1. The smell of Azahar

Valencia is named as the Orange Blossom Coast (Costa del Azahar). Every year you can literally smell spring in the air. These small white flowers on the orange trees are called Azahar and as they bloom during spring time you cannot mistake the smell that lingers all around the campo. Not only they look pretty, they also smell amazing!

Azahar Orange Blossoms in Valencia

2. Almond Blossoms

I took this photo while I was out on my run last weekend. This time the of year is great for outdoor activities, with comfortable temperatures early in the morning and warm throughout the day. It’s definitely my favourite season of the year.

Almond Blossoms

3. Cooking in the streets

With the approach of the Fallas festival, most towns in the Valencian region will organise their own fiesta to show off their ninots. This includes many residents cooking paella on the streets.

Paella Valenciana

4. Kids with Fireworks

The time of year where my anxiety level is at its peak! During the month of March, it’s normal to be frightened to death by fireworks more so if you have kids who like to set them off!! During the lead up to the festival kids and adults throw bangers, smoke bombs on the streets, making as much noise as possible!

Fallas Fireworks

5. Fallas Festival

Ahhhhhh….. the smell of gun powder in the air means spring has finally arrived in Valencia! The towns and cities celebrate the Fallas by letting off the most amazing fireworks for two weeks and burning effigies of gigantic ninots to mark the end of winter.

Fallas Festival

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British/Filipina now living in Valencia, Spain. Mum, wife, designer and illustrator. I am also the author of Ohla Living where I share my lifestyle, travel, recipes and creative ideas.


  1. I love spring so much and I cannot wait anymore! Up here in Barcelona it’s still not really spring-ish.
    And I also really, really want to visit Valencia during the Fallas!
    Enjoy spring 🙂 x

  2. Maria James

    Hi, I am originally from Philippines and is planning to move to Valencia with my family. How is the lifestyle in Valencia? How did you manage to adjust? Do you already know how to speak Spanish before you moved? Can i get by speaking English for few months until I actually learn the language? I hope you don’t mind me asking. Would really appreciate it if you could me some lights to these questions?

    • Mariá

      Hi Maria. Nice of you to drop by. Thanks for leaving a comment. As I have written in many of my posts, the lifestyle here in Valencia is perfect for raising a family. The weather, the city and general lifestyle nice if you are looking for something relaxed with good weather to match.

      I spoke a little bit of Spanish before we moved, and learned for one year back in the UK. Even though English is becoming more spoken in the city, many still speak Castellano and Valenciano, or both. In the town we live in (20 mins to the city) very little English is spoken, so it is better to learn before moving because it can get frustrating. If you haven’t yet, please read my posts about our experiences, it will give you a fair idea of what to expect before moving. All the best!

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