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Generalife, Granada, Spain
An old man sitting in the Plaza Larga told me I was spending my thirtieth birthday in the most beautiful city in Spain. I'd always felt a pull to the Alhambra, and after a rental in the south of France fell through, my partner and I decided that...
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Paseo Neptuno, 6, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
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Even if time was limited, you cannot go to Valencia without trying their traditional Paella! La Pepica is a restaurant right on the sea side with amazing views of the Mediterranean, friendly atmosphere, and a killer paella.

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Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain

I was in Valencia for literally five hours before having to hop on an Iberia flight to Paris ... So I made the best of getting to know the city. Heres a picture from a fresh food market that seemed to have been inside of an old train station ......

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Plaça de Santa Caterina, 6, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Spanish churros and hot chocolate get all the press in Spain, but in Valencia it’s all about horchata and fartons. Horchaterias abound in this Spanish region where the refreshing milky semi-sweet drink is made from chufa (aka tigernuts), water and...
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Carrer de la Llotja, 2, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia's La Lotja de la Seda, or silk exchange, is a castle-like structure in the middle of the city's old town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it's considered one of the best examples of Gothic-era civil architecture in Europe. Dramatically...
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Plaça de Cánovas del Castillo, 1, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Savor some of Valencia's best salads and tapas on the fly at this cozy eatery, or call ahead to reserve your favorite rice dish or paella. In the authentic tradition, some of the larger meals can literally take hours to prepare, so make...
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Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is one of Valencia's must-see spots and an ideal place to relax. Located just outside the city center, the buildings provide a modern contrast to Valencia's old, winding streets....
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Passeig de Neptú, 34, 46011 València, Valencia, Spain
Valencia claims to be the birthplace of paella, so where better to try this richly indulgent meat-and-rice dish? Paella can include a variety of meats, beans, and vegetables—along with saffron—the spice that delivers its distinctive golden-yellow...
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Eduardo Primo Yufera, 1B, 46013 València, Valencia, Spain
All the City of Arts and Sciences buildings in Valencia are breathtaking, but the Oceanografic Aquarium is equally spectacular for its contents. It not only features 500 marine species from whales to sea urchins, it also offers a slate of stellar...
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Calle del Historiador Martínez Ferrando, s/n, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This gorgeous, brick building features a facade adorned with ceramic tiles and stained glass, and houses stalls selling fresh fruit, fish, vegetables, cheese, and cured meat. You can also find restaurants and bars within its walls, along with...
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Valencia, Spain
In Old Town Valencia, the historic central district, many of the businesses have roll-up metal gates over their doors at night. But why leave them plain and unadorned when you could decorate them with bold, colorful art? Animals, fanciful figures,...
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Plaça de l'Almoina, s/n, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Its full name is “The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia,” but people will know what you mean if you just call it the Valencia Cathedral. Consecrated in the 13th century, the cathedral has what it claims to...
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Carrer de Sorní, 13, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
This growing Spanish brand (with stores in France, Andorra, and Portugal, at present) makes practical but playful everyday clothes for women and children. Stock up on brightly colored stockings, patterned dresses and blouses, and cozy sweaters and...
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Centro Cultural La Beneficència, Carrer de la Corona, 36, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
View the lives of ancient human beings at Valencia's Prehistory Museum, where you can also admire fossils and other prehistoric objects, like coins, arrowheads, pottery, and mosaics. The museum organizes educational activities for children and...
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Carrer del Comte de Salvatierra, 19, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Stop by this gourmet chocolate shop to try the drink of the gods: Aztec-style hot chocolate. It's quite different to the usual drink you may be used to; this is a dense 80% cocoa hit that you can dip sweetened biscuits into. The shop is also the...
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Plaça de l'Almoina, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain
Only a few steps away from Valencia's cathedral, examine ancient artifacts and ruins in the Almoina Archaeological Center. In this large subterranean exhibition space, find out more about Valencia's Roman, Visigoth and Muslim past. Get a closer...
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Carrer d'Alacant, 25, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Even if you’re travel-weary upon arrival in Valencia, take a few minutes to appreciate the elaborate mosaics embellishing the Estacio del Nord train station’s facade and interior walls. Art Nouveau-style botanical devices, ladies in elaborate...
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Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Founded in 1894 and set in the center of Madrid, not far from Puerta del Sol, San Ginés is a local favorite and a don’t-miss stop during any visit to the capital. No excuses; it never closes. Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid, 34/91-365- 6546 This...
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Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Anyone with an iota of interest in art will certainly visit the Prado while in Madrid. But be sure to save some time to visit another nearby museum, where there's something wonderful to see before you even get inside. Just a 5-minute walk down...
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Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
After paying your patriotic fee of 10 Euro to enter the Royal Palace, you will notice the Almudena Cathedral beyond the courtyards gates. While I was too late in the day to be graced with the inner divinities of this structure I did in fact, get...
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Calle de José Ortega y Gasset, 75, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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The family-run El Pescador is not only down-to-earth fun, but also a very good seafood restaurant, with great tapas and a smart choice of Albarino wines. Try a glass of Mercado San Miguel. —Alessia Antinori Jose Ortega y Gasset 75, 34/91-402-1290,...