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…

De Tapas con Turia: Tapas & Turia Beer Crawl

De Tapas con Turia is back this year. Great time to discover new bars and restaurants that you haven’t got round to or didn’t even know existed. WHAT? 34 different establishments have specially prepared two tapas of their own creation which they will offer with a 33cl bottle of Turia Beer for just 3€! WHEN?…

International Museum Day

The theme of this year’s International Museum Day is Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in Museums. In Valencia, they will focus on the concept of refuge such a cultural and art refuges but also tackling the current refugee crisis that has shattered the world. Many museums in Valencian will open their doors free…

Clòtxina Fest: Valencian Mussel Festival

According to an English (and Spanish) saying, mussels (and other shellfish) should only be consumed on months that contain the letter “R” (September – April). This is true because during the months without the letter “R” (May – August) most mussel species are spawning and therefore their taste and texture can be affected. Furthermore it…

Festividad de la Virgen: Celebrating the Patroness of Valencia

All Hail the Hunchback! No, not the Hunchback of Notre Dame! The Hunchback (La Geperudeta) is what the Valencians have affectionately nicknamed the leaning statue of the Patroness of Valencia, the Mare de Déu dels Desamparats (Our Lady of the Forsaken). The story behind the title of this virgin all starts in 1407 when Father…

Bicifest: 1st Bicycle Festival

Valencia has it all to potentially transform into one of the greatest bicycle cities in the Mediterranean as it as flat as a pancake (no hyperventilating up steep hills) and there is all year round good weather. Change is already in the air especially as the new local government is an advocate for sustainable mobility…