Europe

All posts related to travels in Europe.

Despite being in Spain, Barcelona is distinctly un-Spanish, with its large expat population, Catalonian culture, and bustling international businesses. Even so, it’s on most people’s bucket lists and for good reason. Jaw-dropping architecture, beautiful weather, pristine beaches, and a vibrant food scene distinguish Barcelona from the rest. Having visited several times, I’ve put together this budget guide to Barcelona, which includes some of my favorite spots in the city as well as tips to help you save money both before and during your trip.

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My time in Valencia was enchanting. Days were long and busy, yet lived at an easy pace. Nothing I did was extraordinary, but every day I thought “I can’t believe I get to live this life.” So I want to take you to Valencia with me. This is a story of an ordinary summer day in Valencia. Yet, it was a series of ordinary days that, when strung together, resulted in one amazing summer. This is a travel story of 24 hours in Valencia, Spain.

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I knew that my summer in Valencia would go by quickly, especially since I spent three of those weeks traveling outside the city. I had to make my time in Valencia count, and looking back at my photos, I managed to do 99% of all the activities I set out to do in Valencia. I went on a food tour, a street art tour, day trips and even several local events. Therefore, with all my Valencian “expertise,” I present to you the ultimate Valencia travel guide – fondly known as almost everything to do in the city.

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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 a friend and I initially planned to spend the summer in Barcelona, the absurd cost of short-term summer rentals had us rethinking our plans. Luckily we did a bit of research and found that Valencia was the perfect fit for what we were looking for: a coastal city with tons of great things to do without the choking influx of summer tourists that can be found in Barcelona and Valencia. What’s more, we were able to stretch our budget in Valencia and scored an amazing apartment in the center of town that will be great for working remotely. If you’re wondering just what won us over about Valencia, you’re in the right place. Click to read this post and learn about all the great things Valencia has to offer…you might just end up booking a flight and seeing it for yourself!

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