Valencia's a funny old place. A proverb calls it Valencia the beautiful, but travellers have traditionally described it as anything but, and its certainly not as pretty as Cádiz or Barcelona. Chateaubriand thought that its inhabitants were rather too much like its most famous export except for oranges: the apparently compulsively and comprehensively criminal Borgia family. So we'll show you what's beautiful in Valencia, ranging from Roman, Visigoth and Arab fragments, through relics of the glorious period following the reconquest, to remains of the colonial and industrial periods. But we'll also introduce you to the slightly seedier side of Valencia which makes it in many ways a more interesting place to visit than your other two destinations - the markets with their paella canteens, places public of execution, the fairly touristy meeting of the water council (Thursdays), the tigernut juice bars.
If you want to see the new developments, do ask, but people often prefer to do them on their own.
|Base||Valencia (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)|
|Theme tags||architecture, art, gastronomy, history, literature,|
|Your guide(s)||A local expert|
|Walking distance||5 km / 3.11 miles|
|Walking time||3.48 hr|
|Total return travel time from base to walk||0 hr|
|Default meeting time||09:30. This is designed to produce an optimal result from a number of factors, including sleep-in time, access to food, and exposure to sun.|
|Total time from "hello" to "goodbye"||4.00 hr|
|Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!||
Note that there are also events in most places on January 6 (Three Kings), Carnival, Easter, April 23 (St George), June 23 (St John), and September 11 (Catalan regional/national day)
|number of people in your group (kids 0-2 don't count, kids 3-16 = 0.5)||
This is the total size of the group. Unlike other (city) tours, you won't have to share your guide with a couple of dozen strangers.