As you all know, I love Spanish cities. There is something about when you only feel and recognize when you are actually there. That’s why I visited the third largest city in Spain: Valencia. Valencia might just be the perfect weekend destination: historic centre, a unique arts and science complex, sandy beach, lots of green space, fantastic food and a great climate. All things combined in one city trip; a perfect getaway!
Hotel Vincci Mercat
Our hotel Vincci Mercat was located in the city center of Valencia, less than 100 meters from the city’s Central Market. I really loved the shower in our bathroom. Lately I’m obsessed with rainbow showers. Definitely a must-have at my own place, unfortunately luck isn’t on my side (yet).
Anyway, the Vincci Mercat Hotel is also a perfect place to hang out at their rooftop bar/terrace/pool, where you have stunning views of Valencia’s old town.
I really loved this Pinchos restaurant. Like Wikipedia explains on Pinchos: ‘’A pincho (Spanish: [ˈpintʃo], literally “thorn” or “spike”) or pintxo (Basque: [ˈpintʃo]) is a small snack, typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and especially popular in the Basque country and Navarre. They are usually eaten in bars or taverns as a small snack while hanging out with friends or relatives;’’.
The one thing that came up in my mind; why don’t we have this in Maastricht? Food cravings…
Carrer de Sant Vicent Màrtir, 6, 46002 València
Valencia is the birthplace of one of the three main types of Spanish Paella – Valencian Paella. This dish has been around since the 1800s, and is a sort of jambalaya. It’s a major part of the culture, so don’t leave without trying it. This fastfood restaurant is perfect when you´re looking for a lunch place. You can compare it with Dutch fastfood restaurant such as Happy Italy and Vapiano. It´s located nearby the cathedral and Plaza de la Reina.
Carrer de Sant Vicent Màrtir, 16, 46002 València
Well, shopping in Spain feels like paradise for every girl in the world. If you like Zara, Mango and other Spanish brands, you’re at the right place. Those Spanish fashion brands are much more cheaper than in the Netherlands. Hmm.. I guess I said this really often and I’ll never get tired of saying it. Why? Because it’s very crucial information!
Rent a bike
While Valencia and other Spanish cities have a wealth of historical attractions, this city has its gaze fixed on the future as well. The City of Arts and Sciences contains a science museum, an aquarium, an arboretum and a covered square among other spectacles. If nothing else, its futuristic architecture will be sure to impress you.
So we’ve sprinted as fast as we could to the nearest bike rental and got us a really cool bike. A must do!
After all, we enjoyed our city trip to the beautiful Valencia. I must say, I have seen the city highlights in 2,5 days. So quite short, but definitely worth it!
Have you been to Valencia before? Please feel free to share your experiences below.