Valencia, Spain

The Metropolis of Valencia (Spain) is a network of municipalities organized around the main city of Valencia (798,033 inhabitants in 2009). It is the third largest city by population in Spain. Although there is no official definition, the metropolitan area consists of 45 municipalities with a total of 1,551,585 inhabitants spread over an area of ​​628.2 km². Some of these communities form a conurbation with the city, while others are located in the first or second ring in the metropolitan area.

The city of Valencia, born on the banks of the Turia river is located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, in the heart of the Gulf of Valencia. In the purely physical territory, this depression is bounded on the East by the beach, following strong growth which has its opening on the sea, a port in full development, the Natural Park of the Albufera, and a coastal front of 21 km length; to the West and South by the neighboring cities, and to the North by vegetables irrigated plains of Valencia.

The city of Valencia is the third economic power in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. The service sector monopolizes 74% of the active population, while tourism is considered one of the most important activity. The Valencian industry is very competitive at the national level, and is based on the following sectors: stationery, furniture, metals, clothing and shoes. Agricultural activity also continues to grow despite its lower economic importance.

The network of transport infrastructure in the metropolitan area of ​​Valencia is composed of different transport systems according to the requirements of mobility within the metro, tram, suburban train, etc., and provide good access to strategic points in the functional area. The city of Valencia has other strategic infrastructure with international high-speed rail, port and airport.

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