Ciudad de las Artes y las Cliencias, Valencia

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This is probably one of the most known attractions of Valencia. It’s a science and art complex by famous architect Santiago Calatrava. He is one of the biggest, most known and richest architects of today – but probably also the most hated. His buildings (maybe the better word would be structures) are admittedly astonishing and very impressive, but they are also very, very expensive and some forms are simply not justified. I do like his white structures, but they are maybe too extravagant and not very practical, which I’d say is more important in architecture. It is worth visiting, but maybe I wouldn’t go and commission him myself. :)

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The complex is located in Turia gardens that are a large urban park designed where river Turia used to flow.Many people walk, run, cycle and play sports there so we decided to do that as well and rented bikes for a day. This was a first for me – I never rent bikes when traveling because I think you miss too much, especially where there are many people and you really have to watch where you’re going. But biking in the park was really nice and we were way less tired than we’d have been if we walked.

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Valencia for Foodies

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When I was in Barcelona a few years ago, one of the thing me and the friend I traveled with always remember is – food. After years we still talk how good and how much we ate that week, trying every Spanish dish we could think of, with regular coffee breaks. In our defense – it was too hot to walk around anyway! :)

Naturally when traveling to Spain again, I had some expectations about food. Some things I wanted to eat again some I wanted to tryout. Most of all I was looking forward to eating tapas again. We walked around for quite a while before we chose our spot. We wanted a place that wasn’t too central, wasn’t too pricey, but still looked nice. We chose MasQMenos and were quite happy with our choice, but I wouldn’t mind having some more food on those little plates. :)

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This was my first time trying paella. Before I only saw versions with see food which I don’t like (maybe I just always assumed it’s made with see food and didn’t even check), but this one was made with meat and green beans and I quite enjoyed it. It has a specific flavor, and it’s dry, but very aromatic – delicious!

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We went to Mercado Central on a Saturday morning and it was crowded. There were so many people, the restaurants were packed, the streets were bustling. A wonderful atmosphere. We bought some clementines, beer and home made chips. There was so much food there, but we were leaving the next day and we couldn’t buy as much as we wanted.

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Of course I can’t even imagine finishing this list without churros. I loved them in Barcelona and I loved them now. So crispy, covered with chocolate – yum!

All in all we ate well, but to be honest, I’ll always remember Barcelona as Spanish foodie paradise. Maybe my high expectations ruined my experience this time.

City Break in Valencia in October

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I often think how me and my friends pick countries, cities and places to visit. To be frank, it’s usually a choice between the destinations low-cost airlines are currently offering. We check flight from airports nearby (usually leaving Ljubljana out, because it only offers budget flights to London and Brussels) and find someplace we like, book a flight, and off we go. Sure we try to choose places we’ve never been before, but for a good price and meanwhile a serious case of wanderlust we’ll decide to visit a know destination again. So sometimes it happens, that me and my friends are thinking of same destinations, traveling to same cities, from same airports, with same airlines. However, I often find myself frowning upon such destinations, getting tired of the idea before even booking a flight or just thinking it’s way too easy and cheap to go there, I can go some other time (and mostly I end up not going at the end). Well, Valencia was such a destination – flight connection from Trieste (just 1 hour away from home), cheap flights, always an option but never a decision – until October.

We booked an apartment via airbnb (for a really low price) near Torres de Quart, a perfect location, just minutes walk to the city center. We planed on taking a 5-day vacation, with little to do, just some exploring, eating out and relaxing. It’s not such a big city so I didn’t do exact plans, I decided to plan as we go.

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view from Torre de Quart

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view from Torre de Serranos

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The city is nice, manageable, with many great restaurants and bars, with a long, sandy beach nearby. I must say, that I got such a strong Parisian vibe from some streets and places (which wasn’t the case in Barcelona). We had plenty time to do the sightseeing and to be honest, I enjoy traveling at a higher speed more. I love waking up early and walking around until my feet hurt and I’m hungry, but happy and full of new experiences. Maybe I missed that feeling in Valencia. It was nice, but I wouldn’t say it qualifies as one of  my favorite destinations. Also I couldn’t seem to take great photos, I don’t know why, but going trough my photos I’m quite disappointed with the outcome.

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This view of the cathedral was our first contact with the city center, on the first evening, just after we arrived. The square was so smooth, almost like ice and to me it seemed magical, illuminated only with street lights, full of people and the man playing his violin sure helped a lot.

This is it for now, I’ll write more about our day cycling around the city in my next post! :)