7 x Hidden Gems in Valencia

The Spanish city Valencia is the perfect weekend (or holiday) get-away and is only a 2.5-hour flight from the Netherlands. City, beach, park, and sailing, it is all there! However, if you feel like getting off the beaten path and see something different, here are some hidden gems and places that are often overlooked.

Bluebell Coffee

In the neighbourhood of Ruzafa you will find many trendy restaurants and bars. When you are there, take a visit to Bluebell Coffee for a delicious and healthy lunch. On the menu you will find homemade treats such as vegan tarts and banana bread, salads, avocado toast and fresh smoothies. The lovely inner garden is reminiscent of a tropical mini jungle. Carrer de Buenos Aires, 3

Bluebell Valencia

Petticoat Vintage

In trendy Ruzafa, you will also find many designer studios, art galleries and vintage shops. If you are a real vintage fanatic, you will become a real fan of the vintage store Petticoat. As a result, you will find unique pieces of good quality for a very nice price. Carrer de Sueca, 36

Vintage store Valencia

Almalibre

In the historic centre of Valencia, you will find the Açai bar Almalibre. Super fresh, super tasty and with a small terrace, making it the perfect place for lunch in the city centre. On the menu they have many goodies based on the Açai berry, all ecological and responsible. Carrer de Roteros, 16

Jardines de Monforte

The famous Turia park is one of the main attractions in Valencia. Another (smaller) park that is definitely worth a look is the Jardines de Monforte. These gardens are a stone’s throw away from the Turia park, but are skipped by many people. Because the gardens are somewhat hidden, you have to know of its existence to be able to enter it. Therefore, the park is perfect for when you want to enjoy some tranquillity. Carrer de Montfort, S/N

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El Saler Beach

El Saler beach is a good option if you want to escape the busier city beach. El Saler beach is located about 12 kilometres to the south of the city. The beach is surrounded by nature and has a relaxing dune landscape, with here and there paella restaurants. El Saler

San Tomasso

Stumbling upon this Italian restaurant in the city centre, was like finding a hidden treasure on a pretty lane, with great food and a delightful atmosphere. Secondly, waiters are quite fluent in English and the food was really more than excellent here. Carrer de la Corretgeria, 37

La Fabrica de Hielo

Although there is not much to see on the outside, inside this factory building is a gem that is host to live music, concerts, art workshops and locally sourced food. A wonderful place that is good for the eyes, ears and soul! Almost every day a live band performs in this venue, you can check their daily program hereCalle José Ballester Gozalvo, 37


Extra tips:

  • Ubify is the Uber in Valencia. Download the app and get home easily after a night out!
  • There is a ferry from Valencia to Ibiza, which takes approximately 5 hours. A fun and affordable way to explore Ibiza as well!
  • You can find even more Valencia tips and hotspots in this Guide if you are planning to visit sunny Valencia!

Love,

Iris

 

Our Favorite Wanderlust Moments of 2016

Damn, 2016 is coming to an end and wow, did it go by fast! Many new memories have been made and adventures shared. Time to look back at some of our favorite wanderlust moments of 2016!

Elke’s trip to the Philippines December – January 
It was on our bucketlist forever and Elke finally crossed it off her list last Dec-Jan. She traveled to Cebu, Bohol and Palawan where she saw the most amazing islands. “It’s like Thailand 20 years ago and even more beautiful” To read all her tips about The Philippines, have a look here: wander-lust.nl/the-philippines/

Favorite Wanderlust Moments of 2016
In El Nido, Palawan

Sarah’s trip to Malaysia – November
For 3 weeks Sarah traveled through Malaysia visiting Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi and Borneo. She was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Malaysian people are extremely creative and you will see street art, local handmade goods and delicious food everywhere. If you’re planning to go, you must read her articles about Malaysia: wander-lust.nl/malaysia/

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Our city trip to Prague – April
It was our first trip together funny enough and we had so much fun! The life is cheap in Prague so we enjoyed it to the max trying out all the best food spots and checking out the nightlife. From cycling tours to getting lost, finding a hipster Vietnamese bar and drinking a lot of beer. We also discovered that we are perfect travel partners! Read our city guide to Prague here: wander-lust.nl/falling-in-love-with-prague/

Wanderlust in Prague
Perfect travel partners 

Switzerland during Springtime – May
If there is something you should do when you live in Europe, is to grab your car and drive up to Switzerland during springtime. The incredible nature, mountains and lakes are stunning! Elke drove up to Lutcerne, Vitznau and hiked up the Rigi Mountain. It’s not the cheapest place to visit but the views are more than worth it! Must do for 1017! wander-lust.nl/why-you-should-visit-switzerland-this-summer/

