If you are looking to go on a great, interesting holiday this summer then the best advice I can give you is to avoid the packed resorts and head to Valencia instead.
There has never been a better time to visit Valencia, with direct flights from nearly all major European cities at great prices, plus affordable hotels in Valencia makes it even more attractive. If you are looking for great information about the city, you’ll find it here at the official web of Visit Valencia.
The city is blessed with numerous hotels that fit into every budget. Hotels in Valencia range from five star luxury to backpacker hostels. A quick search online will bring up a whole host of choices and I am 100% certain you’ll find the right one, at the right price, for you.
The city has to be one of my favourite, it has a great night-life, amazing culture, shopping and of course there are the sweeping beaches. Here are some interesting things about Valencia that you might not read in the travel brochures.
The Home of Paella
I am sure that everyone reading this article knows what Paella is and have probably tasted it before. It’s the one dish that every tourist in Spain expects to find on his or her holiday. Unless you have been lucky enough to eat Paella in Valencia then you’ve never really tried the ‘real’ thing. Paella is not just a meal but also a part of daily life in Valencia.
Arts and Sciences
The city of Arts and Sciences is a key part of Valencia and performs an important role. The architecture on display is truly magnificent and almost looks like it’s from a sci-fi movie! It’s a must see if you’re in Valencia, if you are lucky enough you might be able to catch a music concert or other great event there. Another interesting fact is that it’s not just a major tourist attraction but also where a great deal of biological and marine research is carried out.
Not everyone is speaking Spanish in Valencia
If you’re like me then you will probably try and learn a few phrases before jetting of to another country on holiday. Of course, Valencia is in Spain and nearly all of the population does speak Spanish, but the official language is Valencian it’s a Catalan dialect. When you meet locals they will always tell you how proud they are of their language. If you can, try to pick up a few phrases whilst you’re there because it will be very much welcomed by the locals!
If you have been lucky enough to visit Valencia I’d love to hear your stories and experiences from this beautiful holiday destination. Just pop your thoughts down in the comment section below this post.
Sometimes the best attractions are the most unexpected ones. Alongside the compulsory London circuit – Houses Of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye and so on this wonderful city has an overabundance of alternative things to see that are most certainly not for the faint of heart.
These five landmarks will all show you a very different side to this wonderfully eclectic city and are all great places for lovers of the creepy and weird to witness all that London has on offer.
Tower Of London
Many cities require going underground to witness their dark side, but one of England’s most gory and controversial spaces is actually an extremely popular attraction. The Tower of London was long seen as the country’s most prolific and vicious prison spaces.
It was home to many famous inmates over the years and there are endless tales of gruesome torture and execution taking place within its walls. Perhaps most famously, this is the spot where Henry VIII beheaded two of his wives.
Aldwych Tube Station
You will have definitely spied this station before if you’ve seen any horror films that include an abandoned London subway as part of their setting. The Aldwych Tube station is an eerie and long abandoned location that now offers tours around its derelict and abandoned corridors.
During the Second World War, this ex-tube stop was closed off and used as an air raid shelter, its tunnels converted to store priceless artifacts from the British museum. It was opened again with limited service in later years, before closing its doors for good in 1994. Now it stands as a creepy and exiting tourist attraction for those looking for a good scare!
Ten Bells Pub
The Ten Bells pub is an old and peculiar public house that has been attracting visitors of the supernatural for decades. The bar was a well-known favorite of Jack The Ripper and one that he frequented regularly during his years of terror.
It was a particularly notable spot in regards to two of his victims: one was thought to have drunk at the pub and another was said to use the pavement outside to pick up clients. There have been many stories of the ghosts of these women visiting the building after dark. The site became so synonymous with the prolific killer that it briefly named itself after him, but was forced to change back after a campaign deemed it inappropriate to commemorate a murderer.
This interactive exhibit has become a must-see attraction in the city and has been a smash hit with visitors from all over the world. For over 40 years it has been terrifying and delighting audiences. The basic premise of the attraction is a combination of theatrical actors, special effects and rides, which create a truly jaw-dropping walkabout adventure.
The story in the exhibit tells over 1000 years of history. Throughout the two-hour duration of the attraction, you are led around by professional actors, who bring you up close and personal with some of the cities most notorious characters. Learn the stories of Jack the Ripper or Sweeny Todd and never see London in the same light again!
These are just a few of the many terrifying spots hidden in the streets of the British capital. Do you know of any other must-visit alternative attractions for thrill seekers in London? Be sure to leave a comment below with your ideas.
This is a guest post sponsored by The Corinthia Hotels and written by Steve Ewins. An avid Traveller and blogger who has visited more than 80 countries.