• History
    VALENCIA BATS

    ##You can find bats everywhere in Valencia, both the symbolic version on the city’s crests and the real thing in the cracks and crevices of its buildings. There are four times as many Patudo bats in one cave in ‘El Montgó’ mountain in Javea than in the whole of France, and there are 22 different […]

  • Health
    HIKING AND SWIMMING IN ‘MONTANEJOS’

    ##Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a weekend surrounded by nature? The hot springs and beautiful mountains of ‘Montanejos’ offer an oasis of calm just north of Valencia city centre: a must-visit this season! Around a one-and-a-quarter hour drive from Valencia, the town of Montanejos, located in the province […]

  • Food
    THE VALENCIAN DRINK HORCHATA

    ##The warm days are still us so it’s time for a long, cool drink. Valencia has two of its very own. Well, ‘Horchata’ was invented in the Sudan and ‘Agua de Valencia’ is really just Buck’s Fizz with a twist.  These days they are both considered as Valencian as paella, fireworks and construction companies. Horchata […]

  • Food
    ‘FARTONS’ IN VALENCIA! BY HELEN WESTWATER OF ‘LA OLA FRESCA’

    ##When I arrived in Valencia almost 20 ago, I was not really aware that the language valenciano existed. I remember chortling to myself in a supermarket as I spied a packet of iced buns labelled ‘Fartons’.  Worse, later, I even pompously wrote to the organisers of a festival suggesting they change the festival name ‘Estic […]

  • History
    MARIA SABINA SUEY AND THE HOLY GRAIL

    ##The Holy Grail is a piece of history with strong links to Valencia. Legend dictates that the Holy Grail is the cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. Whilst some people question where the Holy Grail is currently located, others believe that it is found inside the Valencia Cathedral. Indeed, Valencia is the […]

  • History
    ROMAN VALENCIA

    ##It was the Romans who started it all. Before them, Valencia was just a swampy island on the river Turia. The early history of the city was always pretty sketchy but the excavation of the Almoina site behind the Plaza de la Virgen Basilica in 1985 changed all this…giving us information about the city’s beginnings […]

  • History
    VALENCIA OF YESTERYEAR… REMEMBERING ‘XIMO EL ALEMÁN’

    24/7 VALENCIA: Could you tell us more about ‘Ximo El Alemán’ who we knew as a very familiar face from the historic centre of Valencia? VICENTE OF BODEGA BAVIERA: It’s possible that the name ‘Joachim Hauer’ does not really ring a bell with anyone in the old centre of Valencia. However, if you mention the […]

  • Editorial
    WHY ALBORAYA COULD BE THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR VALENCIA PROPERTY

    ##If you have been thinking about moving to the city of Valencia you may have heard about the increasingly fashionable areas like Ruzafa, El Carmen, Ensanche, Malvarrosa, Cabanyal and more. We have written about these areas a lot on our blog http://www.valencia-Property.com/new What you may overlook though is Alboraya as it is not officially a […]

  • Film
    LEGENDARY VALENCIA FILM DIRECTOR LUIS GARCÍA-BERLANGA

    ##Luis Garcia-Berlanga (1921-2010) was one of the most influential Valencians of the 20th century. He was arguably the greatest Spanish film director of his time and an arch-satirist of Spanish life. Remarkably, much of his best and most cutting work was under the scrutiny of a censorious dictatorship. Berlanga was born in Valencia in 1921 […]

  • Food
    MERCADO CENTRAL OF VALENCIA

    Valencia’s Central Market is one of the largest markets in Europe Perched high above the ornate iron and glass dome, it’s feet resting on a golden ball, is the Cotorra del Mercat, the big green parrot that is the symbol of the Mercado Central in Valencia. Cotorra means parrot in Spanish, but it also means […]

  • Editorial
    LEGACY OF MUSLIM VALENCIA

    ##Valencia was a Muslim town for well over 500 years. The Moors ruled over a prosperous, expanding city but how much of their legacy remains? The great Moorish General, Tariq Ibn Ziyad, a former slave who had risen through the ranks and had already conquered most of Southern and central Spain with a small but […]

  • BOOKS
    VALENCIA BOOKS… ‘LA COCINA DEL CABANYAL’

    ##24/7 VALENCIA: Could you tell us more about the book? LA COCINA DEL CABANYAL: In the film ‘Million Dollar Baby’, Morgan Freeman says that “It seems that there are Irish people everywhere, or that they would like to be…” to explain the sympathies that the boxer Maggie Fitzgerald aroused. Sometimes, it almost seems like there […]

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