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The Casa-Museo Benlliure
As Valencia’s first family of art, the Benlliures left an indelible mark on the city’s cultural landscape, around the turn of the 20th century. We visited their former home on Calle Blanquerias, which has been converted into a museum dedicated to the family and their astounding artistic output… Read More

Apr 19, 2015

The Palau de la Música
There’s more than one major concert venue in the Turia park. About a kilometer away from the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia’s futuristic egg-shaped opera house, you’ll find the Palau de la Música. Built in 1987, the Palau focuses on classical music and is prized for its acoustics, welcoming orchestras and famous musicians from around the world… Read More

Apr 15, 2015

El Centro del Carmen
The neighborhood of El Carmen takes its name from the massive, ancient convent around which it was built. Today, the monks are long gone, but the Convento del Carmen has found a renewed purpose as one of the city’s premiere cultural spaces… Read More

Apr 14, 2015

The Semana Santa Marinera
Valencia doesn’t get a lot of time to recover from Fallas before the next big holiday rears its pointy head. Easter Week is celebrated throughout the city, but the main events happen in the city’s beachfront districts. The Semana Santa Marinera fills the streets of Cabanyal with processions, Jesus statues, flying flowers, marching bands, and brotherhoods in scary hoods… Read More

Apr 11, 2015

The Blasco-Ibáñez House
Vicente Blasco-Ibáñez is easily the most important literary figure in modern Valencian history. As well as author of several classic novels, he was a world traveler, newspaper editor, and political firebrand, as famous for his controversial rhetoric as for his stormy love affairs. His chalet on Malvarrosa Beach has today been converted into a museum, dedicated to his life and works… Read More

Apr 06, 2015

The Cervelló Palace
Despite its location in the center of Valencia, most people stroll right past the Palau de Cervelló without ever registering its presence. But don’t miss out. Built in the 17th century for the Counts of Cervelló, this is the city’s most important surviving palace… Read More

Apr 06, 2015

A City Under the City: L’Almoina
Nowhere is the ancient history of Valencia more palpable than at L’Almoina: a former archaeological site which has been converted into a museum. Found next to the cathedral, L’Almoina takes visitors on a walk underneath the ground, and back through time… Read More

Apr 04, 2015

The Valencian History Museum
Before cobbling together our concise history of the city, we decided to refresh our knowledge at the Valencian History Museum. Housed inside an old cistern, this museum takes visitors on a comprehensive tour from the days of the Romans to Francisco Franco… Read More

Apr 02, 2015

More Images from Fallas
Considering the sheer size of Fallas, and the length of time over which it extends, it’s not too surprising that we snapped far more photographs of the festival than we could ever hope to publish. Here are some more, which didn’t quite fit into our other posts… Read More

Mar 28, 2015

La Cremà – Valencia in Flames
Beginning at midnight on March 19th, the festival of Fallas reaches its fiery, conclusive end with the Cremà, when all of the giant monuments occupying the streets go up in flames. It’s a darkly beautiful, and emotionally-charged event, which leaves the city in a state of semi-shock… Read More

Mar 27, 2015

Fallas: Fiesta of Fire
“Foc” is Valencian for “Fire”, but you’ll be forgiven for screaming out a very similar-sounding English word while watching either the Cabalgata de Foc (Parade of Fire), or the Nit de Foc (Night of Fire). Because these events are foc-ing insane… Read More

Mar 26, 2015

Buñuelos: The Traditional Snack of Fallas
Throughout Fallas, the smell of smoke and gunpowder is unavoidable on the streets of Valencia… but another odor is almost as prominent: that of greasy, deep-fried goodness. On seemingly every other corner, there’s a stand selling buñuelos. A sweet, delicious artery-clogging nightmare, buñuelos are Valencia’s favorite festival snack… especially good when dipped into cups of thick, rich chocolate… Read More

Mar 24, 2015

La Ofrenda — Flowers for the Virgin
One of the most important events of Fallas is la Ofrenda, when tens of thousands of traditionally-clad falleros and falleras converge on Valencia, bearing flowers for the massive wooden figure of Our Lady of the Forsaken in the Plaza de la Virgen… Read More

Mar 24, 2015