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Short break in Valencia

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An April 2005 trip to Valencia by davidx

Ayuntamiento Photo, Valencia, Spain More Photos
Quote: This was a cheap air journey from Manchester, UK. It was an area of Spain I didn't know, and I was intrigued by photos of the City of Arts and Sciences. Not only was this even better than expected, but I found the city as a whole went beyond my expectations.

Short break in Valencia

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Ayuntamiento Photo, Valencia, Spain
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Attractions for visitors are manifold, and obviously, I was only able to select things I particularly wanted to see, given only a short time. As always, I ignored anything that could be seen at home or in many places, including many museums. Even then, there were at least three things I regretted not seeing through lack of time. These were the Quart, one of the two surviving gates to the city; the Botanical Gardens, which are some of the oldest in Spain and therefore have mature trees from many parts of the world; and the Museo de Arroz [Rice Museum], which is something I don’t expect to find elsewhere in Europe and that I can barely envisage. That leaves enough! La Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias [se...Read More
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I chose the lodging for its location, only a few minutes from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in one direction and the airport bus in the other. It is a two-star hotel that provides the basics, comfortable en-suite rooms with telephone and TV. Some of the plumbing leaves a bit to be desired - though they did re-room me readily enough when the handle on my toilet broke! They do not serve food, but there was no shortage of places nearby.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Hotel Florida
Padillas 4
Valencia, Spain
(96) 351-1284

City of Arts and Sciences

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City of Arts and Sciences Photo, Valencia, Spain
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I've only been into the Oceanografic, and I'll put up a separate page for that. This concerns the city in general. In addition to the Oceanografic, it covers the Umbracle [botany and outdoor sculptures]; an interactive science museum; the Hemisferic IMAX cinema; and the Palau de las Artes, a building with four separate halls, allowing for a variety of presentations. These are all done in modern architectural forms, which present possibly the most remarkable use of the bed of the Turia, diverted outside the city because of mid-century [20th] flood damage. It’s possible to wonder whether Valencia will attract sufficient new visitors to gain from all this without damaging attendance at the 19...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

City of Arts and Sciences
Avenida Instituto Obrero de Valencia, s/n
Valencia, Spain 46013
+34 902 100031

Oceanográfic

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Oceanográfic Photo, Valencia, Spain
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I only meant to photograph this from the outside because, believe me, it's not cheap - but I saw the crowds going in, and my resistance soon evaporated. I stayed ages, so that gives a indication of my view of it. Really outstanding. I strongly recommend that you see the website. First, a general comment: Since this forms part of the City of Arts and Sciences, you can assume that every building has architectural appeal, that the signing in Valenciano, Spanish, and English is excellent, and that you are never far from a modern, clean toilet. There are two restaurants and several places to buy snacks, as well as the normal souvenir stalls...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

Oceanográfic
Avenida Autopista del Saler nº 7
Valencia, Spain

Fallas Museum

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The fallas (bonfires) of Valencia, held in March, are well-known. The whole city is apparently humming all night, every night during the festival, and those, like me, who need substantial sleep, may be best advised to keep out of the city, at least at night, during that period. HUGE amounts of both time and money are put into the creation of impressive floats, ninots, which are paraded through the streets, exhibited, and finally burnt on the bonfires, stuffed with fireworks. However, since the mid-1930s, there has been a people’s choice of the very best overall and in the children’s section. Only the ninots chosen are preserved from the flames and exhibited in this mus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

Fallas Museum
Plaza de Monteolivete 4
Valencia, Spain
(34) 96-352-5478

Albufera

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Albufera Photo, Valencia, Spain
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The Albufera is a very large lagoon separated from the sea by a narrow strip of land. It's rated next to Doñana as a wetland site for birds, and many of the birds to be seen in the Oceanográfic in Valencia are supposed to breed here. The village of El Palmer, at the south end of the lagoon, is said to be THE place to eat paella, and it would be great to stay there both for this and for leisurely trips in hired boats. Buses from Valencia are only €1 each way, but the times aren't very convenient if you're in a hurry, and I preferred to spend €12 on the tourist bus, which included about half an hour in the boat. I saw no exotic birds, but I have never seen so many herons anywhere, and the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Albufera
South of Valencia
Valencia, Spain

Museo Nacional de Cerámica González Martí Photo, Valencia, Spain
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The building is baroque in style - and how! It is a bit over the top you might well say. Inside is a splendid ceramics museum with a lift, thus readily accessible to anybody. Photography is permitted without flash, and the cabinets are generally light enough to make this a reality. As well as its permanent collection of historic ceramics, the museum often has an exhibition by a practicing ceramics artist.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Museo Nacional de Cerámica González Martí
Poeta Querol, 2
Valencia, Spain 46002
+34 96 3516392

Sundry sights

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Sundry sights Photo, Valencia, Spain
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I am grouping a number of sights here, as I don't know enough about them to put each separately. The Torres Serranos comprise one of the two surviving gates of the city, and not far to the right after crossing the bridge is the Museum of Fine Arts. This is reckoned second in Spain to the Prado in Madrid, but it's not my scene, too much of saints. The Lonja de la Seda is the 16th-century Gothic Silk Exchange, a most impressive and very large building standing opposite to the modernist market, one of the largest in Europe. Unfortunately, the lovely roof and dome were covered for restoration. The Cathedral has what it claims is the Holy Grail. The Plaza Redonda [Round square -...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Sundry sights
various - all near centre
Valencia, Spain