We decided that this year we would take our main holiday in May before the kids were kicked out of school for the Summer. We were a family in valencia for one day on a cruise stop with no plans. Here is what we got up to.
Valencia should be known as the city of flowers as everywhere We look, visitors are filled with visual delights of citrus shades and mind blowing scents.
We planned to do absolutely nothing in Valencia and experienced almost everything just from browsing local markets and following cobbled alleys. There is a sense of calm in Valencia behind the side streets. Artists paint casually on wooden easels and you can buy second-hand Spanish books on almost every corner. The shops are traditional and run by elderly but active couples who take pride in their work. Individual designs of lovely terra cotta in every style. Pots, tiles salt shakers and oil dispensers are made by hand and sold to traders are produced on their subtle premises.
We arrived in the port of Valencia by cruise ship and chose a car from a fleet of waiting taxis. The driver was local and whizzed us through the back streets of the beautiful city, giving us a feeling of being in a well known Italian film. We squealed and squeezed each other’s hands as the bare walls slimed the cars wing mirrors. The experience was thrilling and set the perfect start to our day.
After a quick coffee and a generous dunking of churros we walked the marble paving and took in some of the sights from the great architecture on display. Much to my surprise we ended up straying down a small Mediterranean alley that was home to a small army of local shops.
We bought as many items we could carry and traipsed it all back to the cruise ship. I was in my total element, collecting plant pots, wall planters and cooking utensils. Heavy I know but so worth it. And there’s no weight limit on a cruise anyway. Today was a real winner.
After a quick shopping trip (in just the local shops) may I add, we headed off to find some lunch.
I had already researched Valencia and all leads were recommending a visit to the local food Market. Apparently one of Europes biggest. And amazing it was too. The Market was easy to find but the main square of Valencia was really busy. We made sure to cover our valuables and stay close.
The indoor Market hall offered every type of raw food possible. We decided to choose our lunch after spending a good fourty minutes checking out the stalls first. We were to choose fresh smoothies and ham toasties. My Husband chose a selection of cheeses and we set off to find a spot for a picnic. Around the corner was an area of benches down a tree lined walkway. We joined the locals and sampled the delicacy whilst enjoying the views. I would love to choose a smoothie every day and eat so freely. I am so glad we chose to lunch this way.
The walk back to the coach stop was long and lazy. The heat in May was just about bearable but the Sun was really strong. We kept our sun hats low and dipped in and out of the shade.
It was delightful to see Orange trees sprawled everywhere and May was a good time to catch the full effects of the fruit. Our Daughter was so eager to pick one but I wasn’t sure whether it was deemed rude without being invited. I wander what the etiquette is for sharing Fruit from trees in Valencia?
Maybe the perfect reason to return?!
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