Soak up the spirit of Christmas spirit with two of its most deep-rooted traditions: Christmas lights and Christmas markets. And whether you’ve never visited Valencia, or you’ve been several times, the festive season is a great excuse to make the journey.
At this time of year the ‘orange capital’ is festooned with its finest lights and most beautiful window displays. And in its squares markets appear, full of scents and colours, bringing with them the joy of children, the smell of roasted chestnuts, the bustle of the people, the mistletoe… and the promise of days full of sweets, excitement and hope.
One of the most beautiful, as well as traditional, is the market that, for the whole of December, can be found in the streets around Valencia’s Mercat Central. There you’ll find a multitude of seasonal confectionary (turrones (similar to nougat) from Xixona, gingerbread, polvorones (a type of light crumbly shortbread), mantecados (made from flour, almonds and lard) and pastas (sweet biscuits)), tree decorations, Nativity Scene figures, as well as typical Valencian arts and crafts.
If you want to immerse yourself in the flavours and traditions of Valencia, you can’t miss out on the hubbub and the quality and the flavours of the local produce that you’ll find on a visit to the Mercat Central. This modernist building, over 100 years old, is located right in the centre of the city. It’s not only an architectural jewel, with its colouristic tiles, its dome and its vaults; it’s the meeting place for locals who don’t want to give up their traditions. The market’s large central dome, located in the interior, lets in a great beam of light that illuminates everything. Just a stone’s throw from the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange), in the heart of the city, you’ll find the freshest produce, Valencia’s authentic side and the possibility of glimpsing a different era.
A unique experience, that you can enjoy staying in the welcoming Hotel Vincci Lys 4* Valencia, located two minutes from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and the attractive Estación del Norte, the main arrival point for trains into the city. Our hotel is located on a pedestrianised street, close to shops and buildings of architectural beauty and touristic interest. Immerse yourself in our city, from its very centre.
What more could you want? Well, there’s a 15% discount if you stay for three nights before the start of 2015. So don’t think twice, come to Mediterranean coast and let yourself be seduced by the charm of the festive season in Valencia.
And we can’t fail to mention our hotel located in Valencia’s most exclusive area, the Hotel Vincci Palace 4* Valencia, a five-minute walk from the Cathedral, close to the Torre de Micalet and the Torres dels Serrans. It has its own impressive façade, in the style of the city’s mansions, and is full of history.
Valencia and Vincci want to make your Christmas special and unique. Allow us to take care of you!