Valencia is a city with a dry river, youthful spirit and antique charm.
We arrived in Valencia late and it got even later while we were trying to get oriented through the small streets in the city center. We noticed there were actually many people outside at this late time of the day and that it is actually not so dark. Our accommodation was at a small no-exit street in the perfect old center of the city. It was the end of September. The weather was great for a nice evening in a local open-air café or dinner with some good company.
The night views in combination with some evening tapas make for a great experience.
It is relaxing and energizing at the same time. In the restaurants not only was the food great, but we also had the opportunity of watching the life of the locals. Everybody seemed so happy. At a table with about 10 people some were leaving, some were coming and everyone was saying hello and goodbye with kisses on the mouth. They also talk all the time and still they have things to discuss. They have Valencian language, but everybody speaks Spanish, too. We turned out to be pretty fluent in Spanish, we almost never used English. We also understood everything we were told in Spanish, even when it was said really fast. Spanish is a great language… and you can easily pick it up even if you hadn’t used it for a long time.
Valencia is a sea city and as such it is proud with its beaches.
La Malvarossa was the beach we visited. It has a wide beach curve and calm and warm water. Thankfully, there is also a constant breeze that helps with the strong sun. There aren’t any loud bars, or any bars at all, except for the small shops with everything you need when you are thirsty or hungry. Some beach merchants were selling restlessly these coconut pieces.
However, the city doesn’t start and end with the beach. There is so many more interesting things in it.
The dry river of Turia was turned into a highway. Actually the river was redirected after it flooded the city. Now it’s old basin is completely dry and turned into a great park. There you can practice ant kind of sport and art or you could just walk around. You could also see there some old bridges, interesting plants and views towards the buildings on the sides of the river.
|Is the basin of the former river being used by the next soccer stars right now?|
Why does the muse never inspire you when you have the time to write? I am wondering what the answer to this question is. I am frustrated with myself for not spending a few Sunday afternoons at home or at a café so I can write down just how great Valencia is. We have lots of photos but they can only capture moments. How about the time between these moments? Why now – when I only have 15 free minutes left, I remember so much about Valencia. I remember us postponing visiting the Central Market until right before we had to leave. We visited it on our way to the airport actually. However, it was closed. We ate our chocolate croissants, that were a gift from our hosts.
I can also remember us walking around the city and reaching a landmark. We are extremely happy then not because we have seen something that is a “must see” in the city. We have seen something beautiful and for us it doesn’t matter how old it is or how many people said they loved it in Tripadvisor. This is one of the priceless advantages of exploring a city without any kind of a guide or a guidebook.
You can really feel the spirit of Valencia at the late evenings. Then all the cafés and restaurants are working and even some of the art shops are open. Many street merchants are trying to sell you a pair of those giant sunglasses. You end up buying, not because the streets are too well lit and this messes with your eyes, but because you want to be a part of the excitement on the street.
So, let’s talk some more about the moments and the connections between them. I remember a paella…
Paella is supposed to be traditionally from Valencia, so we decided to try it. Combining it with our morning coffee was a great idea.
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