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Nov 5, 2018 - The City of Arts & Sciences

Beyond what could be deemed a park, nine kilometres of the former riverbed of the River Turia in Valencia has been turned in to an architectural masterpiece featuring science, culture and recreation facilities. The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum operates under the philosophy of "Not touching is prohibited." It is full of interactive exhibitions about science and technology. Which, while These fun activities and problem-solving challenges, while targeted to children, were a gas for grown ups too. The Oceanogràfic is Europe's biggest...

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Nov 4, 2018 - The Fallas Festival - A City on Fire

One upon a time I fancied myself a papier mache artist. In fact, I still have some pre-made forms in my basement so I can build again when the creative mood strikes. But holy cow am I ever humbled by the amazing artists of Valencia’s annual Falles (torch) Festival. Their papier mache creations are larger than life, incredibly ornate and exquisitely painted. For five days each March Valencians party through the Fallas Festival with street dances, parades, fireworks and bonfires. It sounds crazy! These spring bonfire celebrations date back...

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Nov 3, 2018 - Valencia Marina Festival

After wet, chilly foothills fall weather of Granada we were happy to return to the mild Mediterranean weather of the Spanish coast. Although I quite enjoy reading the history and site recommendations published in the Lonely Planet and other guidebooks I find them rather limited. So I always search online for “This week in...” That is how I learned that the Valencia Boat Show was underway, so we set off to explore how the one per cent live. It was certainly a pleasure to get out of the long pants and sweaters and head to waterfront. For...

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Oct 20, 2018 - Valencia

Valencia seems to have a bit of an inferiority complex as it views the more famous Spanish cities around it getting more attention. This makes it a great place to live. Housing is somewhat cheaper and tourism is at the stage where it is appreciated, rather than overrunning the place. With 330 days of sunshine a year (today was not one of them) and a mild winter climate, I can imagine Northern Europeans enjoying a lengthy winter stay here. A Gran Prix race tracks runs through the city and the track includes the area we walked in the port fro...

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South by Southeast

Apr 26, 2017 - Peniscola to Valencia

Our morning trip is from Barcelona to Peniscola. On the way we do a photo stop to see an aqueduct from the Roman period near Tarragona built about 2000 years ago.Tarragona was the capital of the Roman Empire in Iberia and was the second city built by the Romans. In Peniscola we visit the beach area, see views of the castle and have lunch. The castle was for Pope Gregorius in the 1300's. Apparently when the Pope left Rome for France, several areas in Spain designated their own pope, one of which was Gregorious.Many castles in this area are...

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Espana

Jan 31, 2016 - Paella In Valencia

And so our next stop Valencia. We stayed in a campsite about 15km south of Valencia, close to the beach. The area was mostly a Nature Park and was made up of rice fields with a lake on one side and the Med on the other. We had easy access to the beach and took a long walk amongst the dunes. Valencia, Spain’s third largest city is small enough to easily navigate but packed with interesting buildings. The bus journey from outside the campsite was easy and took less than 30 minutes to get to the centre. As always when we arrive in a city or...

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Nov 24, 2015 - Valencia with Dennis and Bert

The train ride from Barcelona to Valencia was uneventful and quite scenic. We had expected to find a tourist office at the train station when we arrived, but instead we admired this fabulous building with the Valencia modernista touch and found a taxi to deliver us at the Airbnb I had reserved. Our flat was on a very small street, only a short twisting street from the Placa de la Reina in the center of what was the old, walled city. We settled into our rooms (thank you for offering us the en suite), and headed out to find a map. In...

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Lavender's Travels

Aug 29, 2015 - Day 9 Valencia

Pretty full day coming up today. I'm off on my walking tour and Pete is going to the train station to see if we can book reservations to Seville or Granada. With the train tickets we have, there's a limited number of seats available to pass holders so we not be able to get where we want to. I left Pete at the Metro station and then walked into the old town. I wanted to have another look at the markets when they were in full swing so headed straight there. It was busier than yesterday and most stalls were full. I saw some interesting...

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Aug 28, 2015 - Day 8 Madrid to Valencia

We were up early, finished packing and then headed off for the metro and then the train station. It was another beautiful morning...nice and cool. We arrived at Atocha in plentry of time and initially thought we'd look at making a reservation for the onward journey. We'd looked at the map and timetables and it looked as though getting to Granada our Seville is not a straightforward option. We changed our minds and went to have breakfast instead. I was having trouble connecting to my new wifi so found a cafe that had wifi. I'd seen a couple...

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Aug 7, 2015 - Day Twenty Five: Valencia

When we checked in yesterday we paid an extra €3.50 to have breakfast at a cafe in the market. Breakfast was served till 11:00am so we didn't set an alarm. It's funny that our place is called a b&b but didn't include nor serve breakfast on site. We walked down to the cafe at about 10:30am. The hostel had given us a piece of paper to show we'd already paid for breakfast. It had a list of things we could choose from. It really was value for money. For €3.50 I got a coffee, two pieces of toast, a banana and a glass of water. After breakfast we...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Day Twenty Four: Barcelona to Valencia

This morning we were up at 6:15am to give ourselves plenty of time to get ready and to make our way to the train station. We were both feeling a little queasy, probably a combination of both the lack of sleep and the variety of drinks we had last night. I knew eating would make me feel better and there weren't many choices at the station so I got McDonald's. I ordered a toasted sandwich, coffee and a chocolate muffin for the ride. My toasted sandwich was interesting, it was a cheeseburger bun turned inside out and toasted with cheese and...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Valencia

We seem to be following the Corpus Chrisit Parades around Spain. As we arrived in Valencia they are just setting up for the last parade of the festival. And what was great about this parade was that we had Balcony seats from our apartment. We spent the afternoon enjoying this strange religious parade from the comfort of our air conditioned apartment. Next day we ventured into the streets and this is Tomo's account of the day. On this morning we went to a market. They had lots of beans. We had a mango smoothie. I did not like it. Then we got...

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