There are various reasons to visit the city of Valencia and during 2015, this Mediterranean city will be hosting several different events that will increase its unique appeal. Let’s have a look at some of the activities which will without a doubt receive a great deal of attention from residents as well as from thousands of visitors who, upon arriving in Valencia, will discover a thriving metropolis unlike many others.

Nos vemos en Valencia: From the 9th to the 13th February, la Feria de Muestras will celebrate a new edition of its collaboration with the “Feria Hábitat” y “Cevisama”. Following on from the success of the joint venture last year, which concluded with very positive reviews, the collaboration of these two fairs, together with the Fimma-Maderalia, will once again be oriented towards the commercial spaces sector with the intention of attracting professionals and practitioners from all over the world. The offer will complement a new edition of “Valencia Disseny Week”, which will see an influx of creativity and modern designs into a city renowned for its historic furniture industry.

Fallas 2015: From the 14th to 19th of March, the new edition of one of the largest and most visited popular festivals in the world is looking to set new records. The appeal of the festival of las Fallas, which brings together thousands of visitors each year, is huge: from the street lighting competitions, the deafening fireworks, the pyrotechnics castles to of course, more than 300 monuments “falleros”, with the main “falla” being of particular note. This impressive spectacle, conceived by Manolo García under the motto “La Fuerza” (the strength), features an enormous wooden lion at its centre and is a very popular figure given its presence in the echelons of the Congress of Deputies in Madrid.

The new Valencia Football Club: The acquisition of the club by the investor Peter Lim has placed the historic Valencia CF in the midst of a media storm. While the construction of the new stadium has resumed, situated on the Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas, the club has completely remodelled the iconic Mestalla, the oldest ground in the Spanish First Division, which makes watching a match a truly amazing visual experience. At the same time, a passionate football fan must stop off at the new Megastore which Valencia CF, in alliance with Adidas, has just opened next to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The spectacular shop measures more than 1000m2 and is dominated by an impressive 8 metre high video wall.

The new talents of the Valencian cuisine: Following the path opened up by Quique Dacosta (Vuelve Carolina), Ricard Camarena (Camarena), Vicente Patiño (Saiti), Raúl Aleixandre (Vinícolas) and other locations of great prestige such as La Sucursal and Vertical, new chefs and local eateries are beginning to emerge as an exciting generation filled with gastronomic talent in the city. The list is extensive, from the television workers Víctor Rodrigo (Samsha) and Begoña Rodrigo (La Salita) to those already established such as Quique Barella (Q de Barella), Alejandro Platero (Macel.lum), Ciro, Diego Laso (Momijii) and Steve Anderson (Ma Khin Café), with these last two sharing a location in the modern Mercado de Colón. Another joint venture of particular note, with wide experience in high end gastronomy, is the collaboration of German Carrizo and Carito Lourenço known as Tándem Gastronómico.

Photographs of the Mestalla stadium and Megastore produced by Lázara de la Peña and are property of Valencia CF (