VALENCIA is the third largest city of Spain and in my personal opinion, one of the prettiest city in Spain besides Barcelona. Well known for her Valencian tiles, paella Valenciana, horchata and the modernised architecture of City of Arts and Science, she has quickly become one of my favourite city. I regretted spending only 24 hours in Valencia, leaving me no time for more paella and the beach. Here’s what you can do in 24 hours get the most out of Valencia.
#1: Breakfast at Horchateria de Santa Catalina
Churros, which are served thin and knotted or long and thick, were brought from China to Portugal and customarily eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate. Horchata is made from tiger nuts, water and sugar. It is a refreshing milky drink that does not contain milk. Fartons is a kind of sweetened bread which goes very well with Horchata.
We have found two horchateria in Valencia, Horchateria Santa Catalina and Horchateria Fabian, that serve the best horchata, buñuelos, churros and hot chocolate. I was not sure on how I feel about horchata. However, I am a big fan of hot chocolate and churros. It is no surprise that I ended up eating churros every day when I was in Spain.
Opening Times: 08.15 – 21.00
Address: Plaza Santa Catalina, 6 46001 Valencia
Contact: +34 96 391 23 79
#2: Free Walking Tour
Booking is required.
Schedule: Everyday 10.30 & 12.00
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Meeting Point: Plaza de la Virgen
#3: Valencian paella at Arroceria La Valencia
Do you know that most restaurants only serve paella for lunch?
The modern form of Paella which was originated in the 18th century is the regional food of Valencia. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green and white beans, chicken, duck, rabbit, snails and seasoning such as saffron and rosemary. Paella is a very contentious dish which is the reason why it is normally eaten during lunch and traditionally on Thursday.
Tip: If restaurants display pictures of paellas, the paellas are most probably frozen.
Arroceria La Valencia was recommended by our guide during the free walking tour. They serve Valencian paella on their tasting experience menu which consists of 4 starters (tasting portion), the main course as well as coffee or dessert to choose for €22/pax, or you could choose from their ala carte menu which will cost you €14/pax.
Remember to make a reservation before you go.
Opening Times: 13.00 – 23.00
Address: Carrer dels Juristes, 12 46001 Valencia
Contact: +34 96 315 38 56
#4: Jardín del Turia
#5: Sunset @ City of Arts & Science
The City of Arts and Science are made up of L’ Hemisferic, El Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, L’Umbracle, L’Oceanografic, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, L’ Pont de l’Assut de l’Or, L’Agora and Torres de Valencia which was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. This is handsdown one of the best architectureal complex I have ever seen. I have done enough research beforehand to know that sunset is the best time to photograph the area. With the sunset hitting on the architecture, it gave the mordernised, whitish structures colours and add a lot to the vibes. It will be so much better if the wind was not strong so that it is posisble to capture the reflection of L’Hemisferic.
#6: Horchateria Fabian
Bunuelos is a kind of fritters, thin, round fried pastry dusted with cinnamon sugar serve with hot chocolate. To be fair, bunuelos is a little too oily for me and the hot chocolate is a little too sweet. Although horchateria Fabian is more of a local favorite, I do prefer the more touristy Horchateria Santa Catalina.
Opening Times: 08.00 -13.00 (weekdays), 17.00 – 21.00 (everyday)
Address: Carrer de Ciscar, 5 46005 Valencia
Contact: +34 96 334 93 17