Located 11 km south of the city of Valencia, the Albufera lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean by a series of sand dunes and pine forsts. This freshwater lagoon was formed aeons ago by river sedimentation which eventually formed a barrier at sea and trapped a huge body of water inland. Boat rides are offered on the Albufera guided by old-time fishermen who know the area well.
How to get there:
I joined the bus tour which included the boat ride. (Tel: 96 341 4400)
In English: Round Square. Some tourists pass over this location. It's a very picturesque place, a little ramshackle, but very beautiful. It's a must visit on sunday mornings, where the most typical flea market in the city is set up in that square and the surrounding streets, including the "plaza de la Reina".
There are many things to buy in that street market, from music to old books, animals and traditional objects.
Port Saplaya is one neighborhood located North from Valencia and between the sea and the highway to Barcelona. It's a very beautiful and quiet place with colorful and peculiar apartment blocks surrounding an artificial lake which acts as a harbor basin, and which is full of yatches and little vessels. Port Saplaya is just for pedestrians on the inside and has some narrow and still streets.
If you travel with children, they will enjoy this park thought for the kids. It's a huge figure laying on the ground and representing Gulliver tied by Lilliput people, which has got many slides for children and facilities for skaters and rollerskaters.
There's also a scale model of the city inside.
Some decades ago, the river Turia still passed through the city. But the weather is sometimes cruel in Valencia at Fall, with heavy rains and floods, and the river flooded the city twice this century (the last on the 50s).
So, the Valencian Government decided to detour the Turia riverbed surrounding the South of the city.
And then the old riverbed, which crosses the city from NW to SE in a large curve, was turned into a long, winding and huge park very beautiful and quiet, with many interesting spots all along it.
It's perfect for long walks, rides with bycicle, skating and rollerskating. It's several kilometers long.
The old river of Turia crossed the city for centuries. In the fifties there were floods and the water covered the city. Because of that, the river path was changed out of the city, and now we have a park and gardens in the old river bed. Go for a walk or ride a bicycle accross it, if you can. Inside the park there are sport fields, the Palau de la Musica (Music Palace, a concert hall) and very funny for the children: there is a giant Gulliver sculpture with ropes and slides so that the kids can play in it. You can see this in the picture (it is hard to figure out the body but in the center there is a leg, and a giant's hand on the left)
This Round Plaza (it would sound funny to say Round Square!!) is a market of things that aren't sold in the central market. Built in middle XIX century, you can find there from material for a dress, a parrot, color fishes or Manises ceramics. It is very interesting going here on Sunday Mornings, because it's when the market is more crowed and there's also the selling of color birds. Next to the plaza redonda and just in front of Santa Catalina church, there is a little square with (maybe) the narrowest house in the world.It's a red house in the middle of two houses and it's only 1'15 meters wide.
(photo:cost of Valencia) Yes, I know that Valencia is not famous for it's beach, but it's worth going to see the sea!Otherwise in Communidad Valenciana the most well-known beach is in Benidorm.
Here is the main beach at Moraira.There is a small snack bar on it and it stretches for about a mile and it very pretty.All along the costal road from Calpe to Denia,there are restuarants that are very easy to pull over and have lunch/tea/drink in.
Just look at the beautiful gardens that are set all around Moraira.There are lots of coves all along the costal road going north.We found some purely by accident,just turning off and following the sign Playa...
Valencia is more than just a city - it is a state or territory. It is like a giant garden filled with oranges, lemons, grapefruits, figs, olives, tomatoes, onions, peppers - It is really a delicious place!
From the 1st of March to the 19th you should go to Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 14.00 for the 'mascleta'.
The whole city stops. 'Mascleta' is like fireworks but only with sounds, so firecraker. It seems like war. It last for around 15 minutes.
This is very typical. People which are not from Valencia usually do not like 'mascleta' but Valencian people love it. So you should try and then decide!
FALLAS: you should not miss them! From the 14th of March to the 19th, around 750 'fallas' (cartoon statues) are placed in corners all over the city. At 12 oclock at night on the 19th of March all of them are burnt: it looks as if all the city were burnt.
These are funy days: the weather is warm, walking around seeing fallas, having chocolat with 'buñuelos', going to 'mascleta' (it will be explained afterwards) at mid-day, ...
Casa Daniel Orxateria
The best 'Orxata shop' in the world located in Alboraya
We can find inside the city diverse gardens to have a nice and pleasant walk. For example:
Antiguo Cauce del Río Turia The Old Turia Riverbed
Now converted into a garden running through the city, the old Turia riverbed is a centre for culture and leisure. There are sports facilities and recreation areas for children, particularly the Gulliver adventure park, with its immense Gulliver statue on which children can play and romp, now a tourist symbol of the city. On the east bank of the riverbed Stands the Palau de la Música , one of the city's outstanding cultural centres.
Jardines del Real / Viveros Municipales Royal Gardens or Municipal Gardens
Located across the Turia riverbed from the ancient city centre, these gardens once contained the Royal Palace, and now have splendid rosebeds, exotic trees, a children's recreation area and the City Zoo.
Jardín Botánico Botanical Gardens
This was the first botanical garden established in Spain, containing thousands of plant and tree species and varieties.
Jardines de Monforte Monforte Gardens
Neoclassical style gardens adorned with Italian sculptures, providing a classical style gardens adorned with Italian sculptures, providing a romantic mood.