After Barcelona, we drove down several more hours down the coast to Valencia, the third largest city in Spain. Valencia is less well-known to tourists, so it’s quieter and has the feel of real people living there. We only spent two nights in Valencia, but we enjoyed wandering around the city for the few days we were there. The city is absolutely beautiful.
Jane Anne had long ago informed us that Valencia has the largest aquarium in Europe and that we would, in fact, be visiting it. The first morning we were there, we found the right bus line and headed toward the aquarium. It was a huge complex — I guess that’s to be expected from the largest aquarium in Europe — and there were lots of fun sea animals to see. Jane Anne commandeered my camera and several hours and several hundred pictures later, we had seen a lot.
Our fearless navigator (cough, Bill) decided that we could walk from the aquarium to the beach, where we planned to spend the rest of the afternoon. We walked for about an hour along the harbor — one of the busiest in Europe — marveling at the size of the cruise ships docked there, only to come to a dead end. And get to walk back. And then we took a cab from the port to the beach.
We spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach, enjoying some of our last moments of warm weather for the semester.
The next morning we had a few hours in Valencia before we headed to Avila for the last leg of our trip, so we decided to explore the city a little more. We walked up toward the cathedral and then decided to climb the tower at the city’s north gate. The tower afforded a view of the lovely city and the parks that encircle it. We watched joggers, kids playing, and part of a football match in the park below us. It was a fun way to spend a morning.
I think we could have spent more time getting a better feel for Valencia, but we definitely enjoyed wandering its streets. That afternoon, though, we headed to our last stop — Avila.