• History
    VICENTE BLASCO IBÁÑEZ…VALENCIA’S MOST UNIVERSAL CITIZEN

    ##Novelist, journalist, politician, war correspondent, founder of Utopian communes, publisher of books and newspapers, voluntary exile, tireless traveller, political prisoner, anti-clerical, duellist and womaniser…Vicente Blasco Ibáñez was born in Valencia in 1867. His novels have made him one of Valencia’s most celebrated literary sons but, just like so many Valencia Football Club managers, he always […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • History
    RENAISSANCE WOMAN…ISABEL DE VILLENA OF VALENCIA

    #Isabel de Villena was born in 1430 in Valencia. She was the illegitimate daughter of an alchemist wizard; she was an author, nun, ambassador, a leading and inspirational figure in Valencian cultural life and Isabela la Católica’s auntie to boot. A Renaissance Woman in every sense. Isabel was just four years old when her father […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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
    LA RIADA…THE FLOOD OF VALENCIA (OCTOBER 14th 1957 )

    ##For most of the year the Turia was a dormant little stream which trickled along the sticky mudflats, which Valencia liked to call a river. Writing at the beginning of the nineteenth century, British writer Richard Ford mocked the Valencians for the false grandeur of their magnificent bridges and high river walls… all for a […]

  • History
    JAIME I (VALENCIA)

    ##Jaime I, the man who re-conquered Valencia from the Moors, drew up the geo-political map of Spain’s Mediterranean coast which largely still exists today and was the founder of the old kingdom of Valencia. Jaime, or Jaume to his friends, was the man responsible for establishing Valencia with a separate identity from its neighbours and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Food
    EMBLEMATIC TAPAS BAR OF VALENCIA…’LA PILARETA’

    ##The Valencian clóchina campaign has begun this year with the slogan “La clóchina también se escribe con ‘r’” to show that climate change has produced a change in water temperatures which favours the conditions for the product to appear on the markets in optimum conditions a month earlier than usual. Contrary to the saying that […]

  • History
    HEMINGWAY IN VALENCIA

    ##The original Guiri loco, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ernest Hemingway described Spain as “the last good country left”. His highly romantic and apologetically hedonistic template for enjoying the country has inspired generations of TEFL teachers and Erasmus students to come over, immerse themselves in the culture, live the life and get uncontrollably & […]

  • History
    EXPULSION OF THE MORISCOS…

    ##In 1609, a cruel and traumatic turn of events saw one third of the Valencian population expelled from Spain never to return. “La expulsion de los Moriscos” (Morisco being a Spanish Muslim who had converted to Catholicism) changed the make up and even the landscape of the Valencian community dramatically and forever. Three centuries earlier, […]

  • 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 […]

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