A pretty city

From Peñíscola, Spain, we drove 140 km down the Orange Blossom Coast past mountains and (not surprisingly) orange groves to Valencia…

which I didn’t realise was the 3rd largest city in Spain.

Funnily enough, there was a distinct lack of oranges in this pretty city, except of course at Central Market (Mercado Central) where it was as much fun looking at the building as all the endless varieties of fresh produce.

In fact, there were delightful buildings everywhere, both old and new.

I must say we appreciated the maps on bus stop shelters as we wandered around…

enjoying surprises around every corner…

and came upon some of the impressive medieval gates of the old walled city.

We found an outdoor market offering all the usual colourful souvenirs (though a little pricier than in Peñíscola)…

and there were plenty of paella pans for sale in this birthplace of that delicious Spanish fare.

Having worked up an appetite, we backtracked to a cafe we had seen buzzing with people earlier, for a traditional Valencian Paella…

but were we early or late for lunch? Suddenly deserted, we had the place to ourselves.

Back down the road in the Plaza de la Virgen, where you can also find the distinctive Turia Fountain…

we finished off with a tour of Catedral de Valencia… which I will cover in my next post.

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About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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10 Responses to A pretty city

  1. Debra Kolkka says:

    There are orange groves all around Valencia. I’m surprised you didn’t see them everywhere in the town.

  2. Oh, I really want to go. You have succeeded in making it enticing. And I see someone reblogged your post. Congrats, that’s a great compliment.

  3. Beautiful as always! I’m looking forward to getting caught up on your adventures!

  4. Denise says:

    Beautiful…we ventured on a Vintage Wine Tour of Spain in 2010 and loved it, left of wanting more.
    Your pics of gorgeous.

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