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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