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The Gardens of Monforte
Found close to the much-larger Viveros Gardens, the Jardines de Monforte were commissioned in the mid-19th century for the city mansion of the Marquis de San Juan. Today, the romantic gardens provide Valencia with its most popular backdrop for wedding photos… Read More

Aug 28, 2015

The Palace of the Marquis de Dos Aguas
A lot of historic buildings in Valencia have beautiful doors, but the grand prize must go to the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. Even without its ostentatious marble entryway, it would be among the top sights in Valencia, having been fully restored and retaining much of its original furniture and decoration. The Dos Aguas is also home to the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts… Read More

Aug 23, 2015

The Southern Beaches
Valencia has a couple of great city beaches, Malvarossa and Las Arenas, which are easily-reached by bus or tram. But sometimes, Jürgen and I want to get away from the crowds and enjoy a more low-key day on the sand. So, we hop on bikes and head south to a series of beaches which stretch out along the coast between the city and the Albufera natural park… Read More

Aug 23, 2015

The Mercado de Colón
The Mercado de Colón opened its doors in 1916 as a marketplace for the well-to-do residents of the Ensanche (or “Expansion”), which was at the time Valencia’s newest neighborhood. Today, the fruit and veggie sellers have been replaced by cafes, and the Mercado de Colón has evolved into a popular location in which to hang out with friends and relax… Read More

Aug 21, 2015

The Fight for Cabanyal
With its antiquated residential buildings, seaside location, and laid-back way of life, Cabanyal should be the among Valencia’s most desirable places to live. But that’s unfortunately not the case… yet. We took a couple days to explore the neighborhood, enjoying the atmosphere of its narrow streets and learning about the long-running political battle which has left it a shambles… Read More

Aug 19, 2015

Cabanyal’s Rice Museum
Valencia continues to surprise us. Although we had known about the existence of Cabanyal’s Museo del Arroz for years, we had never bothered visiting. It’s a rice museum, you know? It never really captured our curiosity. But we shouldn’t have delayed so long, because this museum is fantastic… Read More

Aug 15, 2015

The City of Arts and Sciences
An array of futuristic buildings occupying the eastern end of the Turia River Park, the City of Arts and Sciences is easily Valencia’s most distinctive feature. When people think “Valencia,” the sharp white lines, shallow blue pools and tile-covered curves of Santiago Calatrava’s creations are generally what spring to mind… Read More

Aug 12, 2015

The Batalla de Flores
The Feria de Julio has been celebrated in Valencia since 1871. With open-air cinema, concerts, fireworks and more, this month-long festival is an attempt to convince residents to remain in the city during the sweltering summer. The feria’s closing act is the Batalla de Flores, or the Flower Battle… Read More

Jul 31, 2015

The Neighborhood of Canovas, or Gran Via
A wedge-shaped grid of streets just to the east of the city center, the upscale barrio of Gran Via is popular during the day for its restaurants, and at night for its clubs. Most Valencians refer to the neighborhood as “Canovas,” after the circular plaza which serves as its unofficial entrance… Read More

Jul 28, 2015

Meet the Valencians
Armed with a pen, paper and a list of questions, we set out into the streets of Valencia, hoping to meet some locals. As we suspected, this turned out to be a simple task. Valencians live out on the streets, especially during the summer, and they’re exceedingly approachable. Almost every single person we stopped was happy to take a few minutes out of their day, to answer our questions… Read More

Jul 27, 2015

The Street Art of Valencia
Even if you’re the kind of person who refuses to visit a museum, it’s impossible to completely avoid art in Valencia. For years, underground artists have been transforming the city into an open-air gallery, covering walls, fences and entire buildings with works of remarkable beauty and ingenuity… Read More

Jul 27, 2015

The BioParc of Valencia
Valencia is home to the best zoo in the world. That’s a bold claim, but the BioParc is at least the best zoo Jürgen and I have ever visited. Designed in a way that makes cages (almost) obsolete, the BioParc allows an unobstructed view of the animals, and lets you get close to them… uncomfortably close, sometimes. Let’s just say, it’s a good thing hyenas aren’t strong jumpers… Read More

Jul 26, 2015

A Walk Through El Carmen
A tangled web of streets, alleys and plazas, El Carmen has (largely) shaken off its seedy past to become Valencia’s most famous neighborhood. For many, El Carmen is the city; when you “go downtown,” this is where you generally end up. With hip restaurants, cool shops, insane street art, excellent museums, and an eclectic mix of people milling about its plazas, El Carmen is beautiful, strange, and occasionally scary… but it’s never boring… Read More

Jul 20, 2015