Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2120 posts, RR: 31 Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 676 times:
Going to be in Valencia, Spain for 4 days in mid-June.
Looking for suggestions on places to go, sites to see, good restaurants (I mean GOOD restaurants!).
I have heard about the aquarium and the palacio del congresso ... and the Costa Blanca and that the beaches are nice ... I'm doing my research in a couple of books I have bought, but thought perhaps some people might have some more input here.
Worldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 668 times:
Not been to VLC for many years, but thoroughly recommend the northern part of the Costa Blanca if you want a day out at the beach. Have a look at Denia if you can. Small town with a really pretty little fortress high above the town, stunning mountain scenery behind the town and some superb restaurants. Not particularly touristy, certainly less-so than the majority of other resorts in the area.
Krushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 659 times:
Going down to Denia and the rocky coast just south is really a good idea.
As for the city, the "Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias" deserves a visit, some very futuristic buildings and the Oceanografic is quite nice too. The center I recommend too, the area around the Cathedral in which you can find the "actual" Holy Grail, though I find more interesting gorier things like the mummified arm of St Vincent...
For food, Valencia is the land of rice, home of the world-famous Paella, though there are other quite enjoyable rice dishes like Arrós a banda, Arrós negre, etc. For lunch I would recommend a dish of rice in one of the restaurants in the Las Arenas beach, like "La Pepica" or "La Rosa", it is one pleasure to have a Paella at the sight of the sea. For something more informal you can try having tapas, for example in La Pilareta a very traditional bar with mussel shells on the floor - though I am not sure if an Anglosaxon stomach will stand that!! ; this place is in Pza del Tossal, not far from the Cathedral in an area with lots of bars and nightlife. If you understand Spanish and are really interested in food, buy a "Cartelera Turia", it has a restaurant section which covers from the best& expensive restaurants to the most budget alternatives.
And do not forget to have a glass of horchata, quite refreshing and delicious local drink, especially in hot days like you will probably encounter here.
Schoenorama From Spain, joined Apr 2001, 2440 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 651 times:
A bit suprised Krushny hasn't mentioned the famous 'Agua de Valencia' (orange juice, wodka and 'cava' = 'spanish champagne'; some replace the wodka with cointreau and some sugar) to drink. Of course, you can also get a 'sangría' but 'Agua de Valencia' is much more typical of Valencia. Whatever you do, do not order sangría in a place nor run by local people, as you might end up with bottled sangría 'made in the UK'.
Although the province of Valencia has got some nice beaches as Gandia, you really need to go to the province of Alicante IMHO as the surroundings with mountains is so much nicer and most beaches much smaller and more intimate. Javea (Xabia), Moraira and Altea are a good example. Unfortunately, the area between Valencia City and Denia isn't very interesting, IMO.
During the days you will be in Valencia, be sure to find out whether there are any local 'fiestas' in surrounding towns of Valencia, as this surely is something you don't want to miss.
Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
Krushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 640 times:
Schoenarama, I did not mention Agua de Valencia (orange juice + champagne + sugar + who knows what) on purpose. It is delicious and goes down very easily, but produces the worst hangovers you can imagine !!!
If you want to try it, use extreme caution...