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Europe Trip – Spain – Costa Blanca and Valencia

VALENCIA PICASA PHOTO ALBUM (100 photos)

We entered the province in the south did some biking on one of the numerous Via Verde trails in Spain, this time in between salt panning lagoons of Torrevieja. We then went inland to visit Elche, which contains the largest palm tree plantations in Europe.

The spectacular Costa Blanca coastline was next on schedule, and we enjoyed the warm weather, the pristine blue waters and great beaches of numerous towns along this great stretch of coast: Alicante, Benidorm, Albir, Altea, Calpe and Moraira stick out in our memories.

We then got close to Valencia and spent some time in the Parque Natural de la Albufera, a huge freshwater lagoon that is the breeding ground for hundreds of migrating and indigenous bird species. It is also full of rice fields, and it is the true birthplace of the paella, which can be found in all its varieties in the local restaurants.

The third largest town of Spain, Valencia is a vibrant and friendly place, where old and new mix in a great way. We spent a day wandering around the old town center, full of Modernista buildings and containing plenty of beautiful churches and great ruins. The Jardins de Turia, a 9 km long green lung running through the town in the riverbed of the Turia, is another great place to wander around, and we walked in between the bike paths, playgrounds, dog ponds, and the great giant Gulliver with tens of slides in the February sun. The aesthetically stunning City of Arts and Sciences finally, is a collection of amazing buildings housing the most diverse themes, but it is great just to look around at what the architect all tried to achieve.

After a side-trip inland, we returned to the coast to visit the last beaches and coastal towns of the region, with Peñiscola and Oropesa del Mar with its own campground carnival.

Next, we’ll tell you about the trip to Castilla-La Mancha and Aragon, the freezing inland of Spain.

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