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Valencia Gets Ready for Great Summer Festival

Temperatures are beginning to rise and Valencia is getting ready for the city's great annual summer festival, which starts at the end of the month.

Locals and visitors alike will be enjoying hundreds of events and activities around the city for the month-long Gran Fira in July, which has almost 150 years of history and was formerly known as the July Festival or Fair.

It was first created to provide entertainment in the city in the summer, to try to prevent locals leaving for other destinations and to attract visitors from further afield too.

The first festival took place on 21 July 1871, with impressive horseback parades, pavilions, plant exhibitions and markets.

Here are some of the highlights for 2019, you can also find more information in Spanish and Valencian on the Gran Fira de Valencia website.

Viveros Concerts

Live, night time concerts in the Viveros Gardens.

Fireworks Festival

Pyrotechnic displays that the Valencians are famous for, every Saturday at midnight in the old river bed (in front of Torres de Serranos).

Gran Nit de Juliol

The main event of the festival is La Gran Nit de Juliol in Valencian, or La Gran Noche in Spanish. Simply meaning: The Big Night, although many events start in the daytime. Find live music, street theatre and more, all around the city on the second-to-last Saturday of the month.

Battle of Flowers

This fantastically colourful event takes place on the last Sunday of the month in the Paseo de la Alameda in the city centre, and marks the end of the July Festival. Read more...