4 nights in Valencia - ideas folks?

May 2nd, 2014, 01:20 PM
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lin - thanks for the breakfast tips. we have usually been able to find great little places for breakfast in Spain, so we'll look out for the 100 Montaditos. and for the warning about thieves; we've managed to avoid them everywhere on our travels except in Burgos, where our car got broken into one night. Luckily we had taken everything of value out of it, but it was still a nuisance.

also for the info about the Albufera buses and the restaurant. A car for the day might be the answer!
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May 2nd, 2014, 01:33 PM
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yes, if wether is nice you might even want to continue on to Cullera after the Albufera, or go there first and stop at Albufera and El Palmar now ay back.. , taking the coast road when you arrive near the town, towards the FARO ( lighthouse) for one of the prettiest drives within 40 minutes of Valencia. Nice beach there and an old old hotel right on beach called SICANIA, is where I love to have a drink and read a book in winter if I venture away from town.


http://www.hotelsicania.com
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May 2nd, 2014, 01:34 PM
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oh dear.. wish there was an edit button. wow . sorry about the typos .
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May 3rd, 2014, 03:18 AM
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no probs, lin, i got the message. sounds like a nice idea if we fancy venturing out into the country for the day.
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May 3rd, 2014, 03:40 AM
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Lin, i had a look at some of the restaurants in El Palmar, and found this one which very helpfully sets out the different sorts of rice dishes they have. The only trouble is, I have no idea what the difference between them is!

http://www.arroceriamaribel.com/la-a...el/cocina.html

could you or any other kind person explain what the differences are, and what we ought to be looking out for in a restaurant that offers paella and other rice dishes?
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May 3rd, 2014, 08:53 AM
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those are just the names of types of rice.. what goes in them besides the rice.. seafood ( marisco) verduras( vegetable) paella valenciana.. chicken, rabbit, green beans and board white beans).. arroz caldoso is a damp rice, like a risotto kind of.. , bogavante is lobster. Arroz a banda is rice made with fish north.. and a few small pieces of cut up calmer or shrimp. I like to eat it with Ajo aceite ( aioli). Also there is one called "senyoret" which is seafood but all shrimp are peeled on top with a few pieces of calamar.

Most places have a nice array of paellas or rice dishes. It is how they TASTE that is important.. so.. you will be fine, I am sure, at any of these places people recommend. But rice dishes turn out a tiny bit different every time.
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May 3rd, 2014, 10:19 AM
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Annhig

You are really lucky going to Valencia, most beautiful city. You have already received excellent advise from a local expert like Lincasanova.
To add a little, i can tell you to go to El Patriarca church, and to see the Beluga whales at the Aquarium, when visiting the City of Arts and Science, and don't miss the Lonja de la Seda.
Just in case, this is the report of our visit to this charming city:

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...d-valencia.cfm

No doubts you will enjoy your visit.
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May 4th, 2014, 09:27 AM
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Hi there yes I think our HO HO bus was the one run by the city, tickets were from the main tourist office and from various kiosks dotted around the place.
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May 4th, 2014, 02:35 PM
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thank you, jelopez - i have just read it and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for taking the trouble to write it and for the above suggestions.

I'm sure they will prove very useful.

Thanks, littlejane. that's useful to know too.
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May 22nd, 2014, 07:13 AM
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It will be super to read your TR!
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May 22nd, 2014, 11:46 AM
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thanks, TD, i'm beginning to look forward to it properly now, though of course a load of things have cropped up at work that really demand my attention.

After a bit of a lull in planning caused by a combination of work and general ennui, we managed to book the airport parking today [nearly £50 for 4 days!!!] and have splashed out on £3 each for speedy security passes.

time will tell if that was worth it!
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May 28th, 2014, 06:22 AM
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Hope to be able to meet up tomorrow.. I don´t know what name your reservation is under.
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May 28th, 2014, 12:26 PM
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No luck getting together. I had the wrong date down. They leave tomorrow.. and today I just cannot go in. A shame! Will have to wait til next time!
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May 28th, 2014, 02:33 PM
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I am traveling to Valencia (5 nights) in the near future with my two kids (ages 7 & 9). I decided to stay 3 nights in central part of the city (Hotel Ayre Astoria Palace) and 2 nights at the beach (Hotel Neptuno Playa). Does anyone have feedback about the Hotel Neptuno Playa? Are there other hotels on the beach? Is Hotel Las Arenas worth the splurge? Thanks in advance!
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May 29th, 2014, 06:36 AM
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The hotel neptuno is a correct, fairly new hotel and right on the beach. it is fine. Unless you feel like the splurge it is not necessary. but you will enjoy a coffee or something on las arenas terrace, perhaps.

The ovation of Astoria is fantastic also. you will have a great time.

Free concerts at the science center friday nights by berklee music School at 8 pm, except the 4th of july.

enjoy your stay. Sorsi and Morsi has a good daytime menu ( from 1.30-3pm) that will suit your family. Science center area location and others in the city.
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May 29th, 2014, 08:12 AM
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the LOCATION of Astoria...
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May 29th, 2014, 08:54 AM
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just dropping in to thank EVERYONE but especially lin for all your help and great tips. We had the best time, apart from not being able to get together with Lin. Next time! [but not at the airport, it was chaos!]

TR coming up folks!

PS - reading your tips through, the very first bar we went in at about 11 pm on Sunday night after we'd checked into our hotel was the first bar that Lin recommended on this thread, which of course I'd forgotten to print out - fancy that!
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May 29th, 2014, 11:30 AM
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Hahaha! What a coincidence!
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May 29th, 2014, 12:18 PM
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completely, lin, 'cos I had entirely forgotten your recommendation. it was a good one though!

BTW, the name of the restaurant that I was trying to remember when we were speaking on the 'phone was "El Encuentro", which we loved. I'm sure that Lin knows it well, but for anyone who is reading this and would like to try traditional well-priced and beautifully cooked spanish food, this would be a good place to come. Although we arrived at what for us was a late hour to sit down for dinner [8.45] so we occupied only the 2nd table in the place, it was early for the locals, most of whom were still showing up when we left at about 10.30. They were extremely patient in helping to explain the menu, choose one of the very reasonably priced bottles of wine, and friendly without being over-attentive. I'm sure that you know this place, though unusually for me, I was entirely unable to remember its name! [are you noticing a theme here? I will blame my age!]
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May 29th, 2014, 12:22 PM
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oops - here's the link:

http://www.english.restauranteelencuentro.es

it's in the street to the west of the Plaza de Ayunimento, round the back of the Hotel Melia Plaza, which BTW turned out to be a pretty good choice. It doesn't have a great deal of character, but the room was very comfortable, nice bathroom, very quiet and the hotel is in a very good location.
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