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Nation fest

It’s been going on for a couple weeks now, but we finally made it down to the Festival of Nations in the Turia riverbed, near the Alameda metro station.

The festival, which features stands from over 50 countries on 5 continents, seems to have grown in size and professionalism. They’ve laid down a wooden floor for dancing, and the stage is much larger than in previous years.

Last night, we enjoyed a hefeweizen (Germany) and a caipirinha (Brazil). Besides food and drink, you can find handmade goods from all over the world, and enjoy live performances almost every hour. It’s finally starting to feel like summertime in Valencia, and this is a great place to spend a couple hours with friends.

The festival runs through June 13th.
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May 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm Comment (1)

Festival of Nations 2009

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Lacking a little culture in your day-to-day life? Feel like jamming out to some bongo drumming? Getting sick of Spanish paella and arroz del horno?

All valid reasons to head down to the Festival of Nations (Feria de las Naciones) starting today and running through June 7th. During the next two and a half weeks, stands from countries all over the world will be selling food, drink, art, clothing and more.

Multi-culti overdose! If I remember correctly from last year, most of the stands are from Latin America. Yup, Latin Americans and a lot of Europeans with ratty dreadlocks into capoeira.

Entrance is free, and the festival runs for so long that there’s not much excuse to skip it. There are a number of special events so, if you want to participate, make sure to check the program which can be found here.

Festival Location on our Valencia Map

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May 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm Comments (0)

World’s Longest Cable Car in Valencia?

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Is Valencia about to get the world’s longest cable car? That’s the plan being put forth by a group called Telefèrico Valencia. They’re proposing a cable car which would run for 13km along the Turia river bed and go by all the top architectural sights.

Each car would be able to seat 9-10 people, and there would be stops at the America’s Cup Harbor, the City of Arts & Scienes, the Torres de Serrano and the Bioparc.

What do you all think? Wait, before making up your mind, check out their short and unintentionally amusing promotional video featuring a cable car photoshopped in front of Valencia’s highlights.

Honestly, I’m not enthusiastic about the idea. Currently, the most annoying thing in the riverbed is the tourist packed train which chugs down the sidewalks way too quickly. But cable cars flying over my head might even be worse. Levante seems to be skeptical about the idea ever coming to fruition, just because this is the same group which tried to promote a huge artificial island off the coast (similar to the crazy island in Dubai).

Telefèrico Valencia’s Website

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Opening Today: Wine Festival in the Turia

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If you’re looking for me between the hours of 7 to 10pm tonight (April 1st), or from 11am to 10pm on the 2nd through 5th, head down to the Turia riverbed. I’ll likely be standing on a bench in the middle of the wine festival, favorite bottle in hand, slurring a rambling speech on Death & the Cosmos in my awful, broken Spanish.

That’s right — it’s time for Proava’s annual Traditional Valencian Wine & Ailments Festival, which was one of our favorite events of 2008.

This is the 21st edition of the festival, and will unite 113 companies offering wine, sausages, cheeses, liquors, and more. More than 200,000 visitors are expected to show up during the festival’s run. If it’s the same as last year, a €10 entrance will allow you to sample 5 glasses of wine and 5 tapas. It’s as much fun to wander around, deciding on whom to bestow one of your precious tickets, as it is to actually consume the goods.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Valencia between the 1st and 5th of April, this is an absolutely must-go event. And if, towards the end of the night, you spot me lying beneath a bench, give me a little kiss on the forehead and cover me with a newspaper.

Location on our Valencia Map


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April 1, 2009 at 10:35 am Comments (0)

Sunday Soccer in the Turia

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Sunday afternoons, the dusty soccer fields near the Torres de Serrano come alive with fast-paced matches between Valencia’s club teams.

There’s a festival atmosphere to the whole thing. Often, up to 4 matches are being played simultaneously, and friends and family dot the sidelines with coolers of beer and food, usually paying more attention to their conversations than to their hardworking husbands or sons out on the field.

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The skill on display is not bad, and I’ve found myself genuinely impressed a number of times. Certainly, these guys play at a higher level than the high school soccer team of my past (no offense, Coach Gaines!)

So if you’re a sports fan, and have been dragged away from the TV by your wife or partner for a Sunday stroll… suggest a walk through the Turia. This time, you win!

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