Intercultural walks in Valencia

Latent history

Valencia is an ancient Mediterranean city, born on a river island in the River Turia. Its history is a history of intercultural and multi-ethnic coexistence and clashes between different cultures. All have left their mark on the city, shaping the city that we have inherited.

It was founded in 138 B.C., as a Roman colony. In the eighth century it was conquered by the Arabs and in the thirteenth century by Christians. All have left their mark on the city, its stones, its streets, its customs, its cuisine, its own language; in short, in its culture.

The intercultural walks that Valencia offers are full of emotions: one can visit the ruins of the ancient Roman city, the Arab heritage; we can admire the poetry and the beauty of the Balansiya, visit the towers of the walls or walk around and admire the garden and the canals, which are water pipes that are still in operation. From the Jewish quarter we can only recognize the ruins of the walls that gave rise to the Call (so called Jewish quarter) of the city. From Christian times, however, we can admire the civil and religious architecture of more than seven centuries: the Llotja of silk, Consolat del Mar, the Cathedral del Mar, Hospital de Sant Joan, the Port, modernism, the Republican architecture or developmentalism of the Franco regime and finally, the excessive current architecture.

We can visit neighborhoods like Russafa (رصافة meaning garden in Arabic), one of the traditional neighborhoods is now a fusion of cultures, languages, traditional flavors, the current social paradigm shaping the city. The associations Periferies, Entreiguales, Valencia Acoge and the Colectivo Xarxa Urbana, offer different routes to discover Valencia through the contribution of people and cultures that are enriching our city.


Itinerario - Orriols
Il percorso si snoda attraverso Orriols, quartiere a nord della città, abitato in maggioranza da persone provenienti di varia provenienza e colore (ma in particolare di provenienza sub-sahariana, Nord Africa e latinoamericana). Orriols ha luoghi di interesse sociale (come Valencia Acoge, Orriols Con-Vive, Asociación de Paradas y Parados, PAH, ecc), di interesse religioso (Centro Culturale Islamico, Associazione Evangelica…), interesse architettonico (Antica urbanizzazione, molto deteriorata, di Orriols, Monastero di Sant Miquel dels Reis, case degli operai …), commerciale (macellerie halal, alimentari latinoamericani, negozi di telefonia, bar, …)



For further information: