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3 DAYS IN VALENCIA

3 DAYS IN VALENCIA

First stop, Torres De Quart. Walking down the street towards the towers, one of two fortified gates of the medieval walls that still remain standing in the city of Valencia, they didn’t look all that spectacular cramped into a small space in the area of El Carmen. So I didn’t have the highest of hopes for this famous tourist attraction - how wrong I was! We decided to visit on the most beautiful day and were blown away by it’s spectacular 360° views after climbing to the top of the towers.

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On the way up, we enjoyed exploring the various rooms, pathways and levels of this dominant structure and got some great photos with the beautiful blue sky and sun shining down on the pretty colour-coordinated city.We basically had the whole place to ourself too, which is always a bonus.

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We decided to visit on the most beautiful day and were blown away by it’s spectacular 360° views after climbing to the top of the towers. On the way up, we enjoyed exploring the various rooms, pathways and levels of this dominant structure and got some great photos with the beautiful blue sky and sun shining down on the pretty colour-coordinated city.We basically had the whole place to ourself too, which is always a bonus.

Later that day we stumbled upon Jardin Botanico. As soon as we walked in, we saw a cute cat sleeping on a bench; already, I loved this place!

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The gardens were founded in 1567 and for the past 200 years have been run by the University, with over three thousand different species from five different continents. The use of iron and brick-work buildings dotted around the gardens makes for an interesting mix of architecture. Walking around was very peaceful, there were very few visitors exploring the place at the same time as us, we only really encountered the parakeets flying around in the canopy of the trees. I found the most interesting collection of plants to be the large array of tropical palms, trees and cacti towering above the small winding path. I also loved the orchid temperate house with its pretty rockery display.

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Walking around was very peaceful, there were very few visitors exploring the place at the same time as us, we only really encountered the parakeets flying around in the canopy of the trees. I found the most interesting collection of plants to be the large array of tropical palms, trees and cacti towering above the small winding path. I also loved the orchid temperate house with its pretty rockery display.

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I also loved the orchid temperate house with its pretty rockery display.

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The next day, by far my favourite day of the trip was when we hired bikes and cycled from the city centre to the beach. El Jardin del Turia is truly unique, after the Great flood of Valencia the Turia River was re-routed and in 1986 a public garden space created for the citizens of Valencia. With a length of over 7 kilometres, it’s an amazing place to run, walk or cycle along. We took the opportunity to use the park to cycle down past Parque Gulliver, a whimsical play area where the main structure with slides and climbing walls resemble the character Gulliver. On from there to the City of Arts and Sciences, an impressive example of modern architecture, this complex was started in July 1996. Spectacular white structures surround turquoise pools, on which you can do a number of activities like zorbing and paddle boarding. On a sunny day, the colours look so fresh, with the bright turquoise water and bright white futuristic buildings; very photogenic. On the road level, there is a stunning pathway leading you through palm trees with the white metal structure towering over you, the blue skies peeking through. From there we hit the roads, cycling down the Maritime Promonade to La Malvarrosa Beach where we had a dip in the sea and of course a cocktail. We enjoyed the most delicious paella from one of the more local looking restaurants. Bear in mind that for the authentic paellas you will need to either pre-order, laze on the beach and then come back to the eat it or just drink sangria like we did for an hour until the dish is ready. I have to say that waiting one hour was well worth it, never eaten Paella like that before!

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On from there to the City of Arts and Sciences, an impressive example of modern architecture, this complex was started in July 1996. Spectacular white structures surround turquoise pools, on which you can do a number of activities like zorbing and paddle boarding. On a sunny day, the colours look so fresh, with the bright turquoise water and bright white futuristic buildings; very photogenic. On the road level, there is a stunning pathway leading you through palm trees with the white metal structure towering over you, the blue skies peeking through. From there we hit the roads, cycling down the Maritime Promonade to La Malvarrosa Beach where we had a dip in the sea and of course a cocktail. We enjoyed the most delicious paella from one of the more local looking restaurants. Bear in mind that for the authentic paellas you will need to either pre-order, laze on the beach and then come back to the eat it or just drink sangria like we did for an hour until the dish is ready. I have to say that waiting one hour was well worth it, never eaten Paella like that before!

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On the road level, there is a stunning pathway leading you through palm trees with the white metal structure towering over you, the blue skies peeking through. From there we hit the roads, cycling down the Maritime Promonade to La Malvarrosa Beach where we had a dip in the sea and of course a cocktail. We enjoyed the most delicious paella from one of the more local looking restaurants. Bear in mind that for the authentic paellas you will need to either pre-order, laze on the beach and then come back to the eat it or just drink sangria like we did for an hour until the dish is ready. I have to say that waiting one hour was well worth it, never eaten Paella like that before!

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From there we hit the roads, cycling down the Maritime Promonade to La Malvarrosa Beach where we had a dip in the sea and of course a cocktail. We enjoyed the most delicious paella from one of the more local looking restaurants. Bear in mind that for the authentic paellas you will need to either pre-order, laze on the beach and then come back to the eat it or just drink sangria like we did for an hour until the dish is ready. I have to say that waiting one hour was well worth it, never eaten Paella like that before!

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We enjoyed the most delicious paella from one of the more local looking restaurants. Bear in mind that for the authentic paellas you will need to either pre-order, laze on the beach and then come back to the eat it or just drink sangria like we did for an hour until the dish is ready. I have to say that waiting one hour was well worth it, never eaten Paella like that before!

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THE LESSER-KNOWN CROATIA

THE LESSER-KNOWN CROATIA

ESCAPING MARRAKECH FOR THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

ESCAPING MARRAKECH FOR THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS