Valencia, the place of many clubs, bars and summer festivals

If you have decided to spend some time in Valencia, no matter whether it is internship or holidays, you should definitely visit bars or clubs, maybe disco to experience the nightlife of Valencia and of course very popular summer festivals.

Bar, cafe, pub …what you should know about these places ?!

Here in Spain, you can be a bit confused by names like bar, cafe, or pub. For instance a bar is here a cafe; but cafe is a club or bar; and if you see written pub, it will be a disco bar, which is opened usually till 4am and people are dancing here.

Bars use to be opened during the week and also weekends, some of them have a day off on Monday. The opening time is around 8-9pm till 1-2am, during the weekend even till 3.30am. There is usually music: rock, pop or lounge, but no dancing floor, so you cannot dance here.

Disco-bar, called in Spain cafe are smaller, with the dancing floor and you can dance here while you are listening to the rock, pop, house or dance music. Opening hours depends on each disco-bar, some of them are opened during the weekend, others during the weekend. Closing time is from 2am to 4am.

Night clubs in Valencia are opened from 4am and if you decide to go earlier, you will find this club empty. The closing hours are around 7-8am. There is an entry fee 7€ – 15€ and you will gain some free drink. The promotion in night clubs is very common, so there will be maybe free entry or free drinks.

Summer festivals

Corpus Christi (June 18):

The festival Corpus Christi divides into two processions with folkloric and religious activities. Both processions are passing through the streets and are welcomed by the bells of the Miguelte tower. The folkloric procession implies folk-dance groups, interesting costumes. The religious procession involves traditional carriages with enormous jewel-encrusted tabernacle.

Noche de San Juan (June 23):

During this national holiday, known as a night of the witches, Valencia celebrates coming of the summer and San Juan. The holiday takes place close the beach Malvarrosa and Arenal, lined with small bonfires. There are many people dancing and listening to the music and many markets around are opened. The tradition says that if you wash your feet in water and jump over the bonfires, your dreams will come true.

Feria de Julio (July):

During the July in different places in Valencia there are fireworks and this feria connects Valencian life with the culture. Especially theater, the performing acts, music like jazz, opera and concert of famous regional and international singers at the open air stages.

La Tomatina (August 29):

Festival takes place in the village Buñol, and simply it is a tomato war, which gives the town red color. The tradition started in 1945 as a result of food fight in restaurants of the local people.

Sources:

http://www.valenciavalencia.com/nightlife-guide/prices-opening-times.htm

http://www.whatvalencia.com/valencia-festival.html

What you should know about Valencia before your arrival for internship

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and Spanish port city on the Mediterranean coast, at the mouth of the Turia River.

It is the capital of the region and the province of Valencia with nearly 800,000 inhabitants. There are one of the best football clubs of Spain FC Valencia. The port of Valencia is the largest on the Mediterranean and the fifth largest in Europe. In case you are coming there for your internship you should know about these facts:

1. Language Valencia is a good place to practise your Spanish, but in some certain places you would hardly understand because people here speak Valenciana.

2. Old town You should definitely visit old town despite of it is a coastal city you should find some time to see the centre. Very popular is Russafa district or Ciutat Vella, the old town. Thanks to the small size of town, everything is close here.

3. Paella Another fact is that the food paella originally comes from Valencia and its inhabitants are really proud of this dish. There are many fantastic places where you can eat this traditional food, or even many cooking courses focused on preparing paella are held in this city.

4. Siesta Afternoon siesta is very important here. While they enjoy having a rest and nap, customers and tourists are looking for a restaurant or opened stores. Some shops and restaurants can be closed from 14:00 to 17:00.

5. Almost no rain This country is very popular, especially because of its sunny weather. The average temperature rarely decrease below 10°C, and 8 hours of sunshine is guaranteed here per day.

6. Friendly prices The city has many things to offer, and if you want to visit some interesting places you would pay for transportation by bus 1.50€, what is really pleasant surprise. In case you want to eat outside there are many restaurants, some of them are more expensive some less. However, most restaurants offer 2 or 3 courses of a set menu around 10.00€ including drink.

7. Beaches Beaches here in Valencia are situated around 30 minutes from city centre by car or bus. They are really long, clean and big with a beautiful golden colour of sand. Along the sandy beach there is a beautiful board-walk with many bars and restaurants.

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La Tomatina

 

August end marks the beginning of the very famous annual Spanish festival, La Tomatina .Held in the Valencian town of Buñol, the colourful and messy festival involves participants throwing thousands and thousands of over-ripe tomatoes at each other.

