Where to go
When to go out
How much is it
Night of Saint
The city of Valencia has traces of different civilizations, each of which has left their cultural legacy. Founded by the Romans in the second century B.C., it was overrun by the visigoths and later by the arabs. These turned the city into an essential economic and cultural centre. The arab heritage still remains in agriculture and traditional craftsmanship, particularly in the irrigation systems used in the growing of rice and oranges.
First freed by Rodrigo DÃ¬Â Âº "El Cid", Valencia wasn't reconquered until 1.238 by the Aragonese monarch Jaume I, who conferred it its own legislation. It was a period of changes in the style of town planning. New christian churches appeared and gothic architecture was introduced. The centuries XV and XVI are representative of an economic, political and cultural revival. Valencia became one of the most powerful cities of the Mediterranean Sea. These centuries saw the construction of the most important monuments of the city, such as the Serrano Towers, la Lonja (the old market) and the Miguelete (the cathedral's belfry). After the Succession War, and after the victory of the Borbon dynasty in the battle of Almansa, the old city laws were abolished.
The XVII was a politically tense century and also the great ceremonial baroque century. Throughout the XVIII century, Valencia took part in the cultural and economic renaissance of Spain. In the XIX century, the middle-class was the most favoured social class, offering their backing to the monarchy and taking advantage of the increase of exports.
At the beginning of the XX century, metallurgy, fabric factories and electric power plants quickly developed. During the Civil War, Valencia was for some time, capital of the republican government. Later, there would be great losses in the floods of 1957. With the restablishment of the Monarchy, the Comunidad Valenciana obtained the AutonomyEstatute.
Today, Valencia is a city undergoing great transformations, specifically within the tourist industry. Open to the sea, it is a city that takes care of a rich historical heritage, never forgetting to look to the future. It is currently the ideal city for important congresses, exhibitions and trade fairs.
The city of Valencia is known for its active and attractive night atmosphere, with a great range of possibilities which makes visitors feel at ease out in the streets. The mild characteristic weather invites everybody to stay out in the terraces and open air bars, many of them open all year.
This city has one of the highest rates of music bars and leisure zones, up to the point that even people from other Spanish cities come to spend a night, attracted by the "Ruta del Bacalao", a road which has lots of discos.
Where to go
Valencia offers you, more than one hundred of bars, discos and terraces, each one with its own style and atmosphere. The party scence spans from the sea to the histric part of the city.
The Barrio del Carmen, the old part of the city, is located behind the cathedral (Caballeros street), and is particularly famous for being a meeting place for the most modern bohemian people. Many of the old houses and palaces have been rebuilt and adapted as bars or pubs, restaurants... Here, you will also be able to find quiet cafes and peaceful terracess.
Many of this music bars and pubs have the attraction of including live music performances (rock, jazz, blues...).
On the other side of the Gran Via Marquis del Turia is Canovas Square, with a more selected atmosphere and very recommendable terraces. It's different from the big avenues: Blasco IbÃ¢Â°Â¥z and AragÃ²Â¬ÂªÂ close to the Mestalla football field, where many pubs play latin music and rhythms.
Maybe the biggest zone that attracts people is Juan Llorens, with an ever-increasing offer in pubs and bars, usually the best place to dance with the latest caribbean rhythms. XÃ¯Â¿Â½, is another leisure area for the youngest people. Buzz usually starts on Thursday with the end of the classes in the Universities.
Apart from these zones inside the city, Valencia, as a city on the coast, offers a more attractive nightlife in summer, when most of the people go to the bars and pubs located on the beach zone, along the Neptuno Avenue. With the best views of the sea, here we have some of the most renowned restaurants and terraces in Valencia. The diversity is ideal for both locals and tourists, who can choose among different styles and concepts of fun: rock, pop, latin rhythms, techno...
The most visited discos are in around the Viveros Gardens, in Blasco IbÃ¢Â°Â¥z and Primado Reig, stretching out to the macrodiscotheques of the "Ruta del Bacalao", which are located in the road that runs along the coast.
Live music lovers, will find bars with their particular style that offer jam sessions and concerts. Among many other, the most famous are Black Note Club, La Caverna, El Asesino, El Escondite, La Flaca, La Balada, Matisse, Max o Slavia, Wah Wah.
When to go out
In general, in the city of Valencia the bars, cafes and pubs remain open for many hours, due to the fact that a morning meeting with friends can sometimes take all day and stretch well past midnight.
People usually go out around 23,00 or 00,00. Some people go out a bit earlier to have some "tapas" for dinner.
Everything depends, on the season. In winter, the pubs are jammed on Thursday and Friday, the days when university students go out. In summer however, it is easier to find nightlife in the zones next to the beach, where the night breeze helps to bear the warm atmosphere.
How much is it
Here you have some of the prices that the tourist my find in his tour around the leisure areas. All prices are in euros.
