The Feast of Corpus Christi: Programme of Events 2019

Corpus Christi is finally here! This year it has fallen quite late as it’s a moveable feast which depends on the phase of the moon. Traditionally it was celebrated on a Thursday but these days it has been transferred to the Sunday of that week. In Valencia, Corpus Christi is a curious symbiosis of mythology…

7 Amazing Art Nouveau Buildings on Calle de la Paz

Today, Calle de la Paz (Peace Street) is a spacious street lined with stunning buildings slap bang in the centre of Valencia. Ironically, it hasn’t always been as peaceful especially when the Monasterio de San Cristóbal (Monastery of St. Christopher), Convento de Santa Tecla (Convent of St. Thecla) and countless homes were knocked down to…

Putting La Punta back on the map with Street Art

La Punta used to be a traditional Valencian Village surrounded by the fertile lands of La Huerta until disaster struck in the 90s when a new project to create a logistic zone at the Port of Valencia was approved known as ZAL. In 2003, La Punta would never be the same again as hundreds of…

Fiesta de la Virgen: Programme of Events 2019

It’s that time of the year again when Valencians celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of the Forsaken (Mare de Déu dels Desamparats), affectionately nicknamed La Geperudeta (The Hunchback). Read up on this fiesta on this previous post. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2018: FRIDAY 10TH MAY A large tapestry (Tapiz de la Virgen) made from…

Las Fallas Festival 2019: What’s Going on?

Las Fallas Festival is upon us! It’s that time of the year again when all hell breaks loose in Valencia and everyone goes a bit cray-cray. Go here to see The Ultimate Guide to Las Fallas Festival so you can get to grips with all the ins and outs of Valencia’s craziest festival. If not, you might be wondering what the…

The Amazing Large Scale Street Art Murals of Torrent

Torrent may not be in the top places to see while in Valencia but its large-scale street art murals may contribute to an influx of tourists, especially street art aficionados. It’s close enough to Valencia to just hop on the metro and see these masterpieces in person. There are currently 4 large-scale street art murals…

Valencia Chinatown: Best Authentic Chinese Restaurants

Valencia may not have the biggest or most established Chinatown but there are a couple of streets by the main train station that are home to various Chinese businesses coexisting alongside old school Valencia establishments such the oldest Trinquet court from 1868. WARNING: Do not confuse Valencia Chinatown with an area opposite the Central Market…

La Calderona Natural Park: Climbing Rodeno de la Creu Mountain Peak

Valencia’s green lung, the Calderona Natural Park, is located a mere 20km from the city centre. It is 60,000 hectares of lush green landscapes characterized by unique flat topped limestone mountains such as the Mola de Segart (Segart Flat Topped Mountain) and sandstone mountains such as the peak we shall be conquering today: Rodeno de la Creu….

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…