The thing which I loved more than anything was the ease of Valencia - small enough to walk around but with enough going on to feel like you're on an adventure. Easy to get from the East Midlands and not too expensive - it was the obvious choice for our girls week away!
Mercat Central de Valencia
Almost every city has a central covered market and I always love a trip to them. This one was particularly wonderful not just because of the impressive architecture but because it was a real working market - full of oaps stocking up on vegetables and people bartering over legs of chorizo. The place was bustling and we whiled away a good couple of hours.
Gingey Tip: Stop for a coffee at the Ricard Camarena bar in the centre of the market. Worth waiting for a pew to sit and sip your morning cafe con leche and watch the world go by. Especially worth doing if, like us, you couldn't visit his Michelin starred place across town!
Eating tapas in the old town:
We ate out every night and had a couple of stand out experiences. Of course there are the tourist traps - 'eat here and get a free drink' etc.. but if you just walk around and really get a feel, you can pick out some gorgeous family run tapas restaurants. the style of eating tapas was different to what I've experienced in Madrid - rather than having a drink and a small dish (more like pinchos), you sit and order dishes over an evening. Perfect when you've got a bottle of wine and a good gossip going with friends.
Gingey tip: All of the menus we saw had a simple tomato and toasted bread dish. Valencia is well known for its delicious tomatoes and this simple almost blitzed tomato puree is so fresh and tasty - it isn't much to look at but tastes just how proper tomatoes should taste!
Eat paella by the sea - choose La Pepica if you can!
Gingey Tip: Drink the local wine - we ordered a bottle of the El Miracle Chardonnay/ Sauvignon Blanc and it was absolutely delicious!
Here's to you my beautiful bestie - where are we going next?