After 3 days of hanging out and having fun in Barcelona, it was time to pack our bags and take a train to the city of Valencia. That’s right peeps…my first train ride ever and headed to a new city in Spain!
Have I told you guys how much I just adore my Company Store dog-tote? Because I really, really do. My human loves it as well because it’s stylish and very easy to carry me around when it’s time to be more discrete in public. My human is even thinking about getting one in another color soon.
Dog Friendly Valencia
Valencia is such a charming city! It is not as big as its sister cities, Barcelona or Madrid, but it has just as much to see, do and eat! (Plus, it’s less crowded which is soooo much more my style!) Often overlooked as a trendy destination, I am telling you that you MUST add Valencia to your ‘I wanna visit’ list!
Valencia has a nice warm climate, very welcoming and laid-back people (who seem to all really love dogs) and some of the most unique pieces of architecture I’ve ever seen. From Romanesque to baroque, french-classical to contemporary, this mid-sized city really has it all.
If you are looking for green spaces to leave some pee-mails behind, then you are in luck. Although the city doesn’t have that many patches of grass in the pedestrian streets (it’s mostly concrete and cobblestone) there are many public parks that are pawfect for the pooches. The most notable, due to it’s history and size, is Turia Gardens which runs across the whole city…and is filled with sooooo many pups and peeps. 🙂
Turia Garden was created from a dry riverbed after a catastrophic flood in 1957 caused the authorities to split the river and send it on a new course. Today, this garden of almost 300 acres has lush green gardens, ponds and recreational facilities for all to enjoy.
Take a look at my first hours experiencing Valencia after getting off of the train:
Back in 1560 the Royal Gardens were called the Jardines de Viveros which literally translates to Nursery Gardens. Kings would use the plants from this nursery to adorn their palaces. Today, the large garden has many trees, benches, fountains, and space to spend a relaxing day!
City of Arts and Science
If you are inspired by my blog to one day visit Valencia, then make sure you set aside at least a full day to visit the City of Arts and Sciences. There is so much to see and do!!
Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, several of the buildings in this complex have now even become icons in the city. Cool, futuristic, super-modern, iconic buildings!
There is no fee to visit the complex and spend the day walking around but you do need tickets to enter some of the buildings: the Hemisferic (a Laserium, Planetarium and IMAX cinema), the Science Museum and Oceanografic, the largest Aquarium in Europe.
Hami Valencia Tips
- In our opinion, the best way to get a great grasp of what the city has to offer, is to ride the hop-on-and-off tourist buses. We used the Valencia Bus Touristic company because they allowed pups. As long as the dog is in a bag, there is no problem for a pooch to come on board!
- The city-center, or the old town, has a plethora of outside terraces and spaces where dogs are welcome. It is not like in the US where restaurants have water bowls for your pooch, so make sure to take your own Portable Doggie Bowl.
- Just as with Barcelona, Taxi drivers in Valencia have the right to refuse you service if they do not feel like taking a dog. Make sure you have a Doggie Carrier that fully covers your pooches head and you should be ok! 🙂