VALENCIA WITHOUT THE ORANGES

Updated: 02/23/19 | February 23, 2019

Famous for its oranges, Valencia is found approximately in the middle of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. I wasn’t drawn in to Valencia for any type of reason in particular. I came for the tomato fight in the close-by town of Bunol. However, Valencia amazed me. I liked this city—famous in its own best for tasty seafood, paella, history, as well as a great soccer team.

Given all the festivities going on around La Tomatina, it was difficult to dedicate a great deal of time to checking out the city, as well as I definitely didn’t get as much in as I would have liked. There were a few great museums as well as churches that were left unseen up until my next eventual visit. That said, I did handle to capture in a few attractions.

As I’ve stated in previous posts, one of the things I like about Europe is the totally free walking tours. You discover a bit of history, you get your bearings around the city, and, well, it’s free. It shouldn’t be any type of surprise then that I took a totally free walking trip in Valencia. Valencia, it turns out, has rather a long history. It was started as a retirement community, so to speak, for Roman soldiers. later it was conquered by the Moors, then the Spanish, then the Moors, as well as lastly the Spanish again.

All that has result in some fantastic as well as eclectic architecture. What I truly delighted in about Valencia were the wide, clean streets, the ancient, winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen, as well as the common Spanish-style buildings with their big doors, balconies, as well as windows.

What I discovered the most pleasurable during my time in Valencia (besides the tomatoes) was the food. The food right here broke my budget. Coming back to Spain has reminded me of one of the reasons why I liked it so much—the whole tapas culture.

Everywhere I went, restaurants had people unwinding outside on tables nibbling tapas, drinking, chatting, as well as unwinding in the hot sun. It appeared like fun, so I joined frequently. It broke my budget plan (and perhaps the buttons on my shirt), however it was as well much to resist.

The finest (and many costly meal) I had was down by the beach. let me just very first state that the beach in Valencia isn’t that impressive. It’s a common city beach with a bit of trash as well as great deals of cigarette butts. Valencia has a huge port, so while the water is refreshing, I wouldn’t state it’s the cleanest in the world. The beach is great for a quick trip to awesome off from the sun, however overall, I left unimpressed.

However, the area has a great deal of restaurants on the promenade, the most well-known of which is called La Papita. A number of us from the hostel went there as well as had what might only be the very best paella ever. We got three different types—seafood, squid ink (arroz negro), as well as one with noodles, which was my favorite, and, apparently, original to the area.

Moreover, the calamari I got was a few of the softest I’ve ever eaten. It melted in my mouth in sheer goodness. If you’re ever in Valencia as well as delight in great seafood, this restaurant should be on your listing of locations to go.

During my short time in Valencia, not much about it wowed me the method other cities in Spain have. however nothing truly dissatisfied me either. If I were on a restricted routine in Spain, other locations like Madrid, Barcelona, or Granada may get much more of my attention, however if I had some additional time, Valencia would be worth making a trip to.

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