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La Lonja de la Seda
Directly across from the Mercado Central, La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) is Valencia’s most historic building, and its only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between 1482 and 1548 at the height of Valencia’s Golden Age, the Lonja is like a church devoted to the god of commerce… Read More

Jun 30, 2015

Corpus Christi in Valencia
With a history reaching back to 1263, Corpus Christi is perhaps Valencia’s oldest festival, and remains one of its most popular. Occurring 60 days after Easter, the festival is ostensibly held in honor of the Eucharist, but really just provides yet another excuse for Valencians to get out on the street and have a good time… Read More

Jun 27, 2015

The MuVIM and the Parque del Hospital
The MuVIM, or Museu Valencià de la Il·lustració i la Modernitat, can be found in the park where the city’s very first public hospital was built, in the 14th century. Today, the former hospital has been converted into the municipal library… Read More

Jun 26, 2015

Getting Around Valencia
From train and plane, to bus and bike, there are a number of ways to get to Valencia, and travel around once here. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about transportation in Spain’s third-biggest city… Read More

Jun 23, 2015

The Sierra Calderona and the Mirador de Garbi
Valencia is a relatively flat city, but it’s completely surrounded by mountain ranges. The closest is the Sierra Calderona, just an hour’s drive northwest. We spent a day hiking here, and ended up at the Mirador de Garbi, a natural rocky outcrop with astounding views of the Mediterranean Sea… Read More

Jun 21, 2015

L’Oceanogràfic – Europe’s Biggest Aquarium
L’Oceanogràfic opened its doors in 2003, and was an immediate hit. At €27, the price of entrance isn’t cheap, but you could easily spend all day here. And you’ll need to, if you plan on seeing everything. This is the largest oceanarium in Europe, with sections dedicated to the Red Sea, the Arctic, the Mediterranean, the coral reefs, mangrove forests, tropical waters and the oceans… Read More

Jun 20, 2015

The IVAM – Valencia’s Institute of Modern Art
When the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern opened its doors in 1989, it was Spain’s first museum dedicated to modern art. Found on the western corner of the old town, bordering the Turia riverbed, it’s one of Valencia’s most popular museums… Read More

Jun 04, 2015

The Mercado Central
With hundreds of stalls selling fruits, veggies and meats, Valencia’s Mercado Central is among the largest fresh food markets in Europe. And although it has one of the city’s principal tourist attractions, it’s remained popular among locals as well, many of whom do their everyday shopping here… Read More

Jun 01, 2015

The Turia Riverbed Park
Once upon a time, not actually all that long ago, Valencia’s historic center was bordered to the north by the Turia River. Although it was normally a benevolent presence, the Turia was given to sporadic fits of rage. And after a particularly deadly flood in 1957, Valencia decided to remove the threat once and for all… Read More

May 30, 2015

Moros y Cristianos in Alcoy
For three days in late April, everything comes to a stop in Alcoy, as the city celebrates its famous festival of Moros y Cristianos. Local groups parade around the city center in a series of exuberant and colorful processions which last for three days, from Saturday morning to Monday. We visited on the first day of the festival, in order to see the entrance of both the Christians and the Moors… Read More

May 24, 2015

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