It’s easy to go back to places you know and love but this week I got the pleasure of adding a new city to the list; Valencia.
I knew I would like the city from all that I had heard and read but …. I love the city!
Walking to the beach (La Malva-rosa) from the centre of town will take you just over an hour or about 25 minutes on a bike. If you’re after a seaside café try La Más Bonita Patacona.
A must see – The City of Arts and Sciences, the cultural and architectural complex is a short walk from the centre of the city. The site is one of the 12 Treasures of Spain and you’ll understand when you visit.
Spend some time walking around the complex and taking in the architecture from all angles. You can also step inside some of the buildings including the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the Oceanogràfic (aquarium).
In 1957, Valencia experiences a horrible flood which caused damage to the city and many residents lost their lives. Since then, the Turia River has been converted the riverbed into an amazing park which runs for over 9km from Valencia’s zoo (Bioparc Valencia) all the way down to The City of Arts and Sciences complex.
Mornings are best spent at the Mercado Central (Central Market). Try a glass of horchata (or-CHA-tah). Originally from Valencia, this drink is usually made from tigernuts, water and sugar. Best drunk with fartons (sweet bread glazed with sugar).
More suggestions on where to eat and drink –
Central Bar – Located within the Central Market and great if you need to rest your feet and grab a quick bite. Their baguette’s are lovely
- Dulce de Leche Boutique Café
- Horchateria Santa Catalina
- La Manera Coffee & Cocktails – Great for coffee!
- La Riua – for home styled cooking and authentic paella
- Mayan Coffees
- Nozomi Sushi Bar – Amazing interior and good reviews for sushi
- Richard Camarena Restaurant – Special occasion dining
- San Tommaso – If you’re after Italian
Other points of interest include the Church of San Nicolas, Valencia Cathedral and La Lonja de la Seda (The Silk Exchange). I spent three full days in Valencia and could easily have spent a few more, I will be back!