19 September 2013

Holiday in Valencia with Kids

Places to Visit

Bioparc - huge open air zoo with lots of animals and play areas -

Oceanographic - aquarium spread over a large area with dolphin shows, sharks, whales, fish and other marine creatures.

Science Museum at the City of Arts and Sciences - science Museum with lots of hands on experiments ideal for kids plus a dedicated play and experimental area for small children

Gulliver Park  and a walk along the Turia Riverbed - there are also family bikes (sort of a rickshaw with seats up front for the kiddies) which are fun with kids and there are a series of playgrounds and swings in the area.

City Centre. Cathedral, walking up the Cathedral bell tower, and some roaming around in the streets looking for "treasures" - there is the Mercado Central which is a market with all sorts of food housed in a beautiful building. They had all sort of fresh fruit juices (amongst other food)  for the kids especially orange juice since they are a local attraction. The area has small nice quant shops with little wooden inexpensive "treasures" and sweet shops.

Museum of Natural Science - small museum with fossils and dinosaurs housed in a garden.
 and art museums.

Travel

Getting around by taxi (maximum 4 people) is cheap and convenient. The Metro and buses are also cheap and easy to use. I do not suggest buying a tourist card.

Food

Stay away though from the Paella places in the city centre and it's just reheated food. The paella at the restaurants at the beach is fresh and delicious. Casa Isabella for the paella, mixed seafood and sangria!
La Tagliatella at the Aqua centre (near the oceanographic) - we think that they have the best pizza!

Near the Valencia Cathedral there is a very nice cafeteria Valore 1816 and they serve good coffee and churros!

A very good restaurant  Creperie bretonne annaick which is quirky and you are given crayons to draw with on the table mat. there are also doodles on the walls. The kitchen is housed in a bus...and most of all food was good and not expensive.

Thanks to Victoria Farrugia Galea, Nadia Schembri and Tanya Camilleri Haber for the helpful advice.