Valencia, Spain. The Best City to Explore by Bicycle!

Ruzafa Neighborhood

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El Carmen Neighborhood

The old city center
The old city center | Source

Paella, Horchata and Real Spanish Life.

Valencia is the third largest city of Spain and it happens to be the city I live in. Just for the fun of it, you should check out this friendly city if you ever decide to travel to Spain.

Don't expect a city like Barcelona with a lot of movement and tourists all over the place. Don't tell a Valencian taxi driver that the Catalan language sounds a lot like the Valencian regional laguage, even though I think you're right.

Remember what I tell you about the real Valencian paella and please get a little tipsy for trying out a freshly made Agua de Valencia. You could try out the other typical Valencian drink, Horchata but it is definitely less tasty though worth a try.

Valencia is like a small village of about 900.000 people. Most of the touristical highlights are to be found in the old city center so it´s easy to walk from one place to the other, feeling safe wherever you go.

When I first visited Valencia in August 2008, I immediately fell in love with the city and its ambiance. You feel as if you've been there before, the Valencian people are friendly and helpful and you get a taste of real Spanish life.

Bike Tours Funtours Valencia

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Rent a Bike

To make your stay much more interesting and fun, you really should rent a bicycle. Valencia is flat, the weather is always great and if you're just here for a few days, riding the bike makes it easier to see much more in a short amount of time.

Out of the many bike rentals in the city I would advice Passion Bike. I've tried out most bike rentals because I like to go on trips myself when my friends from Holland stay around for a few days. Over the last seven years many more bike rentals are trying to offer the same but most of them lack proper service, good bicycles, fair prices and normal opening hours.

At Passion Bike good locks are rented with your bicycle and you can count on a proper explanation in English. For a very reasonable price, a free map of the city and a friendly attitude, they certainly have the best to offer!

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Futuristic Part of Valencia

City of Arts and Sciences
City of Arts and Sciences | Source

A Personal Tour With FuntoursValencia!

Riding your bicycle in a city you begin to explore, can be a challenge to some of you. Roads can be narrow, one-way traffic is very common and Spanish traffic can be chaotic. If you want to spend your day more relaxed, you could consider a guided bike tour and ride around town with someone who knows the city like a real local does.

Apart from the official tour guide organisations, I felt something lacked. Therefor I started my own service as a local tour guide, focusing on small groups and tailored tours.

Turia Gardens

Old riverbed of the Turia
Old riverbed of the Turia | Source

On Your Way With a Local Tour Guide

I will go out of my way to show you whatever you'd like to see. I know about the best hidden restaurants, bars and terraces. As a local I will tip you about those real Spanish tapas places, instead of bringing you to the touristic restaurants, mentioned on Tripadvisor.

Remember you're visiting a country in a deep economical crisis. Many restaurants change their staff constantly so they cannot maintain consistent quality at all time. Your Spanish guide has been written many years ago and even updates are outdated within no time.

Next to personal attention, we will start our tour at a convenient time. Besides I know a lot of interesting details and will inform you about Valencia's current situation. I will tell you all about the history of this Roman city and the important background of most of its highlights.

All my tours are private and will be adjusted to any client. Find out more on www.funtoursvalencia.com and keep in mind that my tailored tours are very affordable. My prices reflect the day to day cost of living in Valencia. There's no need to charge tourists with extravagant prices to see the city at its best.

Bike Lanes Everywhere

The old riverbed of the Turia turned into a beautiful park.
The old riverbed of the Turia turned into a beautiful park. | Source

Imagine Yourself in Valencia

If you're not yet convinced about the beauty of this city, click on the video and enjoy the ride. Valencia is a city that has it all. Futuristic scenery next to beautiful Romanesque architecture, narrow streets in the old city center and a vibrant nightlife with lot's of bars to refresh your salsa moves.

And before I forget. 'Paella Valenciana' is not with seafood! It has rice, chicken, rabbit and beans. It is however the original paella and very very delicious. Paella with seafood is tasty too but this typical dish is worth a try. See you when I see you guys.

And remember to have fun, fun, fun!

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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Beautiful photos! I am going to Spain in November and I can't wait!


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Great! You'll love it!


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Wow, you truly make this trip come alive. The pictures are wonderful.


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Thanks! I'm really blessed for living in such a beautiful city....


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James-wolve 4 years ago from Morocco

Very informative and interesting.I thought you are from California because there is a city called Valencia too lol so you are from the other side.We are close to each others,Just sea, few mountains,rivers and here you are:).Well,riding the bike is the best thing a tourist can do if he or she wants to enjoy sightseeing.I voted up.


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Hey James,

I know Valencia can be an American city as well:-) Close to each other? lol...somehow we are on the world wide web in Hubville.

Riding the bike is an amazing way to cruise through new surroudings! Thanks for the votes!


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James-wolve 4 years ago from Morocco

I m in the northeast of Morocco,Nador.

Yes riding the bike can be useful in Valencia because of the narrowness of the streets and also can be much of fun.I have a bike,two years ago two spanish guys stopped me to ask me from where I bought that bike hehe I told them it was just a present from a friend of mine who lived in Holland.It s really swanky and to much expensive hehe jk .. in that time I was attending a spanish class that s why I succeeded to communicate with them but now alas my Spanish is rusty hehe


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Dutch bikes are popular amongst the Valencian people as well. They're very comfortable. We even have a bikeshop to buy imported Dutch bikes.

