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…

Vía Verde del Mar: Hiking along the Mediterranean Coast

The advent of rail transport has had a universal impact on economic development throughout the world. Spain missed the train when much of Western Europe was basking in the riches of the Industrial Revolution but we did eventually get full steam ahead. Around the world many of these lines have now been abandoned; in Spain…

Andalusian Fair: Flamenco, horses & Sherry

You are not in the minority if when you think of Spain you automatically picture a sun-drenched land stained with the blood of bulls where people wile away the day having a siesta, eating tapas, drinking sangria while singing and dancing Flamenco. However, this is all more representative of Andalusia and not Spain in general….

Festival del Viento: International Kite Festival

Kite flying is a deeply rooted Valencian tradition and one that has stood the test of time. The peak season is during easter when the skies above parks and beaches are littered with kites reaching for the sky. It is said the the kite symbolises the resurrection of Christ but you needn’t be religious to…

Valencian Wine, Cava, Liquor & Traditional Food Fair.

Can you think of a better way to get to the heart of a city than by discovering what the locals produce, eat and drink? If not, then you need to take advantage of this upcoming event. WHAT? Known in the local language as XXIX Mostra de Vins, Caves i Licors & XVII Mostra d’Aliments Tradicionals de…

Hiking in Las Chorreras: Nature’s own Water Park

Las Chorreras is a section of the Río Cabriel (Cabriel River) where the water has sculpted the rock into a series of different pools connected by various waterfalls and rapids: it’s truly nature’s own water park. The water itself is freezing, even in the height of summer, but it would be a sin to not…