So it’s day two in Valencia with Uemura, and the luxury travel designers have created a day all about Water.
Captain for the morning
Firstly we headed out on the water, navigating the city’s port and then venturing out into the Mediterranean, which today looked as calm as millpond! Sailing is an integral part of Valencia’s culture and it’s international status as a world-class sailing destination was reinforced when it was chosen for the America’s Cup in 2007 & 2010.
Today we were sailing on somewhat smaller vessels and since it was remarkably calm day, the sails were up more for fun that momentum, as we pottered about with the motor on. So it was safe to offer me the helm for a while! Aye aye Captain!
That aside, it was a great way to great a fresh perspective of Valencia and see the port area which was significantly remodelled for the 33rd America’s Cup, including the stylish America’s Cup Foredeck Building.
Restaurante Submarino – Oceanográfic Centre
Lunch was on terra firma – yet still with a distinctly oceanic theme. We ate in the striking Submarino Restaurant within Valencia’s fabulous City of Arts & Sciences. The circular exterior wall of the entire subterranean restaurant is one large tank of glistening fish with a few sting rays and small sharks – very impressive.
I have to admit to really enjoying Santiago Calatrava architecture – and his City of Arts and Sciences is truly impressive. Despite the controversy surrounding the huge complex (with a budget that seemed to soar to near astronomical heights; and problems with construction quality) this extraordinary series of otherworldly structures can’t help but awe and inspire with its clever metaphors and striking design.
If you’ve seen Disney’s recent Tomorrowland movie with George Clooney then you’ll have caught glimpses of Valencia’s cultural city dedicated to the man’s creative and technical achievements.
Uemura arranged a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Oceanográfic centre, seeing the reality of keeping one of Europe’s most significant aquariums running smoothly – from feeding sharks to tending to poorly sea horses – but sadly no photos allowed.
Dinner at Restaurante Seuxerea
I have to say a few words about dinner. We visited Restaurante Seuxerea, created and run my UK foreign resident Steve Anderson.
We were offered the restaurant’s exceptional tasting menu. It kicked off with an oyster with gin fizz foam; then fois; a plate of seasonal mushrooms with light hollandase sauce…
…and continued with calamari and then lamb. Truly excellent!
Sadly the meal was a little rushed as our hosts wanted to take us to a Flamenco Show, which was a shame as it was in my opinion probably the best meal we had in Valencia.
The quality and presentation was exceptional and the service was superb. I will most definitely go back! Steve has created a new eatery in Valencia, a more informal restaurant called Makhin Café – check it out when you visit Valencia.
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