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