The normal population of 9,000 quite nearly quadruples for what is essentially a full-out tomato war that literally paints the town red. It’s every man for himself as 125,000 kilograms of ripe tomatoes are flung, slung and hurled through the air for two straight hours. The tradition began in 1945, perhaps the result of a restaurant food fight in which the locals got a bit carried away. Realizing how much fun it was, the event was repeated the following year… and the year after that… and the year after that… until it evolved into the phenomenon it is today.

It´s worth it, at least once in the life, the environment, the people and the party create a unique experience. It is advisable to go with bathing suit or old clothes, shoes or footwear that does not slip and desire to get dirty and have fun.

La Tomatina harms no animals, and is pure and unadulterated filthy fun. There are few rules, of course: the fruity fight last for an hour, tomatoes must be squashed before throwing and no other items must be flung.

Yup, La Tomatina is a festival that leads up to the worlds largest state-sanctioned food fight. Every year, approximately 40,000 tomato enthusiasts descend on the tiny Mediterranean town of Buñol to pelt each other with tomatoes. Come and enjoy it yourself!

Tabarca Island

 

Tabarca Island, Alicante is an island where adventure meets the sun worshipper!

The island is the largest island in a small group (archipelago) of islands known as the ‘Islote de la Cantera’. Tabarca Island itself is a protected marine reserve and it is this that draws the scuba divers and snorkellers who swim amongst the vast numbers of fish and marine life that surround this little island.

The island is 1750 meters long, with a maximum breadth of 300 meters and it is absolutely flat. It is unique because it is the only island that is inhabited on the Alicante coast. The western end is remote, yet in stark contrast the eastern end is populated by the village of Nova Tabarca, which homes a small population of 100 people. The beach is small which the port backs onto. Coves are plentiful around the island and the waters are calm.

As you can imagine this island is very, very popular during the summer season. It is a mecca for everyone from the young to the old because it offers so much for the adventourous tourist.

The main activity of the local population is related to fishing and tourism becomes the main income of the island during summer, especially during July and August.

A visit to the island usually lasts one day. There are numerous departure times from the port of Alicante, although the regularity of these depends upon the time of year. The boat ride is comfortable and lasts for around one hour. The island can also be reached from Santa Pola and Benidorm.

Once on the island, visitors can enjoy the coves and beaches with their crystal-clear waters and a picturesque fishing port with excellent eateries offering the opportunity to try the traditional “caldero”, the island’s typical dish.We recommend a stroll through the town and a visit to the island’s museum.

Visitors can now even enjoy an overnight stay on the island, thanks to the recent opening of accommodation.

Keep calm and start your internship in Valencia

 

The education is not only a matter of class or school, but belongs to whole life and different situations, moving from books and theories to a society where the acquired knowledge is put into practice and faces real challenges has become indispensable. The trainee-ship is an important part of student education and creates a smooth transition to the labor market.

Working for a company is often an eye-opening experience and it is almost impossible to fully understand the facts of the chosen job without a single work experience. It’s a great way to make sure you really want to work in the chosen sector before you bind yourself permanently by the contract and also the best way to create new friendships and contacts in the industry. In addition, the internship will not only strengthen your personal skills but also give you a new perspective to move forward in the future.

Why Valencia?

There are many reasons why you should spend your internship in Valencia. This place, situated in Spain has become very popular for working abroad in Europe, thanks to great food, unique culture and wonderful weather. Also Spanish is becoming more and more important in the world of trade. Valencia is one of the most visited cities in Spain, you will find beautiful architecture, rich history and, at the same time, the best weather that Europe can offer you. It is also a thriving place of business and manufacturing companies and a well-established tourism industry. Valencia offers a unique opportunity to spend a foreign internship in the Mediterranean.

Valencia is a lively and beautiful city full of history. While passing the streets of the city you will discover authentic paella, amazing shops and restaurants. To stay fit and active, there are many sports areas and cycling, cross-country trails, for example, in the beautiful Turia Garden, those who love culture can explore the cathedral, the Museu de Belle Arts of Valencia and the City of Arts and Sciences.

Students studying abroad gain valuable experiences that can not match home. Cultural inclusion is an essential aspect of study abroad and provides a basic understanding of business practices along with various cultural norms and values. You will adapt the culture of the country you travel to, and you will also get used to the different working environments in your new job. However, an international internship is not just about working. By living in a new country, you will have the opportunity to develop your language skills in the best possible environment, where the language is spoken by inhabitants, and where you will be forced to speak their language too. There is no better way to learn the language and you will find out that your knowledge is developing very quickly, what you might not have expected. It’s not because of an internship, but because of the country where you spend your time-working and living with local people.

