Editorial

Editorial July’17
5 July, 2017 /

Summer has arrived! A fantastic time to visit Valencia, although we recommend taking some precautions. July and August are the months in which the city records its highest temperatures, so our advice is to behave like the Valencians: try to take advantage of our Mediterranean sea breeze in the hours when the sun bites. For this, Valencia offers different alternatives such as: the beaches (always well protected) with its warm waters, the activities in “La Marina de València”, the different cultural options accompanied by the air conditioning or even a little nap that will help you to enjoy the ideal moments to walk through the streets during the remainder of the time.

The Valencian light is present throughout almost all the summer time and the warmth of its climate invites you to become acquainted with its neighbourhoods, corners and terraces and to witness numerous events and festivals once the sun sets. In addition, the city offers fresh and light cuisine, ideal for this time of year, that will convert your visit into a destination where you will want to return.

Happy Holidays! Have fun!

Editorial Jun17
31 May, 2017 /

It is about 1,500 years ago that the Holy Chalice, used by Jesus at the Last Supper, began a long journey full of adventures and unique moments linked to history and the Catholic religion, that would also give origin to the universal literature created around “The search of the Holy Grail”.

The final destination of this millenary route would end up being Valencia, the city in which this sacred vessel, the most important relic of Christianity, is guarded from the 5th century. Therefore, the visit to the Holy Chalice chapel in the Valencia Cathedral is one of the obligatory stopping points for tourists during their stay in Valencia. Standing in front of the Cup of Benediction generates a multitude of feelings in the people who observe it, helping many of them to achieve unique moments of retreat, regardless of their beliefs.

The summer solstice month, to which we dedicate this issue, is also a month in which numerous events take place, from one of the city’s most important celebrations, as the Corpus Christi Feast is, on 18th June, with the oldest procession in Valencia; even the opportunity to get to know the regions that form the Valencia province, without leaving its capital city, during the “Fira de les Comarques”, which takes place in the “Plaza de Toros” from the 23rd to the 25th. It is a fair where the visitor will discover the Valencian hospitality and will see the interest awaken in continuing to know our territory.

Enjoy the long days of this month and the short but pleasant Valencian nights and take part in the different initiatives that the city has to offer. Certainly, like the Holy Grail, you will feel at home!

Editorial 02
1 May, 2017 /

Warm but pleasant temperatures, spring loaded with light and floral colour. And one of the Valencians’ most heartfelt and intimate festivities makes the visit to the city of Valencia, during this time of year, truly special.

The second Sunday in May pays homage to the “Virgen de los Desamparados” (Virgin of the Forsaken), whose devotion begins when Fray Gilaberto Jofré, after defending a mentally ill individual, encouraged the founding of the first psychiatric hospital in Europe under the advocacy of the “Virgen de los Santos Inocentes Mártires y de los Desamparados” at the beginning of the 15thcentury. Devotion to her was growing over the centuries, until she was appointed patroness of the city and region. Year after year the Valencians show their fervour and their affection, during the month of May, and invite all visitors to participate in an emotive festivity.

It is also during this period (15th and 16th centuries) that Valencia experiences an unequaled economic boom, with worldwide influence.The construction of the Lonja, the heyday of the silk industry and the power acquired by the Borja family are an example of the splendour that transformed Valencia and the Valencian society of that time, of which there are still vestiges that are worth getting to know.

The “barraca” is the traditional home of the Valencian vegetable garden (“huerta”). This fertile land is what makes the gastronomic experience of the cityrich and varied, with dishes such as rice or the horchata.

Contemporary Valencia is the result of its history. A walk through its history allows us to better understand the city and its traditions and thus, make your visit to the city an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy your stay!

Hey! Valencia
29 March, 2017 /

Welcome to Valencia! In this way, we summarize the objective of this publication, whose first issue is now in y our hands. What we most want is to welcome those who visit us and accompany you on your stay to make your experience unforgettable.

And so, we can also summarize the sentiment of all the institutions, companies and people to whom we presented an idea and those who have contributed to transform it into reality. Many thanks to all for the warmth and welcome received!

HeyValencia aims to become a guiding light for those who do not know this land, but also for those who, knowing it or not, want to participate more actively in all that it has to offer. Throughout its editions, we will talk about its monuments, history, festivals, events, gastronomy, neighborhoods and, why not, of the people; of those who helped to build and who continue to forge it.

From HeyValencia we would like to welcome all those who want to discover a city which goes far beyond its walls and invite you to live it as we do, being participants in this very special time with its unique customs. Please feel at home, enjoy your trip and always be welcome!

Thank you!