Valencia - A city of three sides: old, new and the beach!
October 2014 we flew from Newquay to Alicante. A short 2 hour flight and we had arrived in a completely different culture. We were heading for Valencia, a thriving unversity town on the coast with three very distinct areas; the beach, the modern museum buidlings and the old Valencia.
All connected by the dried up old river, now a cycle path and walkway
The Turia River was diverted in the 1960s, after severe flooding, and the old riverbed is now the Turia gardens, which contain a children's playground, a fountain, and sports fields which connect the old Valencia with Malvarrosa Beach. Along the old riverbed you can see the modern Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) that was designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. We rented some bikes and cycled from the old city to the beach.
Cycling along the old river bed we found some kayaking!
Located in the manmade lakes surrounding the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències complex we enjoyed a kayak adventure in a clear sit on top kayak! Not muh wildlife to see but the expereince was certainly unique!