Hotel Rigi Kaltbad, Switzerland
Stunning views from the Rigi mountain

Our secret trip to Valencia – June
We didn’t know where we were going and found out at the airport when we scrashed our SRPRS.me card. Valencia it was! The weather was great, the food was great and the whole city break was great. Although it was Sarah’s 2nd time, we managed to discover so many new spots! wander-lust.nl/our-secret-trip-to-valencia/

Watermelon in Valencia
Eating watermelons in Valencia

Glamping in Portugal – June
This was a very special trip because we didn’t really know what to expect. We got invited by Into The Wild Algarve, a couple that left their hectic lives in Amsterdam to move to Portugal and start a Eco-Glamping Resort. We were their first official guests and they made us feel so at home. The care that they treated us with, really touched us. We enjoyed outside Yoga, Supping, Vegan Cooking and discovered the beaches of the Algarve. Check our report here: into-the-wild-algarve/

Into the Wild Algarve Tent
Our bohemian glamping tent

Swedish Lapland – June
After our visit to the travel bloggers conference (TBEX) in Stockholm, Sarah checked out the Swedish Lapland for a few days. She discovered the untouched nature, fishing, ice sculpture, spa’s and sleeping in the light. (it doesn’t get dark there in June!) wander-lust.nl/relaxing-activities-in-kukkolaforsen-swedish-lapland/

Grilled fish
Smoking freshly caught fish in Sweden

Elke’s trip to Norway – August
“Cried when they landed, in the bus and cried when I saw the first mountain.” All because it was so beautiful. What a stunning place! Together with Visit Norway Elke and a bunch of journalists visited the Fjords where she learned how to kayak. wander-lust.nl/my-amazing-trip-through-north-west-norway/

Visit North West Norway
Crying 3.0

So there you have it, new memories were made, hidden gems were discovered and many new hotspots were found. These were our favorite wanderlust moments of 2016. We hope we’ve inspired you this past year! It was great to see that some of you actually did the trips or took the route we wrote about! Get ready for 2017 as we have more exiting things planned!

For more impressions about all our trips, check our YOUTUBE Channel where we add all our travel memories! We need more subscribers so hopefully you guys can help us out! 😉

Love,

Elke & Sarah

Recipe » This summer’s best cocktail!

Last weekend we went to Valencia for the weekend. We were there for a few days only, but it felt like a full summer holiday! Every city inspires us in a different way and Valencia inspired us to a a-ma-zing summer cocktail.

The combination between sun, beach, delicious pinchos, local prosecco (seriously cheap and good) and architecture, is what made us so intense happy in Valencia. Everything what we needed after spending some cold days back in the Netherlands.

Valencia treated us well, when we arrived it was 27° and the rest of the days it was around 24°. On the second day we went to the beach. After a long warm beach day we ordered a cold fresh drink: Aqua di Valencia at the bar of La Mas Bonita. If you are looking for a nice alcoholic refreshment then this is the summer cocktail for you! (and so easy to prepare!)

Ingredients:
» 1/4 liter Prosecco
» 3/4 liter Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
» 100 ml Vodka
» 100 ml Gin
» 50 g Brown Sugar
»  4 Strawberries

How to make it:
Put a good amount of ice into a large glass. Add the brown sugar. Cut the strawberries into small pieces. Add the strawberries, gin, vodka, prosecco and fresh orange juice Cava.
Done!

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From now on this is our favorite summer cocktail for this summer!

Enjoy!

Love,

Wander-Lust

The Valencia Guide 2019!

With no time for preparations and any planning we flew over to the Spanish coastal city. May/June is the perfect period to visit Valencia because the temperatures are close to perfection. Valencia is not a overcrowded city and you will enjoy the peaceful alleys around town. It’s perfect for friends or couples and families. It’s all about eating out, shopping, chatting on the lively town squares or getting your tan on. When you arrive at the airport, it’s fairly easy to get to the city center and we advice you to take the metro. Taxi’s from the airport are always pricier and the Metro will only cost you €4.90,- plus it get’s you right into town within 30 min.

Roads of Valencia

Things to do in Valencia
Check the Centre Cultural La Nau for several expositions. At the moment you can see the very impressive photo exposition about the refugees called Refugiados which is on until June 5th. Check here for all the expositions.
Hire yourself a bicycle for 1-2 days. This is our tip for every city you’ll go. You will see the city in a different perspective and you get there in your own time. We hired our bicycles at solution bikes for 10-15 euro’s per 24h.
Walk around and check out the Street Art in Valencia. We were amazed about the talent you will find around every corner, especially in old town. 


