VALENCIA..the streets are paved with marble

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2014

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Flag of Spain  , Valencian Country,
Thursday, November 29, 2012

We arrived here on Sunday as already posted and were now preparing to leave for the crossing to Ibiza.  The trouble was it was blowing at upto 21knots out there and we may leave it another night.

Well, Valencia had been a great city to visit and I personally had not been disappointed.  The approach wasn't too inspiring with the docks but we soon found our way to the old city only 2 km away and within easy to reach by the Metro or walking.  4 massive cruise ships berthed just a little way from us while we were there.

The inner marina is reserved for super yachts and we saw one there during our stay.  Some pictures on the marina website showed some amazing yachts.

Back to the blog...The first day (Monday) we spent trying to see the old buildings and taking photographs but somehow kept wandering into the fantastic shops and delicious pastelerias. Our (meaning my) waistlines were definitely not going down!  Everything was too scrumptious.  There are lots of narrow streets like in the other cities that we had visited but Valencia has these artisan shops where the quality and products are superb.  Valencia is the city of Paella too.

Steve had found several ironmongers that made his eyes light up!  See photo.  

Tuesday...I knew that in this city there were some new modern buildings and we found that they were in the Arts and Sciences Park. We decided to head for that area and stay inside more as the weather was deteriorating.  We had seen a postcard about Oceanografica and found that it was at the park so that's where we went for the rest of the day.  By the time we got there it was 1.30pm and being in the 'winter' season there were not many people about but it cost 27€ to get in and closed at 6pm. We enjoyed our visit and the dolphin show was excellent.  We also saw 2 Beluga whales and all the other usual things.

The park is massive and there are still lots of things to see on our return journey.

By 6pm it was getting so cold that we headed back to the in a taxi and Steve on his new bike purchased in Torrevieja

 Wednesday...another day in the city seeing the Longha (see photos) and more gorgeous shops and eating more food.  I ended the day with the original Valencian paella. 

Thursday...Steve thought we should try and move on to Ibiza overnight today so we went and did a big stock-up at the Mercadona ready for the passage and possibly several days at anchor. The wind had not decreased overnight and in fact the yachts here have all been straining at their berths for 2 days.  As I wrote this (1515 on 29th) we were awaiting the latest shipping forecast from Valencia traffic.



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pauline and roly on

Love all the photos from the oceanografica Jilly! The dolphin show sounds really great.All that scrumptious food sounds amazing and we love the photo of Steve enjoying the ironmongers! xx

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