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For ten days we are in Cabo Roig again and somehow we feel like a big city atmosphere. And so we decided relatively spontaneously to go on a short trip to Valencia.
You can see our short trip (1 night in Valencia - from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m. the following day) here on Google Maps in an overview with our route, the most important sights and tips for restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping:
We have that Melia Hotel Oceanografic, formerly TRYP Valencia Oceanic Hotel. It has a parking garage in which you can park relatively cheaply at a fixed price of € 12 per day and where you can park your car for a long time on the day of departure. The very well equipped rooms have laminate floors and marble bathrooms. We didn't book breakfast as we always love to have breakfast in the small, cozy cafés in Spain. It is only a 5-minute walk away Café Manoa on Carrer de Trafalgar 38. There you will find delicious coffee specialties, lots of sweet pastries and of course the classic "Tostado con Tomate".
The hotel is excellently located between the beach and the old town. For a shopping spree in Corte Ingles or in the Shopping mall Aqua all you have to do is cross the street. The futuristic buildings like the Science Museum (Museu de les Ciències de Valencia), the auditorium (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía), the theater (Ciutat de les Arts y les Ciències), the event center (L'Àgora) and the aquarium L’Oceanogràfic are only a 10-minute walk away. The hotel's bike rental is also very practical, as Valencia is quite spacious and the city invites you to cycle due to the many bike paths. The former river bed of the Turia cycle. Why is the river bed dry? In 1957, a catastrophic flood hit Valencia and it was decided without further ado to divert the Turia and move it from the former course of the river to a park called “Jardin del Turia“To remodel. Even today, the locals talk as if this body of water still exists. "Vamos al rio - let's' go down to the river!"
We took the first walk to the sea. From the hotel you can walk to the broad Playa las Arenas with its small promenade in about half an hour. The small cafes and restaurants invite you to linger. In an ice cream parlor we have, so to speak, the regional drink of Valencia, a Horchata, granted. Horchata (also known as "Orxata" in Valencian) is a tiger nut milk made from the nuts of the Chufas. These are grown in the north of Valencia, in the region around Alboraya Offering a nutty-sweet taste. Farton, an elongated pastry, is often served with it. Horchata is the ideal refreshment in summer. Try it!
In addition to the horchata, this is the traditional regional dish paella Valenciana. This is not made with seafood, but with chicken and rabbit. However, since I don't eat rabbit, this is not an option for me. But maybe for you After many delicious paellas and tapas, we felt like a classic hamburger that evening. A great tip is Franky's street foodwho more than understands the craft of burger! Excellent Galician beef is processed here, many variants from the classic to the Thai burger and of course a vegetarian variant are offered. I went for the goat cheese and caramelized onion burger, although the avocado burger was also on my favorites list. The Goat Cheese Burger - a dream! Franky's also offers other American specialties that are on my "To Eat - Bucket List": Pork Ribs Louisiana and my "Favorite" from the secret capital of Louisiana, the New Orleans Po’Boy (see my article on New Orleans).
From the beach you can take the bus for € 1.50 each way or the metro (also € 1.50 plus € 1 for the rechargeable ticket) to the old town (Colón stop). For visitors is theValencia Tourist Card attractive. This is available as a 24 hour (15 €), 48 hour (20 €) or 72 hour ticket (25 €) and enables unlimited driving pleasure. But the Valencia Tourist Card offers even more:
- Free entry to the city's main museums and monuments, such as the Lonja de la Seda (silk exchange), the Torres de Serrano y de Quart (city towers), the Museo Fallero (Fallas Museum) or the Almoina, among many other attractions
- Special discounts on tickets for the main tourist attractions in the city.
- City map of Valencia and a guide with discount coupons for many tourist services, restaurants and shops.
- A tapa, a glass of beer or a soft drink
In individual cases, this offer does not necessarily have to be worthwhile in terms of price. In any case, the luxury of not having to get the tickets before each trip, before each entry, is not to be rejected.
All sights in the old town are within walking distance. We just let ourselves drift. As a starting point in the center of the city, the Cathedral, La Seu de Valencia to visit. Inside is that Holy chalice to see which, according to tradition, is supposed to be the cup of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples. From Miguelete Cathedral Tower you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. However, you have to climb 207 steps before Valencia is at your feet.
