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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

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