On our third day in Valencia, the weather got really hot so we headed to the beach (the beach will be the main protagonist of this second part actually..). I love cities that have beaches and like Barcelona and Lisbon, it is very easy to get there by public transportation (a tram goes along the beach from the closest subway station).
We’ve had a really long lunch (with a lot of glasses of chilled white wine) at Vivir sin dormir, a cool lounge bar located directly on the promenade…
the promenade and the local beer
We went back to our apartment in the evening, got ready and left at midnight (the right schedule in Valencia)… The best way to discover the old Town is definitely to walk around and not being afraid to get lost (again, the center is quite small so you’ll always find your way back eventually. We stopped at a nice little bar under a giant olive tree, had Sangria (the national drink!) and just listened to music.
On the next (and last) day, I wanted to go visit the covered market. It is pretty much the same concept as the one in Barcelona but I somehow can’t get enough of these especially because you can really feel the pulse and the spirit of the city. With all the little stalls, local products, people stopping by to have a chat and a coffee… I really recommend you to go see it if you plan on going to Valencia!
we bought ham (a MUST that makes nice presents)
Our flight back to Milan only left in the evening so after we did all our shopping and left our suitcases at the reception, we took the subway and the tram to have lunch at the beach (again, I know, but I can’t help it, I LOOOOOVE the sea!!). Since it was Monday, the restaurants were empty so we could walk and choose the one we found most appealing and trust me, we found a wonderful one…
A Tu Aire is the lounge bar/restaurant of the hotel Petit Miramar and fits my conception of beach-chillin’-eating prefectly… I recommend the tapas selection and the seafood paella… we left nothing in the plate!
If you are looking for a nice place to go for a long weekend (especially in Spring or Autumn) and want to avoid the hectic of Barcelona, Valencia is the perfect alternative for you. I really enjoyed it and I’m sure that I’ll go back some day…
Here are some useful links:
Hola Valencia city blog