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…

Celebrating Easter in Valencia

  If you are in Valencia during Holy Week and Easter do not expect highly decorated statues of biblical characters and scenes parading through the streets bringing the city to a halt, thick clouds of incense enough to resurrect Jesus once again, deafening sounds of marching bands or emotionally charged wailings of Saetas. All this…

Almoina Archaeological Centre: Delve into Ancient Valencia

The archaeological ruins in the Almoina were discovered by pure chance when there were plans to extend the Basilica. When they started to dig in this spot, they came across these ruins and therefore the initial plans had to be scrapped. It is not surprising that when you dig into the ground of ancient cities,…

Mislata Tapas Crawl 2nd Edition

Following success from last year’s 1st Tapas Crawl (Ruta de la Tapa), Mislata has decided to repeat the event this year too. WHAT? 30 establishments will take part in this year’s edition and each will offer a drink & tapa of their choosing for a set price of 2.50€. You can download the official leaflet…

Top 5 places to enjoy Buñuelos during Fallas

Ahh that “sweet” smell of fried oil wafting through the streets of Valencia and impregnating your clothes can only mean one thing: Fallas is here! The source of this smell is the countless stalls set up in the street all over Valencia selling what in Spain we poetically call “fruits of the frying pan” (Frutas…

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…