Where: Valencia, Spain
Who: Mr & Mrs Wanderlust
When: April 2023
What: Valencia leg of our Spain trip.
How To Get There
1. By Train:
Duration: Approximately 3-3.5 hours
Cost: Varies depending on the train type and time of booking
Taking the train from Barcelona to Valencia is a comfortable and efficient option. Spain's high-speed rail network, known as the AVE, connects the two cities. The trains are clean, modern, and well-equipped.
Start your journey at Barcelona Sants station, which is well-connected to the city center. Be sure to book your tickets in advance, as prices can vary depending on the time of day and how far in advance you book. Once onboard, you'll enjoy a smooth ride with scenic views of the Spanish countryside.
The train arrives at Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station, which is within walking distance of the city center. From there, you can easily reach your accommodation and begin your Valencia adventure.
Other options such as bus, private taxi and plane are also there but knowing Europe, they have extra reliable and comfortable train systems and usually with scenic views that one would enjoy without too much hassle.
Where To Stay:
During our time in Valencia, we found a welcoming retreat at the Senator Parque Hotel, nestled in the heart of the city. The hotel exudes a classic charm that instantly captivated us, yet it felt fresh and well-kept. Our accommodation was not only impeccably clean but also boasted a lovely balcony offering picturesque views of the local Valencia neighborhood. The balcony became our cherished spot to embrace the ambiance and truly feel like a part of the community. It was a wonderful feeling waking up to the sights and sounds of the city, making our stay at Senator Parque Hotel a delightful immersion into the authentic local life of Valencia.
What To Do:
1. Enjoy walking around the town and marvel at the architectural styles
Take a leisurely stroll through Valencia's Old Town to witness the city's rich history and marvel at the diverse architectural styles. Visit iconic landmarks like the Valencia Cathedral, the Silk Exchange (La Lonja), and the Central Market for a taste of the city's historical and cultural significance.
2. Delight our gastronomic experience with the Valenciana beach and paella
Bask in the seaside serenity while relishing the quintessential Valencian experience of Paella Valenciana. The rhythmic waves at the beachside create an idyllic setting to savor this traditional dish. The flavors of saffron-kissed rice, fresh seafood, and local ingredients are elevated by the coastal breeze, blending the taste of the region with the calming ambiance of the Mediterranean. Enjoying Paella Valenciana by the beach becomes a multisensory delight, where the culinary heritage of the dish harmonizes with the soothing atmosphere, leaving an indelible impression of Valencia's cultural richness.
3. Try the famous Valencia Oranges
Don't miss the chance to taste the iconic Valencia oranges during your visit to this vibrant city. Famed for their exceptional sweetness and juiciness, these oranges are a local treasure. Whether you sample them freshly squeezed in a glass of refreshing juice or enjoy the zesty flavor in a variety of dishes and desserts, the taste of Valencia's oranges is a delightful part of the city's culinary heritage
4. Lifestyling in Valencia
During our stay in Valencia, we delved into the local lifestyle, immersing ourselves in the vibrant rhythm of the city just like the Valencians. Mornings were embraced with a leisurely coffee, often accompanied by delectable pastries at the neighborhood cafes. We found ourselves enchanted by the art of people-watching, sipping on our café con leche or cortado, observing the lively flow of Valencian life unfolding before us.
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