All about Valencia: Where old traditions meet modern art…Valencia was the first city I´ve visited in Spain and it is still one of my favorites…
Mediterranean coastline, old Spanish traditions and Ceramic heritage, modern art and architecture, delicious paella and horchata, fresh orange squeezed juice… all these things are popping into my mind when someone says “Valencia”. Therefore, it is one of these cities across the globe, which managed to grow big and stay traditional. I simply love Valencia…
Cuidad de las Artes y Ciencias
The City of Arts and Sciences has several buildings: Oceanogràfic (Aquarium and sea world), Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (Interactive science and technology exhibitions), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (if booked in advance you can see some really nice opera performances there), The Hemisfèric (3D cinema screening mainly educational documentaries), The Umbracle (fancy disco and lounge in summer).
Central Market (Mercado de Colon)
A great place to taste local food, horchata and other specialties.
Antiguo Cauce del Rio Turia
Actually The City of Arts and Sciences is also located here. A 9km recreation area with parks, gardens and playgrounds. You can rent a bike or enjoy the nice walk on a sunny day.
Museo Nacional de Ceramica
Tiny, compared to the most European museums, but extremely beautiful and elegant museum, with so many unique art pieces and galleries. Read more
Catedral de Valencia
Located in the heart of the city, cathedral with long name “Iglesia Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora de Valencia” has numerous 15th century paintings. After visiting just walk around towards “Barrio del Carmen” – the old city area, with numerous shops and restaurants.
Museo de las Fallas
“Las Fallas” is the most important moment of the year for the citizens of Valencia (15-19 march). Every quarter builds a figure “falla” (normally ironic, involving social and political critics), then the competition takes place and the last day of celebrations (La Crema) all the “fallas” are burned, except for the winner. So, the museum has a collection of “fallas” through the years, particularly interesting for those never experiencing the actual celebration. But, of course, if you have a chance – visit “Las Fallas”, the figures are much bigger than the museum ones and the celebration involves so many food courts, fireworks and parades.
Nice park with a lot of exotic animal, especially great when traveling with kids, but i loved it too. The place is very green and you can see some of the african animals very close. Read more
What to try:
- Horchata with “fartons” (The Spanish consider the best “horxata” comes from Alboraya. Daniel is the most famous place, Noubonaire is also nice.)
- Paella (Almost every Spanish restaurant has a paella. One very famous and traditional place is Casa Salvador in Cullera, the chef even issued a book “Los majors azzoces de la Comunidad Valenciana”)
- Fresh squeezed orange juice (season from November to March)
Where to shop:
My favorite area to shop is Aqua (Carrer de Menorca, 19,) with El Corte Ingles , just in front. So you have two commercial centers, where you can find nearly everything. For the lovers of coveted brands there is a central street called “Carrer del Poeta Querol” with boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors etc and street “Calle Colon” with Apple, Jo Malone etc. Outside the city there is also Bonaire commercial center with lots of shops.
Favorite Cafes: Read More
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