Travel Diary: Valencia April 2017
Can you believe it’s sunny in Dublin? I just stepped off a plane last week from 26 degrees into zero degree Celsius in Dublin and now the sun is splitting the stones. Better enjoy it while it lasts!
Myself and Darragh try to go to Madrid at least once or twice a year. Darragh is a huge Real Madrid fan so we like to go to a game or two in the Bernabeu whenever we can. I'm not the biggest football fan, but when I get to visit Madrid on a regular basis I’m not complaining. It is one of my favorite cities in Europe.
Anyway, I’ll save that for my next blog post all about Madrid. Today’s post is about Valencia. We decided to do a little detour this time round.
How we got there:
We had already booked our flights to Madrid, so we flew into Madrid as normal and then got the train from Atocha station to Valencia. The flight from Dublin to Madrid is roughly 2hrs 30mins and the train from Madrid to Valencia was 1hr 40mins! Our train tickets were around €50 each one way, we purchased our train tickets here!
Where we stayed:
We decided to treat ourselves and booked into the Westin Valencia for two nights. The hotel was stunning. The reception was comprised of marble and gold with sky high ceilings and chandeliers. Our room was almost as impressive with a HUGE king size bed, seating area, floor to ceiling windows and a gorgeous big bathroom with separate shower and bath. The staff on arrival were so helpful and advised us of all the best spots to visit on such a short stay.
What we did:
We spent our first evening strolling trough the city taking in the Spanish cobbled streets lined with palm trees. Our hotel was only a few minutes walk from the city center which was perfect. Most places close from 4pm to 8.30pm for Siesta so once it hit 8pm we were pretty hungry. We happened to stumble upon Mercado de Colón, a gorgeous market full of little pubs and restaurants where we spent the rest of the evening.
Breakfast wasn't included in our hotel stay so Darragh popped out to the local shop and picked up some bread, cheese, yogurts and pastries. After breakfast, we went for a jog in the Jardines Del Turia, a gorgeous park which runs through the city and was right beside our hotel. I would definitely recommend going for a stroll in Jardines Del Turia if you visit Valencia.
We then decided to walk to the beach, which was almost an hour walk from the Westin. After all the walking we popped into a really nice beach bar which I would definitely recommend. Marina Beach Club Valencia had a live DJ playing all day, a pool, and circular leather sofas facing the beach. The drinks were quite pricey though, a G&T will set you back around €12!
It was a very short and sweet trip but I will definitely be back!
See you in my next Travel Diary for part 2 of this trip in Madrid...
Lots of Love,
- Sarah Lyons