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A Hike Around Xàtiva
Having seen the city’s castle and most of its other principal sights on our first day in Xàtiva, we awoke early on our second day for an excellent 14-kilometer hike. We’d be following PRV-78, a circular path that leads along the gorgeous Albaida River, past an ancient aqueduct and caves, and through groves of orange trees, before heading back into town… Read More

May 21, 2015

Other Sights of Xàtiva
Let’s say you’ve visited Xàtiva Castle. Amazing, but it sure is exhausting. The hike up that hill? The size of the place? I bet you’re happy to be done! But don’t relax quite yet, because you’re not going to like what I’ve got to tell you. The castle might be the highlight, but so far you’ve only seen a fraction of what Xàtiva has to offer. Take a quick siesta, have a cup of coffee, bang out a line of coke, whatever you need to do: you’ve still got a long day ahead of you… Read More

May 21, 2015

Day of the Virgen de los Desamparados
On the second Sunday of May, Valencia celebrates its patroness, the Virgen de los Desamparados (Our Lady of the Forsaken), with a lethargic and low-key event. Subdued worshipers calmly line the Plaza de la Virgen, offering whispered prayers and privately reflecting on their faith as their beloved icon passes by. (Are you detecting any sarcasm, here? Because I’m laying it on pretty thick.)… Read More

May 18, 2015

The Castle of Xàtiva
One of the most rewarding excursions you can make from Valencia is to Xàtiva, which is about an hour south by train. We spent two days exploring the town’s quiet streets, checking out its historic buildings and monuments, and hiking into the surrounding hills. But the first thing we did was climb up to the castle which dominates the city from on high… Read More

May 13, 2015

Pictures from the Malvarossa Kite Festival
Valencians sure love their festivals. This might be a generally Spanish trait, rather than strictly Valencian, but once March rolls around, there’s another festival of some sort every weekend in this city. There’s Fallas, wine and tapas festivals, Semana Santa, and various other religious festivals honoring a never-ending string of saints… and also, there’s a kite festival, down at the beach… Read More

May 11, 2015

The Streets of Ruzafa
Southeast of the historic center, Ruzafa has long been known as Valencia’s multi-cultural mixing pot. And in recent years, it has indisputably become the city’s hippest neighborhood, with an eclectic and ever-changing variety of popular clubs, retro bars, trendy restaurants, vintage shops and offbeat bookstores… Read More

May 09, 2015

A Hike in the Barranco del Regajo
Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that Valencia is more than just a big city. The province is also home to quiet forests, deep ravines and rugged mountain chains, just waiting to be explored. We spent one April morning walking along the Regajo River, near the western border with Cuenca, in an effort to satisfy our intermittent desire to connect with nature… Read More

May 04, 2015

The Almudín and the Baños del Almirante
Sometimes it’s hard to remember Valencia’s age, since many of its oldest elements have been incorporated seamlessly into the modern city. The Baños del Almirante and the Alumdín, for example, blend in so well that it’s easy to forget they’re there, even though they’re both 700 years old… Read More

May 03, 2015

After One Month in Valencia
“After One Month…” is a series in which we normally share first impressions of our new homes. But we know Valencia very well, and our rose-tinted first impressions have long since matured into gnarled, old certainties. But even after years of calling this city home, we love it more than ever. And that should speak volumes… Read More

May 01, 2015

The Plaza del Patriarca
Decorated with a symmetrical grid of orange trees, the Plaza del Patriarca is home to a couple of Valencia’s most historic buildings: the Real Colegio Seminario del Corpus Christi and La Nau, both of which date from the 15th century… Read More

Apr 28, 2015

Valencia’s Ancient City Gates: Serranos and Quart
A thousand years ago, a formidable set of walls protected Valencia from marauders and invading armies, and anyone hoping to gain access to the city had to pass through one of its twelve monumental gates. Today, the medieval walls have disappeared, but two gates remain: the Torres de Serranos to the north, and the Torres de Quart to the west… Read More

Apr 22, 2015

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