Everyone knows that paella is the typical Valencian dish, although not everyone knows what the original recipe is like.

Rice is not the only main ingredient in Valencia, since it shares the spotlight with oranges and chufa, a product with which tiger nut milk is made. But the gastronomy of Valencia is not only those dishes, but it has a great variety of typical “terreta” meals. Have you tried any of these dishes?

1.) Valencian paella

Paella is the typical valencian dish par excellence. Who has not tried paella? It receives this name because of the container in which it is cooked, so at the beginning it was called ‘rice paella’. But, paella is not the only typical food that includes this ingredient. Rice is a basic ingredient in Valencian cuisine and there are endless recipes. Among the best known are “senyoret” rice, black rice, baked rice, crusted rice, “a banda” rice, or “amb fresols i naps” rice. Do you ever taste some of these dishes?

2.) Horchata (tiger nut milk) and fartons

The horchata or orxata in Valencian language is a typical drink of Valencia and a must of the summer. It is a drink made with tiger nut that is served slush or liquid and it is usually accompanied by “fartons”, one candy similar to sponge cake, also typical in Valencia. These elongated buns and with icing sugar on top, were invented precisely to dip it in this vegetable drink instead of bread.

3.) Allioli

If you are waiting for the paella to finish, we recommend bread withall-i-oli”  or «allioli» for the wait. This traditional valencian sauce is made with eggs, garlic and oil, ingredients that give the sauce its name in valencian language.

4.) Esgarraet

“Esgarraet” is one of the traditional valencian dishes that do not contain rice. It is a salad made with roasted red pepper, cod, garlic and olive oil. Its name is due to the mode of preparation: cod and pepper must be crumbled into thin strips. This dish is usually eaten at snack time, before lunch.

5.) Coca de llanda

There is nothing like having breakfast or having a piece of “coca de llanda” with a glass of milk. It is the valencian afternoon snack par excellence. This sponge cake is a traditional valencian dessert that gets its name from the container in which it is cooked called ‘llanda’ or ‘llauna’.

6.) Buñuelos de calabaza

Any tour of the Fallas in Valencia ends with a hot chocolate and a few pumpkin fritters or “buñuelos” (or «bunyols» in the local language). Pumpkin fritters are a candy typical of this traditional celebration that take place every month of March in Valencia. The fritters of Valencia differ from the rest by being made of pumpkin dough and carrying a hole in the centre.

7.) Toña or panquemao

For Easter evenings, the best snack is a piece of “toña” or “panquemao”. This typical bread roll of Valencia has different names depending on where you are from the Valencian region: panou, tonya, coc, fogassa, pa socarrat…

8.) Esmorzaret

Brunch or “esmorçar” is not a typical valencian recipe, but a gastronomic custom, a tradition that no valencian can fail. It is a sacred ritual that people consider it’s most important than paella. It is a meal between breakfast and lunch, like known “brunch”, consisting of a snack accompanied by olives and peanuts.

9.) Capellanets

If we come to the fishing neighbourhood of El Cabanyal, we will discover another dish that is pure ambrosia: the “capellanets”, cod with tomato and oil. This dish is so native that, perhaps, someone has not even heard of him. It is a dish that is usually prepared for lunch with friends, but it can also be found in any bar in the Cabanyal area. 

10.) Valencian salad with tomatoes from El Perelló

The valencian salad is the salad par excellence. It always accompanies typical valencian dishes such as Paella; therefore it can never be missing at the table. This salad is made with products from the Valencian vegetable garden, especially with tomatoes from El Perelló. This is one of the standards of the Mediterranean Diet.

A new edition of Valenciaphoto® – International Festival of Photography and Debate organized by Espai d’art fotogràfic is taking place in different locations of Valencia from 8 to 5 November 2023.

ESMOVIA, in our commitment with culture and creativity promotion, supports the festival as official sponsor.
ValenciaPhoto® is a project born in 2022 for the annual celebration of a photography festival of the highest level and free of charge for the citizens, where established professionals and young avant-garde artists meet with the aim of making it a European reference in the art of photography.

After the success of the 1st edition, which received more than 20,000 visits, the festival is now ready for its 2nd edition.
The representative motto of this year’s festival is «UTOPIA.EU» in reference to the ideal of a united Europe, as a common space where all nationalities live together in peace.

