Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city (behind Madrid and Barcelona), but, upon first glance, it doesn’t feel too intimidating in terms of size and noise. The unofficial gateway to Southern Spain is rich in Spanish culture, including lazy days by the sea, mountains of tapas and rivers of sangria.
Any morning in Spain should begin with churros con chocolate, or, if this is too rich for you, a simple croissant and café con leche. Do your best to find the most inconspicuous, no-frills café for the cheapest prices and the most delicious coffee.
Spend the next few hours strolling through the Turia Gardens (Jardins de Turia), a former riverbed now a thriving urban park. Running trails, walking paths, dog parks, soccer fields and playgrounds are set up among trees that offer plentiful shade from the Spanish sun.
Do as the Valencians do and eat paella at lunch instead of dinner. Classic Valencian paella contains the zesty rice, rabbit, chicken, lima beans and lots of olive oil.
After lunch, grab a bus out to the beach for an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing. Shops along the waterfront sell everything you need, from towels to sunscreen to flip flops.
As the city cools down in the evening, venture out into the neighborhood of El Carmen where bars are aplenty and Valencians sit outside sipping “agua de Valencia,” orange juice with vodka, gin and cava. ¡Salut!
Each year, April 8 is Zoo Lovers Day! Zoos have existed for more than 1,000 years in one form or another. They’re often the only way for people to experience our world’s incredible wildlife firsthand. So, where and how should you celebrate it?
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
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Far from the Rhine, the Nile, the Amazon and the Yangtze, the great rivers of America have also served boat passengers for centuries, and such cruises continue to be popular, primarily on the Mississippi and Columbia river systems. Replicas of 19th- century paddle wheelers still hold sway. Small-town ports masquerade as pages from an American storybook. Shorelines are all aglitter with the romance of history, reflecting the lives and times of Lewis and Clark and Mark Twain.