The city: ValenciaSince it was founded by the Romans in A.D. 138, Valencia has amassed great riches, brought by the various cultures which have lived there (Visigoth, Muslim…). Whether exploring its historic centre, looking at its Gothic, Baroque or Modernist religious temples and civil monuments, enjoying its distinguished museums or admiring its highly emblematic projects such as the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of the Arts and Sciences) or the Palacio de Congresos (Convention Centre), these are just a few of the many sights which await visitors to Valencia.
Today, Valencia is one of the most important industrial centres on the Mediterranean. Similarly, it has become a renowned centre for European conferences and a major meeting point for anyone seeking to develop their business or take part in its exhibitions.
Valencia is a cosmopolitan city, the ideal place to do business and engage in cultural exchange. Valencia was chosen as the venue for the 32nd America's Cup.This international event, which took place in spring 2007, turned the city into a wonderful Mediterranean viewpoint, one which attracted many prestigious spectators.
This attractive city, lapped by Mediterranean waters, enjoys mild temperatures, truly gourmet cuisine, festivals and traditions which remain as lively as ever, plenty of culture and leisure…
Other festivals of interest
Semana Santa Marinera takes place in the districts of El Grao, El Cabanyal, El Canyamelar and La Malvarrosa. The Las Palmas, Santo Entierro and La Cabalgata de la Resurrección processions form the climax of the festivities.
Other examples of the most traditional festivals include the staging of Eucharistic plays on Sant Vicent Ferrer's Day; always celebrated on the Monday following Easter Monday, this is the finishing touch to Easter.
In the morning of the second Sunday in May, the people of Valencia flood to the Plaza de la Virgen to take part in the procession of the Mare de Déu from the Basilica to the Cathedral. In the afternoon, the affectionately-named “La Geperudeta” again processes to the altar at the Basilica.
The Corpus festivity has been celebrated in Valencia since 1355, involving hundreds of volunteers who, in the appropriate costumes, revitalise characters from the Bible. Another Cabalgata, the “Convit”, has been used to announce the festival and bring out the city's symbolism and mystery using characters such as “El Capellà de les Roques” or “La Moma”.
The Feria de Julio fills the second fortnight in July with a major event with bands playing, concluding, after days of shows and fireworks, with the “Batalla de les Flors”. This is a parade of carriages, driven by young people who exchange over a million bouquets of cut flowers with the attending public.
9th October is the Diada de la Comunitat Valenciana, a festivity which reminds us of the conquest of the Ciutat de València by the Monarch Jaume I's troops in 1238. Furthermore, traditionally in Valencia the festivity of Sant Dionis, the patron saint of lovers, is celebrated. Tradition decrees giving gifts of handkerchiefs filled with candy and marzipan sweets, sometimes sealed with a ring.
Bioparc ValenciaBioparc Valencia is a new generation zoo that has been created based on the concept of zoo-immersion, completely immersing the visitor in the wild habitats. Bioparc Valencia is committed to animal conservation, as well as education and awareness of the need to preserve their original ecosystems.
Bioparc Valencia participates in dozens of captive breeding programs for endangered species, while offering a wide range didactics. But beyond ethics and conservation, Bioparc Valencia is a magical world that offers exciting experiences in every corner of the park and in every minute of the visit, where one can venture out and discover the wild animals and their habitats.
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Mestalla Forever Tour (Valencia C.F.)Experience Mestalla, the home of Valencia Fútbol Club and the oldest stadium in Spain, with more than 90 years of football.
Our tour guides will share passionate insights into Valencia's illustrious past, with access to areas normally reserved for players and officials. See the press room and the players' dressing room, and walk the tunnel to the roar of a capacity crowd.
- Languages: Spanish / English
- Schedule: Monday to Saturday, 10h to 14:30h and 15.30h to 18.30h. Sundays and holidays from 10.30h to 14.30h.
- Duration: 1h15
- For organizational purposes the route of the Tour and its schedule may vary. Visitors will be advised prior to accessing the stadium, we are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.