City of Arts and Sciences

 

As you know, the city of Valencia has various facets, and today we’re going to show you something incredible and interesting!
In 1998 the great project, designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, was finally inaugurated and became one of the most popular world’s symbol.

Are you a science lover? Do you like watching documentaries? Are you in love with the marine world?
If yes, don’t miss this fantastic place!

Here you can find:

– Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe:

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It’s an enormous structure that seems to be a whale’s skeleton.
Inside, the visitor will be surrounded by science, nature, technology and animals.
But that’s not all! In fact, thanks to the many interactive machines along the entire building, you’ll be able to play and experiment turning you into a temporary scientist.

– Hemisfèric:

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If you’re a documentaries’ lover and you want to live a different and exciting experience, this innovative place will you satisfy!
Why? It has a 900 m² display where you can watch an IMAX movie relaxing on its very comfortable armchairs. 3D movies are available too. Everyday several documents are
screened. Have you not decide yet? CLICK HERE and choice what you prefer!

– Oceanogràfic:

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This is the biggest  aquarium all over the Europe.
Here live over 500 different species: sawfish, dolphins, belugas, jellyfish, sea urchins, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks and many more.
You will observe an entire ecosystem swimming just over your head thanks to the glass’ galleries!


– Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia:

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This helmet-shaped building is dedicated to the arts and it holds a lot of events, such as theatre, music and opera too.
Here you can live such a great night too because of sport or fashion meetings and gala.
It offers you the choice to live firsthand its extensive and audacious spaces.
Do you want to take advantage of it?


– Àgora:

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It’s a covered plaza in which many important events take place every year.
It was designed to hold different events, such as conventions, exhibitions, sport meetings, performances and concerts.
Here, for example, took part the Freestyle Burn Spanish Cup in 2010 and the Christmas Special Program.

– Umbracle:

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This amazing structure is a garden with many plants’ species just over the City of Arts and Sciences.
If you like music and you want to enjoy your Spanish summer, this is the right place! This beautiful site turns into a funny and colored disco where you can dance and sing all night long!
CLICK HERE to check all the events!

BOOK WITH US and enjoy your holiday!

 

ONE NIGHT IN PURPLE NEST HOSTEL VALENCIA

Are you looking for something new? Are you visiting Valencia with your friends or on your own? That’s good! In any case, we have the right solution!

In our Purple Nest Hostel we usually organize many activities for everyone, like beer pong, free walking tours, dinner parties, dances and much more.
We boast very friendly spaces where you can enjoy your stay here and meet new people!

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A large recreation room will you welcome with its long tables, a piano-bar where you can drink and eat whenever you want, and an equipped kitchen for our guests.
Every single person in our structure is professional, serious and eager to please you.
Our staff offers daily programs to make the guest a special part of this little world.
On wednesday evenings the great and funny beer pong game attends you !
Do you want to join us and challenge your friends? Fill your glass and enjoy the party!

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German, English, French and Italian people share exciting experiences eating and chilling out together with a good background music.


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Besides, if you’ve a sweet tooth, you’ll have the opportunity to taste our drinks and appetizers at a very cheap price!
How? You’ve just have to sit and enjoy your time here!


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Everyday you can choose the activity you like most thanks to our always upgraded noticeboard!

 

 

Meals? Game with your friends? Guided tours? Come and have fun!

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Don’t be a simple tourist!
BOOK WITH US in Purple Nest Hostel Valencia (Plaça de Tetuán, 5, 46003) and simply be the lead!

 

JARDIN BOTANICO DE TORRES DE QUART

If you plan to visit this mediterranean Spanish city, you can’t miss this beautiful green and peaceful place in its historic center, just near the ancient Turia river.

Depending on the University of Valencia, maybe the most ancient in Europe, It was founded in 1557 as a medicinal plants’ garden.
From 1829 to 1863 scientific techniques improved and it was possible creating greenhouses to make climatization possible.

Its collections contain many species and specimens, including palms, among the largest in Europe, five greenhouses (the tropical plants ones and the four 19th century greenhouses that contain ferns collections, Orchids, bromeliads and insectivorous plants), the shadow, aquatic plants, fat plants, the aquarium and an aviary.

