Colegio de San Pio V
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.
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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.
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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'.
This small square was built in 1840. Plaza Redonda literally means "round square". It is made of curved buildings joined together. So that the whole place is round.
At plaza Redonda you can find several shops where you can buy a souvenir or a small pet; a bird, a rabbit and others.
I've read that on sundays a market is held inside it.
At the moment of writing this square is being restored.
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Albufera Natural Park
Just a few kilometres south of Valencia you'll find peace and quiet in this natural park, where you can enjoy a boat trip on a rather big lake and a great sunset
Although I prefer organising all my trips on my own, here due to time constraints we jumped on the 'touristic bus' which included the boat trip for 12€
and this was definitely worth it
In 1986/1990 it was respectively declared a national park/bird sanctuary
About a third of all Spanish rice is produced here.
Also the village of El Palmar is a must do and has plenty of nice restaurants, with peppered eels with garlic as the specialty
Valencia Bus Turistic
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
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Around the Albufera Lake there are some small fishing villages such as El Palmar, a picturesque place well-known for the quality of its restaurants. You can enjoy local cuisine here: "all i pebre de anguilas" (baby eels with garlic and pepper) and "espardenyà" and you will see the "barracas", the typical moorish houses for many centuries in Valencia, made from raw materials such as wood, reeds, clay, and mud .
It's also a good place from which to visit the lake by boat.
The tourist area of El Palmar has a Barraca situated near the lake and offers a picturesque view.
A visit to El Palmar is the perfect way to pass the day, have an excellent lunch, enjoy the sunset or just taking photographs.
Hot Spring and other discoveries near Valencia
After 2 days in Valencia visiting the sights (wonderful City of Arts and Sciences, historical centre, the old river bed turned into a beautiful park, etc.) we still had one day left and wanted to do something else. In our hostal we saw an ad with a pretty picture of something that looked like a crystal clear lake or river. It caught our attention. The receptionist explained us there´s a hot spring about 90 km from Valencia. A small company called DO!Valencia organises guided tours there. We decided to give it a go and booked a full-day tour with them. Mike from DO!Valencia picked us up at our hostal the next morning. He speaks English!!! (we found out this is hardly ever the case when travelling Spain....) Mike first took us to the hot spring. It is a wonderful site, very idyllic. We swam, saw two caves, snorkelled, and my friend was so brave as to dive into the water from the rocks surrounding the hot spring. After a quick bite at the snackbar (huge but cheap sandwiches!) Mike took us to an enormous jet, spouting from a dam. Then we drove to another, very scenic village. There we walked along a beautiful river, took a plunge in the water (cold yet refreshing on a hot Spanish summer day!). Mike had a surprise for us in store! Turned out there was a "fiesta" being held in the village, meaning the villagers made bulls run the streets. It was great to see real village life in Spain, this was not some activity just set up for tourists! It was very exciting. The villagers cook paella and other local dishes on the streets and it is just wonderful to absorb the atmosphere. Mike told us many villages around Valencia have all kinds of celebrations throughout the year and he loves making travellers part of the real Spanish spirit. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Valencia.
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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.
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Agua de Valencia
When you are in Valencia you have to drink "agua de valencia", which is alchaholic drink that is mixed with fresh orange juice, champagne, and other liquors. It is great because it is very refreshing. Valencia is known as the place with the best oranges, so imagine how good it is. Usually the best place to drink it is in "el carmen". There are alot of bars that serve it there. One in particular I enjoyed is El Negrito, which is in plaza del negrito. When we went we drank it in the outside tables. It has a fountain, you can do alot of people watching, and enjoy the great breeze. Another place I drank it was in the plaza de la virgen, where the cathedral is. There is a couple of places there that serve it that have a great view in the plaza. It might be expensive for a pitcher like 12-14 euros . the reason they charge so much is because they have to squeeze the oranges by hand.
The gardens of Turia
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)
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The botanical garden
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.
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FALLAS: you should not miss...
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, ...
From the 1st of March to the...
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!
All the times I've been here, I haven't met a single tourist, but I don't know, such things can always change. Anyway, I like going here for the peace and quiet and of course, the eautiful plants. It's also a nice place if you want to avoid the sun for a while. The park also houses a number of stray cats, some shy and some really friendly.
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