Cool street art

The Beach of Valencia
When a city has a beach, we’re happy campers because this gives you the ultimate holiday feeling. As soon as we arrived in our hotel, we took the local bus to the beach and ate some tapas. Like Barcelona, this beach has a strip with beach restaurants. In and around the beach there are a few places we thought you should know about:
» Fabrica de heilo, for a nice beer, wine or combinados (mix drink) you should visit the old ice factory on Calle de Pavia 37. It’s right across the beach but if you don’t know it, you might miss it. It’s a place where the locals meet up and where they play music a few times a week. It’s a relaxed atmosphere with cool vintage  furniture. www.facebook.com/lafabricadehielovalencia
» La Mas Bonita, Yes, it’s a popular place and even though we like to discover new places, we couldn’t help ourselves and booked a lunch table. Enjoy healthy salads, sandwiches, fruit smoothies and the most delicious cakes. You need to make a reservation. You can do it on spot and wait at the beach where you can relax at their bar. Super nice bohemian garden with beautiful flowers. Tip » Try the cold chai tea with a shot of baileys and the Aubergine and tomato millefeville with goat cheese and pesto! www.lamasbonita.es/en

Costes in Valencia
Sarah wearing Costes Maxi Print Dress. Buy it here

Sarah in Valencia, Spain
Sarah in the Costes Bikini

Hotspot Valencia
Locals only at Fabrica de heilo

Tapas at the beach
Our first meal at the beach: Tapas!

Where to Eat
Besides Tapas and Pinchos* there are so many other food options in Valencia. You will find that this city offers a wide variety of cuisines. These are our faves:
» Dulce de Leche for breakfast or lunch. Great coffee, sandwhiches and a-ma-zing cakes! www.pasteleriadulcedeleche.com
» Mercado Colón, a big food court in the middle traffic that doesn’t feel too crowded. 10 restaurants and a few cafe’s make this a cool place to sit.
» Tintofino, Great Spanish and Italian dishes, wines and cheese, Make a reservation! Calle Corregeria, 38
» Copenhagen, this amazing veggie and vegan restaurant is so good that meat lovers choose this over burgers. www.grupocopenhagen.com
» Sagardi, one of the most popular Pincho places in Valencia! €1,95 per Pincho. www.sagardi.com
» Naturalia for the best fresh fruit cocktails! www.zumerianaturalia.orgfree.com
» Zumm Salads, fresh soup, soy latte’s and a salad bar. The interior design looks like something that belongs in Amsterdam. Facebook
*Popular, tasty and cheap. You will find these in various restaurants. Self service – count your toothpicks (as we call them) at the end and that’s what you will pay

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The best place for breakfast!

Food in Valencia
Clockwise: Zumma Salads, Pincho’s, La Mas Bonita, Mercado Colón

Where to Shop
» Simple, cool Concept Store where you could shop forever. Facebook
» Hippocampus, another great concept store which offers fashion and waffels. Instagram
» Grabador Optica
, for the most unique sun glasses. Calle Grabador Esteve, 26

» Triggo, Home interoir stuff. We wished to take it all home with us. Facebook
» Grondwana surf shop, trendy surf clothes for him and her. www.gondwanasurf.com
» E Complements, cool sneakers store. Plaza Rodrigo Botet, 3
» Bimba & lola – super nice boutique where you will find the best and exclusive summer outfit. www.bimbaylola.com

Where to sleep
» SH Ingles, this is the hotel we stayed. Rooms are simple but clean and the hotel has a bar, restaurant plus outside terras right across the old palace. From here, we could walk straight into town or take the bus to the beach. Book here
» Caro boutique hotel. This rather chique looking boutique hotel caught our eye when we walked around town. It’s in the perfect location and the rooms are even equipped with a free mini bar! Perfect for a romantic getaway. Book here.

SH Ingles Hotel Valencia
In front of the SH Ingles Hotel with our suitsuit suitcases. Buy them here

Valencia Pro’s
» Transport, food and drinks are cheap
» City & beach in one (major pro)
» crazy delicious food
» Vegan and veggies options
» Great for shopping

Valencia Cons
» Can be busy and hot during summer (from June- Aug)
» If you don’t speak a bit of Spanish you might have some difficulties asking for directions. Most people in Valencia speak poor English. We advise you to learn a few sentences.

Exploring Valencia
Exploring the colorful streets of Valencia. Elke wears the Kimono top from Costes

Remember that you can still apply for the Wanderlust & Costes competition! Win 2 suitcases from SuitSuit, Costes clothing worthy of €250,- plus a city trip for 2 with srprs.me! (best price ever!) Go here to apply!
*The competition runs until the 1st of June and is only valid for women living in the Netherlands

Love,

Wander-Lust

*All pictures were shot with the Olympus PEN & OMD E-10