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Inside you can contemplate a greenhouse built at the end of the 19th century and an elegant vine-trellis in wrought iron of the 1900s, both recently restored.
From 1987 the Botanical Garden has taken back the function of study and scientific investigation, besides of being an university study. 
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The association that manages the Garden organizes musical appointments,art exhibitions, english courses on the naturalness for children or visits with guide inside the Garden itself.

Here you can enjoy your free time and a beautiful uncontaminated nature just staying in the city center! Silence, fresh wind and great colours will you drive through those footpaths during your visit.

We can offer you an accommodation very comfortable and just near to this tourist attraction!
What are you waiting for?
BOOK WITH US and enjoy this Paradise on Earth! It’s very cheap!

– Prices:  
Ordinary entrance: 2,50€
Free entrance: 7 year-old minor children, members of the university community (University of Valencia) and accompanists (just only one) of disabled people.
Reduced entrance: 1€ for Friends and Old Students of the University.
Entrance 1,50€ : over 65, pensioners, persons with absolute disability, unemployed people, children between 7 and 17 years of age, owners of the large family card, university students, young card holders, members of the associations linked to the Botanical Garden.
Entrance 1,50€ : groups of more than 10 people.
Entrance 1,50€ : holders of Valencia Card or Family Point Card.
SUBSCRIPTIONS: learn more
Ticket 10 tickets: 10€
Ordinary annual subscription: 40€
Reduced annual subscription: 20€

 

 

– Schedule: Open every day, except on windy and rainy days, and public holidays December 25 and January 1;
From November to February, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March and October, from 10 am to 7 pm.
April and September, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From May to August, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(http://www.jardibotanic.org/vine.php?idioma=_sp)

– Address: C/ Quart 80 46008 València, SPAIN

– Contacs: tel +(34) 963 15 68 00
botanic@uv.es

– How to get here:

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VALENCIA MOTO GP 2016

Attention! Race lovers: this weekend from Friday to Sunday (11th-13th November) is all about The Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix.

Do you know that the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999? It held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight left handers and a 650m straight. Although the track is regarded as quite small, the pit complex contains 48 garages whilst the stadium style grandstands can seat up to 150,000 spectators! The circuit lay out allows all parts of the track to be seen from any stand. That helps to create a unique atmosphere enjoyed by Spanish and international riders alike.

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The Circuit is located in Cheste, approx. 15 km from the Valencia Manises International Airport and 20 km from the Valencia City Centre.

Here more info about the tickets and event.

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Are you looking for a place to stay during Moto GP? Do not hesitate to check out our hostels with comfy beds and amazing atmosphere! 😉

When:
11 – 13 of November 2016

Where:
CIRCUIT DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA RICARDO TORMO
Autovia A-3 Salida 334
Apdo. Correos 101
46380 Cheste (Spain)

Maratón Valencia Trinidad Alfonso

Valencia Marathon, was inaugurated in 1981! It brings together fun and sport. With time this event got really popular and now those 42 kilometers are a reason for all professionals and amateurs to test their limits and power of personal endurance and perseverance. Is one of the most important events in the national calendar.

The Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia Marathon is organized every year in the historic city of Valencia. You can enjoy the run through the best part of the city in the perfect November temperature, averaging between 12-17 degrees.

The Mediterranean coastline, a few meters from the sea, will be a part of a route! And the stunning Ciudad de la Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) will be a centre of this prestigious event and the place of the numerous parallel activities planned for the big day.

The best score obtained last year by the athlete John Nzau Mwangangi was 2:06:13 !!!

Here you can register for the Marathon.

Check out special packs which we prepared for every sportman in:
Home Backpackers Hostel
Red Nest Hostel
Purple Nest Hostel
prices from 27 euro!

When: 20th of November
Where: Valencia
Cost: from 40 euro (now last chance for 90 euro)

Concert of BIRDY in Barcelona!

The British singer Birdy who is sweeping the world with her new album Beautiful Lies, after 2 years is coming to Spain again! The concert will be held in Madrid in Riviera Hall on November 6 and in Barcelona in the Razzmatazz on November 7.

