What To Do In Valencia In January
The fact that sales and the rainy season coincide in Valencia in January provides a perfect excuse to go de compras (shopping!) Also, there is a festive yearly procession that you don’t want to miss. Find more details and more things to do in Valencia in January in this post.
The sale in Valencia in January is one of the 2 yearly sale seasons, and the discounts gradually increase week by week. So wait it out and you might get some really amazing steals at the end of the rebajas.
Plaza Redonda. One of the souvenir shopping places. Image credit: Jocelyn Kinghorn
There are several shopping areas in the city, from mass market to boutique ones. Plus on the outskirts of the city there are a few shopping malls to spend a whole day!
Three Kings Celebrations
During a Three Kings procession. Image credit: Contando Estrelas
Believe it or not, there is no Santa Claus in Spain. The Three Kings are the ones who bring the gifts on the morning of January 6th.
On the 5th of January the Three King procession – Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos – takes place in the evening.
Their ornate carriages circulate throughout the main streets of Valencia. The cabalgata starts on Paseo de la Alameda. Once the Three Kings arrive at the Town Hall square they use a fire brigade’s ladder to climb to the Town Hall’s balcony.
After that they receive kids at one of the building’s halls.
Roscón de los Reyes. Image credit: webos fritos
It’s a holiday celebrated with the family, and the festive lunch culminates with the dessert of Roscón de los Reyes.
This soft (and sometimes cream filled) pastry has a hidden bean (la haba) inside. The tradition is, whoever gets la haba pays for the pastry!
There is also a little porcelain figurine of a king inside. So should you celebrate this beloved holiday with the locals, be careful when biting into the pie!
Tribunal de las Aguas
Valencia Cathedral. Image source: K B
Needless to say, Valencia in January is not as crowded as in warmer months. So take advantage of the touristless streets and visit the millenial Tribunal de las Aguas – the oldest continuously running council in the world.
In fact, it’s the only other legal court recognized by the Constitution of Spain!
The council members gather every Thursday at 12.00 pm to resolve irrigation disputes in the gardens and orchards surrounding Valencia.
Location: outside of the Cathedral’s gate overlooking Plaza de la Vírgen.
Turrón de Alicante. Image source: icccaracas
Although you can buy turrón any time of the year nowadays, it has always been a traditional winter holidays treat.
This sweet snack exists in two basic traditional kinds – hard and soft. But contemporary flavor additions are also widely spread. To name a few, try turrón de chocolate, coconut, walnuts and sugar brittle turrón.
Plaza de Ayuntamiento – the main square of the city.
Skating in the middle of winter in the Mediterranean? Why not! If you can maintain your balance, go skate in Valencia in January!
I love the yearly tradition of building an ice skating rink right in front of the Town Hall. The main square gets decorated with Christmas lights. The festive spirit is in the air!
I hope you will enjoy doing some of the suggestions in Valencia in January! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any comments. And if you would like to explore the city on an evening food tour, it is a perfect month to skip the crowds!