Hostal Antigua Mortellana is ideally located in the old city center. It’s called a hostal, which sounds a lot like hostel, but actually in Spain it’s more like a cozy family owned guest house. Christine and Sonya, who are sisters, like to make you feel at home and encourage you to visit the best local spots.

plaza de virgen valencia

Enjoy a local drink, like ‘agua de Valencia’ at Cafe de las Horas, near Plaza Virgen. But don’t be fooled by the name of the drink, it is quite strong. Think of gin, wodka and cava mixed with orange juice and sugar.

agua de valencia

The 18 cozy rooms at the hostel are neat and the beds are very comfortable, which is great after a day spent walking through the city. There’s a 24 hour manned reception desk. The hostal doesn’t serve breakfast, but who needs breakfast when you’re surrounded with all those lovely foodie spots? My first stop is at the end of the street where the hostal is located: Mercado Central.