Originally we weren’t planning to go to Valencia. I can’t really remember the reason why, maybe it had something to do with cost, but our original plan was to go to a small coastal town called Almeria, after our time in Seville. However, after talking with some friends who loved Valencia and realizing that it was not to be missed, we decided to scrap our original plans and make a three day pit-stop to Valencia on our way to Barcelona.
We flew from Seville to Valencia which was so easy and fast it was silly. I think our tickets cost about $40/each on Iberia air, the flight took an hour and the plane was only half full. Why can’t American air travel be this easy and inexpensive?
When we arrived to Valencia, we had some time to kill because our Airbnb host wasn’t ready for us yet, so we decided to check our bags at the train station and explore the city.
Valencia is absolutely beautiful and a lot of the architecture is modern, which is very unique for Spain. After walking around the city (and attending Mass at the Cathedral!) we decided to rent bikes to explore the rest of the city. For 3 hours we paid $9 to rent two bikes, and we ended up biking over 8 miles, which while exhausting, was awesome because we were able to see parts of Valencia that we probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
To say that our Airbnb was remote would be the understatement of the century. After Loulé, we vowed to never book an Airbnb that wasn’t centrally located and OOPS we forgot about this one. “It will be okay”, we said. “We can get taxis”, we said. Well, after taking a train 30 minutes out of the city, and waiting 45 minutes to order a Taxi on the MyTaxi app, only to have our cab driver yell at us that he wasn’t talking us back to Valencia, we realized we had made a big mistake.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Airbnb was beautiful and we had an amazing pool deck, large bedroom and awesome hosts who cooked us breakfast every morning and even cooked an incredible lunch after a frustrating afternoon trying to get home from the beach. But when we initially showed up sans vehicle to this man’s house, I could see the concern in his eyes. Here we are, thinking we’re going to plop down on his pool chairs for three days straight and save some money, and one of the first thing’s out of his mouth is, “This house isn’t meant to be a place where you holiday for a week. We want our guests to hang in the morning and then leave for the afternoon to see the city, or vise versa.”
Welp. There goes our grand plan.
So what was supposed to be a very chill, three days by the pool, turned into a very expensive, stressful three days of trying to order cabs to go to Valencia and remote beaches, just to get out of the house for a few hours so we didn’t irritate our hosts. Not great for the $50/day budget. Luckily, there was a French couple also staying at the house who were smart enough to bring a car, and they drove us into Valencia one afternoon. It was nice, but still not what we had in mind.
Hindsight being what it is, as nice as the hosts and house were, we wish we would’ve stayed in downtown Valencia.
You win some, you lose some.
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