Madrid and Valencia, Spain Family Trip (with tips for other Spain Cities)

Madrid and Valencia, Spain Family Trip (with tips for other Spain Cities) Claimed

1 Week | November | Couple & 20 Year Old Daughter | Urban Trip

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Trip Overview

Trip to meet up with daughter studying abroad in Spain

Full Itinerary

My husband and I had a two day stop over in Madrid before meeting our daughter in Valencia for 4 days. I’ve listed a summary of what we did in each location rather than a day by day detailing.

Madrid: 2 Days, could have stayed 2 more

Hotel:Gran Hotel Ingles. It was fabulous and about 200 Euros a night. The room, the breakfast, the people and the location were all fantastic. It’s not on the main drag but is in the center of town. Highly recommend.


We went to places we happened upon and had great meals. Reminder: They eat very late in Spain – 9 pm is considered early!


Museo Del Prado – loved it

The Royal Palace of Madrid “Palazzo” Tour

Walk, Walk, Walk

Took 2 1/2 hour train to Valencia – super easy and beautiful scenery. Booked it ahead of time online.

Valencia: 4 Days

Hotel:Hotel Marques House: Was very good but be sure to get room on 3rd or 4th floor because the city has a sewer issue and there is sometimes a smell on lower floors (in any Valencia hotel).


– Restaurant Casa Rafa – small local neighborhood spot that’s authentic and delicious. After dinner, the owner will invite you to have a shot with him!

– Bar Richard Tapas- the BEST food in this tiny restaurant. Be sure to get a reservation if possible. If not then go right when it opens and you can stand at the bar.

– Gran Azul – fancy restaurant with incredible food. You choose your fish before they cook it!


Aquarium – Oceanografic. Very modern, huge facility. Rode bikes there through the main park (The Turia Park) of the city that goes through the whole city. The park used to be a river but now has beautiful walking and biking paths, trees, flowers, etc. You can rent bikes nearby.

– In the same complex as the aquarium there are other museums and places of interest to explore as well.

– Mercado Central de Valencia Food Market – spectacular. You can get lunch there or groceries.- Wander the streets and squares – it’s beautiful!

– Porcelain museum

– The Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken is located in the center of the city very close to The Cathedral. It is one of the most significant sites of the historic (old part of) Valencia. In 1981 it was declared a Historic Artistic Monument. It has a great significance among the local people of Valencia, because it houses the patron saint of the city (la Virgin de los Desamparados).

– The famous DRINK of Valencia is “Agua de Valencia”. It includes orange juice, cava, rum and gin. The best places to order it? Cafe Negrito and Catin.If we were to do the trip again we’d also add some of my daughter’s favorite cities and stay longer:

Seville (4 hour train ride away)

– Check out the rentable row boats at Plaza de Espana, tapas, islamic tiles, Flamenco shows!, and the Alcazar (get tix in advance).

Grenada (7 hour bus ride away)

– Check out the Alhambra (tix in advance) and the Mirador de San Nicolas for a beautiful lookout point, walk the Albacin neighborhood.

Porto (1 1/2 plane ride from Madrid) – Check out wine tasting, gondola rides, beach, and the bookstore where JK Rowling got inspiration for Harry Potter.Heard great things about Toledo and Cordoba as well



Time of year


Type of Trip

Food/Culture/Arts, Urban exploration


1 week

Who Went

Family with adult kids

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