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Valencia holds a special place in my heart. It was on my Spain bucket list for a long time, and when I finally got to go, I immediately felt at home. There’s just something so cozy about it; the mix of modern and old; the vivid yet relaxed vibe; its colors, smells, and tastes surrounding you wherever you go. And it does not get any cozier than Valencia’s old town, perhaps the city’s most attractive area.
I could give you a list of things to do in Valencia‘s old town, but there’s nothing like getting lost in it to feel its authentic charm. This intricate labyrinth of streets, alleyways, and squares is packed with everything a traveler needs; little cafes, restaurants, and shops; beautiful buildings and monuments; rich history. If that is not impressive enough, this district has a secret weapon: the marvelous neighborhood of El Carmen.
The best way I can describe El Carmen is ‘old town with a twist.’ It has all the classic characteristics of Valencia’s old town, but then you discover it is also a large canvas full of street art. Whether it is covering a giant wall or a tiny spot in the corner of the street, El Carmen’s street art is unmissable. Valencia is a colorful city all on its own, but El Carmen elevates it to a whole other level of liveliness. If you want to learn more about El Carmen’s street art, you can take a free walking tour.
With the combination of traditional vibe and modern street art, I can honestly say that El Carmen is a neighborhood like no other. So what better proof is there than a photo diary to inspire you?
Valencia’s Old Town Photo Diary
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