Valencia from the El Cid to now!!!

The black and white revise posts continue in my quest to provide in my blog up to date information on all my travels; a big task but easy does it. Hope you are enjoying them and thank you for reading.  This time I bring you to Valencia , Spain in August of 2016.

It has been visited in my early teen when family were still in the area, and now many many years later came back to Valencia. It is a major city of Spain and many many things to see which our time could not possibly allowed for all. Nevertheless, well planned I think we hit the main areas that needed  to be visited and might encourage others to do the same; we will be back. And we did years later…

We came in by car on the A3 expressway  passing the viaduc de Buñol,  and getting by the Torres de Quarts and the Puente de las Artes straight to our underground parking garage as planned, this was the parking empart Colon at Carrer del Comte Salvatierra de Alava, 24 underneath the great Mercado Colon. Wonderful choice walk all over from here. New webpage here: https://www.parking.ai/es/valencia/detail-aparcamiento-mercado-de-colon-empark-m-c46519-ppd/

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Therefore, the first thing we saw was the Mercado Colon.  Created as the market of the area of Ensanche and beautifully restored. It is a magical place with plenty of food stalls, and supermarket especialising in meats, seafood, cheeses, wines etc on the below ground floor and restos on the ground floor, way below is the parking. More here: https://mercadocolon.es/en/

And more from the tourist office on Mercado Colonhttps://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/colon-market

From there, we move on by foot to visit as much as the main sights as possible.  Walking is always better than public transport for us;once we parked our car. They were many and we did pretty well and seeing them, we came back years later to see more, see the pictures in their posts.

Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados or Our Lady of the Foresaken; the city patron Saint as well as the Community of Valencia. This is a must  ,gorgeous in and out. More here: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/basilica-virgen-desamparados-basilica-our-lady-forsaken

We reach the Cathedral or Catedral Santa Maria, very nice but a long line so we skip the interior this year. More here; https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/catedral-valencia-cathedral

We went by the Church San Juan de la Cruz, nice architecture of Baroque style ,indeed. Before it was the parroquial Church of San Andrés…More here from the city of Valencia: http://www.valencia.es/ayuntamiento/infociudad_accesible.nsf/vListadoCategoriasWeb/AC7B33289E52608DC12572C200225556?OpenDocument&bdOrigen=&idapoyo=&nivel=15&lang=1

We went to the Church San Martin, there since the Christian conquest of 1238. More here: http://www.valencia.es/ayuntamiento/Infociudad_accesible.nsf/vDocumentosWebListado/813ACEAB7DA3A602C12572C20023FD5D?OpenDocument&bdOrigen=&idapoyo=&nivel=15&lang=1

We passed by the Church Saint Nicolas y San Pedro, a nice Church with lots of history. More here: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/iglesia-san-nicolas-bari-san-pedro-martir-valencia

We took a peek at the Church Santa Caterina and tower right around the Plaza de la Reina. The tower is impressive. More info here: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/santa-catalina-church-and-tower

Again more history and architecture in the Church of San Juan del Hospital, claiming to be the oldest Church in Valencia. More info. https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/san-juan-hospital-church

The Parrish Church San Tomàs Apostol and San Felipe Neri, borrowing the baroque from Rome, nice architecture . More here: http://www.valencia.es/ayuntamiento/Infociudad_accesible.nsf/vDocumentosWebListado/78A24FEADED6C803C12572C20023FD62?OpenDocument&bdOrigen=&idapoyo=&nivel=15&lang=1

Government buildings are dull except the city halls of Europe that can be rich and ornamental sometimes former palaces and manor houses; this is no exception in Valencia where on the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (city hall square) you have a beautiful city hall building before you.  More info: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/city-hall

There is a great statue here of Francesc de Vinatea a great heroe of the region opposing the feudal ideas of the king and serve as First Juror . One of his famous phrases and slogans of the time is this one “cada uno de nos somos tanto como vos, pero todos juntos mucho más que vos.” It reads something like ,Each of us is as much as you, but all together are more than you. Democracy rings! but this was in around 1300!

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This is supposed to be the biggest attraction in Valencia, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias or the arts and sciences city actually just outside city center ;not really big on huge complex trying to be all in one , we skip it. However, it is here for content, and more information: https://www.cac.es/en/home.html

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We, also, took a look at another novelty the train station, we are road warriors so the train is only when must on business trips. The estacion del Norte is very nice architecturally thus and it could be visited. Locals call it Estaçio Nord. More info: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/norte-railway-station

And we arrive at the Mercado Central, now this is us, love it, vibrant live, great ambiance and great food and drinks… the center of it. The gorgeous hams was a tentation as well as the great wines to take back to the house. This is a must and for us just enough to be back.  The construction is marvelous and it was already pack with locals and visitors alike. More here: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/central-market

The El Colegio del Patriarca San Juan de Ribera , but just call it the Patriarch. A gorgeous monument showcasing the work of Father Juan de Ribera (Saint).  It is a vast building, we took a peek inside and it is gorgeous. Worth coming back for a detail look. More here: https://patriarcavalencia.es/?lang=en

Another that needed more time was the Museo Nacional de Ceràmica y Artes Suntuarias “Gonzalez Martî” -Palacio Marqués de Dos Aguas. or simply the Ceramics and arts museum. A gorgeous baroque building richly decorated with what it shows. More here: http://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/mnceramica/en/home.html

There is a Plaza de Toros or  bullfight arena here, and rather dull round brick building. It is next to the Estacio Nord train station. More here: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/what-to-do-valencia/valencian-culture/monuments-in-valencia/bullring

And we headed for the beaches, passing by the Puerta de la Mar arch. The weather by now was cloudy a bit of fine rain so not much action but the beach is long and wide, rather nice. We moved the car and park at the Paseo Neptuno parking garage, and then walk up and down the beaches of Arenal and Cabanyal, and continues into Malvarossa. The paseo maritimo walkway is rather nice with shops and restos and of course hôtels. Plenty of activities in sandy wide beach, something to think about next time with more time.  There is a nice statue mémorial to Antonio Ferrandis a great Valencian actor.

And we came back one more time to home base in the Serrania de Cuenca. Before moving the car from the parking at Mercado Colon we had lunch at Pantalan 5 in the ground floor of the market, nice cold beers and sandwiches of chorizo and potatoes, croquettes of ham and cheese and other goodies for about 8€ per person. Nice simple and grand style lunch in a beautiful place. The Facebook page works better today! https://www.facebook.com/pantalan5/

The Valencia tourist officehttps://www.visitvalencia.com/en

The city of Valencia with monuments link: http://www.valencia.es/ayuntamiento/infociudad_accesible.nsf/vListadoCategoriasWeb/AC7B33289E52608DC12572C200225556?OpenDocument&bdOrigen=&idapoyo=&nivel=15&lang=1

The Community of Valencia region on Valencia: https://www.comunitatvalenciana.com/en/valencia/valencia

There you go you are now all updated and all set to see the best of Valencia me think, and do see the individual posts on these monuments. Hope it helps!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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10 Comments to “Valencia from the El Cid to now!!!”

  1. valencia is a wonderful city “made for people”❤ I love this city with all my heart. Have a good day😊

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  2. Maybe my favourite Spanish city?

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