2016: UNESCO makes the wise choice of adding the Les Falles celebration to the list of intangible cultural heritage – about time!
2007: The famous sailing competition, America’s Cup, is held in Valencia, which saw the construction of the modern Veles e Vents building on the harbour.
1996: Construction workers break ground on the fantastic City of Arts and Sciences, designed by the controversial architect Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.
1986: Valencia’s gorgeous Turia Gardens are inaugurated thanks to the genius work of city planners. Today, this is the place to be for a bike ride, picnic, romantic stroll or a play-date with the kids.
1984: For the purpose of providing information in the Valencian language, the public broadcasting network, Ràdio Televisió Valenciana (RTVV), is founded. Almost 30 years later, in 2013, it would be dissolved after various controversies.
1957: The Great Flood of Valencia wreaks havoc on the city. The Turia River spills over its banks, resulting in catastrophic damage and the loss of lives. As a result, the city decided to divert the river in two, emptying the river basin that passed through the city.
1934: The first flight leaves from the Valencia Airport; the route was Valencia-Madrid.
1928: The stunning Central Market of Valencia is inaugurated. This breathtaking modernist market is one of the city’s top attractions!
1923: The first match is played at Valencia’s Mestalla football stadium. It would later fall victim to damage from the Great Flood of Valencia but still survives to this day, with a capacity for 55,000 fans.
1917: The city’s train station, Estació del Nord, a gorgeous example of modernist architecture, opens its doors for the first time. You’ll certainly use it during your language stay in Valencia!
1858: Valencia’s famous bullring, the Plaza de Toros, opens. This controversial custom is still a lively tradition in Valencia and throughout southern Spain.
1482: The beautiful building of La Llotja de Seda is finished, during a time period known as Valencia’s Golden Age.
1460: The famous Valencian novel Tales of the White Knight by Joanot Martorell is published, which would allegedly go on to influence both Cervantes and Shakespeare.
1444: Construction is finished on the Torres de Quart, also still standing today.
1349: One of the city’s most famous still-surviving gates, the Torres de Serranos, is built.
714-1238: Valencia is subject to Arabic rule until it is finally conquered in the name of the Crown of Aragon.
625: The Visigoth military drives the Byzantines out of Valencia and takes over for approximately the next century.
554: Valencia falls under Byzantine rule.
137 BC: Valencia is founded by the Romans under the name, Valentia Edetanorum.