For this summer’s Wanderlust campaign, COSTES sent us to a secret destination in collaboration with travel organisation SRPRS.me. We had no clue where we would end up at and all we got was a weather forecast that was looking extremely positive. (25-28 degrees!) The feeling you get without knowing where you’re going is pretty exciting to say the least! On Saturday was the big day and we could finally scratch our SRPRS.me card which would reveal our destination…and..WE WERE GOING TO VALENCIA!
With no time for preparations and any planning we flew over to the Spanish coastal city. May/June is the perfect period to visit Valencia because the temperatures are close to perfection. Valencia is not a overcrowded city and you will enjoy the peaceful alleys around town. It’s perfect for friends or couples and families. It’s all about eating out, shopping, chatting on the lively town squares or getting your tan on. When you arrive at the airport, it’s fairly easy to get to the city center and we advice you to take the metro. Taxi’s from the airport are always pricier and the Metro will only cost you €4.90,- plus it get’s you right into town within 30 min.
Things to do in Valencia
Check the Centre Cultural La Nau for several expositions. At the moment you can see the very impressive photo exposition about the refugees called Refugiados which is on until June 5th. Check here for all the expositions.
Hire yourself a bicycle for 1-2 days. This is our tip for every city you’ll go. You will see the city in a different perspective and you get there in your own time. We hired our bicycles at solution bikes for 10-15 euro’s per 24h.
Walk around and check out the Street Art in Valencia. We were amazed about the talent you will find around every corner, especially in old town.
The Beach of Valencia
When a city has a beach, we’re happy campers because this gives you the ultimate holiday feeling. As soon as we arrived in our hotel, we took the local bus to the beach and ate some tapas. Like Barcelona, this beach has a strip with beach restaurants. In and around the beach there are a few places we thought you should know about:
» Fabrica de heilo, for a nice beer, wine or combinados (mix drink) you should visit the old ice factory on Calle de Pavia 37. It’s right across the beach but if you don’t know it, you might miss it. It’s a place where the locals meet up and where they play music a few times a week. It’s a relaxed atmosphere with cool vintage furniture. www.facebook.com/lafabricadehielovalencia
» La Mas Bonita, Yes, it’s a popular place and even though we like to discover new places, we couldn’t help ourselves and booked a lunch table. Enjoy healthy salads, sandwiches, fruit smoothies and the most delicious cakes. You need to make a reservation. You can do it on spot and wait at the beach where you can relax at their bar. Super nice bohemian garden with beautiful flowers. Tip » Try the cold chai tea with a shot of baileys and the Aubergine and tomato millefeville with goat cheese and pesto! www.lamasbonita.es/en
Sarah wearing Costes Maxi Print Dress. Buy it here
Sarah in the Costes Bikini
Our first meal at the beach: Tapas!
Where to Eat
Besides Tapas and Pinchos* there are so many other food options in Valencia. You will find that this city offers a wide variety of cuisines. These are our faves:
» Dulce de Leche for breakfast or lunch. Great coffee, sandwhiches and a-ma-zing cakes! www.pasteleriadulcedeleche.com
» Mercado Colón, a big food court in the middle traffic that doesn’t feel too crowded. 10 restaurants and a few cafe’s make this a cool place to sit.
» Tintofino, Great Spanish and Italian dishes, wines and cheese, Make a reservation! Calle Corregeria, 38
» Copenhagen, this amazing veggie and vegan restaurant is so good that meat lovers choose this over burgers. www.grupocopenhagen.com
» Sagardi, one of the most popular Pincho places in Valencia! €1,95 per Pincho. www.sagardi.com
» Naturalia for the best fresh fruit cocktails! www.zumerianaturalia.orgfree.com
» Zumm Salads, fresh soup, soy latte’s and a salad bar. The interior design looks like something that belongs in Amsterdam. Facebook
*Popular, tasty and cheap. You will find these in various restaurants. Self service – count your toothpicks (as we call them) at the end and that’s what you will pay
Where to Shop
» Simple, cool Concept Store where you could shop forever. Facebook
» Hippocampus, another great concept store which offers fashion and waffels. Instagram
» Grabador Optica, for the most unique sun glasses. Calle Grabador Esteve, 26
» Triggo, Home interoir stuff. We wished to take it all home with us. Facebook
» Grondwana surf shop, trendy surf clothes for him and her. www.gondwanasurf.com
» E Complements, cool sneakers store. Plaza Rodrigo Botet, 3
» Bimba & lola – super nice boutique where you will find the best and exclusive summer outfit. www.bimbaylola.com
Where to sleep
» SH Ingles, this is the hotel we stayed. Rooms are simple but clean and the hotel has a bar, restaurant plus outside terras right across the old palace. From here, we could walk straight into town or take the bus to the beach. Book here
» Caro boutique hotel. This rather chique looking boutique hotel caught our eye when we walked around town. It’s in the perfect location and the rooms are even equipped with a free mini bar! Perfect for a romantic getaway. Book here.
In front of the SH Ingles Hotel with our suitsuit suitcases. Buy them here!
» Transport, food and drinks are cheap
» City & beach in one (major pro)
» crazy delicious food
» Vegan and veggies options
» Great for shopping
» Can be busy and hot during summer (from June- Aug)
» If you don’t speak a bit of Spanish you might have some difficulties asking for directions. Most people in Valencia speak poor English. We advise you to learn a few sentences.
Exploring the colorful streets of Valencia. Elke wears the Kimono top from Costes
Remember that you can still apply for the Wanderlust & Costes competition! Win 2 suitcases from SuitSuit, Costes clothing worthy of €250,- plus a city trip for 2 with srprs.me! (best price ever!) Go here to apply!
*The competition runs until the 1st of June and is only valid for women living in the Netherlands
*All pictures were shot with the Olympus PEN & OMD E-10