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24 hours in Valencia
Fancy a trip to Spain that wont break your budget? Sophie Spirit gives us the low down on the beautiful Spanish town of Valencia With flights starting from only £60 return with Ea...
Fancy a trip to Spain that wont break your budget? Sophie Spirit gives us the low down on the beautiful Spanish town of Valencia
With flights starting from only £60 return with EasyJet from London, why not head to Valencia even if it’s only for 24 hours? Being relatively cheap, you will not have to worry about breaking the bank balance. Catch the metro into the city centre from the airport for 3 euros and use hotel comparison site, Trivago.co.uk, to find the cheapest hotel prices, from as little as £34 per night.
For the perfect 24 hours, and the most authentic Spanish experience, tapas are a must-have for a late lunch; the all-time favourite dishes being patatas bravas, crispy potatoes with a spicy and garlic sauce, tortilla and a mixed cheese and meat platter.
While in Spain, why not head to Zara, the Spanish clothes store, and make the most of the bargains? Staying in shopping mode, why not also head to Fnac, a chain of stores equivalent to HMV, which are selling London Olympic tickets for 2012. Spain is the only country not to be distributing Olympic tickets through a lottery, but rather over the counter.
If you’re lucky enough, you should try and catch a glimpse of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias at sunset; the complex made up of several futuristic-looking buildings including an Imax cinema, the Hemisferic in the shape of an eye and the Oceanográfico are even more impressive when lit up. The complex also boasts the largest aquarium in Europe.
If you plan on heading out in the evening, hit the supermarket for the cheapest alcohol around. Believe it or not, the 2 euro wine and 5 euro vodka on offer is of a decent quality. However, make a note to yourself not to turn up to any club before 3:00am as it is only after then that clubs start getting busy. Expect the clubs to still be packed at 7am, especially on a Saturday night.
The perfect hangover cure is a breakfast of tostada topped with either jam or tomato and olive oil and a walk along the beach, which is a stone’s throw away from the city centre. Breathe in the fresh sea air and take in the beautiful palm tree scenery.
Valencia is still yet to be fully exploited by the tourism industry. At the right time of the year, you can stroll around the city and along the beach without having to worry about being caught in camera shot and having to stand in hour-long museum queues. So pack your bags for a jam-packed 24 hours that the happending Valencia has to offer.