Valencia, Spain

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    Nov 23, 2011 10:29 PM GMT
    It's looking like I'll be traveling to Valencia next month and staying for a week. I've never been there and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations in terms of thing to do, places to eat, etc ? Or good day trips perhaps?

    Much appreciated!
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    Nov 23, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    Oh how lucky! I'm already envious of you. I've always wanted to visit Valencia and other nearby places.

    I've heard good things about Valencia and Alicante. Those are definitely the two places I would visit. Benidorm is kind of a strange place. I've often heard you find many more foreigners than Spaniards there icon_smile.gif

    Now I wish I could have horchata de chufa!
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    Nov 24, 2011 7:24 AM GMT
    One of the top places to visit is the city of Arts and Sciences. Calatrava is the architect of some incredible space-age designs for the opera house, iMax theatre, and the Science Center. Super cool!
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    Nov 24, 2011 11:39 AM GMT
    Xativa .
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    Nov 24, 2011 1:44 PM GMT
    Fitspeedo saidOne of the top places to visit is the city of Arts and Sciences. Calatrava is the architect of some incredible space-age designs for the opera house, iMax theatre, and the Science Center. Super cool!


    This place is at the end of the river park, Jardines Viejo Cauce del Turia. The river was diverted and the park goes for several miles around the north end of the central district. The way to see this park is to rent a bike which you can find at several hotels nearby or at bike shops in the central district. My husband and I did this and spent the whole afternoon seeing the entire park and had a lot of fun.

    Valencia is very sophisticated so you will have no problem finding any restaurant you would like in a whole range of prices. We are vegetarians and usually have a problem traveling in Spain, but not in Valencia.

    Alicante, as pocketnico suggested already, is a beautiful port city, however, forget Benidorm. It is a nightmare of tourist resorts where low class Brits go to get drunk.
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    Nov 24, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    kew1 saidXativa .


    Or, possibly on the internet as Jativa. If you like the romance of castles there are two joined Medieval castles there and they are in an area of geographical beauty. The first syllable is accented so it is pronounced, HA tee bah.
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    Nov 24, 2011 2:32 PM GMT
    Haven't been to Valencia, but I've been to Alicante, which is about a 1-hour train ride away. There is a very cool castle called Castillo de Santa Bárbara on the top of a mountain overlooking the city and the coast. It's a great historical tour and many nice views. You have to take an elevator through the middle of the mountain to get to the top. It's very cool... highly recommended.
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    Nov 30, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for being helpful! icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 30, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Benidorm
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    Nov 30, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    Spain is awesome! icon_smile.gif