El Carmen neighbourhood is officially known as El Carme. It is one of the neighbourhoods of the old town district, which forms the historic centre of Valencia. It receives this name because of the church and convent of the Carmen Calzado, around which the nucleus of population was formed.
It is an ancient neighbourhood that grew between two walls: the Muslim (built by Abd al-Aziz Ibn Amir S.XI) bounded it by the East, and the new Christian wall (14th century) protected it from the West. The population of this neighbourhood is about 6,155 inhabitants.
It is one of the most historic neighbourhood of Valencia. Its origin was in 1356 and to this day, its history is still being written.
It is also the most artistic neighbourhood in the city. It is common to find urban artists graffiti decorating the aesthetics of each of the streets. Furthermore, it is a great place to visit on foot or by motorbike, since its narrow streets make driving a car very difficult.
Another of the things that can be seen in El Carmen are the Quart Towers, the Serranos Towers, IVAM (Valencian Institute of Modern Art), the Cultural Center of Beneficencia, Museum of XIX century, Portal de la Valldigna, the Market of Mossen Sorell , the Church of the Carmen, and also the House-Museum of the painter José Benlliure.
But not everything is artistic in this neighbourhood, it is also one of the most animated district to go out to have some party with friends, listen to music or eat all kinds of tapas.
It is located next to the centre of Valencia.