Day 171

Overnighter in Old Town Valencia.

We headed South to Valencia for an overnight stay. Summer has found a one bedroom apartment in the Old town but check in is not until after 1600, so we take advantage of the wifi and 1200 check out in Benicassim.

We don’t drive too far from Benicassim and turn off toward a little coastal town called Nules. It is a nice little place and we stop for a picnic lunch here. We then walk down to the beach look out and can see an island, this place is nearly parallel with Ibiza. The beach front is pretty quiet, not too many people about.

Long stretches of stone beaches with houses lining them, North East coast of Spain.

Long stretches of stone beaches with houses lining them, North East coast of Spain.

Once again old haciendas line the beach front with the road behind and just lanes to access the beach, still a little weird for us. We let the kids have a play on the exercise equipment before returning to the car and driving further along the coast.

Then we go into some sort of weird half empty town. The ones were they have built semi inhabited and half completed. It is really weird, you can see about 50% of the units occupied and a lot still for sale. We drove through another town similar before reaching an older town that was normal. We stopped again to take a few photos of the coast line and this gin bar with a few people sitting in it and some soft dance music coming out. Summer wanted to stop and have a drink but we had to keep going.

Gin bar on the beach Spain.

Gin bar on the beach Spain.

 

We arrived in Valencia and driving in the old town streets was a little scary. You just don’t where you are going or if you are going the correct way down the one way streets. I liked it more if I was behind a car. All good reached our place but no parking available and so Summer had to walk to the office to pick up the keys. I did a lap of the old town with Autumn as Spring went with Summer to get the keys.

Got the keys and unloaded. The place was actually a loft style apartment, the kids loved it.

Loft apartment in Old Town Valencia.

Loft apartment in Old Town Valencia.

 

We went for a walk around the old town and then got some food for dinner. We haven’t had a hot meal since Barcelona and so bought heaps of meat and then returned and cooked up a feast. We then sat around in the heat and watched from the balcony as the old town streets came alive with the Tapas bars opening and people flooding in.

Day 172

Big Paella Plates

It was hot last night there is no AC just pedestal fans so we have some sort of reprieve. But the Tapas bars didn’t get going until after 2300 so they were really noisy. We shut the massive double glazed windows which were excellent but turned the place into a sauna. There was just no happy middle place, it was either noisy or hot.

The streets were really clean in Valencia, this is one of the bars out our window.

The streets were really clean in Valencia, this is one of the bars out our window.

 

Today we head to Madrid and stay two nights.

First though we check out the old town and markets in Valencia.  Pretty awesome! I loved all the cured meats hanging and chorizos to sample.

Meat hanging in the Valencia market.

Meat hanging in the Valencia market.

 

We also saw some of the biggest paella plates and burners you will ever see. I was actually surprised at how many tourists just like us were there looking at all the food. The market was clean and not too busy, as you can see in the feature image of this post.

Spring didn't like the snail stall and asked to take one to save it's life.

Spring didn’t like the snail stall and asked to take one to save it’s life. We said no of course.

We made a slow walk back to the car and did the drive over to Madrid. If we thought all the other places we visited in Spain were hot. Madrid takes the prize, it is the hottest driest place by far.

We checked into our 2 bedroom apartment and lucky for us we had AC. We cranked that up straight away. Our car Satnav told us it was 43 deg at 1700, so we didn’t do too much just walked to the local shop picked up some food for dinner and just hung out in the AC. The girls watched some Spanish cartoons on the TV. We want to do some touring tomorrow, wonder how hot it will be?

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