Debut album self-titled “Birdy” brought her huge fame, the second album “Fire Within” has strengthened this international success. It was her first album of predominantly original compositions, as her eponymous debut album consisted largely of covers. “Beautiful Lies”, a third studio album, was released on 25 March 2016 through Atlantic Records.

Birdy was one of the artists who contributed to The Hunger Games film soundtrack with her single “Just a Game”. In June 2012, Birdy contributed the song “Learn Me Right” with Mumford&Sons to the Pixar film Brave for which she received her first Grammy Award nomination. Birdy appears on the 2014 David Guetta album Listen, featured on the song “I’ll Keep Loving You”.

Generally album Beautiful Lies received positive reviews from critics. Music senior editor Neil Z. Yeung commended Birdy’s “evolution from acoustic covers singer to confident and powerful artist and stated, that the album “brings a depth that pulls Birdy from Ingrid Michaelson territory and into a scene occupied by Lorde, Florence, and Lana (Del Rey).” He felt that “with more life, richer texture, and an inspiring attitude, Beautiful Lies is Birdy’s declaration that she is more than able to make her mark in the big leagues and join the ranks of the alternative pop pantheon.

Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly said that “Beautiful Lies places her square in the middle of the indie pop realm […] Her third album is her own testament to talent and her proof that she’s only dipping her toe into the tropes of her genre to spring upward from them and float onto a cloud all her own.”

Don’t wait for buying your ticket and booking a place to stay! Remember that in Barcelona you can enjoy our precious hostels and have a rest after the concert 😉

Where: Madrid,  La Riviera and Barcelona, Razzmatazz
When: 6th and 7th November 2016

 

Halloween in Spain. Dia de las Brujas.

Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy day: All Saints Day, which is the most important festival of autumn in Spain.

Do you know that Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

In the United States and Canada Halloween is officially celebratedsince 1921. In the 70s and 80s it became known worldwide thanks to several movies. Now many European countries celebrate it as well. In Spain this festival is really popular and eveyrone takes part in it. The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. Actually Halloween is a night of costumes, fun, fear and time of a good party as well 🙂

Halloween in Spain is a three-day celebration that starts on October 31st with Dia de las Brujas (Day of the Witches), then continues on November 1st with Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) and finish on November 2nd with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

If you are spending Halloween in Barcelona, you should visit the city’s magnificent cemeteries – Montjuic, Poblenou, and Les Corts. There are some special night tours and wonderful classical music concerts. On October 31st in the city’s famous bars and nightclubs, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy the Catalan tradition of  La Castanyada. This is a popular All Saints’ Day festival in Catalonia. Full of various events, music concerts, and stalls filled with seasonal delicacies, including castanyes (chestnuts), sweet potatoes, sweet wine and panellets – small Catalan cakes made of marzipan, almonds, and various flavors.

panellets and roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes, a typical dish of Catalonia, Spain, in All Saints Day

In Northern Spain, due to the Celtic traditions, Halloween is celebrated with more enthusiasm. In Galicia, a region famous for its rich local folklore and ghost legends, the night of 31st of October is known as Noite dos Calacús (Night of the Pumpkins) and is celebrated through a range of common activities such as pumpkin carving, costume parties, bonfires, rituals, and sometimes even trick-or-treating. Otehr special thing is the quemada – a strong alcoholic drink usually made from aguardiente, unground coffee, sugar, and lemon rind or orange peels. Traditionally, the quemada is prepared within a pumpkin and consumed after reciting a spell (esconxuro).

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Trick or treat: even if you think it is something of American movies, is a custom that has spread in Spain. Especially in residential and housing areas. Parents and children visit neighbours and ask for sweets.
Costumes: choose a costume which produce fear. Now it’s time to be a mummy, a vampire or a with.

We wish you a lot of fun! Remember that you can stay in our hostels in Valencia which are located in the heart of the city and two hostels in Barcelona close to the city center.

Spartan Race – chalange yourself

Have you heard about Spartan Race? Is a World’s Best Obstacle Race, a real adventure for everyone. Has 3 routes with a lengtht of 5 km (SPRINT), 13 km (SUPER) and 20 km (BEAST). Each track is filled with a mud, water, and obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. 😉 Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.

