One of the draw cards for a trip to Valencia must surely be its white sandy beaches. A work mate had told me that when he was in Valencia the beach was filled with gorgeous ladies with no bikini tops...
However, when we were there, it was winter and there was a strong wind blowing....and not a bikini in site.
The main city beach is Playa de la Malvarrosa, and this continues on to become Playa de las Arenas, which is the beach that we visited. They are located a couple of kms east of the city centre.
There is a wide promenade that runs along the top of the beach, lined with palm trees and park benches. There are also beach front restaurants which I imagine would be extremely busy in the warmer months.
Along the beach there are volleyball nets and such for those who need a spot of sport to break up their sun worshipping and topless prancing.
The easiest way to get to the beach (besides catching a taxi) is to catch the high-speed tram from Benimaclet metro station. Just exit the station and you will see the tram stop in the middle of the street. The tram stops are named, so you should be able to work out where you are en route. If you do not have a travel card you have to buy a ticket on the tram station platform.
Alternatively you can catch Bus no.19 from Plaza del Ayuntamiento. There are other bus services that operate in summer only.
I don't know what to say about this place.
Well , there is a zoo in Valencia. I always
check if there is one when I go on holiday.
I found the website from this zoo as well.
I had a look at the collection of animals and
dicided that it was worthwhile a visit.
They had white rino's , giraffes , an aquarium ,
chimpanzees , white tigers , lions , orang utans ,
crocodiles , hippo's...etc.
They really got all those animals.
The lady from the tourist office didn't knew where
the entrance was and the lady from the
entrance looked very surprised when I asked
her for a map. (she did had one - but it was
almost as big as the zoo itself)
I can't say the animals were in a bad condition
or looked underfed. No it all looked fine...
One thing really bothers me is the size of
the enclosures. I have never been in a zoo
that has such small cages (exept for Indonesia)
It is like a mini-zoo. Even some circuses are
doing much better.
The entrance fee isn't high 5 euro.
You need to decide for yourself if your going.
The entrance is in the 'Jardines del Real'.
For most of the time i was in Valencia, I was away from the city. As you can see from the photo, the rural areas are just as beautiful as the city itself. The photo here was taken from my uncles new house on a mountain close to a small town called Casinos.
From April to October there is a very fast way to see quite all the city wthout walking and this is with the Valencia Turistic Bus! It's a double decker bus from which you will discover the city from a completely different point of view.
There are 4 departures and 4 routes that cross one each other and you can change bus depending on which itinerary you want follow.
Departures are from Plaza de la Reina, Ivam,S.Pio V and at Hemispheric(next the City of Arts and Sciences) every 30min from 1030am; it has 14 bus stops.The ticket ,that lasts for 24 h, costs about 12 €, if you're in group costs 8€ per each
If you want a break from the city head on a day trip to Sagunto which is about twenty minutes north of Valencia. There's a bit of a climb to the Roman Theatre and the Castle but once you reach the top the views are amazing!
In this beautiful building located by the river bank, near the Serrano Towers is the Fine Arts Museum of Valencia.
At the right side of the building you can find some beautiful gardens where you can have a quiet walk surrounded by some huge trees brought directly from South America in the years that followed the Spanish Discovery of the continent.
One of the most modern bridges over the dry bed of the Turia river has been designed by Spanish architect Santiago de Calatrava.
Is very similar to that he designed near the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
El Perell? is a beach resort in one of the mouths of the lake into the sea. Its buildings totally lack of good taste and the water on the beach is not the cleanest, as the polluted waters from the Albufera are drained in their vicinity. However, you may want to check the hydraulic engines that regulate the flow of water between the lake and the sea.
Anyway, as you can see in the picture, El Perelló and other similar neighborhoods look much better from the distance than when you are actually there.
L'Albufera is a large sweetwater lake a few kilometers south of Valencia. Its importance as wetland for the conservation of birds has protected it to a certain extent from the numerous threats it must face: overconstruction, intensive agriculture, drainage works...
You can see more pictures in the El Palmar pages.
Valencia is situated in a very fertile aluvial plain. Smart irrigation methods since the time of the Moorish domination have allowed the production of aboundant high quality vegetables and fruits. That is the reason why the area that surrounds the city is known as L'Horta (Orchards).
Currently, this traditional way of cultivating the land is threatened by the expansion of the city.
A natural park, comprising one of the biggest bodies of freshwater in Spain. It is located just south of the city of Valencia. Its the place to see the many migratory birds and waterfowl, along with many rare plants at this picturesque location.
While we were there we did a boat trip out onto the lagoon, seeing many Herons and different species of ducks.
The urban beach of Valencia is la Malvarrosa, but the coastline of this region is low and sandy, with very long beaches. Some of them are kept in a relatively wild state, like El Saler, others are completely built up, like Alboraia.
The botanical garden has more than 200 years of history, it's the anciest garden in the city. Created in 1802 by the valencian naturalist Antonio Jose Cavanilles, was used in the beggining for experimenting with new plantations. There are more than 7000 species, including trees, palm trees, bushes, tropical flowers. If you have university card the entrance in free, otherwise the price is only 30cents of Euro (very cheap if you compare with the 6 euros of Madrid's). Because of this cheap price is a great place just for walking, reading and sharing your time with the trees and the many many beautiful and friendly cats that live inside.
There are rivers of tomato juice in the village. They say it's very good for the skin! Don't wear your best clothes, and swimming glasses are a good idea too! After the battle there are places where you can wash yourself with water.
Every summer in the village of Buñol (not so far away from Valencia) there is the craziest tomato battle in the world. Six trucks with tons of tomatos crosses the village and give tomatos to the thousands of people that go to village for this big tomato battle. If you plan to go, be sure to go with swimming suit and cheap shoes, because you will be COMPLETELLY full of tomato juice (you can check on the pictures).Before the battle people use to break the t-shirts from other people in order of making a war of wet shirts, so be sure of taking it off, or they will break it off!!!