Although Valencia is filled with some of the most stunning architecture and scenery in any Mediterranean city, there are still some highlights that should make it onto a more refined list. And on that list, I think there should be some of the nicest bridges, as they literally connect the different parts of the city and unite the population of this sunny and happy city on the east coast of Spain. I’ve previously written about some fun photo locations in Valencia, and this is certainly one to add to the list.
This article will show you one of my favourite bridges in the city, which happens to be both historical, beautiful and very photogenic. I’ll show you where this bridge is, as well as a beautiful coffee shop in Ruzafa that makes a perfect stop-off after a short bridge-based photo shoot!
The bridge is located over the old Turia River, which is now completely dry and actually a park to run, walk, cycle and relax in. Somewhat unsurprisingly, this bridge is called El Puente de las Flores, but the reason for the flowers being here is actually quite interesting. Pope Benedict visited Valencia in 2006, and planted flowers with his entourage to symbol the growth and continuation of love and respect for one another. The flowers are changed four or five times every year to ensure they stay fresh and colourful, normally using pinks, reds, purples, blues and oranges. On a sunny day these brilliant and vivid colours are both beautiful to see and fun to photograph.
Bluebell Coffee is the ideal cute, healthy Spanish coffee shop with amazing cakes and a great menu of normal and ‘health’ drinks too. One of my favourite things about several of the coffee shops I have visited in the Ruzafa area is the little terraces they have. I previously wrote about another coffee shop in Ruzafa, and that one had a sunny terrace outside too. With the seemingly countless days of sunshine that we get in Valencia, these places really are making the most of it!
Whilst the atmosphere is airy and light, the cakes and coffees are even better. I went there with several friends (and a few writers from Itinari too) and we all tried a different coffees or teas, as well as different cakes. There were chocolate, banana, cookie and carrot cakes all over the table, shared between us in a storm of sugar and satisfied moans!
Ruzafa is always a fun area to explore, and every time I wander around the tree-lined avenues I find a new place to shop, and new place to relax and more.
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