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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.