Easter Weekend Break In Valencia

An Easter Weekend Break In Valencia?

Easter Weekend Break in Valencia ~ Semana Santa  (Holy Week) ~  12  to 17 April 2017

Semana Santa – Holy Week
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Easter in Valencia

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Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Easter is the perfect time to visit the lovely city of Valencia.

Throughout the 40 days of Lent in Spain, everyone eats torrijas and  Rosquillas de Semana Santa.  Torrijas are similar to French toast but thicker and usually made with slightly stale bread.

Rosquillas de Semana Santa are small doughnuts, displayed  in pastelerías (cake shops) and panaderias (breadshops) all over town. They are also very easy to make (click here for recipe below).

spanisheastercake-300x199Holy week (Semana Santa in Spain) culminates in ‘Les Pascues’/’La Pascua’ – Easter Sunday which is a joyous occasion. On Easter Sunday the traditional Easter cake, ‘la mona de Pascua’  is eaten.

The cake originates from the 15th century  ~ See Easter traditions in Spain  >>

cityofartsandsciencestourgetyourguideA weekend break in Valencia is a good time to enjoy exploring the Old Quarter.  

You can enjoy a meal or drink at one of the many open-air bars or restaurants in Barrio del Carmen.

Then take a stroll through the Turia Gardens to the stunning  City of Arts and Sciences.  From here it’s  just a bus ride to Valencia City beach.

Valencia Beach

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Valencia Beach

Valencia beach is very wide and sandy, with  a  long promenade full of restaurants, bars and cafes.

Take a trip on one of the  ‘golondrinas’ around the harbor and see where the America’s Cup was held.

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Easter Weekend Break In Valencia

Day Trips ?

For your Easter weekend break in Valencia you can hire a car and visit the  nearby village of Albufera or  take a trip to the Gran Casino Monte Picayo in Puzol.  Further inland are the wine growing regions of Valencia.  For more places to go visit our page on the Valencia Region of Spain.

valenciaorangesoutsidewindowEven if you don’t hire a car,  you can still see orange trees as they are all over the city of Valencia.

The city is also overflowing with mouth-watering tapas bars, restaurants and clubs so whatever you decide to do you’re sure to have fun!

Take a Ferry to the Balearic Islands …

Palma Mallorca SpainEnjoy a trip on a ferry to the nearby Balearic Islands from the port of Valencia.

If you are staying in Denia or Alicante you can easily take the ferry to the island of Ibiza from the port.

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 Where To Stay for Easter in Valencia?

veneciahotelThe Venecia Hotel overlooks  Plaza del Ayuntamiento and comes with  a buffet breakfast, free WiFi and flat screen TVs.  Some rooms have balconies overlooking the square. and Xátiva Metro Station is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

sorolla hotel valenciaThe  Hotel Sorolla is in a pedestrianized area,  surrounded by cafes, bars and shops.  The hotel is just  50 meters from  Plaza del Ayuntamiento and a  5 minute walk from Estacion Del Norte.  Free Wi-Fi and rooms include air conditioning, heating and satellite TV.

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The Melia Plaza Hotel  overlooks Plaza del Ayuntamiento and is just a few minutes walk from Estacion del Norte and Xativa station where the metro arrives from the airport.

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The  Vincci Lys Hotel is in a pedestrianized area of the old town,   a few minutes walk from  Plaza del Ayuntamiento.  Xàtiva Metro Station is a 5 minute walk from the hotel and offers direct services to Valencia Airport.

booking There are many more lovely hotels in the old town or near the Turia Garden and the stunning  City of Arts and Sciences – you can also stay close to the beautiful sandy beaches of Valencia.

There are hotels, B&Bs, apartments and villas to suit everyone’s taste in the city and  surrounding areas of Valencia.  Just book online at Booking.com and pay when you get here.

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Valencia Hotels.

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City of Valencia.

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Valencia Beaches.

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Semana Santa Marinera 9 – 17 April 2017

Maritime Holy Week

Palm Sunday. Procession of Palms

This year Palm Sunday falls on 9 April and this is when the main events begin.  The procession of Palms commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The procession begins at 9.45 am and lasts two and a half hours, with some very moving moments including the blessing of the palms in Plaza de nuestra señora de los Ángeles.

Where : Plaza de nuestra señora de los Ángeles

Holy Thursday ~ Procession of the torches

Starting at 8 pm and continuing into the small hours, the Visit of the Holy Monuments takes place to the sound of drums. Afterwards, the streets become filled with candles as different silent processions pass by.

Where : Avenida del Mediterráneo

Good Friday ~ Procession of the Holy Burial

At 8 am next to the shore on Playa de las Arenas, homage is paid to the victims of the sea. At 6.30 pm the most important procession of Maritime Holy Week begins, that of the Holy Burial, which lasts for 5 hours and passes through all the streets of the coastal districts.

Where : Calle de la Reina

Rosquillas de Semana Santa

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Splash of anise
  • Lemon zest to taste
  • 1 packet of dried yeast
  • 350-400 grams flour
  • Oil for frying

Method:

  • Add egg, oil, juice and sugar into a bowl and beat well.
  • Add lemon zest, splash of anise and beat.
  • Dissolve the yeast well and start adding flour gradually, mixing with a wooden spoon until the dough sticks to your fingers.
  • Take a walnut size of mixture and roll into a thin sausage, flatten slightly with the fingers and join ends
  • Heat oil in frying pan, add rosquillas and fry on a medium heat until brown, then drain on absorbent paper.
  • Dust with sugar or a mixture of sugar and cinammon and enjoy!

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