The best plans for this spring in Valencia

Public date: 
Monday 07 May 2018

Spring has sprung! The sun gets warmer and the scent of orange blossom fills the air in Valencia. It is time to enjoy life outdoors, maybe in an open air concert, or simply relaxing with friends on a terrace. And, with a diary packed with events and many interesting activities on offer, there is plenty to plan the perfect holiday this spring in Valencia.

Wave goodbye to the cold days of winter and welcome spring from one of the many terraces that are already out on the squares and streets of Valencia. There is nothing better than an almuerzo – the typical mid-morning snack – in the sun at the Tapineria Market, or a glass of horchata on the terraces of Plaza de la Reina, Plaza de la Virgen or inside Colon Market.

If you prefer to be by the sea, then a drink on the terrace of Malabar at the Veles e Vents building, or any of the other bars and restaurants that line the seafront promenade and the Marina of Valencia will do the trick. Alternatively, you could just hire a deckchair from Mar y Sombra and relax with a good book on the sandy Malvarrosa and Cabanyal beaches.

Besides the sun and the sea breeze, if you are in the Marina during the weekend, you can enjoy live music too. The programme of Concerts on the Bandstand is back for another year with rock, pop, funk, jazz and folk groups performing at 11:30h on Saturdays and traditional local bands playing at noon on Sundays, until June.

The students from the Valencia Campus of the prestigious Berklee College of Music will be out in the streets too, making the delights of locals and visitors alike this spring. From 4 May, don’t miss A Lake of Concerts, free performances every Friday at 20:00h on a special stage on the ponds outside the Prince Felipe Science Museum. Besides, there is a brand new event this year: Musaico, a free music festival by Berklee, with food trucks, children’s activities and much more. It will take place on the Explanada de l’Assut open space at the City of Arts and Sciences on Saturday 28 April, from noon to 1am. Put it in your diary!

For those who prefer closed music venues, the opera season at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía continues this spring with Tosca by Puzzini and The Damnation of Faust by Berliotz. And if you can’t get tickets, don’t despair! You could still watch the big opera stars perform by booking a guided tour of the opera house with access to rehearsals. If modern dance is more your scene, the Valencia Dance Festival will bring some of the best local and national performers to various venues in the city, from 10 to 15 April.

There are many more cultural options this spring in Valencia. Have you heard of the new Bombas Gens cultural centre? Besides art and photography exhibitions, now you can also visit its medieval wine cellar. Meanwhile, IVAM, Valencia’s largest modern art museum, has a fantastic Miró Exhibition until 17 June. And works by Okuda San Miguel, the Spanish artist who designed this year’s municipal falla for the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, will be on display at the Centre del Carme until 27 May.

Do you want more action? Spring is an ideal time to go for a run on the Turia Gardens, enjoy watersports, or a bike ride in the city, before it gets too hot. Try one of the guided bike tours of the seafaring Cabanyal district, for example.

See you this spring in Valencia!