Sources:

http://www.studentsgoabroad.org/internships/internship-spain.html https://www.theinterngroup.com/our-blog/the-benefits-of-doing-an-internship/

Albufera Natural Park

Albufera Natural Park is home to the largest lake in Spain and one of the most important wetland areas in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a place of great ecological interest with rare species of wading birds and a rich variety of wildlife. Its waters have been traditionally worked by fishermen and rice growers, supplying ingredients and inspiration for many of the regions most succulent dishes. To sample the best of the local gastronomy, go to the village of El Palmar. It is an excellent place to try classic dishes such as Paella, Arroz a Banda, or All i Pebre made with eels freshly caught from the lake. After the meal, there is nothing more relaxing than a boat trip on the Albufera lake contemplating the red and amber tones of the setting sun dancing across the water.

El Saler: Pine woodlands and rolling san dunes cover this strip of land that separates Albufera from the Mediterranean. The crystal-clear waters and golden sands have deservedly been given a European blue flag award in recognition of their quality. A stone’s throw from the city, the visitor can be lounging on the beautiful beach in a question of minutes. Right next to the sea is a top-class golf course that has been ranked among the best 50 golf courses in the world.

You can enjoy Albufera Natural Park getting the Albufera Bus Turístic for only 17€. This bus service will give you a complete tour of the Albufera Natural Park, where you will discover the rice field ecosystems. The tour also includes a boat trip.

The Miguelete Tower

The Miguelete Tower is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Valencia. It is known as El Miguelete or Torre del Micalet in Valencian. The construction of the tower begins in 1381 and finishes in 1429.

The Miguelete is one of the most known buildings of the city. It is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Valencia and although not as tall as others, this octagonal prism of Gothic style finished at the beginning of the fifteenth century is known for its 207 steps. A total of 51 meters in height that allow you to have unique views of the entire old center of Valencia.

At the top of this historical and artistic monument, visitors get to enjoy beautiful views of the sea and the city at large. The biggest bell of the tower which weighs more than 10 tons is known as Miguel and this is where the name the El Miguelete came from. Despite the bell tower being Gothic in architecture, the minor Baroque and Romanesque elements that are seen cannot be ignored. The difference in architecture is a result of different architects over different periods of time.

The Miguelete, one of the most representative monuments of Valencia until the construction of the City of Arts and Sciences and the view from this point is wonderful so it’s worth to make this little effort.

Bioparc Valencia

The Bioparc Valencia is a new-generation style of zoo created from the concept of a zoo immersion exhibit where visitors are completely submerged into the natural habitats of the animals. This creates a more intimate way of getting to know animals’ behavioral habits and surroundings. The enclosures include various amounts of species and allows visitors to make the most out of this real life experience, usually only appreciated in the wild.

When entering the more than 100,000 m2 park, the visitor feels totally submerged in the wild habitats that have been recreated here: the Savannah, Madagascar and Equatorial Africa. Visitors can enjoy, practically without barriers, spectacular landscapes in which different species co-exist as they would in nature.

Bioparc’s African Savanna: The African savanna section brings together the largest concentration of herbivores on the planet. It has extensive plains as a backdrop and is linked by the passing of two zones: the dry zone and the humid zone.

Bioparc’s Rainforest: The primary, rainy African rainforests, which lie on the equator, are home to copious amounts of ecosystems and habitats. This section of the park allows you to see the contrast between life amongst the high treetops and the hustle and bustle of the rainforest floor.

Bioparc’s African Wetlands: The Kitum Cave: Kitum Cave is a replication of the formation found in Kenya. The natural African wonder is made up of pyroclastic and volvanic rock that has over time began to produce mineral salts. Uganda, known for its Kyoga wetlands, unites the great two lakes of Victoria and Alberto to the Nile; a river infested with crocodiles, hippopotamus’ and cichlid fish.

Bioparc’s Island of Madagascar: The importance of the natural beauty of Madagascar lies in the fauna and flora of this island situated in the Indian Ocean. This isolated island consists of 80% indigenous species, meaning that these animals can only be found in Madagascar.

A visit to the Bioparc Valencia can turn any normal day into a trip through the safari or wild desert trip. Its exhibitions will leave you breathless in the face of natural beauty and have you appreciating the wild animals that habitat our planet. Enjoy this unique experience that constantly changes and adapts from day to day and between season to season.

Bioparc Valencia is boundless nature within the city of Valencia, a place to enjoy, discover, understand and appreciate the wild world.

Montanejos

 

Montanejos

Hidden among mountains, in a spectacular spot is Montanejos. It belongs to the Valencian Community and is located in the interior of the province of Castellón. It is a Thermal Villa with typical Mediterranean vegetation located 90 km from Valencia.

