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

Madrid

The Spanish capital is an exciting and lively city and the cultural, political and economic heart of Spain. The nightlife in Madrid is legendary and there are many restful parks. Madrid is the top choice for internship seekers in the country with an estimated population of around one million immigrants.

Spain, the 5th destination with the most Michelin Stars

After France, Japan, Italy and Germany, Spain is the country that has the most Michelin Stars in the world.

The Spanish cuisine is very popular around the world. It is one of the biggest attractions offered by our country, because we have a wide variety of unique and delicious recipes. This growing interest in our kitchen has made it possible that all over Spain, there are emerged restaurants with an excellent quality, Michelin Star-awarded.

11376-91102In particular, in Spain there are 174 restaurants that have this award. 50 of them are in Catalonia, 20 in the Basque country, 17 in Madrid, 14 in the Valencian community, 13 in Andalusia and 13 in Galicia.

Being able to offer a culinary experience of such a quality, it might be one of the factors motivating to come to our country. According to the Royal Academy of Gastronomy, 15% of the visitors of our country come exclusively to try our food. This is not surprising, because in fact, San Sebastian is the city with the most Michelin Stars per square meter, with 9 in 60 square kilometers.

At ErasmuSpain we are dedicated to the training of professionals in the hospitality industry, so we work closely with the best restaurants where students can do their internship. Among them, we have several collaborations with restaurants which have a Michelin Star in Valencia and Madrid,  but also from other cities.

Experiences of an Erasmus student in Valencia

Valencia is a city on the Costa Blanca in eastern Spain. Beforehand, I didn’t expect to go there for an internship, but I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to spend 5 months in this great place.

It really is an amazing city, which has everything. Culture, tradition, history, modern architecture and so I can go on and on. There is also a drained river: “Turia”. So there is an extensive green belt. In this garden you can do a lot of activities, especially sports.

Another important thing are the 3 wide sandy beaches, Playa Las Arenas, Playa Malvarossa and Playa Patacona. Along these beaches there is a nice boulevard with plenty of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the famous Mediterranean cuisine. The sun shines about 300 days per year. Therefore it hasn’t been below 15 degrees during my internship period. I think these are ideal conditions for a student!

The city is easily accessible. Valencia Airport is very near the city and it takes a 25 minutes’ drive to go to the city center. In the city itself it is easy and cheap to travel by public transport. There is a metro which can take you everywhere, but also a lot of different bus lines.

Not unimportant for students, Valencia also has an extensive nightlife with many different clubs and bars to go for a drink or to dance. In May, when the season starts, two prestigious outdoor clubs opening their doors: L’Umbracle and Marina Beach Club. They are both really worth visiting.Drinks and food are quite cheap anyway if I compare these prices to the Netherlands. At some places you only pay €1,50 for a big pint and then you are on the famous Plaza de la Reina in the middle of Valencia!! It’s also possible to have a daily menu, with 3 courses, for 12 or 13 euros at most restaurants in town. Ninots2e

The city is also famous for its Paella and traditional celebrations as Las Fallas and Semana Santa. Spanish people in general are very proud on their traditions. Every year, in March, Las Fallas starts. For three weeks, the whole city is dominated by events for the Fallas. Everyone is celebrating it and especially in the last week it is full of madness with parades, a lot of fireworks, traditional clothing and ofcourse La Crema. This is the last day of the Fallas. All of the statues, build by Valencian people, will be burned and there is firework everywhere… Really beautiful to experience this famous tradition.

The environment of the city is also very nice. In Albufera, a natural parc with the biggest lake of Spain, you can eat the best paella of the whole country. You can see enormous ricefields which reveals that paella is coming from this area in Spain. Also, a lot of excursions are organized for Erasmus students. In this way, you can visit other places in the Valencian region or Spain such as Ibiza, Barcelona or Seville.IMG_6697

Two historic villages which are really worth to visit are Sagunto and Xativa. These two villages have some old castles and ruins and you will have a spectacular view.  If you prefer sun, sea and a beach it is nice to rent a car and drive 120 kilometers to the south to Javea. This village is famous for the plenty of nice beaches, residential areas and the coastal route which has about 10 amazing viewpoints. If it is really bright weather, it is possible to see Ibiza. One of the beaches, Cala Granadella, was voted for the most beautiful beach of Spain.