With the celebration of this festival, the aim is to cooperate in the fusion of different arts through photography as a metaphor of the union of peoples.
ValenciaPhoto® is structured around three main axes:

  • International: Collaboration with artists, festivals, galleries and institutions in different countries. France is the guest country for 2023 edition.
  • Promotion of local photographers: Each edition focuses on one of our local photographers. This year the work of Hector Murgui Luna will be shown to the public in the Municipal Hall of Valencia City Council.
  • Education: Lectures, debates, master classes, guided tours.

During the opening week (8-17th of September), prestigious buildings will open their doors to share culture with you all:

  • La Llotgeta Center Fotográfic. Mediterranean Foundation
  • Municial Hall of Valencia City Council
  • Rector Peset Residence Hall
  • La Nau Cultural Center
  • Espai d’art fotogràfic
  • Pilar Faus Public Library
  • Cervello Palace
  • In Arte Veritas
  • Vaidus Gallery
  • Town Hall Square

Check the official programme and start your cultural tour!
Foto source: https://valenciaphoto.es

On July 10th and 11th, 2023, ESMOVIA and fellow European Partners, Universidad Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (IT), the University of Applied Labour Studies of the Federal Employment Agency HdBA (DE), and Institute of Research and Information on Volunteering IRIV (FR), met for the third Transnational Meeting in Augsburg, Germany, as part of our KA2 Erasmus European Project EMoCC – European Mobility Career Counseling.

EMoCC project is a KA2 Erasmus project that aims at promoting European job mobility by providing adequate training to Career Counselors in the form of 2 different massive open online courses (MOOC).

Leading up to this meeting, each partner was working hard on the development of their assigned units, and we were able to enjoy the fruits of our labor in this meeting, by sharing and celebrating the work we had done, to continue moving forward and improving.

Partners presented the video lessons they had made for our first MOOC, focused on Career Counseling, and technical questions arose and were debated. Information is continued to be collected by partners, to design and organize the video content and the units production. Big advancements were made, and a plan was set for the next steps moving forward.

On the other hand, partners obtained clarity on our second massive open online course of our project. A proposal was made and accepted by all partners, with clear intentions of the work distribution load for this second MOOC, which is focused on European job mobility.

A final part of the meeting was dedicated to show the progress in the dissemination strategy. Getting to know the project will be essential in the next steps when MOOC’s will be ready and will have to be tested by externals.

The city of Augsburg was a beautiful place to hold this meeting, with a lot of history to learn and celebrate. We are quite happy to be moving forward in the construction phase, and the next update we give will be the launch of our pilot MOOC for Career Counseling!! Make sure to stay up to date so you can be one of the first to take the course when it’s ready.

More information on EMoCC project can be found at https://emocc.eu.

As an Erasmus exchange student undertaking your internship in Valencia with ESMOVIA, you are undoubtedly seeking enriching experiences that blend mobility, fun, and learning. Amidst Valencia’s many cultural events, one spectacle stands out – La Batalla de Flors, a vibrant summer celebration during the Gran Fira de Julio.

Embracing the Colours of Valencia’s Batalla de Flors

The Gran Fira de Julio, celebrated throughout July, is a summer celebration of a traditional festival that infuses Valencia with a joyful atmosphere. The streets come alive with music, dance, and many cultural events. Amidst this celebratory ambience, the Batalla de Flors takes centre stage on the last Sunday of July and is the crowning jewel of the Gran Fira de Julio. Imagine decorated carriages and floats adorned with fresh flowers parading through the streets, accompanied by the joyful laughter and cheers of the locals and visitors.

The Erasmus Experience: Mobility and Fun by Learning

Participating in the Batalla de Flors is not just about observing the spectacle from the sidelines – moreover, you are an active participant in this centuries-old tradition. Catching and throwing flowers with the locals and other participants is a fun experience you can have in the heart of the city. And to really feel the Valencian culture and enrich your Erasmus experience with a cultural exchange.

A Floral Feast for the Senses

Prepare to have your senses indulged at the Batalla de Flors. The vivid colours of the floral arrangements, the sweet scent of fresh blossoms, and the lively cheers of the crowd create an unforgettable sensory experience – You will have the best memories of your internship abroad! And as you capture these moments with your phone, you will have a lovely gallery of joy you can take back home.

For an Erasmus intern with ESMOVIA, taking part of Valencia’s Batalla de Flors is learning through cultural exchange – where you gain insights into the local customs, traditions, and values. You will learn, grow, and connect with people from diverse backgrounds. It is a true celebration of unity, where you can feel the warmth and hospitality of the locals embracing visitors as one big family. The Batalla de Flors is more than just a flower fight – it is a journey of discovery, unity, and personal growth that will enrich your Erasmus adventure in Valencia.