Valencia. It’s one of the largest cities in Spain, behind Barca and Madrid, and is full of history and culture just like so many other places we’ve visited. After Tarragona and Valls this past weekend, we got to spend two days in Valencia, and despite a few hiccups we thoroughly enjoyed the weekend in such a beautiful city. There’s many things we can give thanks to Valencia for, and here’s just a few:
PAELLA: You’ve all seen the pictures and heard about the paella here in Spain, but Valencia is the city that the traditional Spanish dish originated in. I’m not so sure what else you really need to give a city thanks, because paella is more than enough for me to! Valencian paella typically has chicken and rabbit in it, unlike a lot of the seafood paellas you can get throughout Spain. And when 6 people decide to share the same paella, they go big instead of going home with the pan size…
History and Architecture: The city of Valencia, like many cities here, is full of some interesting (usually Roman) history that can be seen through the architecture of many buildings and churches. Just by walking through the city, it’s surreal to look at everything around you and not want to take pictures of each building you see.
L’Oceanografic: It’s the biggest aquarium in Europe and top 5 largest in the world…for a kid at heart when it comes to zoos and aquariums, like myself, this was a must-do on my list of things to do in Valencia. From fresh water and salt water creatures like clownfish, to dolphins, beluga whales and even sharks, my little kid heart was completely content at the end of the day.
Beautiful beaches: Last but not least, Valencia offers some beautiful beaches that range from touristy to secluded. Luckily, event the touristy beach area in Valencia isn’t nearly as crazy as the ones in Barcelona, and the beach is lined with restaurants selling some of the best Valencian paella and more!
Big plans are coming for this weekend, so stay tuned for some amazing pictures and stories!
PS: Now that I am a Spain resident for the summer, myself and the roommates included have decided we need to get into the Euro Cup Soccer(Futbol) Playoffs that are taking place right now. Update: Spain won their first game against the Czech Republic!! (sorry to all my Czechs back home in CR) Next game will be tomorrow night against Turkey, then we will see who moves onto the next round and I will keep you updated!