We recently travelled to Valencia, Spain. We stayed for about 12 days, even though Valencia is known as a city break for a weekend. But it is also great to stay for a longer period.
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Valencia is a true cycling city and has one of the largest city parks in Europe. Straight through the core of the city and more than 7 km long. It really has everything to offer. Beach, city, nature and modern architecture. You must be aware that Valencia has a number of recognizable places such as the Arts & Science Museum. This part of Valencia has grown considerably in popularity in recent years. Logical too, it looks really cool!
You can communicate well in English everywhere but remember that there are still a lot of the old generation who don’t speak English at all. So just boost your Spanish. Valencia has many delicious restaurants where you can enjoy a very good 3-course dinner for less than 40 per person (including drinks). Just look at TripAdvisor and go!
1. Rent a Car
Renting a car is highly recommended if you are staying for longer than a weekend. There is so much to discover in the Valencia area. Fuente de los Baños hot springs are around an hour’s drive away. Forget the opening times of TripAdvisor. Just drive there when you feel like it. There is a small pub, so you don’t necessarily have to bring your own food and drinks. Do you have water shoes? Take them with you because the stones are not pleasant for your feet. Furthermore, we did a tour around different beaches starting from Javea up to the coast. During this trip we came across 9 beaches. In some of them we were the only ones, but that has more to do with the time of the year. Certainly not to be missed is Xativa Castle in the town of Xatvia. A castle / fort on a mountain. Rich history and a very beautiful view of the city.
2. Rent a bicycle
Simply because you can easily move around and there are some special bike paths. Unique to Spain I can tell you. The company where you can rent from is called Valenbisi. This allows you to take city bikes at various points in the city. The first half hour you cycle for free, then you pay an hourly rate depending on how long you have the bike for.
3. Oceanografic, Bioparc and the Science Museum.
Zoos are always nice to visit. But what makes this one so special? At Bioparc, they have ensured that the animals stay in as much of a natural habitat as possible. For example, you can get very close to the giraffes, and if you’re lucky you can even pet one. This is the same at Oceanografic. This aquatic animal park is huge, and you will be astonished. A tunnel with all kinds of sea animals, a dolphin show, and a walrus that is not shy and just gives its own show. Finally, a visit to the science museum is also very nice. Specially to take your knowledge to the next level and because the museum has been made interactive. You can do and experience a lot here yourself. Be prepared, there are many schools that go here for a fieldtrip. Running children is not very nice. Pick a Saturday!
4. Visit the park
Cycling through the 7 km long city park. You will come across a lot of nice things here. A skatepark, dog playground, green area, baseball fields, tennis courts, mini golf, different fountains and I can still go on. Take a towel or a picnic blanket and join the locals. You see groups of people chilling and playing games everywhere. So make it a day out, you won’t regret it.
5. Get lost in the historic centre
In the historic centre of Valencia you can visit and experience all kinds of things. Street art, alleys and beautiful buildings. There are many churches that you can visit for a small contribution. One of the most beautiful churches in Valencia is the San Nicolás church. If you like history this is definitely worth it. Ready for something else? Then stop by the Mercat Central de Valencia. A large market hall where you can find lots of fresh products.
Definitely worth to try
- Agua de Valencia
- Paella Valenciana
- Cucu wine
- Ambar beer
All the places we have eaten
- La Canalla Bistro: From Michelin star chef Ricard Camarena.
- Las Lunas Soul Kitchen: Nice and quality food.
- La Mas Bonita: Cool beach house with very nice garden.
- La Papagayo del Carmen: Nice and quality food.
- Sagardi: Best pinchos in Valencia.
- La Fabrica: Awesome industrial place with delicious Mexican food.
- Viva Napoli: 40 inch pizza? No problem.
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