Layover Near Madrid’s Main Airport

Sometimes our travel arrangements require us to either catch an early flight out in the morning or arrive tiresomely late at night. In these cases, we often like to spend the night near the airport allowing us to get a fresh start in the morning or a reprieve in the evening. Before a recent early…

El Mirador Kiosko Bar Turia Garden Valencia

Eating Your Way Through The Turia Garden

We love living in the city but I must admit that, now and again, it is nice to escape the noise and the crowds and get back to nature. Fortunately, here in Valencia we can immerse ourselves among the trees, lakes, flora and fauna only a few blocks away in the Jardin del Turia. The…

Xativa Spain view over city

Day Trip to Xátiva

Xátiva Spain is a small city with a lot of history. Located about 60 km south of Valencia, Xátiva makes for a quick and fun day trip. It is just under an hour ride on the C-2 regional train (Renfe Cercanías) which leaves from Valencia Nord station approximately every 30 minutes. We recently took a morning train…

Crudo Bar Valencia Spain Jills Urban Food Crawls

Crudo Bar Bliss

Ahh, Spring! We are usually adventurous eaters, excited to try new restaurants and new tastes. Some days, though, we want to go where we know we’ll be happy. The sun is shining and the temp is just right. We don’t want to take any chances. We want it to be good. We go to one…

The Final Day of Las Fallas

Las Fallas finally came to its fiery conclusion on Sunday, March 19th with the midnight burning of all of the fallas sculptures. Called La Crema, this always happens on the Feast of Saint Joseph, who was the Patron Saint of carpenters. One of the underlying themes of Las Fallas is to clear out the waste of…

Fallas Street Food

When bunuelo and chocolate and churro stands started popping up on nearly every block in Valencia, we wondered how there could possibly be enough people to consume all of these sweets. Now we know. This city is jam packed. I’ve read estimates of between 1 and 3 million visitors to Fallas and, after being out…