Valencia in July is dressed in holiday. Throughout the month of July a succession of day and night events are happening here. Jazz in the gardens, exhibitions, Bulls, theatre, Fireworks… countless proposals to enjoy the good weather and the intense cultural life of Valencia.
The international music band competition is held during the first two weeks of the month. The “Palau de la Música” and the Bullring are the stages of the prestigious competition that brings together great artists around one of the most deep-rooted passions of Valencians. In the second half takes place the bullfighting known as “Feria de Julio” or “Fira de Sant Jaume”, the most important bullfighting event of the year in Valencia.
At sunset, the “Jardines de Viveros” are the fresh stage of a festival offering performances outdoors all nature, from classic Ballet to rock bands, pop , jazz, flamenco or theatrical proposals. After finishing the evening performances, held the castles of fireworks shot from the best pyrotechnics of the world.
The “Batalla de flores” (battle of flowers) closes the parties on the last Sunday in July. From majestic floats and an expectant audience, there is a battle of flowers, carnations more specifically, during an hour filled with petals, colour and perfume the streets of Valencia. At the end, the public can admire a beautiful carpet of flowers that remains through the streets.
Like all traditions, the Feria has an origin. During the month of July Valencia residents left the city to relieve the heat. To animate the capital, prevent the progress of the Valencians and attract outsiders, City Council proposed to celebrate an annual fair and an exhibition of all kinds of products. Thus, on July 21, 1871 opens the first fair in July with a showy cavalcade, pavilions, exhibitions of plants and sale of products in general. The celebrations were increasing and the “battle of flowers” is established in 1891.
As in the city of Valencia, there are many towns which celebrate their holidays in the months of July, August and September. In them, the music, the bulls and fun are the general trend. We will inform you in due time, don’t lose detail!