News from Valencia Tourism

An update of what is happening in this beautiful Spanish city

Easter by the Sea

The seafaring districts of Valencia are the setting for one of the most passionate celebrations of Holy Week in the city. The Maritime Holy Week reflects the traditional fishermen’s devotion to their patron saints and Christ. A moving Good Friday procession, with effigies representing the Passion of Christ and locals dressed as biblical characters, fills the streets and beaches of Cabanyal, Grau and Canyamelar with the sound of drums and bugles over five hours.

A peculiar tradition is the Trenca de Perols at midnight on Saturday (15 April this year), when the locals throw old pots and crockery, as well as water, from their windows, as a symbol of cleansing. On Easter Sunday, they will throw flower petals instead over a colourful parade to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection.

New Audio Guides

The Church of San Nicolás, known as Valencia’s Sistine Chapel because of its remarkable 17th century frescoes, and the Silk Museum, which opened last year in the beautifully restored 15th century College of High Silk Art have a new audio guide service. The audio tours, available in English, last approximately 30 minutes and allow visitors to learn more about the history of these two spectacular buildings and appreciate every detail of their restauration. The audio guide at San Nicolás Church costs two euros, whilst the one at the Silk Museum is included in the ticket price.

Julian Opie, Kites and more

British visual artist Julian Opie, renowned for his painted steel sculptures, LED artwork and other projects including an album cover for Blur, is the focus of an exhibition at the Fundacion Bancaja, running until 25 June. This is just one of the many arts exhibitions, concerts and special events that visitors to Valencia can enjoy over the next few months. Don’t miss the Festival of the Wind on 22 & 23 April, when the skies above Valencia’s Malvarrosa beach will brighten up with hundreds of colourful kites. For more details of what’s on in Valencia check the quarterly Agenda here.

New Flights from Scotland and Birmingham

Ryanair started its new direct flights to Valencia from Glasgow on 27 March, with two weekly departures on Mondays and Fridays. It will also add direct flights from Edinburgh from 2 November, departing on Thursdays and Saturdays. Connexions to Valencia from England will also improve this year with the launch of Monarch’s new flights from Birmingham, operating twice weekly from 22 June.

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