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Last week I visited Valencia, it’s so to spend the week in the capital of Turia with the family. I told you the first part of the break, where we discovered the most traditional Valencia, its origins and its most natural part. Well, in this second part, I also like the origins but this time in the city.
I took my trip to enter the very center, the Ciutat Vella. The oldest neighborhood. With its streets full of art and details on each corner, one of the most artistic neighborhoods of Valencia, where all kinds of creative activities are carried out during the year.
What made the most entertaining ride was to continuously answer the question: “Mommy, what is that?”. If we are fascinated, imagine a child! hahaha.
Its streets, full of curiosities, hypnotize you. It was like breathing the essence of the city. In them we find all kinds of small shops with a special charm. One of them, specifically an ice cream shop with so many types and flavors that you would not know which one to choose. Really, I didn’t know which one to choose. There was gazpacho, mojito, flavored donut, even one with an international award. What flavours do you think my children chose? Well, chocolate, of course, Hahaha.
We also discover in this most authentic neighborhood this beautiful bookstore that you see in the picture. One of the oldest in the city, and where of course we stopped for a while looking for books for the kids.
If you can go through El Carmen, the Central Market is definitely a must visit. What can you find there? Of everything.
The best products of the city are in this market. Fruits and vegetables brought directly from the Valencian orchards. Local product 100%. It’s the most complete, there are even booths where you can find Latin, Japanese, Mexican food, typical drinks from all over, international beers, gourmet food, etc. To my children and I, what we loved the most were the natural juices from the fruit stands. Is there something more tasty and refreshing than that? And more now that summer is so close.
Not only of good product is known the Central Market, also its modernist architecture is famous. Your eyes will see the the columns, the roofs and the central dome. It’s an authentic architectural treasure. And with the good weather that always makes in Valencia, the colors seem to shine more.
Just opposite is the Silk Exchange where formerly merchants did their business. A civil Gothic style building declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Look, it’s amazing. One of the wonders of the Comunitat Valenciana.
After the walk, we took advantage again to eat a good rice. When I go to Valencia, I eat rice every day. I can’t really avoid it, neither the children, we love it.
To digest the food we went to walk through the historic center of the city.
Surrounded by three of the most emblematic buildings of the city: the Cathedral of Santa María, the Basilica of the Virgen de los Desamparados and the Palace of the Generalitat, we find the famous Plaza de la Virgen, where much of the history of this Beautiful city has developed. A framework where several artistic movements come together in their architectures. A totally pedestrian space where children can play freely and feed pigeons without any danger.
And to end the tour, I couldn’t miss a good horchata with fartons, the most traditional drink in Valencia. Full of nutrients and totally natural. From the tiger nut and cultivated in the garden of Alboraya. The kids love it and it’s super nutritious.
What do you prefer the natural part or the more urban part of Valencia? Both have their charm.
Well, this magnificent trip has been a family getaway that has made us discover corners and incredible details of this beautiful city. And thanks to corners like this where I write you, I can make you live it from my own hand. Thanks for traveling with me.
I’m waiting for you next week!
PS: If you want to see the first part of our family trip to Valencia, you can see it here.
I send you a kiss!