The next day we had to wake up early again to catch our train to Valencia. After a minor freak out at the Cartama station on account of not being able to actually purchase a train ticket, we finally settled back in once on the train to Valencia. We had to go back inland to Madrid in order to go back out to the coast, so we had a long day of travel. We had 2.5 hours to Madrid and then an hour and a half layover in Madrid before our last 2.5-hour leg to Valencia.
We arrived at our Airbnb and got the key from the woman at the desk of a bar near our host’s home. This was the first Airbnb experience where we never met our host through the entirety of our stay which was weird, but we didn’t mind the privacy. The apartment was nice and had access to a roof terrace that overlooked the neighborhood.
Suze wasn’t feeling too well so I set out to see the City of Arts and Sciences by myself. It was about a 45-minute walk from our Airbnb and as we had arrived in Valencia at about 4pm, I had to hurry in order to make it there before it got dark. The City of Arts and Sciences is a park and series of architectural buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. It is one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. I walked around the park and admired the buildings before heading back to the Airbnb to rally Suze and find some dinner. We decided to eat at a small restaurant right near us and I had the most delicious stuffed peppers.
The next day we woke up early and made our way to the center of Valencia. We had become pretty good at using the public transportation so we had no problem getting around. We walked around the more touristy part of Valencia and eventually stumbled upon a quieter part of town where the botanical gardens were. We paid another 4 Euro and walked around the gardens for well over an hour, admiring the cactus house, greenhouses and beautiful flowers. I was surprised at how much fun we both had there! When I was younger I would have complained about things like botanical gardens but here I was enjoying every minute.
After making sure we had seen every inch of the place, we made our way back to the center of town and got groceries for dinner. Before making dinner we went dropped off our food and took our beach towels to sit on the beach for a while. It was freezing and windy, but the beach was one of the nicest we had seen so far. The sand was soft and the beach part itself was huge. We sat and talked and laughed, wrapped in our blankets at the beach before heading back to the place to eat. We made dinner back at the Airbnb and ate on the roof and watched the sunset before packing and preparing for the next day of travel to Barcelona.