Travel update: I’m in Valencia and I’m in love with this city!


“Why have I not been here before!?”

This was a genuine question I kept asking myself just a few hours after I’d landed in Valencia.

This city is gorgeous.

It’s warm and it’s beautiful and it’s interesting. It’s historical and filled with culture but also modern and filled with young creativity. It feels a million miles from home yet it was an easy hop, skip and a jump from Manchester.

I hate admitting this but before arriving in Valencia I knew almost nothing about this city. Considering I’m a travel blogger that’s a really embarrassing fact but I’m assuming/hoping that I’m not alone here.

I knew the city was in Spain and something about Valencia Oranges so I made an educated guess and worked out it was Southern Spain. And that’s it. Yep, that’s everything I knew about Valencia.

If I knew what I know now I’m 100% sure I would have come sooner. Valencia is gorgeous! Absolutely drop dead if-I-could-speak-Spanish-I’d-probably-move-here gorgeous.

I keep having to pinch myself to remind myself that I am actually in Europe. In January. In a t-shirt. Drinking freshly squeezed orange juice in the sunshine and generally loving my life.

Valencia is my kind of city. It’s small enough to walk or cycle around but big enough that there’s a long list of things to see and do. There’s something photogenic at every turn and I’ve found myself snapping away with my camera like I’m a member of the paparazzi. I seriously can’t put it down! Sometimes it’s a palm tree with a pink sunset lingering behind it. Sometimes it’s an incredible monument, a beautiful bridge, a spellbinding church, a colourful market, a delicious meal, cool street art or simply an old bloke drinking his coffee and looking so impossibly Spanish.

I think one of the reasons I’m loving Valencia so much is because I hadn’t expected it to be this beautiful. Valencia is overshadowed by Barcelona and Madrid like two older sisters who are taller and prettier. Valencia is like the sister who will take off her glasses and shake out her hair and suddenly everyone stops dead and goes, ‘Wow, how did we not notice her before!?’ But she’s not just beautiful. Oh no, this girl is smart and funny and creative and just about ticks every box on the list.

I’m going to be spending the next few days writing about my trip but, for now, here are some photogenic reasons to show you why I’m loving it.

Valencia in the sunshine Valencia 4 Valencia 2 Valencia 3 Valencia murial Museum of Arts and Sciences in Valencia on The Travel Hack Beach in Valencia Palm tress in Valencia Museum of Arts and Sciences on The Travel Hack Valencia Valencia cathedral Oranges in Valencia Valencia on The Travel Hack Streets of Valencia Street art in Valencia Central Market Valencia Horchataeria de Santa Catalina Valencia Valencia tiles Valencia cathedrals and orange trees Valencia streets Valencia gateway to the city Valencia at night Sunset over Valencia

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • January 17, 2016

    I would never have thought to visit Valencia either, but it looks absolutely beautiful!

  • January 17, 2016

    Wow, Valencia does look gorgeous! I know nothing about the city either, but now I really need to go there! Enjoy the rest of your trip, you lucky thing!


  • Prash
    January 17, 2016

    Valencia puts Barcelona and Madrid to shame. Fav city in Europe. Go there every year. I recommend a restaurant called Islas Canarias on Carrer de les Illes Canàries, near Avenida del Port. Have fun!!!

  • January 18, 2016

    I’ve been toying with the idea of going to Valencia for a couple of weeks now, and after looking at your photos it’s decided! Definitely going to try and make the trip out from Madrid in the next few weeks!

  • January 19, 2016

    Valencia looks amazing – love all your photos! To be honest I’d never really heard much about it before (definitely overshadowed by Madrid/Barcelona for us Americans) but now it’s on my to-do list.

  • January 21, 2016

    Love your photos – I’ve heard such good things about Valencia, I’m really not sure why I haven’t been yet (especially with those blue skies!)

  • January 23, 2016

    A real hidden gem and one to definitely recommend for a mini break out of the office!

  • Dee
    March 20, 2016

    Thanks. I in love with Valencia too and hope to spend a couple of months there soon. A planned weekend trip to Madrid from Essex in April is eagerly awaited and I countdown daily.


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