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Wildlife in Valencia

Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city after Madrid and Barcelona. Famed for its historic Old Town and its expansive beaches, Valencia also lays claim to arguably one of Spain’s biggest and most innovative urban renewal projects, the Turia park. The Turia River used to flow through the city but devastating floods in 1957 prompted the city […]

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Ten things to do in Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. While its two bigger sisters steal much of the tourism limelight, Valencia has quietly risen through the ranks and is now a worthy contender. The city has much going for it; a stunning medieval core, a multitude of architectural styles, urban savvy, colourful […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – ladies of Valencia

It was a Sunday morning in Valencia and I sat at a café on the edge of the Plaza de la Virgen opposite the Cathedral with a cortado (an espresso with a shot of milk) and a croissant. It was my last day in Valencia and I thought of my visit to this fabulous city. […]

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Discovering Valencia

I leave for Valencia today, one of my favourite cities in Spain, for a week of leisurely walks through its markets, parks and Art Nouveau neighbourhoods; visits to some of the city’s excellent museums and the stunning City of Arts and Sciences; some beach time; and undoubtedly a good deal of delicious local cuisine and […]

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Falling in love with Valencia

A guest post by Monique Rubin. Valencia has a laid back, understated charm that catches you unawares. Located on the Mediterranean coast and possessed of beautiful old neighborhoods and modern architecture, it is emerging from the shadow of Madrid and Barcelona and fast becoming the go-to city in Spain. I developed a major crush on […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – lunch at Vertical

The Michelin-star Restaurant Vertical in Valencia features exquisite cuisine and magnificent views of the City of Arts and Sciences. Read the accompanying post: “Valencia in Five Restaurants“. Search for hotels in Valencia.

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

The stunning architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain by night. Read the accompanying post: ‘An Architectural Marvel in Valencia‘. See other Velvet moments: Hainan Temple, Penang, Malaysia Seminyak, Indonesia Impalas at the Serengeti, Tanzania Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina Angkor Wat, Cambodia Laguna Chaxa, Chile

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The stunning fortified town of Peñíscola

The bus screeched to a halt, hurtling me out of my dreamy state. I looked out the window and saw a wide arc of glistening white sand and the gorgeous blue Mediterranean sea. I wondered where we were and my question was soon answered as I noticed a board near the traffic lights. It read: […]

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Valencia in five restaurants

One of the aspects that struck me most on my recent trips to Valencia in Spain is the city’s culinary diversity. From simple food stands to lovely seafood restaurants at the beach to Michelin star outfits, Valencia definitely has lots of culinary highlights to offer. Paella and calamari dominate menus everywhere but look closer and […]

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The futuristic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.

Plane views: Valencia

My trip to Valencia in Spain has been an excellent source of Plane Views posts: there was Paris from the air and a study of the European patchwork of fields. On my flight back to Amsterdam, I chose a window seat on the left side of the plane (row ‘A’) and got very lucky! Row […]

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