So this post is our light-hearted view of Valencia.It has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on this Spanish city.
The LocationThe Three C's
Where's Valencia in the world?
Valencia Up Close
It’s good to talk
Did you know?
- Like London (Londinium), Valencia (Valentia) was founded by the Romans, although a couple of hundred years before, (138BC vs 43AD)
- Through the city flows a wonderful open space of parks & gardens enjoyed by the Valencians and tourists alike, leading to the City of Arts & Science. The reason it flows so organically through the city is because it has been reclaimed from the old River Turia which was diverted as a result of the Great Flood of Valencia in 1957. The water is now split and used for irrigation, and the high flood waters routed through man-made channels, (similar to those in LA)
- Within the cathedral is a chapel said to contain the Holy Chalice, the cup that Jesus drank from at the last supper. We didn’t before we went.
- The Valencia Orange comes from… The USA – a hybrid orange developed in California. That doesn’t change one fact though: A freshly squeezed glass of orange juice, with a fresh cup of coffee, in the Valencian sunshine is a glorious thing.
Food and drink
There are so many incredible places to discover in Spain and I love planning a mini-break. I often use the DK Eyewitness books, I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our trip to Valencia, now you can grab the revised copy.
Things to see and do in Valencia
Movies and Music
The Concierto de Aranjuez is a wonderful piece of music that sends shivers down my spine. Joaquín Rodrigo was born in Valencia, however the piece was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez in Madrid. My personal favourite version is from the 1996 movie, Brassed Off.
Where we stayed in Valencia
The accommodation we chose while staying in Valencia was in the apartment Mon Suites Catedral. It was incredibly central, clean, and peaceful.
Having the apartment gave us many options; however, I loved just stepping out of the door in the morning and finding a traditional café for breakfast filled with Spanish locals.
Value for Money
Our value for money index.
Don't forget we're Londoners, and that means our baseline is quite high.
Getting around town
What's it like discovering the city? Is it walkable? do you need to use public transport? did we leave with weary feet?
Janis's Hi's & Lo's
Gary's Hi's & Lo's
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