“Calmer” than Madrid or Barcelona, and just as much an Eldorado for foodies. Whether you travel with or without a baby: Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, is simply a dream. Plus, many kilometres of city beaches at the mouth of the river Turia make Valencia especially attractive for us as a family.
In addition, a dear friend recently moved from Austria to Spain with her Chilean husband. It is the two of them who ultimately make us go, diving into a sea full of travel adventures with our two young children.
Flying with kids “made easy”: The most important tips for relaxed kids (and parents).
So how, as parents, do you go about ensuring peace right from the start, making those arrival and departure days with (very young) children as stress-free as possible? One important tip is, of course, preparation: Does everyone have a valid passport, for instance? Babies and toddlers also need their own passport when travelling (at least here in Austria). Who carries which item of luggage (and child), other than a carrier, pram, nappies, baby food, toys – clothes?! What goes into our bags, whether hand luggage or checked luggage?
Take a look at the photos below and find out how we organised it all! Here are also a few useful links for you:
- Packing list for our first flight with baby Liam, now seven months old.
- Our first trip as a #FamilyOf4 : Booking flights with an unborn baby
- Take the family to Malta: Tips on how to travel with a baby and toddler in tow.
Valencia travel tip #1 : Beach, beach, beach – and mild autumn vibes.
We booked our AirBnB accommodation not only because it was family-friendly, but also because it was close to the city beaches of Valencia, El Cabanyal and Malvarosa. This seemed to be the best choice for travelling with children: in the sand, fun and games are guaranteed without much effort. Once, I went to the beach with my older son, while daddy and baby Levin were resting: Liam even dared to go into the sea, which offered surprisingly mild water temperatures despite the time of year (end of October).
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Valencia travel tip #2 : Visit a very cool sea world.
This tip came early on from our local friends Michi & Alejandro, as well as from a parents’ travel community on Facebook. The layout of the aquariums, the quality of the food on site, the guided tour of the diverse and varied grounds: in the end, the €33 admission fee per adult (children under four are free) seemed justified to us.
Valencia travel tip #3 : Learn to prepare your own Spanish Paella!
Learning to prepare a real Spanish paella where it originally comes from, is I believe a must when visiting Valencia! This has been a declared gourmet goal of mine for a long time, as I have been cooking paella for my family in Austria for years (following the recipe of a friend from Madrid).
Turns out that Miguel, through his Horta Viva business, provided just the right offer: Outside the main city, we could learn how to cook a paella for twelve people at his home together with a group from the Netherlands – including vegetables freshly harvested from the family garden.
It was Miguel who finally taught me that the real secret “among the thousand different paella recipes” is to get the flavour of the meat and vegetables into the rice through the broth first – so that the rice doesn’t need to be seasoned at all. And it’s not just any rice they use here in Valencia, of course, it’s the original round grain rice grown especially here around Valencia.
Enjoy our cooking demo through the photographs below.
Valencia travel tip #4 : Enjoy the city’s old town district.
The old town of Valencia is well worth a visit. Michi and Alejandro told us a little bit about the history of the city. However, naturally when travelling with young children, any longer stretches of sightseeing will have to wait until they are a bit more grown …! But even so, just strolling around (in our case: pushing the prams) is very very nice in Valencia.
Valencia travel tip #5 : Discover the modern face of Valencia.
Nothing like visiting la “Ciutat de les Arts i Sciències” (the “City of Arts and Sciences”). In 2022, Valencia has been known as “World Capital of Design” – well deserved, I’d say!
Valencia travel tip #6 : Tapas, Tapas, Tapas!!!
What would a trip to Spain be without trying tapas? We have tasted our way through many of them, not spurning an extra kilo or two from the trip, and can only recommend the following temptations to you …
Fancy going to Valencia? If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to comment here. Buen viaje!