Devesa Gardens Resort, El Saler, Valencia, 9th October 2017

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Beautiful and relaxing setting at Devesa Gardens Resort

We were going to wait for our good motorhoming friends John and Julie at El Campello, but seeing that they had to change their plans due to their daughter’s flight to Alicante being cancelled by airline gone bust, we decided it would be a lot easier to come up to Valencia, where they were staying, and meet up here instead.

 

We left El Campello on Wednesday morning and, after a visit to the wonderful Carrefour at nearby San Juan, we arrived at this fabulous resort at Devesa Gardens by midday.  John and Julie were out visiting Valencia when we got there so we just had lunch, a siesta and a swim in the large and fantastic pool, pleasantly surprised to meet Julie there while John went for a run.  In the evening, we enjoyed a few drinks and a meal together and a good time was had by all.

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Walking and cycling route through The Devesa Nature Reserve

On Thursday morning, we went for a walk in the Devesa, part of the beautiful Albufera Nature Reserve, just opposite the resort, trying to find our way to the beach, but proving to be a bit further than we had anticipated, we thought it might be better to get our bikes down and cycle there, which we did in the afternoon.

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Sand dunes near beach at the Devesa Nature Reserve

According to our information leaflet ‘The Devesa itself is the best conserved area of the dune system forming a barrier in the Gulf of Valencia that created the Albufera lagoon and it is 10km long and 1km wide with more than 400 different plant species and home to many vertebrate and invertebrate animals, including the nocturnal common genet, as well as providing a haven for a great variety of migratory birds’: a truly delightful place to visit with an amazing, huge and clean and, this time of year, almost deserted beach, but the sea still very warm.

 

On Friday morning, we took the bus number 25 into Valencia (a 40 minute ride) and explored the old part of this stunning city.  We marvelled at the historic buildings, such as the Cathedral (known in Valencia as La Seu) and the Town Hall, as well as the marvellous fountains, statues and sculptures.   We loved our walk along the Alameda that runs along the eastern side of the city and its many bridges, especially the utterly gorgeous Puente de la Flores (Flower Bridge).  Needles to say my camera was working overtime again as it was hard to keep up with all the marvels of this sumptuous city.

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Simply gorgeous Puente de la Flores, Valencia
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Valencia Town Hall
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One of the many fountains to be admired
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A busy Plaza de la Reina
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The Gothic Gate of La Seu. I quite like the sun beaming down, almost a heavenly sign.
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The Baroque Hierros Gate at La Seu Cathedral
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The Belfry known as El miguelete
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Intriguing wall recycling old architectural features

We went back on Sunday morning, after a lull of a rainy Saturday, this time to visit the spectacular Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias (City of the Arts and Science), which simply must be seen to be believed: a masterpiece of modern Architecture, simply extraordinary and a feast to the eye.  We did not visit the exhibits, but were content to admire the whole site and walk through this end of the Alameda.

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Marvellous Architecture at La Ciudad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias, Valencia
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Simply spectacular! La Ciudad de las Artes y Las Ciencias, Valencia, offering boat rides
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The Future starts here!

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El Paulau de las Artes
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Pretty and relaxing Alameda stretching all along the eastern side of Valencia

There was also a temporary exhibition of Manolo Valdés Monumental Sculptures, which will remain here until 10th December 2017, so there is still time to come and enjoy them for free.  Only one, The Pamela (far left), will stay in Valencia permanently after popular vote.

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Manolo Valdés Monumental Sculptures. The Pamela is staying in Valencia by popular vote.

 

We had booked a boat trip from the resort to see the sunset on the Albufera tonight, as recommended by John and Julie, but sadly it’s been cancelled because we were the only 2 people on the list!  An excuse to come back.

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The Luminous Albufera de Valencia

John and Julie left on Saturday morning to pick their daughter up from Valencia airport before heading for Alicante and we will be leaving tomorrow, but with a promise to come back on our return from a fishing interlude in southern France.


16 thoughts on “Devesa Gardens Resort, El Saler, Valencia, 9th October 2017

  1. Ahh now you are following my footsteps lol! Valencia was ok we enjoyed the markets both central and colon where we parked. Albufera is on my father’s aunt side used to go to El Saler when young kid, they raised horses then, was great, good childhood memories. Enjoy the trip;Cheers

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  2. Dear Fatima,
    I am loving your new blog and delighted to catch up with you again! 😀 your latest posts are stunning…. I´d love to visit Spain, and hope that my wish come true in the future…. Enjoy your trips, my friend… All this places are gorgeous. Love & best wishes 😀 xx

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    1. Thank you, Aquileana. It is the longest I’ve been in Spain since I left to settle in England in 1985. We are back in France now to do some fishing, but will return to southern Spain for the winter months.
      I am sure you will visit Spain soon. Where do you live?

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      1. I live in Argentina…. Hence, a bit far away from Europe. I have had the chance the visit London and Paris though… But Spain will be a dream come true…. xx Happy weekend dear Fatima!

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      2. Beautiful country, Argentina. My husband lived in Buenos Aires for 3 years and loved it. I love Jorge Cafrune, as my mum used to play his songs when we were little. ‘Un corazón argentino y un camino to español’ is one of my favourite songs. Hope you know it. ❤❤❤

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      3. Oh what a beautiful coincidence…. I am in Buenos Aires, particularly in San Fernando (nearby Tigre, or the Delta!… Ask your hubby if he has ever been there/here 😀 ) … I will search Cafrune´s song on Youtube right away, as I don´t know it!. Thank you for telling me about it.-.. Love & best wishes dear Fatima

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      4. The museum still works… The best museum nowadays in Tigre is the “Museo de arte Tigre” (MAT), located in the Paseo Victorica, by the river. Beautiful building Best wishes to you and Peter, dear Fatima 😀

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