Valencian Breakfast Week: Free Orange Juice

Valencia: Land of oranges! I’ve never understood how a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can be so expensive in Valencian bars and coffee shops; we are after all at the source of some of Spain’s best oranges. I’ve also never understood the obsession with either adding sugar or serving it alongside a couple packets…

Archaeological Crypt of St.Vincent: Visigothic Chapel

My passion for exploring hidden underground spaces was mostly fuelled by Indiana Jones when I dreamt as a young boy of becoming an archaeologist. Once I realised that I had built up an overly romanticized idea of archaeology I soon got over the idea but my passion to explore has never quite extinguished. When I found…

Fallas is coming: Burn, Baby, Burn!

Gunpowder runs through the veins of Valencians and it doesn’t take them long to find an excuse to set off an array of different pyrotechnics to celebrate religious festivals, weddings, baptisms, communions, heck, they even set them off if they win the football. It is during Fallas, however, when this obsession culminates and all hell…

Hiking in the Valleys of Alarcón: PR-CU-71

Hiking trails in Spain are classified as GR (Gran Recorrido: Long Distance), PR (Pequeño Recorrido: Short Distance), SL (Sendero Local: Local Trail) followed by the code for the region (such as CU for Cuenca or CV for Valencia) and its classifying number. The hiking trail that I bring to you today is PR-CU-71 Sendero de…

Beneath the Bridges of Valencia

“Quedamos en el río” (Let’s meet up in the river) is a phrase that is often heard in Valencia but if you are a tourist or a newcomer you might find it difficult to actually locate this mysterious river we go on about. What we actually refer to is the Old Riverbed of the Turia…