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Day out in Valencia, Costa Blanca

The dad of a friend of ours gave my sis a ticket to the Formula 1 training tomorrow in Valencia.  She’s been a fan of Fernando Alonso for years and of Ferrari since he joined them.  She has been wanting to go since they started to hold the race here in Valencia, but the price has been holding her back (plus the heat and the fact that you don’t really see that much being there).

Now even if you don’t care much for car races Valencia is great place to visit.  If you fly to Valencia you might want to consider spending the rest of the day here.
By the way, most people fly via Alicante but Valencia is only half an hour further away from your villa and because its a smaller airport the flight is usually cheaper.

Valencia is the capital of the “Comunidad Valenciana” and it’s very old. A decade ago, when they started to build the metro they unearthed a lot of Roman ruins  from more than two millennia ago.  The golden age of the city was in the fifteenth century, before Spain and Portugal went overseas and colonize America and Asia and the Mediterranean was the centre of  trade with Byzantium, Italy and the Muslim countries.
The center is of this time and the buildings are magnificent.  If you start of from the train station “Estació del Nort” you can continue  north to the “plaza del ayunamiento” with the great post-office and the town-hall.  Further North is the the “plaza de la reina” with the cathedral and to the  west is the market. Around the center there are still some remains of the old city walls, particularly the entry doors are well preserved.  At the other side of the river is the palace, now a museum and the royal gardens.

These are the main buildings but there is much more to see, if you go to this page you will find several tours around the city.  You can  also take a bus ride .

Besides the old center you can also take a bike ride along the river.  Valencia used to be split in two by the river “Turia”  but now it has been moved around the city.  The riverbed has been turned into a huge park, great for walking or taking one of the “valenbicis” (rental bikes).  As you near the coast you will get at another great attraction of  Valencia, the “Ciutat de le ciencies y les arts”

This complex has been completely designed by Calatrava, it has an opera, an Imax cinema, a cience museum, a tennis hall and a huge aquarium.  But it’s worth to go here even if it’s just to walk around and admire the buildings.  Even if you’re not that much into modern architecture this place will still take your breath away.


Besides the sight seeing there is much more to do.  ”Canovas” is the restaurant zone (we recommend Mondrian) and “El carmen” is the party zone.  For a taste of Valencia you should try a “horchata”.

During the summer the city is filled with little posts that sell it on the street but to taste the real, traditional horchata you should go to the horchateria Daniel at the Avenida de la Horchata

Splash Splash

water slide at water park aqualandia benidorm

It has gotten really hot really fast here. In just a few weeks we have gone form 20ºC to 25ºC, soon I might even consider to go out without a jacket. (Hey, when you’re from here you don’t think of short pants until the birds start dropping dehydrated from the trees.)

I have been doing some research to flesh out our rather poor information section about the Costa Blanca, it’s really fascinating how little you get to know about the place where you live, I never had any idea it was possible to para-glide around here, and there is also a new paintball facility group thingy. After watching Barney Stinson and the boys from Big Bang playing it I am rather curious. I’ll try to round up some friends, see if can give it a go.

water slide at water park aqualandia benidorm

"Big Bang"

Aqualandia, one of the things I did know about, has just opened again for the summer. I’m pretty sure this is the oldest water park around here, I have such fond memories of that place. Of course when I was a kid it was much smaller than it is now. They only had the wave bath and the amazon where my parents used to lay in the shadow while my sister and me run around. They had de rapidos, the “pistas blandas”, the zig-zag and the kamikaze. the last one was rather scary and my sis and I used to dear each other to go down it. For all those of you who have never been to the place, the amazon is a large cicle around the wave bath with streaming water, the rapidos are a bit hard to explain, you need a large rubber swim ring, and then you go down a series of small waterfalls. The fun thing is trying to stay on the same level as long as possible and the lifeguards went around pushing people towards the waterfalls. The “Pistas blandas”, the zig-zag and the kamikaze are all types of water slides.
They didn’t have the kid zones they have now and, judging from the difficulty with which we have to extract my baby sister from them, are really great. There are also new water slides, one of the coolest has the unfortunate name of “Black Hole”. It involves a closed, black water slide and you go down it with a two person’s swim ring.

If my little trip down memory lane convinced you two go here are some tips:

Get your tickets over the internet.
Get there early (the park opens at 10:00) and get the best sun lounges.
Take water resistant, high factor sun cream and apply it often, apply it everywhere.
You can buy food and drink in the park, and it’s actually not that bad for park-food, but you should still take water and make sure the kids drink lots of it.
It’s possible to buy a combination ticket for park Mundomar, next to it, a zoo specialized in birds and fish with a great doplhin show and with atraction park terra mitica. All of them are worth a visit so it’s an offer worth considering. Still, if I had to choose one of those three I would go to Aqualandia.

See you next week.

First post

Okay, this is the first post of this new blog I’m starting today.

I run a website to rent luxury villas at the Costa Blanca (that’s a part of the Mediterranean coast of Spain, just so you know).  Now at least part of my clients should come from Google  search engines, and the Spanish site is doing pretty good at Goo  the search engines.  The Dutch pages is rather mwah and the English one is really ugh.

So one of the often repeated good strategies is to have a business blog, which is supposed to boast ranking and attract clients.  I don’t really sea how someone interested in renting a luxury house for a few weeks during his holidays might be interested in a blog with random ramblings of … well.. me, a chick living at the place where he might be interested in going. Personally I’d rather look at some static pages  with good information (I have several of those which are not to bad, and I will expand once the days start having 34 hours) and perhaps some reviews…
As for the ranking of my sites, we’ll see… I’m not holding my breath in all honesty.

Anyhow I’m going to try to write some 300 words a week for a while, see how long I can keep that up… probably not long since I have the consistency and atentionspan of a three year old.


So the plan is to fill this blog with all the reasons why coming to spend your holidays hear at the Spanish coast will fulfil all your wildest dreams. But only if you rent one of my villas. And your dreams don’t include snow.  We had snow here once (real snow, the one that doesn’t evaporate the second you look at it), it was several decades ago, many people here have pictures of their house covered in snow from that one time, it was nice…  By the way did I tell you it’s 26ºC here right now? See? I told you this was a good place to come for a holiday.

Also, all hail to out Google overlords!