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What to Do and See in Valencia

Photos and suggestions of things to see and do in Valencia, Spain


This is the splendid Paella Valenciana we had at one of the restaurants lining Malvarrosa beach in Valencia. The walk-through restaurants stretching from street to beach front are popular places for friends and families to gather for lunch at the weekends.  By mid afternoon our restaurant is heaving, waiters rushing past with plates of salads (ensaladas), steamed mussels, langoustines and rice dishes.  With theatrical flair each paella is carried in shoulder high and displayed to diners before being served. Valencia lays claim to being the home of paella, indeed the…

Valencia Market

Explore the decorative Mercardo Central food market in Valencia

City of Arts & Sciences

Walking in the midday sun through the City of Arts & Sciences wouldn’t usually be the ideal time of day to get interesting photos – no soft shadows or subtle contrasting light to add depth and atmosphere to the images, but this park is something different with brilliant white ceramic and  metallic  facades, giant  sweeping curves and shimmering expanses of turquoise water punctuated by dark pencil, thin cypress trees. The structures  stand out sharp and sparkling  making bold graphic  statements against a rich blue sky.  Stepping into the  large white,…

The Old City at Night

Valencia takes on another life as darkness falls The lights come on friends, families and lovers stroll the streets there are even some guided tours still in full swing. Restaurants fill with diners, waiters dash to and fro around pavement tables. To capture something of the atmosphere of the old city at night, unencumbered by a large camera or tripod, I’m carrying a compact camera with an enhanced light sensitive chip.  These are the results shooting hand held with shutter speeds between 1/15 &1/80 of a second. Photography ©Ian Dalgleish

Lonja de la Seda – Silk Exchange – Valencia

Two bright shafts of light fall across the marble floor between rows of slender columns I’m standing in the trading hall of the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) in Valencia where traders would gather from around the Mediterranean to do business. It’s an elegant, airy building; a testament to Valencia’s wealth and power as a trading city in the late Middle Ages. Naturally you look up, following the rope-like pillars to the heights of the vaulted ceiling above. The importance of the institution encouraged symbolism, the hall representing paradise…