No less popular for a climb with a view over the city is the narrow one Baroque tower of the Santa Catalina Church. With only 2 € you are there. If you walk from the Colón over the Plaza Alfonso El Magnánimo over the Carrer de la Paz, you can see the imposing tower from afar.
A feast for the senses awaits you in the Central market hall, theMercado Central. Serrano ham, spices, fresh fruit and vegetables, wonderful olives, fish, wine, pastries and much more are available for purchase at hundreds of stalls here. In a specially separated and cooled section of the market hall you will find fresh fish and seafood - from eels to shrimp, pretty much everything that captivates the fish lover is on offer.
You can feast your way through Europe's largest fresh market hall for end consumers as the mood takes you. Here a Café Cortado, there tapas with cheese, ham and sausage or a glass of wine and a Paella Valencia fresh from the pan? Or would you prefer churros con chocolate and horchata? You can find a stand outside the market hall.
But the market hall not only offers culinary delights, because the Art Nouveau building is also an architectural gem. A look up leads to the glass dome, decorated with colorful tiles, through which daylight falls into the market hall, which is constructed with white iron struts. Beautiful! An absolute must in Valencia!
The next structural jewel is right across from the market hall: La Lonja de la Seda – the Valencia silk exchange. The Gothic building, erected at the end of the 15th century as a commodity exchange, consists of four parts: the tower, the hall of the marine consulate, the orange court and the columned hall. In the latter, the Sala de la Contratacion, the silk traders concluded their contracts. The port city of Valencia had grown into a stronghold of silk production, which exported the coveted fabric all over the world. Due to its thick walls and battlements, the UNESCO cultural heritage is more like a medieval castle than a trading center for silk.
About small interesting alleys, especially about the Carrer del Músic Peydró (Valencia's "Korbgasse") let's go in the direction of the Plaza Ayuntamiento (Rathausplatz) by the impressive buildings Ayuntamiento (City Hall) and Correos (Post) is flanked. And now, unfortunately, the cultural boom has to get out of me at full throttle. There is also a Five Guys here. This is of course only allowed for those who have already enjoyed tapas, paellas & horchata to the full! 🙂
In the south of the old town we leave the historic center of Valencia and arrive at Ruzafa with its Bullring Plaza de Toros and the market hall, which was built in the style of brutalism and therefore takes a lot of getting used to for me Mercat de Ruzafa.
Ruzafa is a bit like Neukölln in Berlin or Williamsburg in New York - hip, multicultural and alternative. And so the trendy district with its unusual shops, refreshing art galleries, trendy restaurants, bars and cafes especially attracts young, creative people. Just let yourself drift through the streets, there is a lot to discover!
6 tips in Ruzafa
- Café Ubik: Three friends, who met during their Erasmus year, open a bar together. The Ubik Café has now achieved cult status. It is a café, bar, bookstore and cultural center with a wide range of events in one. Calle Literato Azorín 13, opening times in winter: Mon-Wed and Sun: 12-00, Thu: 12-00: 30, Fri-Sat: 12-02: 00
- Dulce de Leche: Small cafe in the heart of Ruzafa. Homemade cakes and artful tarts, cupcakes, freshly squeezed juices and shakes (Oreo shake!) As well as hearty dishes are offered here. You can get a cheap breakfast here from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for only six euros. Calle San Vicente Mártir 52. Hours of operation: 9 am-9pm
- Olhöps: Local, artisanal brewed beers on tap and (over 100 different!) From the bottle. Top address for craft beer lovers! Sueca 21, opening hours: 6.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
- Pescaderia Pepe: Original fish snack in a former fish shop. There is a wide variety of canned fish tapas here! Great idea! Literato Azorín 18. Opening hours: 00:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Slaughterhouse: Bar and bookstore at the same time in a former slaughterhouse. Here you can try excellent burgers, sandwiches and seasonal tapas from the local cuisine. You are surrounded by books that you can also buy. Events such as book presentations, art exhibitions and live music are also held here. Calle Denia 22. Opening times: all day
- Gnomo: Small shop with funny gifts and other creative little things. Calle Cuba 32, opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11 am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
- Buy vintage: Selected second-hand clothing and batik workshops in Calle Doctor Pérez Feliu 20 3 B. Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
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