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…

Alarcón: hidden jewel of La Mancha

Alarcón, deep in the historic region of La Mancha most famous for windmills; Don Quijote de La Mancha; saffron and Manchego Cheese, is a picturesque village perched on top of a rock promontory surrounded by the meandering River Júcar and its valley. As it is surrounded by a river-cut valley, the only way in is also…

La Cabina International Medium-Length Film Festival: The Happy Medium

Feature films are widely known and short films have become increasingly popular but who has ever heard of a medium-length film? *Crickets chirping*  Apart from perhaps hardcore film buffs not many people are aware that medium-length films are even a thing. At the end of the day, all it boils down to is time: short films…

Move over Halloween, it’s time to bring back Samhain.

Samhain is the original Halloween. It was hijacked by the Americans via Irish immigrants, commercialised and unleashed unto the world. In essence it’s the same but I prefer to celebrate the original rather than the pretender. But what is Samhain? It is an ancient Celtic celebration that marks the end of the harvest period and…

Iglesia de San Esteban Protomártir: Surprising Baroque Church

Despite its central location, this church goes largely unnoticed because from the outside you wouldn’t expect the splendour that is hidden behind its nondescript façade. The simple entrances located on Plaza de San Esteban and Plaza de la Comunión also contribute to the invisibility of this church. Next to the entrance at Plaza de la Comunión de…