"Leave room for more than just coffee though! The cakes here are next level and the South American empanadas are to die for!"
A Guide To Valencia
Living close to Valencia means we have spent quite a few days in this charming city, so here is our little guide to Valencia.
WHAT TO SEE
Mercado Central(Central Market)
Address: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València(open Monday to Saturday 7am-3pm)
The market is a great place to wonder around and take in the sites and smells of Spanish food. I think it would be a great place to pick a present for friends back home or gorge yourself on various delights. It's closed on a Sunday so try to plan your trip on a day it's open.
Head straight ahead out of the north station and you will come to the old part of town. The palace, cathedral and other historical buildings are all connected by nice streets and squares often with traditional dancers putting on a show for tourist and locals.
The Bull Ring is right next to the station an awesome looking building. The bull fights rarely take place anymore, however you can pay to go inside and checkout the museum and the bull ring itself. P.S. this place looks really good lit up at night definitely worth getting a picture on your way out of Valencia.
A Valencia Game
Address: Calle de Micer Mascó, 25, 46010 València, Valencia
The stadium is painted in the clubs colours black and bright orange and is a site to behold. You can walk to it from the town centre in about 20 minutes and the atmosphere in the game is really fun. Singing all the way through, sitting in the sun, such a different feeling to the cold Tuesday night games in England! The cheapest tickets are €20 which is also a bargain compared to the Premier League or even my team Leeds UTD (poor me).
Although tapas is not traditional in Valencia we had a great day drinking and eating our way around some tapas places. Don't get stuck in one place, that's the point of tapas move around and try the specialty of each small place. Paella is a speciality in this region so be sure to seek some out, the paella in Valencia is traditionally served with rabbit and chicken, not seafood. Lastly make sure yu try some delicious Iberico ham!
Address: Carrer de la Puríssima, 1, 46001 València, Valencia
Renowned for its magical sardines. This place was really good very small with a great atmosphere, it has a great Spanish feel to it. We also had the garlic mushrooms mmmmm!
Address: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València
There is a small Bar/restaurant in the Central market this place is not to be missed. The atmosphere is great everyone stood around eating and drinking. We had some great dishes here and can recommend the following, we have also included the names in Spanish.
Rabbit in garlic sauce- Conejo al ajillo
Pigs Cheek- Oreja de cerdo a la plancha con mojo picón
"Esgarraet" with salt cod- Esgarraet con bacalao
Anchovies with fresh cheese- Anchoa XL con quest fresco
Ratatouille cake with cod- coca de pesto- Bonito- Piñones
Address: Av. Regne De Valencia, 6, 46005, Valencia
Situated just a short distance from Estació del Nord. This is apparently the best place in Valencia maybe Spain for empanadas. Sarah is now a connoisseur of these pastry delights and she would definitely recommend finding this little bakery. The cakes in this place are off the charts also!
This is a great little coffee shop. Leave room for more than just coffee though! The cakes here are next level and the South American empanadas are to die for! Based in the trendy Russafa area. It also must be said that the area where this cafe is situated Russafa is one of Valencia's most exciting districts with many bars and cafe too try.
Address: Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia
Traditional in the Valencia region for breakfast, this is something you should try. Made from tiger nuts this cold drink is served with a pastry called a Faton. Also on offer here are crispy churros served with a divine cup of hot melted chocolate! What a way to start the day.
This bar is small and located 10 minutes from the north train station in Rusafa, it only seems to be open at night. Nice atmosphere great selection of beers. There is meant to be a lot of good bars in this area and I reckon it's the place to be for a night out unfortunately we had a train to catch home!
This shop/bar is located in the central market and has bottled beers from all over the world. You can choose your bottle and drink inside or maybe take your plastic cup around the market with you. You can also take the bottled beers away with you.