The UK is due to experience unseasonal sunshine this week, giving holiday-hopefuls a taste for a lifestyle more suited to Valencia in spring. Eating outside, playing in parks and on beaches, soaking up the sunshine…when the UK skies cloud over, there is still the culture-packed, gastronomic-favourite, golden-sand city of Valencia in spring to escape to.
Typical April showers in the UK mean we can’t help but lap up this extra bit of warmth. Average temperatures for London at this time of year are around 11 degrees Celsius, compared to 14 in Valencia. London’s modest temperatures climb to around 14 degrees in May and 16 in June, while Valencia will be basking in 18 and 22 degrees by then.
Terraces and tapas bars in Valencia are already bustling and bursting with colourful little feasts, and spring is a great time to witness the Valencia sandy beaches fill up – though they are part of life all year round in this warmer climate – and the streets themselves come to life with the processions and celebrations of Holy Week from April 10th.
The religious festivals continue with Our Lady of the Forsaken, who is a patron of the city, on the second Sunday of May. An important part of the festival is the carrying of La Peregina through the iron doors of the cathedral. Corpus Christi – the ‘great festival’ – is held over four days. As a moveable feast, Corpus Christi falls on June 19th, with many festivities taking place the following Sunday. It includes a solemn procession and a water fight, truly showing a cross section of Valencia’s cultural assets and traditions.
As spring turns to summer, Valencia welcomes in the new season with the traditional festivities of the Night of San Juan from the evening of 23 June until sunrise the following day. Valencia’s beaches set the scene for a ritual in which fire and sea come together to make your wishes come true. On the shores of the Mediterranean, hundreds of bonfires light up the sand, where thousands of people gather to jump over the waves and spend a magical night lit by the flames of the fires.
For more information on Valencia in spring go to the Visit Valencia website, where you will find accommodation, news and special offers.