We were so lucky to make it to Valencia. And, with no accommodations booked, we were a bit worried we’d need to sleep in the Jeep for the night (no big deal, right? Nah, considering we were already being so adventurous as to drive through Spain with no prior experience driving in a foreign country!). But we were able to find a beautiful Westin not far from the city center, so we were able to get a good night’s rest and a comfortable shower in the morning.
Day 6: We awake and have breakfast at the hotel. We then make our way out into the alluring city. And when I say beautiful, I mean stunning, amazing, incredible Valencia.
We shop, sightsee, visit the local market, and eat churros and chocolate, a local treat that you can pretty much find anywhere in Spain.
For lunch, we stumble upon La Riua, famous for their authentic paella and the line to get in as they open for lunch at 2pm (just in time for siesta!). The restaurant is decorated similarly to my great aunt’s dining room. Doilies everywhere, bright pine furniture, and adorable tchotchkes on the walls all around. We sat on the second floor, where there was lots of natural sunlight coming through the open windows.
We ordered the Paella Valenciana. Did you know that authentic paella is prepared with chicken, rabbit, and fava beans? We did not! But it was absolutely scrummy. We really really enjoyed our meal there (although the wine wasn’t great) and were ready to head back in to the city to walk it off. Of course, it wasn’t long before we understood the need for siesta in this country. We, too, were ready for a nice long nap!
After our walk, and before it got too late, we made our way back to the Jeep and set out for Barcelona (aka, the city that stole my heart…and its very own blog post). The voyage was mostly seaside, beautifully moonlit, and magnificently romantic.
I think you’ll love it as much as I did ❤️