After a long flight and a quick trip to Paris, I am finally back in Valencia with one of my best friends, my sister, Natalie! She was here for 12 days and I wanted to make sure she had the best time. Here are 10 things we did together!
1. We rode our bikes through the City of Arts and Sciences, past Malvarosa and Patacona Beaches to Port Saplaya, the Little Venice of Valencia. Snapped a few photos and sipped Vino Tinto de Verano by the harbor.
2. Still jet-lagged we decided to make the most of our day and rode our bike to Malvarosa beach to watch the sunrise. We took a devotional called "Flourish" by Margaret Feinberg and it was a great moment with my sis just feeling grateful to be there together on the beach.
3. Taking a break from the sand we went PROA Pool & Rest for lunch and sunbathing.
4. Us girls can eat! One thing we are not going to do is starve.
One night we had dinner at Sorsi i Morsi on Calle Conde Altea then ended the evening at Clandestino, a hotel bar near the center. Another night at Panorama on the water with views of the beach.
5. Afternoon in the city center. We stopped for cake and coffee at Straivori, a beautiful cafe with really cool decor. We sat outside with a view of the Plaza de Toros. Afterwards, we walked towards the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to Ateneo Sky Bar, where we sipped cocktails and watched the sunset.
6. Day at Sea on a Sailing Catamaran. We bought our excursion tickets under the flags at the beach and spent the day at sea soaking up the sun and eating paella. My favorite part was jumping off the boat and into the water hand-in-hand. On our way back to the port we were able to FaceTime Myra and share the moment with her. Love you My!
7. When in Spain, it is an absolute must to see a Flamenco show. The best place in town in Cafe del Duende, They have shows every Thursday to Sunday!
8. Roaming around Ruzafa. Ruzafa is the hip district of Valencia. There is no shortage of coffee shops, cafes with cute terraces, boutiques and art galleries. We took pictures of the beautiful buildings then rode our bikes to Mercado Colon for a smoothie. Afterwards, we went to see Puente de Las Flores (The Flower Bridge) to stop and smell the roses. The flowers are here year-round and its always a great spot for a picture.
9. Natalie wanted to grab a few souvenirs to take home so we went to the old town district, El Carmen. Here you can find plenty of souvenir shops and old parts of the city walls including Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart. The streets are small and filled with cute cafes, boutique shops and graffiti murals. But first, we had brunch in the center at Federal cafe and I enjoyed their signature dish, the eggs Benedict. While leaving we had a major laugh attack in the ally. The throw your head back, don't make a sound laugh mixed with tears and some loud high pitched scream laugh. It was the ugliest and most beautiful moment.
10. We went dancing at L'Umbracle. At night, it is an open air club that connects to this biggest nightclub in Valencia, Mya. It is located in the City of Arts in Sciences and is surrounded by "The Walk of Sculptures", an outdoor art gallery. Download the Exceed App to put your name on the list for free entry or discounted drinks.
Traveling alone has been the scariest, most liberating, and life-changing experience of my life, so I thought I would document it. My blog is named Table For 1 to inspire others to lose the fear of being alone and to get rid of any self-doubt. You deserve anything and everything you work hard for.