Back in 2018, we did a day trip to Valencia from our home in Vinaros. We mainly figured, that one day is too little to explore the city of 800,000 inhabitants. So, we spent some hours in the city center and then decided to visit the Bioparc. To do so, we decided not to visit the “Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències” (Science and Culture Park), which includes the “L’Oceanogràfic” (aquarium). Although these two are the most famous landmarks in Valencia, they are located outside the city center near the port. We will visit them during another stay in Spain.
The Cathedral of Valencia
The center of Valencia brings you closer to the historical development of the city. Inevitably, you pass by the most famous buildings such as the Lonja de la Seda (silk house) or the Cathedral of Valencia. Every Thursday, in front of the cathedral, the oldest water court in Europe (Tribunal de las Aguas) takes place, where mainly quarrels between peasants from the surrounding countryside are settled. Most of the cases are about the irrigation of the fields and the distribution of groundwater.
Impressions from the old town
The Mercado Central is the main market of the city of Valencia and takes place in a building that was built between 1914 and 1928. This market is one of the largest in Europe and covers an area of 8000 square meters. There are countless things to buy, eat and drink. The sellers are all friendly and happy to offer a taste of their treats. The only negative point: The market was so crowded (at least during our visit) that we fled after a few minutes.
Mercado Central- the market hall on the Plaza del Mercado
In addition to the sights listed, there are countless beautiful buildings, laid-back parks and museums. It probably takes a few days to explore the city more closely. We were in the mood for a visit to the zoo and therefore checked out the Bioparc Valencia.
The dome of the market hall
The Bioparc Valencia replaced the old Zoo de Viveros in 2008. In the newly designed park, people put much emphasis on appropriate animal housing and to give the visitor an impression of the home of the wildlife. Thus, the area is divided into different tracts, which mostly accommodate African species. It is distinguished in wet and dry savanna, African forests and even Madagascar. In the latter, even monkey bread trees were set up to provide the animals a living space as real as possible. In addition, animals that would live together in the wild are kept together in an enclosure.
The meerkats – I could watch them forever
During our visit, the offspring of a gorilla lady had a lot of fun annoying the other apes. In addition, one of the giraffes had a cub, too. Otherwise, I keep the meerkats in my memory. But check out the pictures, they speak more than a thousand words. The beauty of the park is, that the photos look like they were taken in the wild.
Is the elephant smiling?
The admission fee is about 24 euros for an adult. This is a lot, but as long as it benefits the animals, I´m okay paying it! The zoo is also concerned with the conservation of endangered species. This justifies the ticket price, I think. By the way, a stay takes two to three hours, depending on how fast you are walking.
Giant sequoias from Madagascar
The Plaza de la Virgen
Besides Valencia, we went to Barcelona, Girona, Vinaros and Peniscola. You can check the posts out on my blog. I appreciate any kind of support. This can be the sharing of my articles, a nice comment or even an invitation for coffee. Thank you in advance!