Nou d’Octubre Festival 2018: Valencian Love & Pride

Love and pride reigns on Nou d’Octubre (9th October) as we celebrate the Valencian Community (Valencia, Castellón & Alicante) and also Sant Dionís (St. Denis), the Valencian equivalent of St. Valentine’s Day.   On this date way back in 1238, James I of Aragon took possession of Valencia from the hands of its Moorish rulers and…

The Curious Case of Calle Cañete: Beatification & Beautification

Calle Cañete (Cañete Street) is a curious dead-end street, known in the local language as an Atzucat, tucked away in the labyrinth of the El Carmen Neighbourhood. Despite being engulfed by the city, this street with its low level housing has its own village-like identity with a tight knit sense of community so rare inside…

7 Awesome Wild Swimming Spots in the Province of Valencia

Summer in Valencia is an inferno; if the temperature doesn’t get you first, the humidity will finish you off. And that’s not even taking into account the days when the Poniente wind sweeps through the city and singes anything in its wretched path. You’d think that the best place to combat the heat would be…

Hiking in Navajas: Waterfalls, Rivers, Springs and Reservoir Galore

If you’re a Pisces, or just a fellow aquaphile, Navajas is your ideal water paradise blessed with countless natural springs, waterfalls, rivers and a reservoir to top it all off. The sleepy village of Navajas, located in the province of Castellón, doesn’t boast many architectural marvels but this place is all about its stunning natural…

Hiking in Calles & Chelva: Peña Cortada Roman Aqueduct & River Walk

Peña Cortada is perhaps one of Valencia’s most popular hiking trails and it’s no wonder why. There are not many places in the world where you can walk through rock cut tunnels, crevices and bridges which once upon a time would have gushed with water to sustain a whole Roman city. ITINERARY: Calles – Peña…

The Feast of Corpus Christi: Programme of Events 2018

Corpus Christi is a Catholic feast commemorating the body of Christ in the Eucharist. In Valencia, we celebrate it in a unique way combining both Christianity and mythology. If you are unaware of Corpus Christi in Valencia I highly recommend visiting this blog post The Feast of Corpus Christi: Religion & Mythology to understand what the…

Festividad de la Virgen: Programme of Events 2018

It’s that time of the year again when Valencians go cray-cray over their patroness, the Mare de Déu dels Desamparats (Our Lady of the Forsaken). Last year, people were so excited that the one of the heavy doors of the basilica became unhinged; thank God no one was seriously injured! Find out all about the Festividad…

Secrets of the Cathedral of Valencia’s oldest door

The Cathedral of Valencia has three distinct entrances as it was built over an extended period of time when different architectural styles were in vogue. First came the romanesque Puerta de la Almoina (Alm’s Door), then the gothic Puerta de los Apostoles (Apostle’s Door) and finally, the most recent of them all, the baroque Puerta de…

Valencia Food and Drink Fair 2018

Apart from being the green lung of Valencia, the old Turia Riverbed, is also the cultural and gastronomic beating heart of the city where a myriad of different events take centre stage. One of these long-awaited events is the annual Food and Wine Fair known in the local language as XXX Mostra de Vins, Caves i…

Fallas Festival 2018: What’s Going On?

Ja estem en Falles! Fallas is already here!  Can you believe that it is already Fallas? Next it’ll be Easter, then Corpus Christi and before you know it, it’ll be summer! It’s mind blowing how fast time goes past in Spain; I think the obsession with religious and secular holidays really helps to break up…