Hidden away on the eastern coast of Spain Valencia is often not included in many travelers itinerary, however this Mediterranean secret is well worth a wander around. It happens to be the third largest city in Spain and combines all the best Spanish ‘cosas’ into a dynamic of a city. Sadly, Valencia was a quick trip for me but I’ll be back on day. Especially to try Valencian paella and Valencia agua.
1) Plaza de La Virgen
In the heart of the historic district you’ll find Valencia’s oldest plaza dating back to Roman times. The plaza consists of three of Valencia’s most symbolic buildings: Plaza de la Virgen, Palace of the Generalitat and the Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados…(translated respectively: Plaza of the Virgin, Palace of the Generalitat (which is the name of the government that represent the two communities: Catalonia and Valencia) and Basilica of the Virgin of the Forsaken).
2) Eat Everything In Mercado Central
I accidentally stumbled upon this market while aimlessly wandering around and my tummy was so happy I did. The Mercado (similar to majority of mercado’s in Spain) are basically a huge farmers market where you can get the best of best, properly grown of just about anything. Even if you aren’t planning on making a home-cooked meal that night with some delicious ingredients, you can wander through the rows drooling at everything, purchase some Spanish souvenirs or try some samples (from jamón to pastries to dried fruit).
3) Meander through the street of El Carmen
If you are a fan of street art or graffiti then you and your camera must walk through El Carmen. The walls, floors, ceilings are covered in beautiful artwork. Valenica also offers a Street Art Tour (sadly I did not get a chance to check it out, but it was highly recommended to me)
4) The Lonja de Valencia
Built in 1482, completed in 1533 this building was originally used for trading silk and now is known as a popular tourist attraction.
Until next time Valencia.