Xativa Spain view over city

Day Trip to Xátiva

Xátiva Spain is a small city with a lot of history. Located about 60 km south of Valencia, Xátiva makes for a quick and fun day trip. It is just under an hour ride on the C-2 regional train (Renfe Cercanías) which leaves from Valencia Nord station approximately every 30 […]

Crudo Bar Valencia Spain Jills Urban Food Crawls

Crudo Bar Bliss

Feb 16, 2018 Notice: Crudo Bar in Valencia is currently closed. They are moving to a new, bigger better space. I’ll update with the new location when they have reopened. Ahh, Spring! We are usually adventurous eaters, excited to try new restaurants and new tastes. Some days, though, […]

Fabada Asturiana

We’re saying goodbye to winter with one more hearty recipe. Spring may have arrived in Valencia, but if we were in the Asturias region of north-west Spain right now, we might still have several weeks of cold wet weather ahead of us. We would definitely want a bowl […]

The Final Day of Las Fallas

Las Fallas finally came to its fiery conclusion on Sunday, March 19th with the midnight burning of all of the fallas sculptures. Called La Crema, this always happens on the Feast of Saint Joseph, who was the Patron Saint of carpenters. One of the underlying themes of Las Fallas […]

Fallas: One Big Street Party

We have made it to the last day of Fallas and our heads are spinning. The sights, the sounds, and the smells of the festival have all come together in a whirlwind of sensory overload. Last night, Valencia threw 1,200 kilos (1.3 tons) of pyrotechnic explosives into the sky […]

Fallas Street Food

When bunuelo and chocolate and churro stands started popping up on nearly every block in Valencia, we wondered how there could possibly be enough people to consume all of these sweets. Now we know. This city is jam packed. I’ve read estimates of between 1 and 3 million […]