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 …

The Feast of Corpus Christi: Religion & Mythology

Corpus Christi is a Catholic feast commemorating the body of Christ in the Eucharist and has been celebrated in Valencia since 1236, although it wasn’t until 1355 when the procession element came about. It was once considered the Great Feast of Valencia but in recent times it has been eclipsed by the popularity of Fallas…

Galeria del Tossal: Hidden Islamic Architecture

Islamic architecture in Valencia you say? Yes, but don’t expect it to be featured in many official tourist guides. This is where a local, like moi, comes in handy. The splendour of Islamic architecture in Valencia was practically reduced to rubble and what little is left is either in a dire state of conservation or…

Botanical Garden of Valencia: Peaceful Oasis

The Botanical Garden of Valencia was founded in 1567 and like most botanical gardens around the world, it started out as a physic garden dedicated to herbs and medicinal plants for study purposes. In 1802, the University of Valencia decided to relocate it to its current and final location in what was known as the…

Ruta del Tardeo: Evening Tapa & Cocktail Crawl

Tardeo is a relatively new concept that is mainly concentrated in Alicante, Murcia, Albacete and more recently Valencia. Tardeo basically means to live life to the max especially during the the tarde (afternoon/evening). In other words, it’s just another excuse to socialise, have some tapas and get tipsy on cheap cocktails. I’m in, are you?…

Dark Valencia: 15th Century Transsexual

Dark Valencia will be a series where we will uncover stories linked with places that are seldom explained in a typical tourist guide of Valencia. You’ve probably walked past many of these places without realising that once upon a time all that was heard in that spot was the bone chilling screams of people and cheers…

Valencian Street Art Day

Valencia is a haven for street artists because there are countless degraded areas throughout the city which have walls that are just begging to be injected with some colour and life. David de Limón is perhaps the most widespread Valencian street artist; if you’ve ever seen random ninja style graffitis around the city, that’s his…