Whether you are lucky enough to be on holiday or even if you're not, we propose that you take advantage of the long, warm summer evenings to enjoy the fresh air and relax beside the sea at La Patacona. It's one of the Solamante team's favourite places in Valencia.
If you're ever in the area we thoroughly recommend a visit to La Patacona beach (in Alboraya). It's a classic Valencian beach which is experiencing something of a cultural resurgence at the moment, but even if it were not it's a magical place where you can stroll along the promenade, watch the children playing in the sand, swim in the sea or eat outside next to the sea (or indeed all four).
If you still need a "small push" to get you out of the house, we're sure that we can produce the desired effect by talking you through our beach plan of attack - that we test drove yesterday. (This was, of course, necessary to be sure that what we were telling you was 100% accurate and not because we wanted a morning out at the beach !)
Step 1: Stroll along the beach and swim in the warm Mediterranean.
Step 2: A terrace beside the sea enjoying an ice cold drink and either of these options:
Like all good plans this one is even better if you can share it with good company or failing that a good book (not necessarily in that order...nor are they mutually exclusive either !).
Now we can just about envision you getting out of your work clothes and into something a bit more comfortable, grabbing your Solamante bag and making a beeline for the beach.
If you're from Valencia or you've spend a bit of time here, then we're sure that you now know that we were in the Restaurante Casa Patacona which is impossible not to recognise by it's impressive balcony which provides an unrivaled view out over the Mediterranean.
Here's the menu (in Spanish) so that you can start planning what you'd like to have.
The good news is that this is a post with a surprise ending. Since we love our work and sharing it with you, on Friday the 18th, Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of July we'll be in La Casa Patacona so that you can browse our bags (and maybe buy one !) while you're enjoying the summer weather. We'll also be giving away a bag in a prize draw for all those that spend €10 or more in La Casa Patacona over the weekend.