Valencia, this is the city where I was born. After travelling for a while along the west coast of North America, I came back to try to find my place in the world. It seems I did it, even if I still have a strong feeling of wanderlust.
I’ve been writing about my life in Canadá in this blog for more than one year. Now, I decided to start writing about my live back in Spain. But I’m going to do it in English, so my Canadian friends can read me and discover my country through this pages. Anyway, this is now a blog for all those who speak English and want to know about Spain. I apologize in advance if my English is not perfect. You are more than welcome to correct me!
I have to admit that it wasn’t hard to get used to live in Valencia again. Not only because, in a way, I belong to here, but also because this a beautiful place to live. First of all, we have an average of 300 days of sunshine, something really amazing especially after having lived in rainy Vancouver! We also have the Mediterranean sea, always warm and quiet; wonderful natural parks and one of the best gastronomies in the world. What else do you need? Well, I could say a lot about the things the Spanish people need to survive these days, but I will try not to bore you too much about that.
If you are planning to come to the capital of the Valencian Region, I recommend you not to miss non of the 3 places you will see below. There is much more to see, much more to do, but if I would have to choose just three places, I will choose:
1. Valencia Heritage Centre.
Strolling in the streets of the heritage centre of Valencia will transport you to a different time. In Plaza de la Virgen (Virgin´s Square) you will find La Iglesia de Santa María (St. Mary´s Cathedral) and not far from here, La Lonja (the Silk Market) and the Serrano Towers. You will not regret to spend some time in the Central Market but remember that it is open Mondays to Saturdays from 8a.m. to 3p.m. And if you have time and you are curious about that, go see the Bull Ring, just next to the North Station.Well, there is much more to see in that area, if you need a complete list, check this site.
2. La Albufera.
This a magic place. It’s a big lagoon where the fishermans used to fish in small bouts. Nowadays this is a tradition almost lost, but you can still boating around La Albufera. I recommend you to arrive before the sunset and enjoy the spectacular views.
3. City of Arts and Sciences.
You probably heard about this place because of its magnificent architecture, designed by the famous Santiago Calatrava. This ambitious complex cost us an exhorbitant amount of money (we are still paying it), but something we can’t deny is that this is a beautiful place and a very touristic attraction. The City of Arts and Sciences will amaze you. Even if you don’t enter to any of its buildings, you can still enjoy the outside (it is actually the best part).