The City of Arts and Sciences at night, Valencia, Space

Inspired to see Valencia, Spain?

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Here’s why we were…

We fell in love with Spain a little late in our lives. To be honest we were wary of overly tourist locations offering food & entertainment for the tourists, ‘little Britain in the sun’.

The Plaza de la Virgen, Valencia, Spain

 Our journey of discovery started in 2013 with our usual spring mini-break, that year we had picked Barcelona. Fabulous city, fabulous architecture, and the food that you come to expect of one of the gastronomic countries in Europe. It was a city that left us wanting more.

So that led to our 2014 road trip around Spain; we were truly converted, after taking in Santander, Toledo, Granada, Ronda, Jerez, Seville & Salamanca. So touched were we by the beauty of Seville we jumped at the chance of a week-long break in late 2015. In Seville we had found a city we adored.

Why, well here were a few reasons;

– Flights: British Airways were holding a ‘sale’, business class upgrades were being offered for a steal.

– Weather: It’s likely to be warm, certainly warmer that the UK, and potentially our first prolonged exposure to sunshine and warmth. We best warn the Spanish that milky white flesh is heading its way.

– Food & drink: Valencia lays claim to be the spiritual birthplace of Paella, and who are we to argue with that. We had also heard of Horchata: not normally do we get excited about non-alcoholic beverages, however this nut based drink seemed something tempting.

Traditional Paella from La Pepica, Valencia, Spain

– Architecture: Valencia boasts a wonderful historic district, with those narrow lanes that tempt you to explore, and generally leads to getting a wee bit lost at times.

It also boasts the stunning Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, we have seen the photos and that looks amazing.

Also the food market, or Mercado Central, looks a triumph of Art Nouveau functional design, I, we love the Art Nouveau style.

The City of Arts & Science, Valencia, SpainThe exterior of the Mercado Central, El Mercat, Valencia, Spain

– Formula One: Valencia briefly hosted a f1 race from 2008 – 2012, and any opportunity we get to walk part of a circuit is not to be missed. We are prepared for this to be disappointing as indications are little is left of the original circuit, however it will only be a short stroll until we hit the beach.

The abandoned Grand Prix pits of the F1 circus, Valencia, Spain

– The beach: A chance to stroll along the beach, find a bar to grab ‘dos cervezas por favour.’ Also a chance to brush up on our non-existent Spanish.

The golden sands and blue sky of the Malvarrosa Beach, Valencia, Spain

So now time to start planning the detail.

Inspired to visit Valencia?

Sun, oranges and paella. What could be better.

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Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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