In short: there is something to do for everyone. As well as in the city as in the region. I recommend everyone to do an internship in Valencia. When you think of Spain, you think immediately of Barcelona, Madrid or the Canary Islands…. but Valencia is 3th biggest city of Spain where you don’t have to bother yourself any second!!

 

A summer internship

Take advantage of the summer months to train with the best professionals in different hotels or restaurants in Spain. prácticas-verano

In a few weeks most educations are coming to an end, and the time of the year starts in which many hoped for more eager. June, July and August are the months in which we have more free time and also the best time. For this reason, many took the opportunity to devote more time to activities like going to the beach, travelling, sunbathe, meeting your friends….. but it is also a good period to complete your curriculum, studying languages or doing work as a voluntary of as an employee.

At ErasmuSpain we offer students the opportunity to do internships during the summer months: July and August. In this way, they will be more experienced working in busy periods in the best hotels and restaurants of Spain. We have collaborations with hotels, such as the 5-star “Aguas de Ibiza” and restaurants of recognized chefs, such as “El Bohio” from chef Pepe Rodríguez or “La Salita” from chef Begoña Rodrigo.

In addition, we also have collaborations abroad. Spanish students can be placed in magical places as ‘Les Maisons de Bricourt’ in France but also in other European countries like the UK and Germany. Our team is continuously working to establish agreements with worldwide companies to offer our students the best variety.

It is also important to note that the companies that host our students, will provide them with support and accommodation or, if they are unable to do so, pocket money that should cover the minimum expenses of the student.

If you have no plans yet for this summer and you want to visit other places, come to Spain and work in some of the best companies in the hospitality sector in Europe, inform yourself on our website or contact us immediately.

http://erasmuspain.com/

The importance of a good internship

There is no doubt, “Practice makes you more perfect”

At ErasmuSpain, we believe that besides a good theoretical training, it is of vital importance to have a practical development to become a good professional.

Almost all of the European institutions are requiring their students to do an internship to develop themselves in a real work environment. Because of our collaboration with the hospitality-, tourism- and cooking school: CSHM, we are specialized in placements in these industries. We offer internships in restaurants and hotels at national and international level, but we also have companies in other sectors like marketing, sales, graphic design, beauty & hair stylists, administration and much more.

Our main goal is, to ensure that all students who pass for the theoretical parts of their education, can have a real training period to learn from first-hand. For example in the kitchen as a chef or as a receptionist in a hotel or as a hairdresser. It is important for your personal development to take responsibility, to acquire knowledge on-site and develop a methodology of work so you will able to make good management in a team but also individually.

In addition, because of our collaborations with a lot of prestigious companies in the regions of Valencia and Madrid, we can guarantee that all of the students will learn from professionals which are leading in their sectors.  restaurant

Among the innumerable advantages it entails, there can be noted that with internships from ErasmuSpain, the student will acquire a remarkable work experience will be reflected in your resume, as well as prestige and professionalism.

Currently, we can boast on the obtained results, the percentage of students who complete their theoretical parts of the education before they are benefiting from our internship possibilities.

Restaurant managers, directors of restaurants, directors of creative cuisines in exotic countries, jury of the most popular competitions, chefs in reference to international level etc. These are all examples of a few of our former students which are nowadays an icon in the hospitality sector.

In short, a good training period goes beyond theory, it should be based on the practice, and with ErasmuSpain you can do it at the best companies!

4 gastronomies declared to immaterial heritage of humanity

For centuries, the study of a man’s relationship with feeding, has been gaining strength and currently gastronomy has achieved recognition for its cultural value. UNESCO has recognized four gastronomies as an Immaterial Heritage of Humanity: the Mediterranean diet, Mexican-, French- and Japanese cuisine.

According to John Revenga, author of the blog: The nutritionist in general, “this recognition of the United Nations is focused on the cultural heritage surrounding the cuisine of a very specific geographic framework: the realization of a series of practices, behaviors, or traditional elaborations related to the kitchen”.

UNESCO says that “the Mediterranean diet includes a set of knowledge, practical skills, rituals, traditions and symbols related to crops and agricultural crops, fishing and animal breeding, and also with the shape of conserving, transform, chef, sharing and consuming food”.

In addition, this diet represented by Croatia, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco and Portugal is closely linked to the concepts of “social exchange and communication”. “The Act of eating together is one of the foundations of cultural communities in the basin of the Mediterranean identity and continuity. […]

One of the gastronomic products of Northern Croatia, which has already entered the list of the immaterial heritage of humanity is the preparation of spiced bread.

