Valencia is starting to warm up nicely, or not too nicely this weekend as the heatwave hits most of southern Europe. To get away from the heat or just to simply enjoy it there is plenty to do in Summer 2019 in Valencia. Last year we looked at what was happening, see the link here, many of those events are on again. However today we are looking at 20 things to do many of which are simple pleasures.
1 ) Walk all or part of the 4.5km of the Cabanyal, Malvarrosa and Patacona beaches in the evening with your feet splashing about in the water and finish up at one of the Patacona beach bars. With Valencia’s afternoon/evening breeze and the Mediterranean lapping at your toes you will be refreshed. And if you do this in the evening you can finish up at a beach bar and dance the night away.
2) Sip a Horchata Mixta in a shady bar. Horchata, the traditional Valencian drink made of Tiger Nuts, Water and a whole heap of sugar is an acquired taste. It’s better to acquire that taste so as to enjoy the bastardization of an Horchata Slushy; half crushed ice, half Horchata. Perfect for those hot afternoon thirsts.
3) Plonk yourself down in the shade of one of the large trees in the Turia Riverbed park with a drink, a picnic and a good book and read while looking up every now and again and watching the World go by.
4) Check out the new Central Park in Valencia near to Ruzafa and find yourself a shady spot to take in this great element of urban city design.
5) Go early to the Central Market before the tourists arrive and buy yourself a totally fresh breakfast of seasonal fruits and recently cooked bread and cakes. There is nowhere better to do your shopping.
6) Go for a boat ride on the Albufera. Enjoy the cooling breeze, the birds and possibly a paella at one of the fantastic restaurants in El Palmar, as described in our article about avoiding Tourist Trap Valencia.
7) Take in a concert or two. The Berklee concerts are on again this year at the City of Arts and Sciences and concerts by Echo and the Bunnymen at Viveros, Keane and Tears for Fears at the 4EverFest and loads of specialist music festivals take over Valencia in the summer.
8) Fancy a midnight firework display? Valencia has loads of them in the summer in the Turia or down by the Marina. There is nothing more Valencia likes than sounding like a war zone in the middle of the night.
9) Grab a bike from Valenbici or any of the many bike hire companies in the city and enjoy a day peddling round the 180km plus of bikes tracks in and around the city.
10) Take a chair and the kids to one of the free nighttime cinema shows on many of Valencia’s best beaches. You can find the full programme here.
11) The Great Night of July. Not the best name but an interesting event where the Central Market, most of the Museums, loads of shops etc… will be open until very late. Happening this year on the 20th of July you can read more about it here.
12) Picnic and swan riding in the Parque de Cabecera. Take a picnic and enjoy the park at the Mislata end of the Turia riverbed. Now well established after almost a decade the Parque de Cabecera is a lovely park with an excellent rowing lake adorned by Pedalo swans.
13) The Gaze of Things. An exhibition of Japanese Photography in the Bombas Gens Arts Centre to the North of the Riverbed. If you like photography this exhibition is wonderful. You might even want to take in a meal at Camarena’s Restaurant in the Bombas Gens Centre too.
14) Take the metro out to Betera from Valencia then take the bus up to Naquera or Serra. Lovely walks, great food and superb views await you. We have spoken about Naquera on these pages before. Take a look.
15) Take the bus or cycle down to the Albufera and watch the sun go down over the water of the lake. You can watch the sun come up over the Mediterranean too but that requires you to get up very early in the morning so this is far better.
16) Get a group of friends and go out for evening cocktails and drinks. The traditional pub crawl is not what we are looking at here. You may even decide that one terrace is so nice you stay there all evening. Shoot the breeze, put the World to rights (There’s a lot of that to do) and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere of the city as it buzzes into the night.
17) Night time walks around the City of Arts and Sciences. When the CAC is illuminated its lovely, it’s pretty lovely during the day too. However the lights bring it to life at night and just like most everything in this list, it’s free.
18) Find the Air Conditioning. There are plenty of shopping centres to stroll around and enjoy their air conditioned temperatures. Many of them now have food halls attached where you can eat, drink and be merry rather than spending your hard earned money in the shops.
19) Discover the Old Town. El Carmen has narrow streets with lots of shade and as it isn’t on a grid system its always easy to find the shady nook where you can enjoy some drinks, some relief from the sun and watching the World go by again. And there is plenty of World going by you in the Carmen.
20) Stay at home and enjoy your Valencia Property. Get one of our building contractors in to install air conditioning and close the blinds, turn the ac on and relax in the coolness as the cold air washes over you.
So, there you have twenty relatively free things to do in Valencia during the summer. This of course doesn’t include the things you can pay for, pre season football friendlies, the July fair, the Tomatina in Buñol, air conditioned cinemas, theatres, arts events at the MUVIM and IVAM, paid concerts at Viveros, Equestrian events at CES Valencia in Betera, day trips to various places around Valencia, The City of Arts and Sciences including the Wonderful Oceanografic, the Bioparc, Escape Rooms, Tapas Tours, History Walks and Bike Rides and even Segway tours around the city if you want to be with the tourists. Valencia has it all and if you don’t believe me take a look at our 112 Reasons to Move to Valencia post here.
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