Lucas Fox Agenda: Unmissable Events in Valencia, Autumn 2014

Seafood Rice Gastronomy Days (Jornadas Gastronómicas de Arroces Marineras)

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What: A three-week long celebration of marvellous paella
When: 18 October – 9 November
Where: Twelve leading restaurants at Playa de las Arenas
Perfect For: A hot date, dinner with friends, impressing your granny

The first event of its kind, the catchily entitled “Seafood Rice Gastronomy Days” will take place from 18 October until 9 November at Playa de las Arenas. Over this three-week period, twelve highly acclaimed restaurants along the seafront will offer scrumptious set menus showcasing the best of Valencian paella, at supremely affordable rates. A wonderful opportunity to sample delicious local fare in a spectacular setting, without breaking the bank!

Sympathy For The Stones


What: A multimedia exhibition featuring the legendary Rolling Stones
When: Until 23 November
Where: Bancaja Cultural Centre
Perfect For: Rolling Stones fans old and new, art aficionados and museum goers extraordinare

This spectacularly broad exhibition, Sympathy for the Stones, organised by the Bancaka Foundation documents 50 years of these rock & roll hall of fame giants. The exhibition analyses the Rolling Stones’ iconic role in twentieth and now twenty first century pop culture through a variety of mediums including vintage photography, documentaries, intimate artwork and impressive live concert videos. Follow the band’s evolution through this multi-media, interactive experience designed to engage and entertain fans old and new.

Valencia Cuina Oberta: “Restaurant Week”

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What: A week of scrumptious gastronomy!
When: 13 – 23 November
Where: The top restaurants throughout the city of Valencia
Feels Like: Haute Gastronomy without the price tag
Perfect For: Foodies, couples, impressing your mates

The city’s leading chefs have created a series of delicious set menus and tasting experiences once again for the 11th edition of this culinary extravaganza. Many of Valencia’s most prestigious, often Michelin starred restaurants, offer an extremely affordable tasting menu, offering a set lunch menu for just €20, and dinner for €30! The week aims to promote the world-class quality of Valencian cuisine and is a great opportunity to sample some excellent gastronomy at a bargain!

Film Symphony Orchestra at the Palau de la Música

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What: A musical tour of some of the most iconic film and television soundtracks
When: 5 December
Where: Palau de la Música
Feels Like: Sitting in the heart of your favourite films, in the comfort of the opulent Palau de la Música
Perfect For: Classical music lovers, film buffs, taking the whole family

The prestigious Film Symphony Orchestra are returning to the Palau de la Música this December with an incredible repertoire of classical music from the big and small screen. This moving musical event inspired by and dedicated to the art of film is an unmissable journey through some of the most iconic soundtracks of recent times, including Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean to name but a few titles. This is the perfect event for lovers of the traditional symphony genre, as well as a younger film-going audience.

The Valencia Marathon 2014


What: The city’s annual Marathon
When: 16 November
Where: Across the whole city, beginning at the City of Arts and Sciences
Perfect For: Long-distance runners and enthusiastic supporters.

Valencia’s largest and most exciting race will take place this November, when the city will welcome thousands of athletes to run the 42km gauntlet. The circuit will begin at the iconic City of Arts and Sciences, before meandering towards the region’s world-famous beaches to the Royal Marina Juan Carlos I and beyond. Don’t fancy all of that exertion? Hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters will be out in force to feed, water and cheer the runners on their lengthy marathon journey. The more the merrier!

Les Miserables comes to Valencia


What: A two-week run of iconic Les Miserables the musical
When: 4 – 15 November
Where: The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
Perfect For: A civilised night at the theatre, seasoned musical fans

Seen by over 70 million people in 22 languages, Les Miserables comes to Valencia for a limited run of incredible performances. With tickets starting at just €10, do not miss this moving and iconic show, performed in Spanish at the popular Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.

Children’s Yoga in the Botanics (Ioga per a menuts)


What: Weekly yoga classes for children
When: 21 September – 14 December
Where: In the Walled Garden of the Botanic Gardens
Perfect For: Keeping the little ones busy on a Saturday morning, connecting with nature

These fun weekly children’s yoga sessions are held in the lovely Botanic Gardens, combining traditional yoga poses with music and storytelling. The classes encourage little ones to practise their concentration and breathing to improve posture and strength as well as using their imagination.

For the scoop on more fun events and activities to try in Valencia this autumn, check out Love Valencia’s guide to making the most of this lovely season in the city.