Summer is over but October is full of activities in Valencia

Summer is finally over, although the weather still doesn’t believe it as we are still basking in glorious temperatures in the high 20s.

The beach is not crowded now and the water temperature is still in the mid-20s. What better time is there than now to enjoy the beaches of Valencia? You can rent a bike in Valencia and ride north to Patacona or Port Saplaya, or south, to Pinedo or El Saler.

October also brings a local holiday on the 9th, when Valencia day is celebrated. James I entered the city on this day in 1238 and liberated Valencia from Moorish rule. The day is celebrated throughout the autonomous region but events begin in the city on the 8th at the city hall. The royal ensign will be exhibited in the crystal room of the town hall all day. The Valencian festival of dance, music and song will begin at 7 p.m. in the plaza del Ayuntamiento and at 11.55 p.m. there will be a fireworks display in the Turia park, the old riverbed running through the city. The park has two bike lanes and runs for 9 kms.

The 9th of October is the holiday itself and at midday there will be a civic procession culminating with a mascletá in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The mascletá is an almost deafening, rhythmic orchestra of noise which never fails to excite. You can rent a bike or e-scooter in Valencia Port and take in the full festival by taking advantage of the city’s many bike lanes and bike parking facilities.

The 12th October is also a holiday for Spanish National day, and this year it falls on a Friday so the lucky locals will be enjoying a 3 day weekend.

The Port of Valencia has been celebrating the MarisGalicia seafood festival since late September. With over 60,000 tonnes of delicious seafood, this is a must visit event for fans. The fair ends on the 14th.

Also ending on the 14th is the Dino Expo. This exhibition is displaying fantastic animatronic dinosaurs and ice age animals which is fun for all the family. It is the first time the expo has been held in Valencia and is located on Avenida pío Baroja, in front of the Bioparc.

Riding through Turia park

You can enjoy these events and many more by choosing the most fun and greenest mode of transport, bike or e-scooter.  A great ride is to leave the shop in the port area of Valencia, ride all the way up the Turia park to the Bioparc, check out the Dino Expo, ride back to the port area for some seafood at the fair, then relax on the beach.

It may be October, but Valencia is a great city for all ages, all year round.



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