We left by bus on a Friday afternoon and arrived at our hostel that night. It was basically a two-bedroom apartment. We had our own room and shared a kitchen/living area and a bathroom with another room. Fortunately for the first night we had the whole place to ourselves. So what else to do but set up the camera on the kitchen counter and take photos of ourselves on the balcony with the self timer? ;)
Then off we went to explore the streets of Valencia and, as Spaniards do, eat a super late supper.
Here you see a 500 year old olive tree.
Such a delicious dinner. Skillet potatoes, peppers and sausage topped with fried eggs.
And now for some extremely creepy pictures of us trying to mimic a street art character...
The next day we rented bikes from our hostel and rode a few miles to the nearest beach. On the way we came upon a gigantic tree.
And finally...la playa!!
We ate at La Pepica, pictured below, a restaurant where Ernest Hemingway ate and wrote about in one of his novels. So cool! Here, we indulged in delicious sangria, bread with a tomato/aioli sauce and authentic Valencian paella.
We clearly enjoyed ourselves...
We then took a romantic stroll along the beach. Freezing water, jellyfish and all.
That evening we visited the Cathedral, did more exploring of the city, ate supper and went back to the hostel to rest up for our last half day in Valencia.
The next morning we woke up, ate churros con chocolate for breakfast and then took a 30 minute bus ride to a less popular, but gorgeous beach called El Saler.