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Spring holidays in Valencia

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Spend a spring holiday in Valencia and celebrate the season. Indulge in the annual Fallas festival, bicycle through blooming gardens and join the first Spaniards on the Mediterranean beaches. Book a spring hotel in Valencia and soak up the sunshine.

Spring Fallas festivals

There’s no use in returning early to your hotel when Valencia’s spring Fallas festival arrives. Roaring bonfires and exploding fireworks fill the city’s streets until the wee hours of the morning. Every March, Valencian families sing, dance and attend parties at night, while their days are filled with colorful parades, bullfights and eating, all in a grand celebration of spring.

Beach visits

Be the first to enjoy the warmth of the sun at Valencia’s Mediterranean beaches, Malvarrosa and Las Arenas. In spring, beachside restaurants open their outdoor patios and boaters hoist their sails at the nearby Port of Valencia. When spring’s sunshine proves too warm, horchaterias serve chilled glasses of tiger nut milk, horchata, to thirsty guests, while beachside bars pour Agua de Valencia, a refreshing blend of fresh orange juice and Spanish cava.

Bicycling a riverbed

The Turia River once flowed through the heart of Valencia. Today visitors bicycle the Turia, which has been converted to a 10km garden snaking through the city. Bicycle and pedestrian paths wind past spring blooms and waving palms from Cabecera Park to Las Arenas and Malvarrosa Beaches. You can cycle the entire distance or stop along the way at Valencia’s most inspiring cultural institutions: IVAM (Institute of Modern Art), the Museum of Fine Arts and the City of Arts and Sciences.

Maritime Holy Week

A spring holiday in Valencia is the perfect time to discover the city’s unique Holy Week celebrations. Join in a Holy Week street procession, watching biblical figures come to life with costumed re-enactors, traditional music and the ringing of bells. On Glorious Saturday, church bells celebrate the Resurrection and Valencianos throw pots of mud from their windows and balconies.

L’Albufera boat cruises

With the warmth of spring come traditional boat cruises of L’Albufera, the saltwater marsh south of Valencia famous for its rice fields. White stucco houses with steep, thatched roofs border the marsh, traditional homes for Valencia’s rice farmers. Visitors cruise L’Albufera to learn about the rice harvest, to absorb the region’s natural beauty and to dine on steaming pans of paella in the land where it was born. 

Golf holidays

Golf enthusiasts pull out their clubs as winter’s cold recedes, heading to golf courses on the outskirts of Valencia: El Saler, Escorpión, Oliva Nova and El Bosque. Most are within an easy distance of the city centre, so visitors can golf during the day and relax in their Valencia hotel at night. 

Botanical gardens in bloom

Since the 16th century, the Jardí Botànic has burst into bloom each spring, filling the air with the scent of hyacinths and the bold colors of bougainvillea. Visitors enjoy spring favourites and discover blossoms unique to Valencia, like sea daffodils and thistle holly, at this University of Valencia garden and at gardens across Valencia. 

Our Lady of the Forsaken festival

Fireworks light up the sky and traditional folkloric dances fill Turia Garden the second Sunday of each May in a celebration of the Valencian patron saint Our Lady of the Forsaken. Open-air masses are held as well as a traditional market in the Plaza de la Reina, where visitors can buy traditional ceramic and terracotta goods.