Valencia. Spain’s underestimated city. Arguably considered as Barcelona’s little sister, this thriving city on the Costa Brava is abundant in activity for a 24 hour trip.
Climb The Cathedral
The city centre is bursting with gorgeous architecture, bustling streets and beautiful buildings. Linking the old and new parts of the centre between Plaza del Virgen and Plaza de la Reina, the grandeur of the construction is simply inspiring. One thing that visitors must do is climb to the top. Though a daunting 5-7 minutes climb up a narrow spiral staircase, the view from the top is like no other. Look out over the whole city of Valencia, right from the bullfighting arena to La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias (City of Arts and Science) and over the Balearic coastline. After making your descent, it would only be right to treat yourself to a delicious ice cream or helado at one of the sumptuous shops scattered all across the Plaza.
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Lunch at Panorama
Lunch has to be done at Panorama. Set overlooking the water at the Port De Valencia, this restaurant is possibly one of the most beautiful settings in the city. With clean white interiors, accommodating staff and a discerning clientele, it makes a perfect location for both a romantic dinner and a big celebration. The jewel in the crown, however, is the menu. From exquisite tuna tartare to calamari and, of course, paella; fish dishes are their speciality. The generous portion sizes and excellent presentation make Panorama an experience to savour.
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Lounge at Marina Beach Club
A little further down from Panorama, you will find the Marina Beach Club. Rivalling the big players of Ibiza and St Tropez, has all the comforts that one would expect. Big white beds, infinity pools, trendy music, flowing champagne and lots of beautiful people. Take some time to relax on your lounger, have a laugh with friends and enjoy the view. Open all day and night, it’s just what’s needed when looking for a little respite from the hot Spanish afternoons.
Dinner at La Pepica
Inject a little history into your dinner by visiting La Pepica. Dating back to 1898, this restaurant is one of the oldest in Valencia, and the most famous for its traditional paella Valenciana. Set down on the Neptune beach front, be sure to book in advance and request for a table outside. La Pepica’s claim to fame? It was Ernest Hemingway’s favourite restaurant, he visited often and knew everybody by name. On occasion, diners would find him dressed up in staff uniform and taking orders.
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Hit the tiles at L’Umbracle
It’s not a night in Spain without a fiesta, and L’Umbracle definitely knows how to put on a party. Designed with a feel of being in Willy Wonka’s magical land, in Charlie and the Chocolate factory; the tropical trees, boardwalks and mystical lighting put you in the mood to dance the night away. An outdoor/indoor experience all set under a huge architectural structure, the latin beats and pop hits will have you on the dance floor all night!
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