When we arrived here, I wasn’t expecting anything too special, just another Spanish city, probably mega beautiful, probably full of a billion delicious things that I want to eat, probably has some mind blowing cathedral, the usual. And Valencia does indeed have all of those things, plus a fabulous food market in which I want to live, but it has something else too; a much more elusive quality when it comes to European cities. Namely, hipness.
How did I discover this during my exceedingly short two-day stay, you ask? It didn’t take much. All anyone has to do is stroll around for five minutes and have their senses bombarded with the street art that lives on every store front, apartment building, and exposed wall in the city and it’s obvious. Take a moment to look a little closer at the people sitting at tables made of recycled wood in colorful cafes and the shops displaying clothes and bags made by local designers and there’s no denying it. This place is full of artists, and the creative energy that flows around here is almost tangible.
Above all, the street art is what really captured me. I spent a whole day walking around taking it in. These are some of my favorites.
The city was beautiful in its own right as well. These are some photos of the more old-Europeaney side of Valencia.
I will definitely come back to this place again. Hopefully by then my Spanish won’t be so non-existent and I’ll have more time. I’d like to get to know this place better.