Get in tune with the city? from Valencia? really easy. What makes it exceptional are not only the sites of interest but the people who live there.
When I booked for Valencia, did I know I was going to a city? young, with lots of fun and above all muy caliente. I opted for the September period precisely why? the weather ? relatively dry and comfortable temperatures. Obviously, as a good loser that I am, I found rain and a rate of humidity? to the stars! This did not mean that I lost heart and, by changing my itinerary here and there, I was able to visit all the best that Valencia could offer. Of course this trip? always been done together with my sweet half ?.
Valencia? the third city? pi? great of Spain and? a place that makes you feel immediately at home. It has culture, architecture, gastronomy and nightlife, so you can opt for different itineraries depending on what suits you best. are you interested in doing in this city ?. 4 days are not enough to visit it all, yet they are more? that enough to know the area pi? characteristic in the Ciutat Vella, the heart of the city? old.
To reach Valencia, the best means of transport? practical ? the plane. We took a Ryanair flight from Milan Malpensa which allowed us to arrive at our destination in less than two hours. Having taken the subway (line 3), we have reached the city center? and our B&B, after which? we immediately entered the northern part of Ciutat Vella. This ? a historical area, with several sites of interest, however the pouring rain did not allow us to admire it at its best. So, postponed the idea of visiting the city, we allow ourselves a bit? for refreshments at the Caf? de las Horas, a very particular place, with baroque style furnishings, full of candelabra, oranges and bouquets of flowers. Here we tried the Agua de Valencia, which? become, in effect, my favorite cocktail.
After a certain time, we decide that? it's time to have dinner, so we move to the Barrio del Carmen area to stop and eat in La Pilareta. This ? a historic place, with a small and retro atmosphere, known for its hearty tapas and local mussels, which we just ordered. After a lot of tapas and a lot of beer (and especially when the rain is over) we take a walk to Plaza del Ayuntamiento, a square where there are wonderful buildings that surround a fountain that changes color in the evening, with a play of lights.
Our second day in Valencia begins with a leaden sky and a breakfast at? Horchater? A de Santa Catalina, one of the most popular cafés. ancient cities of the city. Entirely covered with Manises tiles, Bohemian tradition and modernity coexist in this place. Here we tasted churros and the famous horchata, a typical Valencian drink with a sweet and vegetable taste, made with chufas (sweet buntings). Personally not me? liked it, but what if you come to Valencia? mandatory to try it.
Following our Valencian breakfast, we head to the lively Mercado Central. In this market, full of stalls, you can find any quality food product? and we obviously didn't miss the opportunity to eat a nice sandwich with Jam? n Ib? rico. Also, wandering around the market and rolling your eyes,? It is possible to admire a magnificent early twentieth century architecture.
After the excellent sandwich, we decide to take a long walk to the Jardines del Turia, my favorite place in all of Valencia. These gardens extend for 9 km along the old riverbed of the R? O Turia, where you can find playgrounds, running paths, bike paths, lawns and play areas for children.
Near the Jardines del Turia there? the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. This majestic complex of modern architectural elements is definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately we, arrived in the late afternoon, we chose to visit only the Oceanogr? Fic, the most? famous all over Spain. This extraordinary aquarium? divided into a group of climatic zones, which can be reached underground. Sharks, complete with tunnels, are the most? appreciated, but there are other wonderful tanks with species from the Red Sea, the tropics and the Mediterranean Sea.
In Valencia, on Sundays, many museums are free. Therefore we have organized a very specific itinerary that would allow us to visit everything that we had not been able to see on our first day. To start we went to the Catedral, an evocative Gothic style church that houses some Renaissance frescoes. This cathedral? very important because, inside the Capilla del Santo C? liz,? guarded the Holy Grail, the famous cup with which Jesus? celebr? last dinner.
Leaving the cathedral we visited the Lonja, a fascinating building declared a World Heritage Site. of UNESCO. Built in the 17th century, this palace was intended for trade between silk producers and other merchants. Very beautiful are the Puerta de los Pecados and the Sala de Contrataci? N, where there are the important spiral columns meters high.
After the Lonja, we dedicated ourselves to the Torres de Quart and the Torres de Serranos. Are these two city gates all there? which remains of the ancient walls of Valencia. The first ? the "P? imposing of all Spain and faces Madrid, the second? one of the main exits of the city? and leans towards Barcelona. Climb these towers? extraordinary, since? can you? admire a beautiful panorama of the whole of Valencia.
Following the visit to the towers, we moved towards the north of the city? to reach the Museo de Bellas Artes, one of the most? important to be able to contemplate splendid Spanish paintings. Here you can admire many works by Joaqu? N Sorolla, Diego Vel? Zquez, Goya and the Ribalta. You need to know this museum? one of the few to always be free and with a longer schedule? how flexible, so I recommend you drop by.
A stone's throw from the museum of fine arts are the Jardines del Real. These gardens are a lovely place to take a stroll. Adorned with orange trees, palm trees and a small aviary, in the past they were the gardens of an ancient palace, while today? simply a park to relax in and which the Valencians call Los Viveros.
After relaxing in the Jardines del Real, we walked towards the Russafa district, to visit the Plaza de Toros, one of the symbolic places of the city? of Valencia, where? it is still possible to watch a traditional bullfight. Do you think that when it was built, Plaza de Toros was the largest bullring? great of all Spain.
Not far from the Plaza de Toros, there? l? Estati? n del Norte, the nearest railway station of Valencia and modernist architecture. This station is considered a real monument. It is enough to look carefully at its particular facade, full of drawings of flowers, oranges and other motifs of Valencian agriculture, to understand how unique and important this place is for Valencians. In addition, its interiors are filled with decorative elements in wood, ceramic and symmetrical mosaics.
The last day we had the plane around two in the afternoon, so we decided to visit very quickly. what the short time allowed us. Unfortunately, many museums on Mondays? they are closed and for this reason we have not only observed the Museo Nacional de Cer? from the outside. One of the places that are worth a visit? without a doubt Nuestra Se? ora de los Desamparados, the largest church important for the community? Valencian Christian, in which the Jorobadita, or the Virgin of the Forsaken, is venerated. Finally, to say goodbye to Valencia, we took a final tour of Plaza de la Virgen, the main square of the city? overlooked by imposing public buildings and cafes, as well as the beautiful fountain dedicated to the Turia river.