- Bus 1,00
- Taxi 3,75 approx
- Ticket for pubs (most of them are free)
- Disco entry ticket 6 - 9 - 12
- Spirits 4 - 5
- Beer (pub) 2,00 - 3,00
- Soda (pub) 2,00
This prices are approximate, and they will probably vary in case the bars or pubs offer some kind of live show. Here, the prices may increase or there may be a symbolic price in an entry ticket.
Fallas (March from 15th to 19th)
It is doubtless, the most popular holiday that takes place in the city and in any town of the province Valencia. In Fallas, the city is visited, year after year, by tourists that come from all over the World
It is in this special week that Valencia honours the things which best define it: light, colour, fire and gunpowder. It is a spectacle for every Valenciano and visitor alike, from the daily "mascletÃ¯Â¿Â½ a controlled and progressive explosion of millions of crackers taking place daily from 1st March, in the City Hall Square or the fireworks, which reach their peak of beauty in the Nit del Foc, Valenciano for,Night of Fire.
A total of seven hundred Fallas, wood and cardboard monuments, are erected in many of the streets on March 15th , and so will remain until the moment of being turned into ashes in the Nit del Foc. Fallas are, enormous works of art designed in cardboard and wood which compete in majesty, wit and beauty, satirizing political, cultural or social events. It is a very popular festivity and all valencians take pride in sharing the explosion of colour, noise and the smell of powder with any visitors. The music that fills the popular marches, the stunning fires and the beautiful colours of traditional garments create an unforgettable experience for everyone.
During the festival of Fallas, bullfights are customary, and many people go to the bullfighting ring to enjoy this traditional event.
Holly week (HOLY WEEK) in Valencia
The coastal areas, deserve most attention during this period, so much so that it is ofetn reffered to as Sailor's Holy Week. In Holy week, there are lots of colourful religious marches where you can see many curious garments. On Resurrection Sunday and Monday, it is typical to spend a day in the countryside, eating the Easter sausage and a type of baked cake known as "mona".
Night of Saint John (June the 23rd)
Also commonly known as the "Night of the Witches", this festivity is a night of rituals and good wishes where the traditions demands to wet one's feet at the seashore if you want to see you wishes fulfilled. People throng the beaches, meeting around lots of bonfires to perform the complete ritual, jumping on them, and having dinner and drinks by the seashore. The party animals amongst you will probably see the sunrise over the Mediterranean.
July's Fair (throughout July)
The month of July consists of lots of open air shows next to Alameda Avenue and the Viveros Gardens. Music concerts of all styles and important music bands meeting during this summer month. Bullfightings are also typical, together with a "Battle of Flowers" where, honouring its name, the city is filled with flowers during this special event.
Tomatina (last wednesday of August)
The sunny Mediterranean city of Valencia is world-renowned for its tasty and succulent oranges. And just thirty miles away is BuÃ°Â®ÂªÂ¬ another town just as famous for its produce. But its notoriety comes from the locals' habit of wearing the produce as well as tasting it! Every year, BuÃ°Â®ÂªÂ hosts La Tomatina, the world's largest fruit fight. Situated only 30 kilometers inland from the Mediterranean Sea, and well-connected by motorway and rail to Madrid and Valencia, this charming town erupts into a fiery blaze of tomato-hurling on the last Wednesday of every August.
The "batalla" takes place, on Wednesday, during a week-long celebration filled with on-going festivities and with even greater anticipation for the monstrous tomato battle that serves as the culmination of the week's events.
Without question the biggest tomato fight in the world, La Tomatina started with a good laugh. During the forties, in BuÃ°Â®ÂªÂ§s main town square, a number of friends started a tomato fight for unknown reasons. It's unclear whether the initial volley was aimed at city officials or simply pedestrians unlucky enough to be in the line of fire. Soon enough, however, with their rowdy hooliganism drawing passers-by into the fray, everyone was having a great time. They had so much fun, in fact, that from that day forward, the fiesta has been celebrated annually and has grown ever bigger each year.
In an effort to draw more tourism (and therefore more targets) into the small town of BuÃ°Â®ÂªÂ¬ La Tomatina has blossomed into a full-blown fiesta that coincides with the festival for the town's patron saint. For a week leading up to the epic battle, the 20,000-strong town of BuÃƒÂ±ol is filled with parades, fireworks, food and street parties. The night before La Tomatina, the narrow streets beneath the town's imposing Medieval bell tower are filled with tomatoes, in a much more palatable form than they will be the next day! Cauldrons of delicious paella cooking, over the traditional wood-burning fires, line the Concurso des Paellas, near the Plaza del Pueblo, site of the imminent skirmishes. Wine and food flow around the small town until the wee hours. After all, who can do battle thirsty and on an empty stomach?
Be warned, a blow from a tomato can be painful!
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