If you're Spanish is rusty I'm sure you'll pick it up in no time, once you get to Spain. Langauges tend to stick in your brain and as soon as you are surrounded by it, you'll pick it up easily.

Morocco is not far from here at all by the way. Beautiful country according to my parents:-)


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James-wolve 4 years ago from Morocco

Oh were your parents here they must visit my little scruffy town lol..You know I told to that spanish guys that you left beautiful bikes in Erope and you came here asking bikes.The funny thing one of them asked me to give it to him to check if it is good quality ,I hesitated a little bit and I lend him the bike.While he was riding the bike away from us,my heart was throbbing with every push on the petal because I thought he would steal it,especially the one who was with me has a car..so at any moment he would punch me and jump in the car scurrying in the will o the wisps hahaha dreadful thoughts hehe so when his friend returned my heartbeats calmed down lol

I must return back to learn Spanish :)


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

I can imagine lending your bike to strangers might be risky but you felt somewhere deep down inside, they were OK people.

If you decide to turn back to learning Spanish, www.route66idiomas.com is a great school! This is were I learned my Spanish and from Morocco, you can choose for online classes.

You might find it worth the try?


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James-wolve 4 years ago from Morocco

Okey,Thanks so much.I will check it.I am little intermediate .I understand when it is written text but it makes me ages to build up a meaningful sentence hehe I read before 4 or 5 novels of paulo coelho.His novels are great and he uses simple Spanish words.I tried Marquize before but I failed to get the main point of his novel which talks about his intimate relationships with those girls,you know what kind of girls I m talking about.It was annoying more than enjoyable.Because I kept checking dictionary hehe several times:)


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

The original paella with seafood sounds delicious! Valencia seems like a great city for nightlife. I'm also fascinated by Ancient Greek art and architecture as well as music, literature and drama. I like the idea of a bike tour with a private guide. Playas Las Arenas is stunning! The beaches up there are a lot nicer than the ones down here in South Florida. I love that fine white sand where you can bury your toes in. Madrid and Barcelona are among other great cities that I would be interested in visiting. Thanks again for this awesome hub!


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Hi Lovedoctor!

Glad I could motivate you in maybe coming over one day. Barcelona I´ve never been to but Madrid is nice. However both cities are very big which I don´t like that much.

Nightlife in Valencia is super! I´m not going out that much anymore but I sure got a good taste of nightlife in the beginning of my time here:)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago

Extraordinarily beautiful. Those are great videos. I love Spain.. and every other city of the Iberian Peninsula! When I read your title.. for some reason..(and I don't know why) I was thinking 'La Vuelta a Espana', like the Giro D'italia and the tour de France. I did not know Valencia was a cycle-friendly city as well.. for tourist alike. I'v been to Barcelona.. but that is definitely not a place for bicycling :) Instead.. Valencia, seems perfect for a fun biking vacation.. with its scenic routes! And so many other interesting things to do! I checked out the Valencian paella! this looks delicious! I think I do Imagine myself in Valencia! Informative Hub, Up & shared! Thanks Escobana for sharing :)


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Hey Jangaplanet!

Great to see you here:-) La vuelta a Espana sounds very interesting. For the tours I have in mind there should be no hills. I'm the lazy type I'm afraid:)

Barcelona isn't flat like Valencia so I can see why it's not cycle-friendly and traffic is more chaotic as well as in Madrid.

I know you are a great fan of travelling. I've read your Hubs about the many places you've been so I can see why you'd like to try out Valencia. If you ever visit my town, let me know so I can show you around.

Preferably by bike of course, lunch in Pepica's and agua de Valencia in my own neighborhood El Carmen.

Thanks for the votes and more thanks for the sharing to you!

Hasta pronto:)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...thank you for this fabulous hub presentation - you are a wonderful tour guide indeed and I just sent you some fan mail - yes this all looks pretty good to a Canadian who has a furnace blowing warm air right now and who lives about 150 feet or so away from cold windy and now snowy lake erie in late November in Canada - 10:07am - reminds me of that evocative song by Frank Sinatra - Come fly with me!

Sending you warm wishes and good energy my friend ...


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia Author

Dear Epi!

Sorry for responding so late. I'm going through some emotional turmoil here but it gives good food for inspiration and interesting writings.

Loved your fanmail! Thanks so much! With so many followers around I'm honored to be one of them:-) Glad you liked my tour through Valencia. I´m flying with you and Sinatra and feel positive vibes flowing through my heart and soul....

Warm wishes from Valencia, Spain 1.41 a.m. back to Canada:-)


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Great hub, Escobana! Plus, Valencia makes for a really nice destination! Voted up & awesome!

Mike

P.S. I think that you have one of the most beautiful names that I have ever heard of, Escobana! I couldn't help not letting you know :)


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Escobana 3 years ago from Valencia Author

Hey Mike:-)

Glad you liked my Hub and thanks so much for the votes! My nickname is very close to my heart...it's related to my Colombian background but how exactly will be a mystery always...

Thanks for stopping by:-)


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aesta1 11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

We were in Spain last year but just stayed in the Andalusia side. Next time, we'll do the other side.

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