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Luis Navarro - 255

Luis Navarro – 255

Within this magical one square kilometer,  there are over 550 protected /listed  buildings. El Cabanyal is also on the Unesco and the World Monuments Fund List.

As you walk from street to street, it’s like exploring a living museum, a tribute to the  last 150 years of Spanish tile design.

Escalante - 225

Escalante – 225

On the facades  alone there are more than 200 different tile styles – all packed into a small simple grid system of streets running North to South and  parallel with the sea. Rarely do you see two houses the same.

Many houses run from street to street maximizing light and providing  an easterly breeze, especially welcome during the

hotter months. The architecture  itself is a  mix of traditional Barraque style homes, small single storey houses  built in the 1840’s , replacing the older Barraque  huts made of wood with thatched roofs .

Larger  Art Nouveau, Art Deco and  Modernista styles  were introduced between 1880s to the 1940’s  and  low rise blocks  built from the 1950’s

onwards

. Today El Cabanyal maintains much of  its original

village feel and many locals still see it as a separate part of the city. Everything is right

on their doorstep, so there’s really no need to venture into the rest of Valencia.

 

 

 

Away Days from Cabanyal

Away Days from Cabanyal

 

If you feel like a change from the beach and the barrio, there are plenty of places to visit on a day trip. Use the Metro, the bus or the train, walk or cycle. Getting around is easy and affordable.

 


Into the City Centre

 

A 15 minute Metro ride on line 5 from Maritim Serreria will take you into the centre of Valencia.

 

Mercado Colon in centre

Mercado Colon in centre

Get off at Colon,  one of Valencia’s main shopping streets. Or Xativa for the Estacion del Norte, an ornate Art Nouveau gem and one of the most beautiful stations in the world.

From here it’s a five minute walk to the Plaza del Ajuntamiento with its magnificent Post Office and grand town hall. Take a walk around the  nearby Mercado Central to explore its amazing selection of food stalls and admire its stunning domed roof.

Post office dome in centre

Post office dome in centre

Continue into Plaza de La Reina to see La Seu, the splendid Gothic cathedral. Walk up the side of this 13 century wonder until you reach another gracious square, the Plaza de la Virgin.  With its fountains, statues and beautiful Basilica, this is the most elegant plaza of them all.

El Rastro

El Rastro

El Rastro

El Rastro

 

If you’re exploring on a Sunday, take the metro to Aragon which is minutes from the fascinating flea market, known as El  Rastro, home to hundreds of stalls selling everything from furniture to postcards. Name your price and be prepared to barter with the  generally good humoured traders.

 

 

 


Albufera

Albufera

On the Paella Trail

Take the bus from outside El Saler shopping

centre opposite the Ciudad des Artes y Ciencas to El Palmar, the birthplace of paella.

This small town is a shrine to rice recipes and sits at the southern limit of the freshwater lagoon of

La Albufera, 10 kms from Valencia. Rice is cultivated, harvested and cooked here and it’s also a famous bird sanctuary.

El Palmar

El Palmar

Take a boat trip on a barquet – a Valencian flat-bottomed boat – visit the Raco de l’Olla Visitors Centre, for a spot of birdwatching.
Eat lunch at one of the 25 paella restaurants.
Most are run by fishermen whose catch includes eels from La Albufera.
El Palmar is also a good place to try Ali y Pebre, the traditional eel and pepper steak.

 

 

 

 


El Saler beach

El Saler beach

Find a

Wilder Beach

If you’re looking for a wilder beach than Las Arenas take a bus to El Saler, a few kilometres out of the city.  They run regularly (less in winter) and stop outside the El Saler shopping centre. The journey time is around 20 minutes.

You can also cycle there quite easily along dedicated paths, the last stretch being alongside dunes and pine forests.

There’s a clutch of bars and restaurants in the town of El Saler or you can pick up a  picnic and settle in for a day of sun and swimming in the clear Mediterranean.

 

 

 


 

Castillo de Sagunto

Castillo de Sagunto

Visit an Historic Town

 

 

A half hour train ride from Valencia Cabanyal station will take you to Sagunto, a  lovely hilltop fortress town with

amazing panoramic views.

Explore the Roman theatre, home to a three week open air arts festival each August, as well as a former Jewish quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Benicassim

Benicassim

Take a Trip to a Festival City

 

Catch the train to the seaside town of Benicassim. from Valencia Cabanyal station. It’s a two hour journey but worth it to see the home of the famous music festival, which takes place in July.

No matter when you visit though, this is a delightful excursion to a classy resort.  You’ll find stunning, sandy beaches, good swimming and a trail of splendid art deco villas along the seafront.

Shops, bars and seafood restaurants will keep you busy until it’s time to take the train home.