My girlfriend and I bought tickets for Benicassim (a music festival on Spain’s coast) and Valencia just happened to be the nearest airport – we thought we’d take this opportunity to see Spain’s third biggest city as we’re both fans of Barcelona. I’m so glad we did make the effort to see Valencia, we were both really taken by the place.

I thought the city, particularly its old town, was beautiful.

Ajuntament – the town hall

Even the train station was decorated to impress!


We sneaked into the bull-fighting ring, it reminded me a bit of the Colosseum in Rome.


The area around the city’s cathedral was my favourite part – I loved the shimmering navy tiles which were all over the place on Valencia’s roofs.


The whole square was amazing in the July sunshine.


We think this impressive monument below used to be the gates into the city and the bridge across the road was the main route in when the river used to flow around Valencia – today it’s been drained and a park is there that locals cycle and jog around.


As Valencia is the home of paella I was desperate to have some whilst there – unfortunately everywhere seemed to only do non-veggie versions. Luckily for our last meal of the trip we found a fairly posh(and expensive!) restaurant that offered vegetable paella!

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We were both so impressed with the city that we agreed we could imagine living there, when we’ve finished our TEFL courses perhaps we’ll be looking for jobs in Valencia (or Balenthia as the locals say). If you’ve not been – arrange a visit!

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