La Fuente de los Baños is one of the main tourist attractions, its waters flow in a defile of the river Mijares to a constant temperature of 25°, with hydrogeochemical and biological characteristics beneficial for your health, that allow you to bathe even in the winter time.

The outdoor sports activities are numerous offering interesting itineraries and excursions for hiking, cycling, climbing (there are many and good roads, most well equipped), canoeing, etc. Especially highlighting the path of ruta del Sendero de los Estrechos o del Sendero de La Bojera, Cueva Negra or el Barranco de la Maimona and especially el Camino del Cid, as well as cultural visits to monuments and churches in the area.

Gastronomy: Especially typical of this province is la olla, which has many varieties. El jamón, los embutidos and los guisos are protagonists in the vast majority of cuisines. Also known are the traditional tombets, made with meat and accompanied by mountain snails, mushrooms (abundant in the pine forests) and vegetables.

Celebrations in Montanejos: Throughout the year in Montanejos, several festivities are celebrated. Here we will detail some of them: San Antonio (the night of January 16), La Romeriá (May 1st), Fiesta Patronal (25 of July), Fiestas Mayores (they are celebrated during the first week of September).

Montanejos and the Baths of Abu Zayd legend: The last Moorish king, Abu Zeit, took refuge in Montanejos where he built some baths for his favorites, among them Queen Zucaina, so that they never lost grace and beauty.

You can enjoy nature by doing adventure sports, bathe in a river of crystal clear waters, enjoy the various traditional festivals, cultural, leisure and sports activities that take place throughout the year, and of course, its gastronomy and its people.

Fuentes de Algar

Fuentes de Algar are in the municipality of Callosa d’en Sarrià, in the province of Alicante, about 23 kilometers from Benidorm and 140 kilometers from Valencia. Fuentes del Algar have been declared Protected Wetlands by the Valencian Government in September 2002.

The Fuentes del Algar is a park where nature and water are the main attractions. The area represents a protected natural area where the ecological richness of the region is preserved and where to enjoy the tranquility of nature. It is a kind of “water park” theme park around the river Algar, where natural areas are combined with tourist services (restaurants, swimming pools, snack bars, parking, tourist office, toilets, etc.).

The tour consists of a 1,5 km long circuit along the river bed, where there are bathing areas (spectacular), waterfalls, fountains, an old dam, canals. Throughout the tour you can also observe the karstic landscape that has been created over time on the limestone rock, the main character of this whole landscape. Apart from the waterfalls, in the Natural Reserve we find a rich variety of plants, which includes all kinds of Mediterranean flora, so that in the same place we can visit an arboretum, open to the public.

Las fuentes del Algar, hills and valleys offer a great combination of exercise and tourism. Many visitors choose to take a picnic or take-out lunch. Visitors choose to spend all day long walking through Algar’s fountains, but an alternative idea is to combine the day with a visit to the impressive town of Guadalest. The valley of Guadalest is located a short distance from Algar and has a spectacular fortress built on the mountainside with beautiful views towards the valley of the bay of Altea.

How to learn Spanish?

Did you know that in 2017 Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Chinese?

About 414 million people speak Spanish as their mother tongue.

It’s a simple language and the best way to know something more is of course studying it.

For those who have never studied Spanish like me, here are my tips:

-Listen to artists who resume their songs in Spanish; this is because if you know the lyrics in english by memory, even if the translation is not literally done, the meaning of the lyrics is the same so understand them It will be easy already after the third time you listen to the songs.

-Do you have a favorite movie about which you know all the memo tracks? Watch it on the internet with Spanish subtitles and after seeing it a couple of times about it in Spanish, if you have been careful about the subtitles it will be much easier to understand what the actors say.

-On youtube you will find videos of conversations where you can learn the simplest things kind of different greetings, how to ask for information, how to present, colors, numbers to real dialogues.

-When you’re in Spain, put off your cell phone in, ask for information, interact with people around you, talk as much as possible. The Spaniards are courteous people, they try to understand what you are asking for and will very slowly answer you.

-Make your personal notebook. A small agenda with a pen and each time you hear a new word writes in and then look for translation. You will read them again and again and use the words in sentences.

-If there is anyone in the group who knows how to speak Spanish, you are in the city and is about to ask for information, listen carefully for the first time, the second time instead you try to ask for information in the same way. Make your own phrases.

I’m sure the only way to truly learn a language is to stay in place, work on the spot. It will become so automatic that you will not even notice it.

The Spanish’s cordiality amongst other things will be your strong point.

It will be a walk, you will see, the first week will be the toughest but after a while this place will look like your home and you will not want to leave.

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