Sun, Seafood and Good Looking People – ValenciaSeptember 29, 2006
Amsterdam – Valencia
At 10.00 with flight number VY 7081 – we flew from Schiphol to Valencia Manises. With 80 of us, seems we had our own plane 🙂
We had arrived in Valencia in the early afternoon at Valencia Manises Airport. (sounds I arrived at the airport of Ambon Manise). The sun-kissed Spanish city. A paradise of sun, seafood, and yes, those delicious oranges. Valencia is one of Spain’s most beautiful palaces, it’s a brilliant example of rococo architecture with a wonderful Churriqueresque façade that looks like running water. Valencia’s old town (where you will spend most of your time) is actually very small. Valencia is a popular stop off for people traveling between Barcelona and Andalusia and is a great place to chill out after having been kept very busy in Amsterdam!
On the way to the hotel in the central city of Valencia, we made a city bus tour along de Jardin del Turia, over the Avenida de Blasco Ibanez, Ciudad Politecnica de la Innovacion, Las Arenas, American’s Cup and The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. After we drop our suitcase in the hotel we went for lunch at Escuela de Hosteleria y Turismo de Valencia.
After lunch we walked around the old city. Walked along Plaza de la Almoina, El Almudin, Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza Manises, and Barrio del Carmen, long away to La lonja, Mercado central and then Museo Valencia de la Ilustracio L La Modernitat (MuVIM) This place is full of beautiful buildings, really clean and just had a great atmosphere about it, felt relaxed and not touristy at all. We joined the locals in sitting in 2 of the many cafe chairs set up and enjoyed a drink while looking out over the plaza, the fountain, church and watched kids playing, dogs walking and the local people. Walked through the alleys of Spanish fashion-Central I noticed everywhere you could find Zara and Mango Stores and for your information: Valencia is SHOES paradise. Panic, panic, panic…
We moved to a restaurant for dinner (at about 10pm, everything is done late here..).
Things to Do:
Eat Paella in the region where it was invented (El Palmar) and other seafood gastronomy trip.
The Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias, Valencia’s gigantic arts center, cinema, science museum and oceanographic park.
Buy some Shoes and go shopping for Mango or Zara along Mercado de Colon (Colombus Market) is a must.
Go to The Malvarrosa beach or at the area of El Saler
The (now-defunct) River Turia, re-routed around the city after a serious flood and now home to parks, sports grounds and the giant Gulliver children’s playground (also popular with adults!).
Walking around the old city
To Get to Valencia:
Valenciaa has a modern network of transport links, making it easily accessible from the main Spanish and European capitals,
Direct international flighs to and from Valencia with Basle, Berlin, Beournemounth, Bristol, Brussels, Cologne, Coventry, Doncaster, Sheffield, Dublin, Geneva, Hanover, Kent, Lisbon, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam, Stuttgard, Rome and Zurich.
Valencia North Station (Renfe)
AP7 Mediterranean Motorway
Linked to the European motorway network and the national road transport network.
To get around Valeancia
The city’s main sights are linked by a comprehensive urban transport network and metropolitan transport routes specially adapted for tourist use. Make a special note of the Valencia Tourist Card service, which can be used for journeys by busy or metro throughout the city on one, two or three days, and this includes convenients discounts at participating museums, restaurants, shops and leiuse centres.
I got citypass for bus and metro valid for 3 days and cost me 8 EUR.