If you’re looking for art, theatre, museums and music, you can enjoy a rich cultural experience within the neighbourhood and its surrounds
Cabanyal Open Doors
Every year thousands of visitors and residents get a chance to see inside some of El Cabanyal’s beautiful houses during the Portes Obertes. This diverse programme of events spans over two weeks and is a wonderful opportunity to discover these endlessly intriguing neighbourhood in more depth.
This is also a chance to learn more about the work of local artists,
as well as collections by famous Valencianos. There are tours, talks, theatre performances, films, concerts and exhibitions by Salvem El Cabanyal – who have done such an incredible job of campaigning to save the area.
See www.cabanyal.com for up to date information.
La Estrella, Teatro de Marioneta
Calle dels Angel 33
This charming puppet theatre is famed throughout Valencia for its magical shows. It’s a marvellous option if you’re travelling with children.
The Drassanes Del Grau
Plaza Juan Antonio Benliure
This spectacular spot on Plaza Juan Antonio Benliure was once used for ship-building and is now home to a series of exhibitions, many featuring work by local artists. It’s an enormous space and sadly can’t fulfill its tremendous potential because it lacks government funding. It’s a worth a look for the architecture alone.
The Semana Santa Museum
Calle Rosario 3
fascinating free local museum on Calle Rosario is the home of the amazing statues you see being paraded around during Semana Santa celebrations.Each different association or Brotherhood has its own costume complete with pointy hats. If you’re there for Semana Santa or just want to know more about the Easter festival, this is a great place to explore.
Just wandering around El Cabanyal is a visual treat, as apart from the wonderful array of tiles, you’ll see amazing street art. Escif has left his unique mark here as well as the compelling Are You Dead? stencil art.
Blasco Ibanez Museum
The former home of Valencia’s greatest writer is a gracious seafront villa, where paintings, photographs and memorabilia reveal something of his life story.
Sadly, it’s the Avenida Blasco Ibanez which Valencia’s mayor, Rita Barbera controversially wants to extend, knocking down many precious El Cabanyal houses in the process. The famous writer loved the area and was revered by the local people, so hopefully this willful destruction will never happen in his name.
The Teatro el Musical
Plaça del Rosari, 3
In Plaza del Rosario this popular theatre with a lofty contemporary interior and an original façade is dominated by an impressive doorway.
Touring repertory companies offer lively performances here with a frequently changing programme.
loves Hay Nada Mejor que 27 Amigas, a well run club/bar on Calle de la Reina, which offers a diverse range of music nights and events. Most popular is the Sunday Jazzmingo, which starts at 7pm and is a mellow evening of live jazz in a relaxed but gently buzzing atmosphere.
La Peseta on Calle Cristo del Grao is also a fun and popular venue with regular live bands.
You’ll find more music next door at the laidback vegetarian restaurant of Nehuen Tasca.
Carrer de Joan Verdeguer, 16
This brilliant arts space on Juan Verdeguer space offers a wealth of cultural opportunities. Courses, shows and regular exhibitions draw visitors and locals to what is proving to be a dynamic and innovative arts project. The library and the photographic
studio offer an invaluable local resource. Party nights and cultural weekends complete this dazzling project.