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…

Swimming in nature’s jewels inland: Charcos de Quesa

“River swimming in autumn? You must be crazy!” Well, I am not going to try to convince you that I am completely sane but it’s not actually that insane to suggest going inland to enjoy some river swimming once peak season is over. In Valencia the great weather doesn’t magically disappear once the summer officially…

Day of the Valencian Community: Official Programme of Events

The Day of the Valencian Community (Valencia, Alicante & Castellón), also known as Nou d’Octubre (9th October), commemorates when James I of Aragon took possession of Valencia from the hands of its Moorish rulers in 1238 and established the new Christian Kingdom of Valencia. In 1338, 100 years after the conquest, the new inhabitants of…

Bonica Fest: Food Market Festival

Foodies unite! After an overwhelming success last year, Bonica Fest Food Market Festival is back with a vengeance. Let’s hope that the organisers have learnt their lesson from last year when it all quickly spiralled out of control… WHAT? 14 local markets across the city of Valencia will open their doors outside usual opening hours…

Swimming in nature’s jewels inland: Gorgo de la Escalera

Once temperatures soar during the summer, most people head to the coast to cool off on one of the many beaches that the Valencian Community boasts but little thought is given to anything inland. If you want to get away from the overwhelming crowds and all the problems that come along with it, head inland…

Montanejos Thermal Spa Town

Thermal spa towns are known for their mineral rich waters and Montanejos is no different; most of its tourism is based on these healing waters. Now, before you get excited the hot water that emanates from the ground in Montanejos is by far what one would expect of a typical thermal hot spring. The water…

Street Art: Mislatas Representan Mural

Mislatas Representan is a street art festival that takes place every two years, the last being held in 2016, organized by Colectivo XLF (XLF Collective) in collaboration with the Ayuntamiento de Mislata (Mislata Council). It brings together over 100 prestigious Spanish street artists who are given free rein to let their creativity go on the…

Terraceo en Valencia: Experience Valencia’s Outdoor Terraces

In Valencia we are blessed with such pleasant weather all year round that we can enjoy time on outdoor terraces of bars and restaurants instead of being cooped inside like animals in captivity. Come summer, however, the amount of time spent outdoors doubles and dedicated summer season restaurants, bars and nightclubs open their doors once…

The Feast of Corpus Christi: 2017 Programme

Corpus Christi is a Catholic feast commemorating the body of Christ in the Eucharist. In Valencia, we celebrate it in a unique way. Find out more about all the different traditions and events that take place during this time on my previous blog post otherwise you’ll be wondering what the devil is going on. 2017 PROGRAMME …