New York Times recommends traveling to Valencia instead of Barcelona to “take refuge” from overcrowding

The ‘New York Times’ has published an article in which recommends traveling to Valwncia instead of Barcelona, ​​when visiting Spain, in an article that highlights six places in Europe in which “take refuge” from the mass tourism .

“One-day trips, cruises, rental apartments and low-cost airlines: all of them contribute to tourist saturation in the most visited places in Europe, but there are quieter alternatives if you know where to look.” This opens this list of the New York newspaper, in which five journalists recommend visiting Tinos instead of Santorini in Greece; Delft and The Hague instead of Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Kotor, in Montenegro, instead of Dubrovnik, in Croatia; Olomuc instead of Prague in the Czech Republic; Lucca and not Florence in Italy, and Valencia instead of Barcelona in Spain.

In the case of Valencia, the journalist Andrew Ferren recommends it instead of Barcelona since the Catalan capital is in “the play-offs” to become “the new Venice” due to the mass tourism, while the ‘cap i casal ‘represents a “less frantic dose of cosmopolitan Mediterranean charm”.

From Valencia, the ‘New York Times’ points out that it has “many of the same attributes of Barcelona” and points out that both were walled cities, but points out that the capital of the Turia has a “labyrinthine center full of Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and baroque “.

Thus, the author highlights the variety of architectural styles that converge in the capital of Valencia, and recommends the Lonja de la Seda for the “purists of architecture”, while highlighting its “extraterrestrial” opera house (the Palau de Les Arts) and the modernist architecture of the Central Market and that of Colón, which ranks “among the most beautiful in Europe”.

In addition, the article is set in the IVAM, the first center of modern art in Spain, and in the fact that “boisterous” neighborhoods such as Carme and Russafa have “attracted creatives from around Spain and Europe, and are full of galleries, cool cafes and attractive works of ‘street art’ “.

“Obviously, any European city with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, endless beaches, world-class culture, cuisine and architecture will never be empty of tourists, but Valencia maintains an environment ‘under the radar’ and is happily free of masses of tourists who run from one monument to the other, leaving behind plastic bottles and resentment of the inhabitants of the city, “the article concludes.