Es la tierra de las flores, de la luz y del amor
Tus mujeres todas tienen de las rosas el color”
“Valencia is the land of flowers,light and love.
Valencia; all of it’s women have rosy cheeks”
– Song by Placido Domingo
Whilst I was staying in Oropesa del Mar I thought I would take the opportunity to visit Valencia for the day because it was only an hour away by train. Upon arriving in the city I headed straight for the centre and the Plaza de la Reina where I visited the stunning Gothic cathedral. The entrance fee was 5 euros but this included an audio guide which was very informative. I was particularly interested to learn that the Holy grail which is encased in a glass box in the cathedral is most likely the authentic chalice which Jesus used at the last supper.
After leaving the cathedral I caught the tourist bus which only costs 16 euros if you opt for the cheaper company “Tour de Valencia” as I did (Look out for the green buses!) and this allowed me to hop on and off as often as I liked. My next stop was the IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de arte moderno), a modern art gallery which houses various collections including works by Julio González and Ignacio Pinazo. My favourite pieces were in the pop art collection which included prints by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.
Next I soaked up some more culture by visiting the fine art museum (Museo de bellas artes) which is free to get into and includes collections by Goya,Barjola and Sorolla. I particularly liked Sorolla’s paintings which I think really show his affinity with his birthplace, Valencia.
After this I quickly climbed the Torres de Quart and took in a stunning panoramic view of the city before hopping back on the tourist bus and heading to the marina. Here I had some patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce) in a cafetería and enjoyed the pleasant breeze which was coming in from the sea. After marvelling at the boats which which only the rich can afford I made my way back to the train station and Oropesa.
So that was my day in Valencia; A beautiful city where modernity and tradition live in harmony and there is plenty to see and do. I would definitely recommend a visit here to anyone. 🙂