll)
Christmas in Valencia, Spain

The Mercado Central, built in the early 20th century  and the largest market building in Europe, bustles with shoppers in Valencia.

 (James R. Carroll)
Christmas in Valencia, Spain

Part of the spaceship-like Palau de les Arts, designed by Valencian native Santiago Calatrava. 

 (James R. Carroll)
Christmas in Valencia, Spain

Valencia’s steeples and rooftops, left, looking southwest from a parapet atop Torre de Serranos, one of two city gates remaining from 14th century fortifications that were demolished in the 19th century. The arched gate of the Torre de Serranos leads into Old Town Valencia on the right.

 (James R. Carroll)
Christmas in Valencia, Spain

A massive Christmas tree on Valencia’s Plaza de la Reina, left, with the Catedral de Santa Maria de Valencia in the background. The perfect after-dinner snack, right, churros and chocolate, a Spanish favorite.

 (James R. Carroll)
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