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.
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.