We didn’t spend our entire time in Valencia taking a couple of ‘day trips’ out of the city to look around.
On the 12th we took a cab to Albufera, approximately 10 km or 20 euros south of Valencia where the paella rice fields are, or rather where they will be when they flood them in a couple of months. We could have caught a bus but with four of us it was cheaper and move convenient in a cab. We were dropped off at a small jetty and took a boat ride across the Parc Natural d’Albufera de Valencia nature reserve to the town of El Palmar. We had a pleasant stroll through the soon to be paddy fields, had a lazy lunch and then waited for the bus back as there were no cabs in town.
Port Saplaya is a small seaside town about 8 km north of Valencia and on the 15th we decided to visit, walking most of the way; we caught a bus for the first 1 km but then walked the rest! Port Saplaya is a very picturesque town built around a large marina for small local boats, no yachts more than 30 feet were evident; think St Katherine’s Dock by Sea, you own an apartment and park your boat out front. I reckon we could have squeezed Windependent in but the berths all appear to be privately owned.
We didn’t stay too long as we had lunch booked at Casa Carmella, a way back towards Valencia; this is a wonderful Paella restaurant just over 3 km from the marina. We caught a cab from Port Saplaya and Valeria gave the cabby directions in Spanish and he asked if we’d prefer to speak English. ‘Sure, if you want to practice your English’ said Valeria, and the cabby responded in broad Sarf London having been born and raised in Southall to Spanish parents and then moved to Spain for a better quality of life ….. go figure! We got a guided tour of the northern Valencian suburbs and countryside thrown in with the cab ride.
Casa Carmela is only open for lunch 6 days of the week and if you want Paella Valencian you have to book it in advance. It was our second visit and Bob and Margret enjoyed the experience as much as we did. We strolled back to the Marina to walk off our lunch! A mere 3 km!