Valencia: America’s Cup on the Cheapo, Sporto
At America’s Cup, Goliath always wins. Team skippers are some of the richest men on the planet. Take Ted Turner, for example.
But even if your last name isn’t Prada or Vanderbilt, if you have a penchant for sailing, you can still watch the 32nd America’s Cup on an unwavering budget that won’t get you seasick. Approach the shrimp bowl like you own it and take a trip to the races in style and on the cheap.
Where to eat: Skip the port and sail through Antigua Casa Calabuig, located just outside Port America’s Cup at Avenida del Puerto, 336 (Tel. 011-34-96-331-02-69). Sailors, police, firemen, and tourists collide for cheap eats like hamburgers and shakes for less than €6.
Where to drink and ogle at boats: The Estrella Damn Bar is the “America’s Cup” hangout bar, according to Team America (BMW Oracle). The bar is located right on the America’s Cup channel in the Port America’s Cup. Otherwise try the new hotspot, Dragon, a club opened to the public on the Team China base.
Where to stay: Hostelworld voted Hôme Deluxe Hostal (Calle Cadirers, 11; Tel. 011-34-96-391-46-91; double with breakfast, €40) the world’s eighth best hostel in 2005. It’s obvious why! Local artists have uniquely and individually designed each room on a dime. Home Deluxe has been covered in glossies such as Marie Claire, which is quite a feat for a budget spot. It’s located in the hippest neighborhood at the moment, El Carmen, which is only about a 10 minute walk from Valencia’s cathedral.
How to get there: Low-cost Spanish airline Vueling has regular flights to Valencia from cities across Europe. Other low-cost airlines with multiple routes to Valencia include Blue Air, Clickair, easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomsonfly, and TUIfly.