VALENCIA - where tradition and modernism collide

21st -26th March 2021

led by Doug and Terry


Valencia is a city that one should visit at least once in a lifetime.

Indeed, the locals say that Valencia is a ‘little piece of heaven, fallen to earth’, and who are we to argue as we take in the palm fringed squares, fountains, pools and dazzling modern architecture.

We have been lured to Valencia by the compelling juxtaposition of the Old Town - buzzing with street art, pavement cafes and captivating charm - and the ultra-modern architecture of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences).

What an incredible vision of the future it is – sweeping white structures mirrored in crystal clear pools, resplendent in the day against the deep blue Spanish skies and beautifully illuminated at night. Valencia is a city of contradictions and questions, a city of answers and riddles – certainly a city to feed our creative souls.


We will be based right in the heart of the old town. This will allow us to dispense with a vehicle. We can be free to wander the streets as we wish, unencumbered – and explore the delights of Catalan architecture.

We will explore the Main Valencia Cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the La Lonja de Seda Silk Exchange in all its gothic glory.

Our explorations will undoubtedly take us into the famous Central Market – housed within a classic Modernist building with high ceilings and impressive art deco style details. It was recently refurbished bringing back the beauty of the original colourful ceramic tiles.

Valencia's Mercado Central is the largest market in Europe. Covering over 8,000 square metres with almost 1,500 food stalls. This is a place to head to discover a genuinely local Valencia, to mingle with the locals, enjoy the bustle of everyday life and immerse ourselves fully in the local culture.

As a contrast to the Old Town we can use public transport for the short ride over to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Here we have such a contrast to work with. Sleek lines, clear, distinct colours. Ripples, reflections, light and shade. Undoubtedly we will spend time here at sundown to capture the magical blue hour.

Being Spain, we will be sure to take time out to enjoy La Buena Vida (which admittedly doesn't sound as poetic as La Dolce Vita). Spaniards themselves never tire of saying: "En España, se vive muy bien." (In Spain, one lives very well.)



SH Inglés is undoubtedly one of the best and most charming hotels in Valencia, the ideal choice of accommodation to enjoy a city filled  with Mediterranean light and an entrepreneurial spirit, offering services and facilities of the highest quality.

Perfectly situated a 5-minute walk from both Valencia Cathedral and the Mercado Central market.

Airy rooms with modern accents feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. Most have city views and some provide balconies

One cancellation place available - email to book

PRICING: £1,875.00 pp


Partner rate (non photographing)  £1,045

Includes £10 carbon offsetting fee. This is a voluntary contribution. Please advise us if you would rather opt-out and we will cover your contribution.


Five nights single room accommodation at the Hotel SH Ingles including breakfast.

Transfers to and from Valencia airport (if your flight coincides with ours).

Public transport around Valencia as required

Tuition from Doug and Terry.

Max, 10 clients.


Flights, insurance, meals (apart from those listed), airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours.

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.


Depart:  Sunday 21st March 2021 Easyjet from Gatwick, EZY8225 departs 17:30 arrives Valencia 20:50.  Return:  Friday 26th March 2021 Easyjet from Valencia, EZY8222 departs 11:35 arrives Gatwick 13:05.

Flying time about three hours.

Average temperature High 20° /  Low  7° Average sun hours, 7

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