“According to a Local” is a series of straight-to-the-point guides for different cities around the world. For each guide, we ask a local for all the best things to do, see, eat, and more! This time, we asked three random Couchsurfing member questions about the city they call home, Valencia! Elena, Samantha, and Laura have graciously provided us with a local’s take on Valencia to make your trip to Spain perfect! Here is an INTERACTIVE MAP of all their suggestions!
1. What is your favorite bar or cafe?
- Bar Alta- it has board games!” –Samantha
- La Fuente!” -Elena
2. What is your favorite restaurant?
- “For Traditional Spanish dishes, go to either Canela or Tavella.”- Laura
- “The Nature- vegan chinese buffet with cheaper prices.” –Samantha
- “La Planta Azul.” -Elena
3. What is your favorite thing to do outside in your city?
- “Go cycling along the river bank from Parque Cabecera to La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Go to the beach in L’Almardà. Enjoy a drink in Plaza del Negrito or Plaza Doctor Collado in the evening. Go on a boat trip in Albufera lake.” –Laura
- “Jogging in the Turia” –Samantha
- “Taking a walk along the ‘cauce del rio turia’ in the city” –Elena
4. Where is the best spot for a view?
- “Micalet tower at the cathedral or the terraces in the new port overlooking la Malvarrosa beach.” –Laura
- “Torres de Quart” –Samantha
- “Go up the Micalet, placed in the centre of Valencia” -Elena
5. What are some of your favorite local drinks/food?
- “Traditional Valencian-style paella is my favorite local dish, but it’s hard to find a good one. Horchata for a good local drink, and it’s much easier to find good Horchata!” –Laura
- “Horxata/Horchata con Fartons” –Samantha
- “Paella with veggies, chicken, or veggies and Sangria! Agua de Valencia is also a common local drink.” -Elena
6. Where can we get these local drinks/food?
- “For Horchata: Alquería de Vida or Santa Catalina” –Laura
- “Horxatería Santa Catalina” –Samantha
- “Santa Catalina (get the Horchata con Fartons!)” -Elena
(Notice how all three of them adore Santa Catalina?!)
7. What is something you wish tourists knew coming to your home?
- “In Valencia we speak Valenciano and Castellano (what you probably know as Spanish). Street names also may vary due to the different languages.” -Samantha
- “To get a true paella, you should spend at least 15 Euros.” -Elena
8. Does your home have any good sweets? If so, where is a good place to get these sweets?
- “Turrón, you can find literally any food on the Mercat Central” –Samantha
9. What are some fun local activities for tourists to try?
- “Rent a bike at the nature reserve Albufera” –Samantha
10.Do you have any recipes you would be willing to share for some local dishes?
- “A recipe I would share is called “esgarraet”. It is very healthy, but at the same time really good and easy to prepare. It’s best served with bread!” –Elena
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(P.S. Check out our list of the 10 foods you have to try in Spain here!)