The Barrio del Carmen
El Carmen district of Valencia is perhaps the most unique and famous district of the city. It belongs to the Eixample district, in the historic center of Valencia. It owes its name to the convent of Carmen Shoes (now the Museum of the nineteenth century).
On August 18, 1356 and during the reign of Peter II of Valencia (Pedro II Ceremonious), forecasts to improve the fortification of the city and the imperatives of widening it, forced the General Council of the launch the construction of a new wall that covered the arrabeles or outside the district. The old defensive wall enclosure arabe not demolition, but remained as a military defense Seguna. The problem of communication with both sides was resolved by medo portals, among which stands out the Valldigna.
This neighborhood has undergone major changes over its more than thousand years of history. It was orchard Muslim suburb and shelter, brothel or bordello, union home settlement of medieval aristocracy, instead of convents, proletarian-marginal zone during the industrial revolution in the late twentieth century, leisure space of the youth population of the city.
In this picturesque district of Valencia, are some of the monuments and sites of interest for tourism in Valencia, as Quart towers, the Torres de Serrano, Round Square, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, the Museum of Prehistory of Valencia, the Valencian Museum of Ethnology, the museum of the nineteenth century, the Portal Valldigna, the Iglesia del Carmen or the house painter Jose Benlliure museum.
The Barrio del Carmen delineates between Serranos Street, Knight Street and the former Muslim wall, taking advantage as the river moat.
Being located in the center of Valencia communications are great to either go by metro, bus or even if you have time, walk, enjoying a nice walk.