Attention! Race lovers: this weekend from Friday to Sunday (11th-13th November) is all about The Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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
When: 3rd December 2016
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! 😉
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
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
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:
When: Friday at 16:00, 30 September 2016
Where: Ateneo Mercantil de Valencia, Plaza del Ayuntamiento 18
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! 🙂
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.
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 Mercè Arts de Carrer festival (Mercè Street Art festival) fills the city with dance, circus and street theatre performances. Come and enjoy it at parc de la Ciutadella, Castell de Montjuïc, Parc de la Trinitat, Fabra i Coats Factory and the Palauet Albéniz.
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´t wait and reserve your place as soon as possible!
When: from 22 to 25 of September
The 10th and 11th of September 2016 will be held the Valencia Triathlon in the Royal Navy of Valencia. This competition consists of three parts: swimming, cycling and running. Over 3000 participants will take part in this year edition. Organizers promises much excitement and quality organization.
Thousands of athletes will compete for a good aim. They want to collect funds for TetraSport Association which is dedicated to the analysis&research market and to adapted physical activity. In addition, during the registration process you can directly donate 1 € to the association. The collected amount will be used for the opening of a new training center in Valencia to carry out activities aimed at adapting the exercise to the specific needs of each person, as well those with disabilities or chronic injuries.
Saturday is a day of women’s triathlon, supersprint and sprint. Sunday will consist of Olimpic part. Apart from competitions there will be held award ceremonies, technical brief meetings and tests in Zona Expo.
More information about timetable and regulations you can find on Triatlon website: www.valenciatriatlon.com
When: 10th -11th September 2016, start at 07:30 am
Where: Marina Real Juan Carlos I, Valencia
After the work out, you can relax in one of our comfortable hostels! We still have available places: https://www.feetuphostels.com/hostels-valencia.html !
La Tomatina starts already in 2 days! Are you ready for one of the craziest food festivals? Before starting the tomato battle remember about a few things for your own safety and comfort.
THE RULES OF LA TOMATINA
Organizers ask participants to respect following rules:
- Do not enter with bottles or hard objects – you can cause an accident or damages to your battle’s fellows.
- Do not tear or throw your T-shirts, nor others T-shirts.
- Squash the tomatoes before throwing them, the hit will be less painful.
- Keep a safe distance of the lorries.
- Stop to throw tomatoes when you hear the shot of the second warning firework.
- Follow the security staff directions.
7 TIPS YOU MUST KNOW!
- Wear old clothes – which you are ready to throw away.
- Wear shoes with a decent grip – avoid using flip-flops – you can lose them in the tomato fight.
- Use the goggles – your eyes can be sore because of the tomato acid.
- Use waterproof cameras– in case u want to take pictures or just use a protective case.
- Follow the security directions and keep a safe distance of the lorries.
- Take part in the palo-jabón – a soap-covered pole with a Spanish prosciutto (jamón) on the top; the person who climbs to the top and get the jamón, win it!
- Enjoy as much as u can 😉
While visiting Buñol a cute town surrounded by mountains, take a walk through the streets which combine history and modernity. You can relax in urban parks next to the various fountains.
See you soon! Enjoy this extraordinary festival 😀