6 good reasons to spend the months of Christmas (December and January) at Valencia
It does not snow at Valencia, but we have other very attractive Christmas offers!
1. Nice weather
The fantastic weather of Valencia allows you to eat some tapas or delicious paella at a terrace of the Malvarrosa beach in the midst of winter. Sometimes the windchill temperature is of 25 degrees celcius and some people dare to take a bath at the sea.
You cannot leave Valencia without visiting the “Belén”. A “Belén” are miniature toys that represent the birth of Jesus. There are all kind of “Belénes”, some of them are so small they can be held in your hand, and others are huge. If you like the big ones, The City Hall square, the Cathedral, San José de la Montaña, “Las Hermanitas de los Desamparados”(The little sisters of the neglected) or the Central Market are great places to visit. Xativa is well known famous for its “Belén” with real animals, such as donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, etc.
3. Christmas gastronomy
Enjoy the typical Christmas gastronomy, Turrón (nougat), marzipan, cakes and fat cakes, seafood, nuts, “roscón de Reyes”… You will be able to taste the typical Christmas Spanish food flavours. There are Alicante nougat (hard) and Jijona nougat (soft) and both of them are produced in Alicante (Comunidad Valenciana)
4. Christmas lottery
Do you want to feel a little bit of thrill and hope? “El GORDO de Navidad” is so important in Spanish culture, that even the advertisement is part of the Christmas event. When the 22nd of December arrives, the whole country is paying close attention to the winner numbers. The orphan kids of San Ildefonso School draw out the balls and sing the prizes of the respective numbers. Many Spanish men and women get goosebumbs when they hear the music of the lucky numbers, it’s really exciting! “El GORDO de Navidad” takes place every year since 1763, and the number of participants has increased every single year. “El GORDO de Navidad” is part of the idiosyncrasy of the Spanish people. Do you want to feel the excitement among them?
5. The Three Magic Kings.
Christmas does not end the 25th of December, it lasts until the 6th of Janury. Why? Because on the 6th of January, the Three Magic King come from the Middle East to bring us presents. The Spanish tradition is to give the presents the 6th of January instead of Christmas Eve. Spanish families join to celebrate this special day.
6. Learn Spanish with few students
If we compare this time of the year with summer, the Spanish Schools are much calmer. Are you afraid of having few friends? Quite the opposite! You will have very intimate friends, since most of the students return to their countries, and the students remaining join in order to celebrate Christmas. Are you worried because there might not be a group for every level (A1-C2), or there might be less groups and you will have to be in a group whose level won’t match yours? Do not worry! At Hispania, escuela de español we always have at least 6 different levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 y C2). Every single year Hispania, escuela de español organize a Chritmas party where all the students are invited! Furthermore, it has become a tradition to prepare a Christmas video between the students and the faculty team. You may watch the two last videos at the following links. (video1), (video2)
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