Valencia has been absent from our programmes for far too long. Spain’s third city has enjoyed a complete urban and cultural re-fit over the last 30 years and is now one of the most exciting coastal cities in Europe. The centre-piece of this renewal is of course the City of Arts and Sciences where we spend much of one day culminating in a performance of ‘Peter Grimes’ in the spectacular setting of the opera house. Stall seats are included.
Valencia is a great historic city and our visits embrace the medieval city as well as the modern one. It is also the city of Joaquín Sorolla and Vicente Blasco Ibañez, author of ‘Blood and Sand’ and ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’. We shall explore Sorolla’s paintings in the Fine Arts Museum and travel out to the Albufera, which figures so prominently in Blasco Ibañez’s wonderful novels. There we shall lunch on Valencia´s national dish- the authentic paella.