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Spain | Valencia | The City That Continually Surprises Us…

Spain | Valencia | The City That Continually Surprises Us…

With it’s stunning architecture surrounding you, it looks conventional enough…. A beautiful old city showing off it’s historical landmarks. Wealth gained from it’s position as a key trading port linking the east and west….

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Don’t be fooled by first impressions, You’ll love Valencia

You just have to read our first article on Valencia to realise the truth in the statement… “Don’t be fooled by first impressions: there’s a lot more to this city than first meets the eye.” With it’s warm climate, accessible old quarter and Europe’s newest cultural and scientific exhibition area, it makes for a great choice for a family city break. Valencia certainly caters for lots of tastes, perhaps aptly too, bearing in mind the first paella sizzled here over an open wood fire over 1200 years ago. It’s also the city that we’ve revisited the most in our European Roadtrip… So why would we rate Valencia so highly?

Discover a vibrant, colourful experience in the Centro Historic

With it’s stunning architecture surrounding you, it looks conventional enough…. A beautiful old city showing off it’s historical landmarks. Wealth gained from it’s position as a key trading port linking the east and west…. But delve a  little deeper into the ‘Centro Historic’ wandering the back streets and you’ll soon be admiring the street artists work or visiting the fresh fruit stalls for a tasty treat to fill your picnic rucksack with for later in the day.. Or if you have time grabbing a visit to one of the old fashioned taberna that serve stunning paella washed down with glasses of horchata.
But before you disappear down the side alleys of this vibrant heartbeat of Valencia (a city that at times reminds us of Naples in Italy), it’s worth making sure you don’t miss some of the undoubted highlights of Valencia. As most visitors will probably enter the city via the metro, you’ll end up at the stop (Angel Guimera). So heading South to North through the old centre, towards the Gardens of Turia, don’t miss these highlights:-

  • Plaza del Ayuntamiento
  • Central Market
  • La Lonja (Valencia’s former silk/commodity exchange)
  • Plaza de la Reina
  • Valenica’s Cathedral (Barrio del Carmen)
  • Miguelete Bell Tower
  • City Gates (near Puente de Serranos/Plaza de los Fueros)

Did you know Valencia has the Narrowest building in Europe?

Valencia’s not without it’s quirks… like Bordeaux’s ‘St Michels Tower’ or Vienna’s Haus der Musik’…. so venture a little further into the old quarter and you’ll find ‘La Estrecha‘ the narrowest building in Europe at just over 107cm wide. But if you’re looking for more traditional elegance, then look no further than the mightily impressive ‘Romanesque-Gothic-Baroque-Renaissance’ Cathedral at the Barrio del Carmen. Either ascend the Miguelete Tower (similar to Ghent’s Belfort Tower but a little less high at only 207 steps) or visit the Capillla del Santo Cáliz (a chapel reputedly to hold the Holy Grail)

Enticing Smells, Tastes and Sounds = Lunch at the Central Market 

So if you’re looking for the all year round perfect city break? Perhaps not if you like Christmas markets and snow, but if you’re after warmth, good food and glorious architecture… then Valencia offers all this and so much more throughout the warmer months too!

For those looking to visit Valencia in a motorhome or caravan, we’d suggest you head for ‘Valencia Camper Park’ where we’ve enjoyed all of our stays. Well priced, good facilities and excellent on-site restaurant… it’s also within 5mins walk of the metro which makes visiting Valencia so easy with kids! (full review here)

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Richard

Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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