Glorious sunshine in Valencia means summer is well underway while the UK is still waiting for temperatures to rise for more than a blip of a Bank Holiday weekend.
You don’t have to look ahead to August for the next dose of good weather. June is the perfect month to try a little of everything Valencia has to offer: now is the time to book flights and accommodation for an early taste of summer.
Valencia’s average June temperature is 22°C, so year round treats like the tasty Valencian-born Paella and bustling shopping opportunities combine perfectly with the city’s hot sandy beaches and the popular June showcase of food – Cuina Oberta – to make for a brilliant getaway.
Cuina Oberta is the celebration of the city’s flair for gastronomy and runs from June 7th-16th. Restaurants across the city offer delicious set menus – all you have to do is decide which order to visit them. We’ll be posting more about this event soon!
The Hemisferic – the eye shaped building at the City of Arts and Sciences – celebrates its 15th birthday this June. It houses an IMAX cinema, Planetarium and Laserium and since becoming the first building of the City of Arts and Sciences to be completed in 1998, it has acted as the focal point of this modern quarter of the city. To mark its birthday, it will play 3D films on a 900 square metre screen every Saturday and Sunday until the 16th, with tickets just €5.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia will be hosting the Mediterranean Festival, including performances of Othello, by the Italian maestro Giuseppe Verdi, on June 1,5,11 and 16.
If you are in the city on June 23rd – the shortest day – head to any one of its four sandy beaches for sunset. Valencia welcomes in the summer with the traditional festivities of the Night of San Juan. Bonfires are lit and locals and visitors alike gather to jump over the waves and spend a magical night lit by the flames of the fires. Live music and concerts add to the atmosphere.
For more information, including how to get your Valencia Tourist Card for free travel on public transport, go to the Valencia Tourism website. Don’t forget to pack your suncream!