Being two Miami girls living in Madrid we obviously had some beach withdrawals... so we decided to take a weekend trip to Valencia, #alameaswimwear in tow!
Valencia is a city located on the southern coast of Spain. Much like the rest of Spain, Valencia is all about the food and drinks with some site seeing in between. One of our favorite spots was Aduana, a restaurant located near the beach with the most delicious ensaladilla rusa and pulpo (and of course vino). If you’re looking to walk around the beautiful city then walking to Convent Carmen is a must. It is an old convent turned outdoor market-style food spot. They offer several different cuisines and the ambiance is perfect for lunchtime with friends or family. We spent one afternoon learning to cook the traditional Valencian paella. The company, called My First Paella, first takes you to the market to gather all the ingredients for the meal. We had the opportunity to try some other Valencian traditional foods such as coffee with orange juice and saffron. We were greeted at the kitchen with some tapas and then we made the most important part of the meal...sangria (duh). We cooked and drank and genuinely had the best time talking to the chef and the other people in our class.
For happy hour we found Terraza 270, a rooftop bar at the top of the Barceló Valencia Hotel. It had beautiful views of the Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias and the sunset. But I think my favorite spot for happy hour was the beach. We stopped at the mercado, bought a bottle of wine and some plastic cups and posted up at Playa de las arenas for sunset. It is a broad beach with a beautiful sunset. Post sunset + bottle of wine, we were definitely in the mood for some dancing. Luckily the Marina Beach Club was just a few steps away from us.
On our last day in Valencia, we finally got to visit the Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias that we had seen from the rooftop bar. It's a beautiful and popular tourist destination and definitely worth the visit!
To recap, we've put together a little list of the main spots you should hit if you have even a couple days in Valencia:
- Aduana restaurant
- Visit barrio del Carmen
- Convent Carmen (cute market style food place)
- Terraza 270 grados: cute rooftop bar and great view of Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias and for watching the sunset
- Paella making class with My First Paella
- Duna el puerto restaurant
- Ciudad de Artes Y Ciencias
- Playa de las arenas
We hope this helps!
Cici Verdeja and Karla Perez