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Travelling to... Valencia

Travelling to... Valencia
By Yoek April 13, 2018 6946 Views

It’s spring! And this is the season to go on a (preferably) sunny city trip! Take your mind of things, get some vitamin D and work on a fresh tan. We love to go to Valencia! This city simply has all you are looking for; it is sunny, it has plenty of shops to fill your suitcase with new treasures and it is near the beach. We will fill you in on our favourite places in this Spanish city.

You can fill your days with shopping, cycling to the beach or visiting the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (the City of Arts and Sciences) and the beautiful park afterwards. On a cloudy day we went to the Oceanogràfic, the largest aquarium in Europe. We have seen some beautiful beluga whales and dreamy jellyfish, and much more!


We stayed in Ruzafa, one of the most trendy and upcoming areas of the moment. Art galleries, vintage shops, a weekly market, it has it all. By night it becomes a buzzing place with bars and cafes, with quality tapas and the places-to-eat-right-now. And of course you have to visit the Mercado Central in the old centre, one of the oldest public markets of Europe. The market in art nouveau style, is filled with little stalls selling local products.

We give you a list of our most favourite hotspots;

COFFEE

You cannot leave Valencia without visiting Dulce de Leche in Ruzafa, a boutique café (oh la la) and pastelería (bring your sweet tooth). Be prepared to wait in the queue for a while, but yes ladies you will need this time to decide on what you want to order. Because yeah, everything looks ab-so-lu-te-ly delicious and beautifully made. I am sure that if you go once at the beginning of your trip, you want to go again just before you leave for the airport (yep, that’s exactly what we did). Scroll down to the bottom of this page for their beach-location.

Dulce de Leche, Carrer del Pintor Gisbert, 2, 46006 València, Spain

DRINKS

Cafe de las Horas, near Plaza de la Virgin, made us giggle for the entire evening. The secret of their success is the cozy, baroque interior plus their version of the local drink Agua de Valencia (and no, it is not water). The cafe looks like a mix of an old-fashioned Spanish cafe, a Parisian hangout for Bohemiens and a British tea room. The owner organizes all kinds of events; from fashion shows to scrabble-nights and pastry competitions.

Cafe de las Horas, Carrer del Comte d'Almodóvar, 1, 46003 València, Spain

EAT

We say Spain, you say tapas! Bodega Casa Montaña is the best and oldest tapas bar of Valencia, the interior is traditional and the food just simply delicious; from patatas bravas to Spanish ham (and croquetas) You can visit the bodega after you went to the beach, since it is located in the Cabanyal area.

Bodega Casa Montaña, Calle José Benlliure, 69, 46011 Valencia, Spain

But if you want to have a night without tapas, we found you a vegetarian spot. And no worries, if you like meat, you will still love this place! The flavours are pure and the dishes were exquisite. Copenhagen is trendy and veggie, and you can still have your croquetas, made of mushrooms (we even ordered them twice).

Copenhagen, Carrer del Literat Azorín, 8, 46006 València, Spain

BEACH

The owner of Dulche de Leche also has a location on the beach, at the end of the boulevard; La Más Bonita. It definitely feels like summer here! The place is white with light blue accents and it has a cute garden, where you can find some shadow. The food is lovely; from tapas to salads, to sweet pastries!

Paseo Marítimo de la Patacona 11, València, Spain

The Marina Beach Club is located at the beginning of the beach, near the harbour. It has a terrace and a restaurant, but also an infinity pool and a poolbar. Take a break from cycling or from the hot weather (or both) and have a nice, refreshing cocktail.

Calle Marina Real Juan Carlos I, València, Spain


SLEEP

ABC You Bed & Breakfast is located in Ruzafa as well, only a five minute walk from the Estació del Nord Station. The B&B in an authentic Spanish building has a lovely little garden and the rooms are mostly white, with tiled floors and trendy accents. The breakfast is absolutely delicious, with fresh juice and home-baked pastries.

ABC You, Carrer de Martí, 10, 46005 València, Spain

¡Hasta luego!

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