I had a very quiet visit to Valencia. I arrived in the afternoon of a Saturday and left before sunrise on Monday. Valencia has a very rich history as one of the oldest cities in Spain, originally settled by the Romans.
On Saturday I wandered the endless twisting alleyways through the historic center. It was a feast for my eyes. I let my mind take a break and just enjoy my surroundings, and then indulge in some paella and a glass of wine.
I took advantage of the ample sunshine and was off to the beach early Sunday morning. I wanted to walk so that I could go through Jardí del Túria (Turia Gardens) which is a park created in the old path of the Turia river (It was redirected after a vicious flood in 1957). On my way there I was able to see Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences).
My most important advice I can give to anyone going to Valencia, especially in the summer, is do not do this walk. I did it, and I regretted it deeply. It was one of those things I wish I read somewhere to not do. It can easily be done on a bicycle and be far more enjoyable, or with public transport (this is how I got back to the center). Yes it is a beautiful city, but at about 40˚C it is not worth the exhaustion. This was the only day I suffered with a heat rash and dehydration.
The beach was beautiful and peaceful as I got there in the morning but it filled up quickly as the day went on. You can rent a chair and umbrella, from what I have seen, almost anywhere along the beach.
I left the beach to make it to the Valencia Cathedral for their afternoon hours available on Sundays during the summer. It is highly suspected that the Holy Chalice here is the Holy Grail used by Jesus during the last supper.
You can pay €2 to go up into the tower and get an aerial view of Valencia. It is worth it! If you can climb all of the stairs as I believe there is about 200. It was breathtaking. It costs €4 (includes an audioguide) to enter the Cathedral which is where you can view the Holy Grail.
Again, I loved Valencia, I loved everything I saw in Spain and am always scheming to go back and explore more corners of its wonders.
My map is a bit limited for Valencia because I was only here for a short time (less than 24 hours) and I got sick while there. I would love to add some food and nightlife recommendations so if you have any, comment below!