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! ūüėČ

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)

Marat√≥n 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 ‚ÄúBeautiful Lies‚ÄĚ, 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. ‚ÄúBeautiful Lies‚ÄĚ, 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 ūüėČ

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 ūüôā

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‚Äôs magnificent cemeteries – Montjuic, Poblenou, and Les Corts. There are some special night tours and wonderful classical music concerts. On October 31st¬†in the city‚Äôs famous bars and nightclubs, you‚Äôll also have the chance to enjoy the Catalan tradition of ¬†La Castanyada. This is a popular All Saints‚Äô 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¬†‚Äď 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 Calac√ļs (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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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. ūüėČ 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¬īre 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¬īt 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 ūüėČ

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, Castell√≥n 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 ‚ÄúMocador√†‚ÄĚ 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 “mocador√†s” 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! ūüėČ

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Events programme:

8 October
10:00¬†Val√®ncia, 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 M√ļsica.
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 espa√Īol!

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! ūüôā

La Merc√® 2016 – festa mayor in Barcelona

Every year at the end of September in Barcelona takes place the biggest festival in town. There are organized an infinity number of activities like concerts at different points of the city, exhibitions, circus, street theatre, audiovisual shows, fireworks etc. The most traditional side of the festival are castellers (human towers), diables (devils), falconers (man with falcon), tabalers (drummers) which all together enliven the streets of the Barri Gòtic accompanied with festival beasts, dwarfs and giants.

La Mercè lasts four days from 22 to 25 September and is held in honor of the Mare de Deu of the Mercè (Mother of God of Mercy), the saint patron of Barcelona.

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The sounds of la Mercè are really diverse, from traditional rhythms and classical music to folk, rock, Catalan cançó and world music hit. The radically modern beats will be played on the BAM festival.

The Merc√® Arts de Carrer festival (Merc√® Street Art festival) fills the city with dance, circus and street theatre performances. Come and enjoy it at parc de la Ciutadella, Castell de Montju√Įc, Parc de la Trinitat, Fabra i Coats Factory and the Palauet Alb√©niz.

This is a must see if you are in Barcelona at that time. Come, enjoy and take part in festival La Mercè! Here you can find a detailed program: http://lameva.barcelona.cat/merce/en/.

Remember that after a whole day of atractions you can rest¬†in one of our two coisy hostels in Barcelona. Don¬īt wait and reserve your place as soon as possible!

When: from 22 to 25 of September
Where: Barcelona
Cost: Free

BONICA FEST: a night of Valencian MARKETS

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You cannot miss this event! Get to know Valencia by discovering its markets during the night!

Tomorrow on 17 September you can experience a tour of the 14 municipal markets in Valencia, that are part of Bonic/a Fest (Castilla – Avda Cid, Jesus-Patraix, Jerusalem, Ruzafa, Central, Rojas Clemente, Moss√©n Sorell, Torrefiel, Algir√≥s, Caba√Īal, Grao, Benicalap, Benim√†met and Nazareth). It is an initiative that aims to bring together citizens and visitors to the culture market. There will be offered a lot of gastronomic activities that brings you closer to the valencian cuisine. In addition, the evening will be accompanied with live music, giant paellas, fashion and dance shows. The market entry is free but each stand reserves the right to set its own price of products and services.

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If you choose the Central Market to enjoy the Bonica Fest, you can try many of exquisite dishes! We recommend you to create your own route and take advantage of this gastronomic event by trying varieties of tapas, wine, beer and enjoying concerts.

Here you can find a detailed program of the Bonica Fest and addresses of the Markets.

When: 17 September 2016
Where: Markets in Valencia
Cost: Entrance free

Buen provecho! Disfruta! ūüôā

XX D√≠a de la Bicicleta

This Sunday ‚Äď 18 of September in Valencia will be organized XX D√≠a de la Bicicleta. This event is dedicated to all lovers of this transport so that they can meet and enjoy a splendid morning together. It starts in Paseo de la Alameda.

The bike has become one of the best and most common sports to practice in Valencia thanks to place like Turia Park, many cycle paths around the city and Valenbisi – bicycle sharing system. We encourage you to use this easy and healthy mode of transport to explore Valencia and visit for example nearby precious beach el Saler.

The XX Bicycle Day includes the route of about 7,5 km through the city center, major roads and the historical district (via the Plaza de Zaragoza, Aragón Bridge, the Gran Vía Marqués del Turia, Ruzafa and the streets of La Paz, San Vicente, Xàtiva and Guillem de Castro). It is a great opportunity to sightsee our precious city in a fun atmosphere and spend an active Sunday morning.

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Date: 18 September 2016
Time: 9:00 – 13:00
Place: Paseo de la Alameda, Bridge Pont del Real

If you want to rent a bike contact our hostels ūüėČ we will help you with everything!