Top ChoiceFiesta in Valencia

Las Fallas de San José

The exuberant, anarchic swirl of Las Fallas de San José – fireworks, music, festive bonfires and all-night partying – is a must if you’re visiting Spain in mid-March. The fallas themselves are huge sculptures of...

Sports in Valencia

Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana

MotoGP is huge in Spain, which hosts several annual races and often has several top riders in the mix. The Valencian version, held at a circuit at Cheste, 20km west of the centre, has in recent years been the...

Religious in Valencia

Corpus Christi

Celebrated with an elaborate procession, symbolic traditional dances and mystery plays on the ninth Sunday after Easter, ie three days after the feast of Corpus Christi itself.

Religious in Valencia

Semana Santa Marinera

Valencia's elaborate Easter-week processions have a maritime flavour, and take place in the seaside districts around the fishing barrio of Cabanyal.

Fiesta in Valencia

Feria de Julio

Performing arts, brass-band competitions, fireworks and a ‘battle of the flowers’ in the second half of July.

Religious in Valencia

Fiesta de la Virgen de los Desamparados

The effigy of the Virgen de los Desamparados (Valencia’s patron saint), hemmed in by fervent believers struggling to touch her, makes the short journey across Plaza de la Virgen to the cathedral on the second...

Fiesta in Valencia

Noche de San Juan

On the night of 23 June, valencianos in their thousands celebrate the arrival of the feast of San Juan and Midsummer Day with bonfires on the beach.

Dance in Valencia

Dansa València

Strictly contemporary dancing by Spanish and international dance troupes in theatres around town over a few days in April or May.

Fiesta in Valencia

Día de la Comunidad

Commemorates the city’s 1238 conquest from the Moors with a concert, a procession and various symbolic acts every 9 October.

Film in Valencia

Mostra Viva

This week-long arts festival is normally held in October. With a focus on cinema, it also includes photography and music.