This year my boyfriend and I spent one week in Spain to unwind, escape the disappointing weather that was “summer” in Holland, and explore a new country. Neither of us had ever spent time in Spain, so it was completely new. Our trip consisted of two stops: three days in Valencia and four days in the Dénia area, which is slightly less populated but with lots of beach areas and boardwalks. The weather reached over 90F/32C every day, and thus lots of time was spent near and in the water!
Our first few nights were spent in The Westin in Valencia, which has an excellent quiet location with a 10-15 minute walk to the city center. It is right next to what used to be a large river that went through the city. Due to flooding, they re-routed it and now the wide river area is the beautiful Turia Park, which was home to a carnival during our stay. Interestingly, it is actually the largest urban park in Europe! During the day the city was an image of white and sand-hued buildings alongside beautiful palm trees and other plant life. In the evening the streets were lit and bustling with adults and children alike, out enjoying the nightlife. Dinner is served quite late, sometimes beginning as late as 11 pm, so we were often the first people to arrive at any restaurant.
Our second stop was at the Marriott Resort in Dénia, an hour or so south of Valencia. This was a much quieter area with more spread out rural scenery, but like Valencia had endless idyllic beach boardwalks that were always busy with tourists, surfers, and shoppers. Some favorite stopping points for us were the street vendors who served corn on the cob, or chilled horchata. After a day of walking in such high heat, an horchata was a welcome on-the-go refresher!
Spain is such a welcome, relaxing atmosphere to visit and surely an excellent place to go anytime of year. The mellow lifestyle alongside the rustic and charming scenery are so pleasant that I am eager to return and see more.
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