When I first decided to spend the summer in Valencia, I’d planned to use it mostly as a place to work. While that ideology didn’t work out exactly as planned, it did mean that I was able to do almost everything in Valencia I wanted to do, which included dining at a hefty list of restaurants. Therefore, I say with confidence that this post is the ultimate guide to the best restaurants in Valencia, Spain. Pack your eating pants, everyone.

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Paella is the quintessential Valencian dish. Since I was spending my summer in Valencia, I knew I couldn’t leave without learning the tricks of making this world-famous meal. I’d attempted to cook paella a couple of times in Los Angeles and failed miserably, so I was eager to learn the secrets from the masters themselves. Click to read about my experience with La Escuela de Arroces y Paellas Valenciana, and book your class next time you’re in Valencia, Spain!

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While most people associate Valencia with paella, the food scene is much more robust than I could have possibly imagined. Thanks to the ultra-mouthwatering Valencian Treats and Tastes Food Tour I took with Valencia Urban Adventures, I’m (almost) an expert on the various cuisines Valencia has to offer. If you’re planning on visiting Valencia and want to try some of the delicious dishes this city has to offer, I highly recommend you do the Valencian Treats and Tastes food tour. Click to read all about the tour and see photos of all the yummy things I ate!

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Most people don’t think of street art when they think of Valencia, but this cosmopolitan city is home to dozens of talented artists! Last week, I had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with the works of street artists on the Urban Adventures Street Art in Old Valencia tour. This was my first time doing an official street art tour and I’m confident it won’t be my last. If you’re planning on visiting Valencia and want to see more than the churches, museums and the beach (not that there’s anything wrong with those), I highly recommend you do the Street Art in Old Valencia tour. Click to read all about the tour and see photos of all the cool artwork I saw!

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While the dictionary defines the Italian concept of “dolce far niente” as “pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness,” its meaning stretches even further: it’s the pleasure of doing nothing. Sound foreign to you? Don’t worry, it did to me too. What do you mean, “do nothing?” We’re busy people. We have things to do, places to be and people to see. How dare those Italians suggest we do nothing? Over the last few years, I’ve started to see the benefits of applying this concept and traveling slower, even if it means missing the sites. Click to read why you should slow travel!

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After making many mistakes during my two-week Costa Rica adventure, I’ve put together all my learnings into the perfect one week Costa Rica itinerary. This one week itinerary is a tad jam-packed, but offers a good taste of the west coast of Costa Rica. Without further ado, click to read and start planning your trip!

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Almost exactly a year ago, I quit my job without a life plan. I had a round trip ticket to Spain, the idea that I should blog about my travels, and the hope that I’d return with some clarity and a better job. Some of my goals and expectations were met, and others – not so much. But in the end, travel has taught me that the only way to live life is to accept the beauty and anxiety of the unknown. Click to read about my journey and learn how travel can help you in a period of uncertainty!

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Our frequent itinerary changes in Costa Rica resulted in us spending 4 days in the paradise that is Manuel Antonio. While Manuel Antonio is by far the most expensive city we stayed in while in Costa Rica, it is also the best place to relax. There are tons of great water sports and activities to do here, but we spent most of our time splashing around the gorgeous beaches. I’ll give you the lowdown on all there is to do there, but don’t be surprised if you turn into a beach bum like I did. Click to read the budget travel to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and learn how to travel in paradise on a budget!

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