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.


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

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