Today we spent the day, or actually only 1/2 of it, in Valencia. What’s it known for, you ask? Well, best as I can tell it’s old shit and oranges.
My impression of Valencia is that it’s a big city with a small town feel. I believe it’s the 3rd largest city in Spain. It has a great public transportation system so we were able to take a bus from the port to the city centre for €1.50 a trip. So for those of us that don’t want to pay the inflated prices of the cruise line’s shuttles, it’s ideal.
It’s was a sunny day, but again, not too warm. Certainly not the temps that were forecasted before we left home. But thanks to some layering, I was comfortable all day, and even got to remove a layer before returning to the ship.
A couple of things about Valencia worth mentioning are:
1). The Mercado Central (Central Market) is one of the nicest I’ve ever been to. It’s got lovely produce, fish and meat without the strong stench of raw fish. It’s clean and bright and architecturally pleasing. Yes...I ACTUALLY noticed the architecture!
2). You can get a beer in a pub in the most touristy of areas for almost nothing. Kier and I stopped in the Plaza de la Reina, very near the Cathedral, and had a drink. One small and one large beer cost us all of €2.50. And sandwiches could be had for as little as €1. Unbelievable!
Valencia is definitely on my list of places I’d consider returning to. Not sure what hotels would cost, but food and drink would not be a drain on your travel budget.