This post should probably be titled: “A Bit of This and That,” because that is what an excursion on the Valencia tourist bus gives you.
La Plaza de Torros (bull ring)
When we went, we bought a tourist package that included the bus tour along with admission to attractions at the City of Arts and Sciences. In the end, our consensus was that the tour is nice if you have a limited amount of time in Valencia and want to see all the major sites fly past you (and if you’re more patient with the finicky audio equipment than we were).
Valencia’s main train station
It’s not as nice if you want to hop on and off a lot (and a bit less than convenient than having a fairy-god-mother aunt who supplies you with bus passes around the city). All the same, it did take us to some areas that we might not have explored had we not seen them on the bus route, like the port area.
That’s here, in Part 1.
We got on the bus at a large-scale sculpture, “La Dama Iberica” (inspired by the Dama de Elche)
From there, we were taken to the Plaza de la Reina, where we explored a bit more before starting the longer leg of our tour)
The bus went over the “Jamonero” bridge, which afforded a neat perspective.
After weaving our way through much of the city, we arrived at the beach…
…where we walked and observed beach behavior.
From more normal relaxing, given the 50-ish-degree weather…
…to sun bathing and swimming. My aunt declared that these couldn’t be Spaniards–at least not Valencians.
These play areas are scattered down the length of the beach.
The difficulty of traveling without a tripod is that we have few shots of ourselves, and mostly individual shots at that.
We also briefly explored a hotel that was beautiful–and beyond our means.
Restaurants lining the beach were still open and thriving with (mostly) tourists.
Our snack at one of the restaurants: a nutella crepe.
From the beach, we were taken to the port area. This church was located near the port (and was, unfortunately, closed)
Meditarranean blue (sky and water) at the port
The view along the port.
The port authority building.
These warehouse-like buildings line the port
From the port, we caught the tour bus and continued on…
…to the museum of modern art.
However, we did eventually jump ship, and stumbled across some sites that weren’t available from the bus. That’s in Part 2 (stay tuned).