Published On: January 10 , 2024Categories: Featured

The year 2024 marks Valencia as the European Green Capital!

On 11 January, the Palau de la Música will host the official inauguration ceremony of Valencia as the European Green Capital 2024.

Did you know Valencia had been named the European Green Capital for 2024 by the European Commission?

This recognition acknowledges Valencia’s relentless efforts to preserve the environment and enhance the quality of life for both locals and tourists.

Valencia is a green paradise, with natural landscapes and a city centre that is full of life. With nearly five million square metres of green space, the city provides a peaceful and revitalising retreat. Start by exploring the impressive Turia Gardens, an urban oasis that follows the course of the ancient Turia River for nine kilometres, allowing you to enjoy sporting and leisure activities.

Valencia also has two natural parks in the surrounding area, in addition to its urban green spaces. Just half an hour from the city, Albufera Nature Reserve is a picturesque wetland area that you can explore by bike, on foot or by boat. You can also try an authentic Valencian paella. Upstream from the Turia River is the Turia Nature Reserve, with more than 8,000 hectares of Mediterranean forest, the perfect refuge for the hotter months.

Valencia also brings nature to your plate. La Huerta offers an authentic local gastronomic experience with its extensive vegetable and fruit gardens supplying local markets and restaurants. It’s not just a treat for the palate, but also contributes to sustainability, which is why Valencia was named the Sustainable Urban Food Capital for 2017.

With more than 200 kilometres of cycle paths and 94 km2 of pedestrianised zones, Valencia stands out in terms of mobility. Getting around the city by bike or on foot is not only easy, but also the most sustainable way to visit. Want to find out more? Click here