The idea comes from USA. Spartan Race was created to bring the excitement of obstacle racing to spectators and athletes alike. In 2014 there were organized 130 events in 15 countries and 6 continents. As you see is available for everyone in the world.

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Spartan Race as well has events for kids and youth to involve the whole family in the competition. If you´re not sure if you are ready to take part in Spartan Race there are guide workouts of the day, nutrition tips to help you eat better, and free workouts held in cities wherever Spartan Races are organized.

So don´t wait and sign up for the coming event in Barcelona or next one organized in Valencia. Let yourself for an active weekend combined with sightseeing and relax. After race you can rest in our comfortable hostels, book your place here before it’s too late 😉

To register go to: http://spartanrace.es/?lang=en

Where: Barcelona

When: 8-9th October 2016

Where: Valencia

When: 3rd December 2016

9th October Festival in Valencia

On the 9th of October every year, the valencian community celebrate the national day of its autonomous region that includes the provinces of Valencia, Castellón and Alicante.This is a historical commemoration of the date 1238, when King James I officially entered the city of Valencia, freeing it from Moorish rule. On Sunday 9th are organized many events like  processions, floral offerings, parade of Moors and Christians through the streets of the city, fireworks…

The 9th of October is also the day of St. Dyonisius – the patron of lovers – the equivalent of Valentine’s Day. This day a man gives a woman so called “Mocadorà” which is a bundle of marzipan sweets.

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Every year the cakemakers of Valencia produce thousands upon thousands of these little marzipan figures. An interesting fact is that more than 70,000 kilos of marzipan are used to produce some 200,000 “mocadoràs” to be given as gifts to wives, girlfriends and mothers.

Although the 9th of October is the greatest day of all Valencia, the  events begin from Saturday October 1, throughout the week. During the night of October 8 there is organized an international festival of fireworks that brings together pyrotechnics from various countries. Do not miss it! 😉

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Events programme:

8 October
10:00 València, amb la Senyera. Exhibition of the Real Senyera (the flag of Valencia) in the City Hall’s Crystal Room until 22:00.
20:00 Concert by the Valencia Orchestra in the Palau de la Música.
20:00 Valencian Festival of Dance, Music and Song in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, followed by Popular Dance
0:00 Fireworks Festival in the Turia Gardens

9 October
12:00 Civic procession and a flower tribute next to the statue of King James I of Aragon. There will then be a firework display at the end of the civic procession.
17:00 The City of Valencia Entrance Parade of the Moors and the Christians.
(Route: Glorieta Paz, Calle San Vicente, Plaza del Ayuntamiento followed by the Avenida del Marqués de Sotelo, which is where it will come to an end.)

here u can find more detailed program for the other days.

Don’t forget that all our hostels are situated in the center of Valencia, in the heart of these celebrations. Book your place now and enjoy festivo español!

When: 9th of October 2016
Where: Valencia, Alicante, Castellón

¡TUNAS in Valencia!

From 30 September to 2 October in Valencia will be held the III Certamen Nacional Científico-Técnico de Tunas.

A tuna is a group of students in traditional/old university clothes which is characterized by singing, playing instruments and traveling. Not all members of tuna are profesional musicians, sometimes just a few of them. It is an ancient tradition that emerged in Spain, and spread to various countries in Europe as Portugal or Holland, and in Latin America in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, etc.

Tuna was formed by young people who because of their limited resources need to earn money. Nowadays students are not part of “tuna” for money, but for keeping a tradition alive and to have fun, travel and meet new people from other universities. A member of a tuna calls a “tunante“, but is usually known as a “tuno“.

From its origins to the present day, Tunas have continued the cultivation of popular instruments such as the bandurria, lute, guitar and tambourine

Interesting fact: up until recently, only male students were admitted to be a part of tunas, but in the last few years new tunas have been formed for female students.

Here there is a short program of the event:

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When: Friday at 16:00, 30 September 2016
Where: Ateneo Mercantil de Valencia, Plaza del Ayuntamiento 18
Cost: free

Tuna will take place in the city center of Valencia, where all our hostels are situated so you can be close to the main events! 🙂