This immaterial element highlights the values of hospitality, good-neighborliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity, as well as a way of life which is guided by respect for diversity”, said the international organization”.

In Japanese cuisine, Revenga emphasizes that its reference cereal is rice. “Reference cereal is one of the first elements that characterize the culture of a particular community.

“One of the star ingredients in Nordic cuisine can be rye, in the African cuisine it is millet, in the Mexican can be corn, obviously in the Mediterranean is wheat and in Japan is rice, which determines the way you eat”, explains the nutritionist. “The presence of the fish, mainly against meat, and their particular way of understanding, with elaborations made very little, with few cooking times” also stands out in Japanese cuisine.

In particular, UNESCO selected the traditional Japanese cuisine, known as washoku, as immaterial heritage of humanity. It is “a social practice based on a set of practical skills, traditions and knowledge linked to the production, treatment, preparation and consumption of food”. The Japanese prepare various delicacies to welcome next year: rice cakes and special dishes, beautifully ornamented and prepared with fresh ingredients.

On the other hand, the French cuisine is a festive meal in which the assembled diners practice the art of good food and nice drinks. To Revenga, “The French cuisine is virtually the opposite of the Japanese, much more elaborate, much more thought and preparations with a longer cooking time”. “We could speak of sophistication when we talk about French cuisine”, he says.

Finally, the nutritionist says that “Mexican cuisine is highlighted by the generous use of spices”. The United Nations defines traditional Mexican cuisine as “a comprehensive cultural model comprising agricultural activities, ritual practices, old skills, culinary techniques and ancestral ways of community behavior “.

All these elements of cultural heritage are linked to a fundamental principle of respect for nature that is closely linked to the sustainable use of natural resources.

“This practice encourages the use of natural and local ingredients like rice, fish, vegetables and edible wild plants” says the official tab of the United Nations. These knowledge and skills are transmitted both within the family and through the schools.

Currently, among the candidates to obtain this recognition they are conservation technique Korean kimchi and seasoned, Turkish coffee and a former Georgian wine-making method known as kvevris.

Food, more than taste!

Energy? Yes, energy! So we want you to begin your day with a body full of vitality! For those days that your body has no strength, there are 7 foods that will give you the boost you need.

Oats
Oats contains a lot of fiber and carbohydrates that provides a lot of energy instantly.
As advice: It is recommended to eat it as your breakfast. There are different ways of consuming: like cereal, boiled or whipped. In this way, we will have enough energy to carry out our activities.

Banana
Due to the high amount of potassium, the banana is very good for energy. It gives us instantly energy in a natural way and helps our muscles preventing cramps and injuries, especially for people who do physical exercise.
As advice: It is good to have a breakfast with one or even two bananas to give us energy directly.

Fish
Fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids(such as tuna, salmon, trout or sardines). These are perfect for quick and healthy energy.
Besides it helps for:
– The memory
– The nervous system
– To decrease stress levels.
As advice: The best choice for having energy in the morning is to have breakfast with bread and tuna.

Egg
Although, some people believe that the egg is bad for the health. The truth is, that it is a very healthy and good product for our organism.
Among other things, the egg contains:
– Proteins
– Vitamins, healthy fat-minerals
– Antioxidants and choline
It provides:
– Energy
– Increase concentration
As advice: to eat egg in the morning is an excellent idea to start the day with a lot of energy.

Water
As incredible as it may seem, the water is one of the most effective drivers of energy in the world. It is a born restorer of the energy we have lost by stress and physical activity.
As advice: Take at least two glasses of water at those times when you feel a lack of energy. Of course, you must not forget to drink at least two liters per day of this liquid.

Orange
Orange as food is not only Vitamin C. It has more nutrients beneficial for our health, among them are:
– We generate hydration by water
– It has fiber, but it is in the pulp
– Carbohydrate fructose-based
As advice: It is a perfect nutrient that gives us energy instantly.

Apple
The apple is a healthy sort of food that provides your body energy. The apple gives you satiety without adding calories to your diet and help your body to create energy with vitamins and minerals. It contains antioxidants that prevent body cells from damage.
As advice: Eat a piece of apple during the day. It can be cooked in any way, so it helps to have a good cellular health and also helps to maintain a high level of energy.