This year I spend my birthday in Valencia: a Spanish city situated at the Costa del Azahar that will surprise you with its diversity. Since we had limited time to explore the city, we decided to rent bikes and experience the city on two wheels.
Exploring Valencia by bike
One of the sights you can’t miss is the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències -which translates to the City of Arts and Sciences. This magnificent set of artworks is mind-blowing. The varied architecture, the crystal blue water and tranquility you can find in this city within the city is like nowhere else. From here, a beautiful bike path throughout the city parks will lead you to downtown Valencia.
Besides exploring the city by bike, you can also cycle along the Valencian coastline. The long-stretched beaches and well-maintained bike paths make up for a lovely morning cycle. It’s the ultimate summer feeling: riding along the coastline with the wind through your hair and palm trees all around.
What I personally loved about Valencia was its relaxed vibe. Whether it comes naturally to a city located near the beach or because of the Spanish tranquilo culture… I just love it. Also, Valencia is famous for its gastronomy; being the birthplace of the worldwide known Paella. How many reasons do you need to visit this city?
Where to stay in Valencia?
When visiting a city next to the seaside, it’s an easy call for me where my hotel should be located: as near as possible to the beach. The perfect place to stay while being in Valencia is the Hotel Boutique Balandret. This hotel is situated on the boulevard and has amazing views of the Playa de la Malvarrosa. The rooms are trendy, stylish and comfortable; the bathroom is dazzling, including a rain shower and Rituals shower necessities. As mentioned, the location is sublime. The hotel is only a stone’s throw away from the beach and a short cycle from the city center. The hotel is also easily accessible with public transportation -both from the airport and the city center.