Day 3: Travels to Valencia Spain

Originally posted March 2018

Today I woke up in the city of Valencia, Spain at 0630 to some one walking in high heels in the room above me. My immediate thought was it was a tapping at the door, but once my senses were good, I realized what it was.

I got up and decided that today I will cook a healthy breakfast.
It consists of Egg Omelete, Sausage, Bread and a strong cup of coffee.

Breakfast Day 3 in Valencia. I wanted a larger meal so I would have much energy to walk the streets in search for good sight seeing.
Breakfast Day 3 in Valencia. I wanted a larger meal so I would have much energy to walk the streets in search for good sight seeing.

I am simply amazed at the incredible potent smells of spices coming from the sausage as they are being cooked. These sausages are a bit larger than the ones from the USA, but smell more potent than a large sausage like a Braut. Cooked, these look a vibrant pink color. I was skeptical that they were done, but even after 30 sec test in the microwave, they did not change any color. These sausages would be a BIG hit in the USA, in my opinion.

With the breakfast done, I prepare myself to leave the room for some of the day. I will bring the backpack. It will have my Canon Rebel T3i and a normal lens, as well as a wide angle lens. I have charged up 5 batteries, checked the remote shutter device and the tripod, should I need it.

Weather report for the day says its 10 degrees C and it may reach 19c near 1800.
It will be partly cloudy. Right now as I look outside, it looks overcast.
I may have to adjust the camera settings prior to leaving the room.
It is best to do so, in case there is a good photograph with a small window of opportunity that I do not want to miss.

As I write this, I will attempt to add links from Google maps, so you get a general idea of my travels and what I will go see.
Nothing beats actually visiting a location, but at least you will share an experience as I navigate the streets of Valencia, Spain.

The walk to Torres de Quart, one of the oldest towers in the city of Valencia. This is free to visit, but if you wish to go up within the tower, you will need to buy a ticket. From what I hear, most historical places are free on Sundays.

Approaching the historical Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain
Approaching the historical Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain
Here is the information board for Torres De Quart.
Here is the information board for Torres De Quart.
The ticket and booklet from Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain
The ticket and booklet from Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain

Google maps made it easy and before I knew it, the massive towers were right in front of me.
I went to the front office and paid my 2 Euro to enter the remains of this massive wall.
Its is 1000 and the Tower was opening. I got to see the keys the keys they use to open the wooden doors throughout this historical site.

As I entered to pay for admission the doors to Torres De Quart were being opened. I asked if I could take a photo of the keys which have lasted as long as the towers. Here are the two main keys. of Torres De Quart.
As I entered to pay for admission the doors to Torres De Quart were being opened. I asked if I could take a photo of the keys which have lasted as long as the towers. Here are the two main keys. of Torres De Quart.
One of the massive doors with the original lock within the Torres De Quart
One of the massive doors with the original lock within the Torres De Quart

After purchasing a ticket, you can leave the office, and immediately at the bottom of the stairs, go to the right while you are still on the property. There is a set of stairs that you must climb to get up to the first level.

The climb up to the first level of Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain.
The climb up to the first level of Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain.

At this first level, you can see many things, but there are more levels to go up.

After climbing the first set of stairs you are greeted by a set of double doors. within the Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain.
After climbing the first set of stairs you are greeted by a set of double doors. within the Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain.
This is the view from the first level of the Torres De Quart. There are two  more levels to go to get to the top of Torres De Quart
This is the view from the first level of the Torres De Quart. There are two more levels to go to get to the top of Torres De Quart

A second staircase will bring you up to a walkway. I looked up, and I see that I am only halfway up the tower.

Once through the doors at the first level, there is a small room with a few windows that are closed. There is a staircase that leads up to the second level.
Once through the doors at the first level, there is a small room with a few windows that are closed. There is a staircase that leads up to the second level.
Another view of the the staircase that takes you to the second levelof the Torres De Quart in Valencia, Spain
Another view of the the staircase that takes you to the second levelof the Torres De Quart in Valencia, Spain


In front of me, I see a set of stairs forks near the top. I see a small door open to the right, so I decided to see where it leads to.

I had plent of room here to set up the tripod and take a photo of the staircases within the Torres De Quart. Then, I noticed a door open to the top right side. I decided to see what was within.
I had plent of room here to set up the tripod and take a photo of the staircases within the Torres De Quart. Then, I noticed a door open to the top right side. I decided to see what was within.

From here I take a look at the passages to the left and right of me. The entry to the left is guarded by a wrought iron framed door. The door to the right is a staircase down.

The door to the left on the second level of Torres De Quart is guarded by an ancient wrought iron door.
The door to the left on the second level of Torres De Quart is guarded by an ancient wrought iron door.
A close up of the door to the left insignia on the door within the Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain.
A close up of the door to the left insignia on the door within the Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain.

Looking into the door, it is dark but I can see there is a very tight staircase. It is a winding staircase and the entrance at the top finally gets me to the top of the tower.

The winding stairscase in the Torres De Quart in Valencia, Spain. I took the photo looking down since the lighting was much better. This is a VERY narrow staircase. I had trouble navigating with items in hand and a backpack on.
The winding stairscase in the Torres De Quart in Valencia, Spain. I took the photo looking down since the lighting was much better. This is a VERY narrow staircase. I had trouble navigating with items in hand and a backpack on.

From the Top of Torres de Quart, I can clearly see the horizon. The sun is trying to break through the clouds.

From atop the Torres De QUart in Valencia, Spain. The colors seen were still vibrant even in a cloudy day.
From atop the Torres De QUart in Valencia, Spain. The colors seen were still vibrant even in a cloudy day.


I look at my watch and I see it is after 1200. This afternoon there is supposed to be a chance of rain so I wanted to be inside the Prehistory Museum of Valencia should the storms come.

I decided to leave Torres de Quart after a hour or so. I tried to take as many photos of the horizon as I could, but when I am home, I will have to stitch the photos together to make the photographs look good.