Welcome to Valencia in Winter! Get Ready for the Lights!

Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina | Source

Love a Quickie!

Winter in Valencia is a quickie. As if someone pinched you. Rainy it can be. Just a few hours to quickly make place for that wonderful sun. Days are shorter, the sun goes down around 17 o'clock, people go back to work and I go for a walk. This time I take my camera with me, to show you the amazing city I live in.

I'm privileged in so many ways to live in a city like Valencia. About 900.000 people live in the third city of Spain. A little bigger than Amsterdam, not as many tourists as in Barcelona and it has the ambiance of an over sized living room. A mix of tourist people, Spaniards, students and a lot of immigrants. Mostly from Latina America but also a lot of Europeans, all of them trying to build a live under the Valencian sun.

Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Plaza del Ayuntamiento | Source

Soaking Armpits

As I said....winter in Valencia is a quickie. Survival of the fittest. How to endure the cold december month followed by january to top things off?

Well, you dress warm, you go outside, take a coffee at a terrace in the middle of the sun, take of your coat because you're boiling now, in order to sit back and relax, not worrying too much about your soaking armpits.

I know....it's a hard life. Not knowing which terrace to choose next time, forgetting your sunglasses at home and trying to choose between wearing a mini skirt or skinny jeans. But hey, someone has to do it!

Calle San Vicente de Martir
Calle San Vicente de Martir | Source

Like an Eskimo

When it gets really cold (between 0 and 10 degrees) I am the one to walk around like an eskimo. You could see my eyes and nose sticking out, the rest of my body carefully covered underneath anything comfortable, warm and elegant.

Die hard tourists and overly positive Spaniards, still have their coffee on the terrace or even a complete dinner. Why sit in 10 degrees, next to a heater with a blanket over your lap? Because they have to smoke every freaking five minutes!

Plaza de los Patos
Plaza de los Patos | Source

Getting Curious?

I'm not going to bore you with all the important highlights you can visit. Just take a look at this link. It will tell you all about Valencia and other cities in Spain. Of course you should visit Valencia instead of Madrid or Barcelona. Don't always go for the most common cities I'd say.

And if you need a place to stay I can certainly advise you to take a room in Hotel Astoria Palace or Hotel SH Inglés. Both are perfect locations to begin wandering the streets of Valencia, where you will get lost and find your way back, just because there's always someone willing to help you.

Hotel SH Inglés
Hotel SH Inglés | Source

Poor Cinderella

The first of December Valencia gets turned into the city of lights. Most buildings get their share of shining spotlights, focused on their beautiful facades. Christmas makes Valencia look like a fairytale. I feel like the high maintenance, overly sensitive princess, walking around with my fake fur coat, my fake leather gloves and my fake Gucci bag.

I pretend to be on top of the world, my head up high and a bladder that needs to be emptied...now! Quickly I slip into McDonald's, ordering nothing, sneaky as I am, in order to relieve myself from the unsustainable pressure. What worries I have, living the complicated life of a fake Cinderella. Oof! Help me before I faint.

Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Plaza del Ayuntamiento | Source

Moon Boots or Pumps?

As you can see, winter in Valencia is completely inadvisable to those who'd rather walk around in moon boots, hoping for a white Christmas, enjoying temperatures below zero, while playing around in that crispy snow. Yum!

For all of you who like shining palm trees, red carpets everywhere, having dinner on a terrace (if you dare), be welcome to this city with its excellent sense of hospitality, making you forget all about home.

Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Plaza del Ayuntamiento | Source
Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Plaza del Ayuntamiento | Source

WARNING

You wouldn't be the first to visit Valencia and fall in love with the magical powers of a good looking Spaniard. Of course you wouldn't! But like many of us who have immigrated to this amazing city of love, you would feel totally seduced by the Valencian way of life.

Your mouth drops, your eyes pop out and you'll have a fly to crunch between your teeth, not even trying to spit it out as you are completely overwhelmed by taking your first steps into the
City of Arts and Sciences.

Calle la Paz
Calle la Paz | Source
Fountain at Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Fountain at Plaza del Ayuntamiento | Source

Winter and 20 Degrees?

Back to my walk around town, you can see I didn't exaggerate at all. (well hardly) Valencia is a city worth visiting and can compete easily with cities as London or Paris. Even better, life here is cheap if you compare it to a city like Amsterdam.

No way you can order a coffee for 1.20 euro or have a complete dinner for 10 euro, drinks included. Which reminds me....I should have a bite as well. I think I'll just have some ham and cheese, a few olives and a glass of fresh orange juice.

According to the news, Valencia will experience a hot day in Winter. No eskimo outfit necessary, I'll have to bring my fake Armani sunglasses and walk around like a woman in need. In need of another day like this, 20 degrees, faking the life of Paris Hilton, understanding completely how hard it is, having to choose between a café Latte or a cappuccino.

Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Plaza del Ayuntamiento | Source

You're very welcome to visit Valencia in winter, but don't wait too long. If you blink once or twice you'd have to bear the longest spring and summer season in your entire existence.

Only meant for those who like wearing bikini's, summer dresses and slippers 24-7.

It's all up to you.....and don't say I didn't warn you. Hasta luego!

Fountain at Plaza de los Patos
Fountain at Plaza de los Patos | Source

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I am so jealous! You live in a beautiful city. Two years ago I dreamed that I visited Spain for my birthday. I hope to make that dream come true. Maybe next year.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Beautiful city, beautiful hub, voted up.


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Hi Cardessa,

Oh please make that dream come true of yours! You will never regret it:-) I hope with all my heart you'll visit Spain in 2012!

Much love...


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Thank you for stopping by Jackie! Maybe you'll have a cocktail and some olives on the side, underneath one of the palmtrees in Valencia one day....


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Escobana

Thank you for taking us on a tour of Valencia. Maybe one day I will visit this beautiful city!

Wishing you all the best for a Happy New Year!

Voted up up and away!


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Hey Sueswan,

Wish you a very happy 2012 as well! Thanks for visiting my city online:-) Hope you'll have the chance to see all its beauty in real life one day.

Thanks for the voting dear:-)


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Oh.. Escobana, you live in Wonderland. I hope I can visit sometime preferably in December. I traveled to Barcelona once in the Summer, it would be nice to see another part of Spain.

Cheers.


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

I DO live in Wonderland:-) and I love it! Imagine I haven't even seen Barcelona. Right now it's even snowy there. Cold winter after all in Spain.

Would be nice to show you around in Valencia though. Thanks for commenting dear friend....

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