Not too many oranges here!

Trip Start Aug 29, 2013
Trip End Nov 07, 2013

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Where I stayed
Tryp Valencia Oceanic Hotel
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Spain  , Valencian Country,
Saturday, September 14, 2013

The drive to Valencia today will be at least 5 hours and there are a couple of towns along the way that we have earmarked as interesting. Both are famous for their cave dwellings.

We depart from Granada soon after breakfast and head out for the days adventure.

Purullena is the first cave town we arrive at and whilst it's caves are interesting, the town itself is somewhat disappointing.
Next up, and not far from Purullena, is Guadix. This township is much prettier and has a monumental town centre. Finding the cave quarter is not as easy as imagined, however after some circling and detouring around the township, we finally spot the obscure "barrio de cuevas" signage which we follow to our intended destination. The caves structures here are grander and more varied.

After spending time wandering and absorbing, we conclude our caves visit with a coffee boost at the local cave coffee shop.
From Guadix it is full steam ahead to Valencia.

You just know something is amiss when the GPS blurts out "You have arrived" and the buildings around you are residential apartment blocks with no hotels in sight. I find a car space to pull into whilst I contemplate our next move. I get out and walk around whilst surveying the area for not only the hotel that is missing but also a cafe/bar/anything that may help relieve the urge to go which always seems to precipitate when stopping the vehicle after a long drive.

No luck on either front, however having 2 GPS programs on the smartphone solves the problem as whilst the first program has delivered us to the wrong location, the second takes us 300 metres around the corner to our place of refuge - beaming like a beacon toward the sky!

The hotel is located in the trendy Camins Al Grau sector of Valencia. Close to the City of Arts and Sciences it is ideal for sightseeing the sector whilst being just a 30 minute or so walk from the edge of the old town.

There is an hour or so of daylight left in the day, so we walk around the old Turia River bed (Garden of the Turia) nearby and look at the amazing structures within the City of the Arts. 

For dinner we take a chance by turning up at Appetite (a small contemporary, popular and highly rated neighbourhood bistro situated in Ruzafa) without a booking and luckily there are just 2 seats left. The meal was most enjoyable, but find it hard to believe it is rated no. 1 out of 1500 restaurants in Valencia.

Day 2 in Valencia is spent with a mixture of eating, shopping, sightseeing and more shopping (thanks to a large shopping mall across the road from the hotel!).

Later in the evening we join the throng of the nightlife and attend a local bar where we sit on the sidewalk sipping a cool Mojito whilst watching a Spanish evening pass.
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