Are you planning a visit to this wonderful city in Spain and wondering what to do in Valencia in May ? If yes then perhaps you want to read what we have to offer below.
If you are planning a visit to Valencia in May, then this is a great time to do so. The weather is quite mild and summer will be just kicking in. This means that the weather is great for walks, bike rides and sightseeing. If you plan your visit during the second week in May, then you may like to experience the ‘Virgen de los Desamparados’. The Virgen de los Desamparados (Our Lady of the Abandoned aka Our Lady of the Forsaken) occurs on the 2nd Sunday of May. This is mainly the most important feast to see in Valencia in May, apart from the usual things to visit and do whilst there. You will find a link at the end of this page to other things you may wish to visit in Valencia and we suggest you look through them.
What to do in Valencia in May – Virgen de los Desamparados
The Virgen de los Desamparados, is the patroness of Valencia and Vlencia’s second patron Saint. She is also one of seven patrons of the Autonomous communities of Spain. She features with a lily in one hand and in the other, she carries the baby Jesus. The baby Jesus bears the cross in his arms. One will find the statue of her in the ‘Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados’ and it is here where it stays throughout the year.
The commemorative feast begins on Saturday that falls on the evening before the 2nd Sunday in May. It starts of with a concert in the Plaza de la Virgen which features the Valencia Municipal Band. It also contains traditional folk music and dance complete with a fireworks display that portrays Valencia’s real style and fashion.
The following morning, the feast starts off with an open air mass that they call, La Misa Descuberta. The mass starts off very early in the morning at around 5:00am so is not great if you spend the Saturday night before that clubbing.
It is later on in the morning that the statue of the saint is carried by her followers. It is taken from the church where she usually displays, across the Plaza de la Virgen and into the Cathedral.
People call this “El Traslado” (the Transfer) and commences at around 10:30am. El Traslado is a traditional aspect that makes this feast one of its kind across Spain. The passing occurs amidst an adoration of rose petals that flow down from balconies as the image passes by. People cheer, showing passion, emotion and joy in true Spanish style. Therefore, this is an unique experience you would get to experience through the splendor of the spectacle.
Then in the afternoon, after the ‘el Traslado’, people celebrate with a a loud daytime Mascleta. In Spain, ‘Mascletà’, as they call it, is a series of firecrackers display another popular feature in Valencia.
In the evening, a full procession proceeds and passes across and through the city. The route includes: Plaza de la Virgen, Caballeros, Plaça del Tossal, Bolsería, Mercado, María Cristina, San Vicente, Pl. Reina, Mar, Avellanas, Palau and Almoina. Sunday evening features a more solemn procession. Ladies dressed in black, men in suits, city officials and the bishop of Valencia are followed by ‘Our Lady’.
The festival ends on the Monday evening when traditional music is played in the ‘Plaza de La Virgen’ what is known as Ronda a la Verge.
Other things to do in Valencia in May
So you are visiting Valencia in May, and wonder what else you can do and see apart from the feast above. Click Here for a list of things that you can do and visit on a regular 2 day trip to this amazing Spanish city.
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