Tired of daily routine? Go to Valencia
Does the daily routine is overwhelming you? If you too find yourself daydreaming in the office and you cannot see yourself sitting at that desk or looking out the window you just cannot get lost in fantasies about evasion from everyday life, here’s the solution: a weekend in a European destination, easy, close and low cost. Visiting Valencia is without a doubt an excellent idea for a short but interesting trip, the perfect destination to unplug and enjoy three days with family or friends. Valencia is in fact neither small nor big and allows you to turn it without stress even in three days. Rich in history, art and entertainment, the Spanish city always manages to pleasantly surprise its guests and offers a wide range of opportunities even to those who do not want to spend an important budget. Valencia dominates the central part of the Spanish west coast and is a true seaside town that attracts thousands of tourists each year. That said, here are 3 useful tips to get the best out of your stay in Valencia.
Strolling for the city center
Plaza de la Reina
A visit to the historic center is a must and the best starting point is Plaza de la Reina, a square from which to admire the majestic facade of the cathedral, to which is attached the famous bell tower from whose top you can redo the eyes with the breathtaking view of the city from above. The lovers of the mysteries of the Templars will undoubtedly want to spend a lot of time looking for clues to the Holy Grail, which according to the legend it would find inside.
The alleys and squares that branch off from the square are a continuous game of medieval architecture, Art Nouveau and Art Deco structures: a perfectly balanced combination that will amaze those who enter the historic center, perhaps sipping a fresh horchata, a drink to corker’s base, or stopping in a typical coffee for a glass of Agua de Valencia and good bunuelos pancakes. Do not miss a visit to the ceramics museum and the ancient city gates. The center relives to the rhythm of music between the colors of cocktails and sangria in the many local open all night long.
Visit the Calatrava’s Work
Jardí del Turia
Famous all over the world, the City of Arts and Sciences is a complex of modern structures that rises where the river once flowed, surrounded by the 11 km green nature of the Jardí del Turia park, which offers interesting music or theater performances even in the evening, and where you can enjoy the show of the “Ciudad” of Calatrava by Night.
City of Arts and Sciences
The structure is the ingenious work of Santiago Calatrava who conceived theater, science museum and a marvelous marine park, the Oceanographic and a series of buildings from the deco modern and deco, admirable in a walk through the amazing architecture. Of course, do not miss the interior spaces: the oceanographic museum and its dolphinarium are among the most visited in the world and will capture the attention of adults and children.
Not far from the Jardí del Turia, there is the Bioparc: 100 thousand square meters of nature that hosts animals from every corner of the globe in perfectly studied habitat naturally separated by invisible walls for a result of biological and geographical continuity, a spectacular excursion among the wonders of the world, special guests elephants, gorillas, lions, hippos, leopards and lemurs.
What to eat
For the food options let yourself be advised by the locals, Valencia’s cuisine is an explosion of flavors and aromas and it is worth tasting and savoring every delicacy. The undisputed protagonist is rice, and therefore paella valenciana, a rice dish with chicken, rabbit, green beans and Lima beans. And then there are the baked rice pans of formidable rotisserie and street food stalls, the arroz a banda (rice with fish), the risotto with cuttlefish ink, the arròs amb fesols i naps, or rice in broth with beans and turnips.
But the Valencia’s cuisine does not end with rice: try the patatas bravas, grilled cuttlefish, mussel soups, marinated anchovies in vinegar, codfish croquettes. These are the ingredients of the famous tapas of Valencia, to be enjoyed while sipping a de cerveza or a sangria.