Spring has sprung in Valencia!
It’s that time of the year again! The trees are full of blossoms, the sun is starting to shine, and the city is getting ready for summer – spring is here! So, what can we expect over the next few months in Valencia?
As you’ve probably noticed by the many blossoms covering pavements here, springtime is full of blooming and new life! In Valencia there are several urban parks and green areas where you can enjoy this natural beauty. Jardín del Túria, Parc Central, Jardines del Real, Parque de Cabecera or the amazing Jardines de Monforte are some of our top locations to go out and enjoy this season.
The orange blossom is also beautiful to see and smell in the spring! It has an amazing aroma and the orange blossom is all around the city in March and April. In fact, this coastline is called the Costa de Azahar – Azahar is the name of the small white flowers that bloom on the orange trees, so it is literally known as the ‘orange blossom coast’!
If you are one of those brave souls who likes swimming in cold water, spring is the perfect time for you to visit the beach. Local swimmers and water sports enthusiasts love the springtime and you’ll see the Mediterranean come to life via sailing, surfing, sea swimming, stand up paddle and more.
There are not many tourists on the beach during these next few months, and locals typically don’t get in the sea just yet either. We prefer to have a walk along the “Paseo Marítimo” and the “Marina de Valencia”. Whatever you choose, the coastline is spectacular during springtime.
Spring is possibly the best time to visit Valencia in terms of the climate. We get approximately 300 sunny days per year in Valencia, but spring is a time when the sunny days are just perfect! It’s the best season to enjoy the sun without needing to wear a winter coat, or without sweating all day because of the heat and humidity we experience in the summer months.
Day trips, long car rides to distant towns, hiking in the mountains or even trips to the beach are fantastic in the springtime thanks to the cool and fresh Valencian weather.
Valencia loves to celebrate Easter. One of the traditional activities for Easter in Valencia is to eat the mona de pascua with friends and relatives, which is a sweet cake served with a boiled egg or a chocolate egg in the middle. Given some of the days of the week during this time are public holidays, locals usually go to nearby nature reserves or parks to have a picnic and enjoy the sunshine! This year the Easter holidays fall on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, and Monday 18th, while Monday 25th of April is also a local holiday in honor of Sant Vicent Ferrer, one of the patron saints of Valencia. That means we’ll get four days off of holidays!
Semana Santa Marinera
You might have already heard about Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations in Spain. The most well-known of these around the world is the Semana Santa de Sevilla, but the Semana Santa Marinera celebrated in Valencia has its own charm too!
More than 30 brotherhoods dress in their traditional costumes, alongside religious leaders, and they hold processions through the port neighborhoods including Cabanyal, Nazaret, and Malvarrosa. If you go along, you’ll be able to see many processions featuring traditional music, costumes, and bell-ringing. The three main events are the Blessing of the Palms, the Procession of the Holy Burial, and the Resurrection Parade. It’s a Valencian cultural experience not to be missed!
We hope you enjoy springtime in Valencia, and if you aren’t here just yet, now’s the time to come!