Valencia Gay Travel Guide & Map 2021

Upcoming Events in Valencia

|  15 – 19 March 2022
Fallas de Valencia 2022: large annual fair with parades and fireworks and many other events. The grand finale are the public burnings of the huge dolls, the so-called Fallas, on the last day at midnight.
In 2016, the celebrations were added to the UNESCO list of ›Intangible cultural heritage of humanity‹.
|  6 – 8 May 2022
Valencia Flow Fest – Diversidad, Amor y Respeto: new queer-friendly multidisciplinary festival at the beach of Pinedo in the south of Valencia. Music, workshops, sports, talks and more.
|  2026
Gay Games 2026: the largest sports event world-wide for gays, lesbians and their friends. More than ten thousand athletes from over 80 countries are expected to compete in 36 sports.

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ****, from 60 €
Modern hotel near the central railway station (Estació del Nord, with several metro/tram and bus stops close by). The sights in the historic center and most of the gay bars are within walking distance.
@ C. Bailén 8
Valencia 46007
Metro, Bus: Xàtiva

About Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, located directly on the Mediterranean Sea, about 350 km south of Barcelona. Due to its geographical location, Valencia was once Spain’s gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Its history dates back to the year 138 BC. Founded as a Roman colony, it was later conquered by the Visigoths and in 711 by the Muslim Moors which led to Valencia’s first period of prosperity.

In 1094, El Cid conquered Valencia, and after another interlude of the Moors, Valencia became part of the Crown of Aragon in 1238. In the 15th and 16th century it was a major commercial and financial center, but as a result of the War of Spanish Succession in the early 18th century Valencia lost its previous importance.

Early 20th century architecture in Valencia was strongly influenced by Modernisme (the Catalan version of Art Nouveau), which is displayed today in many beautiful facades, the railway station and the Central Market.

During the Spanish Civil War Valencia was temporarily seat of government of the Republic and had to suffer greatly under the bombardment of Franco's troops.

Quite important for Valencia’s urban development was the flood in 1957. As a consequence, the river Turia had been drained within the city and redirected around it. It thus became possible to use the dry-laid riverbed for other things. So the Jardin del Turia, a huge park with sports and leisure facilities, and the ›Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias‹ (the ›City of Arts and Sciences‹) were created. The latter was designed by Santiago Calatrava, an architect originating from Valencia, and consists of a huge, extravagant opera house and performing arts center, a museum of science, Europe’s largest aquarium and several other attractions. Apart from the many historic sights such as the cathedral, the silk exchange market and the Modernist buildings, it is especially this newly developed part of the city with its monumental architecture which has made Valencia more and more attractive for tourists.

When you are done with sightseeing, you may want to relax on one of the beaches, some of them located within the city. Or you may enjoy the Spanish national dish paella at its place of origin – Valencia.

An annual highlight is the so-called Falles in March, a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph. Alongside fireworks and processions, the main attractions are the larger-than-life dolls made of papier-mâché and wood (named Fallas) which are ceremonially burned at the end of the festival.