Valencia: Photo Diary

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


This time last week I was sunning myself in Valencia, Spain's third largest city behind Madrid and Barcelona, and a pretty cool city at that. I've not been to Madrid or Barcelona, while they are on my list I'm not the biggest fan of big crowds and queues, particularly in the heat so thought Valencia would be a more chilled out alternative (plus it's got a beach so that also went in it's favour).




We flew out with Easyjet from Gatwick -  a partnership I've decided I HATE by the way, Sarah story coming right up... I don't know if it's the fault of Easyjet or the fault of Gatwick but I can't remember ever having a smooth journey using that combo. When we flew to Amsterdam earlier this year we had such an ordeal going back and forth to the runway for various different reasons after already being late to board (for what is probably the shortest flight going...). This time the same thing, we were rushed to the gate, god forbid you're late for the gate, and queued for what seemed like an absolute eternity, we finally boarded the plane when we'd meant to be taking off which of course meant we missed our slot so waited for even longer before finally taking off, then on the way home we were also delayed and had to circle Gatwick for about a million years, just to rub it in. Plus, if you're taking hand luggage you can't even take a minuscule handbag to carry a book, your passport, your phone and some earphones, but you can carry them all on in your hands......... or put them in your case to go in the lockers. That bothers me no end I cannot even tell you.

Rant over, long story short - I prefer British Airways.




We landed early afternoon (would have been earlier afternoon if it hadn't been for delays *eyeroll*). We went straight to our AirBnB apartment and met our host, who we managed to just about communicate with - none of us spoke spanish and she spoke little english but we just about managed.



We've been making a habit of using AirBnB as our first port of call when looking for accommodation for our travels (Amsterdam, Hvar and Split this year) and I'm yet to have a bad experience, I absolutely love the whole concept. This time was no exception, it was absolutely lovely and ideally located - in El Carme - for the market, lovely bars, restaurants and boutiques it was brilliant!
























I'll be following up this post with a Valencia Travel Guide with details about what to do, where to eat etc. otherwise this would be one mammoth post, so be sure to follow my Facebook page so you don't miss it!



I haven't got my next getaway planned, I'd absolutely LOVE some suggestions - city breaks, beaches, activities, all up my street - fire away in the comments please!

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12 comments

  1. Oh, I was so happy to see this. Looks absolutely lush, I hope all those blue skies are still there for me in a few weeks! Can't wait for the travel guide :) I really need to try Air BnB!

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    1. Glad you liked it! I'm sure it will be!! I can't wait to see what you get up to

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  2. Uhh Valencia is SO beautiful! Took me right back to our holiday to this gem of Spain in June, we were down in Santa Pola! I know what you mean about Easy Jet. We flew in to Alicante and our flight back was cancelled last minute, it was a nightmare! However, we did actually end up getting compensation which is something I guess! Beautiful blog lovely lady :) Immy x

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    1. Ah amazing! Spain is lovely.
      Yeah it's such a pain isn't it, at least you got compensation though thats good.
      Thank you Immy.

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  3. It looks like you had a lovely, sunny time! I've only ever been to the beaches of Spain in the south, but I guess if you can have the city experience and still spend some time by the sea then that's even better!

    I agree that Easyjet and Gatwick are NOT a good mix - we circled Gatwick for ages too on our way back from Italy and I feel like it always puts a little bit of a downer on the trip. Still - it won't stop me from jetting off when I can!

    Georgie xo
    Georgie Nicks

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    1. It was, it was brilliant! I couldn't believe it actually, it didn't rain at all and I did expect us to get a little bit if not some cloud, we were very lucky.
      Yeah they're not are they, such a pain but agreed, it's not going to stop me going places!!

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  4. Oh it looks amazing! I'd love to visit one day! The beach looks amazing! Hope you had a really fab time! Great post lovely :) xxxx
    www.rachelxblog.com

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    1. Thank you Rachel! You definitely should we had a fabulous time!

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  5. These pictures are beautiful! I've seen sooo many photos of Madrid and Barcelona this was a nice change :)

    Alisha xx
    Www.alishaockenden.com

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, it was nice to visit somewhere I hadn't really seen online all that much before.

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  6. Love travel posts. Especially ones with loads of snaps :) always fancied going to Valencia and it looks so pretty. Really surprised to see that even the beach looks lovely. I'm definitely a sand kind of girl, not a fan of there are stones about on the beach. Great post.

    Love Hannah xx

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    1. It was absolutely lovely! I'd thoroughly recommend it. I know what you mean about sand, sitting on stones is no fun. Thanks Hannah.

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