SPAIN – Valencia the green capital

Valencia, known for its sunshine, has been named Europe’s Green Capital, praised for its 5 million square meters of green space and the accessibility of nature to its residents. Winning the title comes with a 600,000 euro grant and valuable marketing benefits. Paola Llobet, Valencia’s councillor for tourism and innovation, sees it as recognition of the community’s efforts. The Turia Nature Park, a converted riverbed stretching nine kilometers through the city, is a prime example of Valencia’s commitment to green living.

Valencia is embracing its Green Capital status by introducing “Green Fallas,” where neighborhoods use eco-friendly materials like paper maché, wood, and rice-stalks for their festivities. The goal is to achieve entirely sustainable Fallas celebrations by 2030. The centrepiece of this year’s event is a massive statue titled “2 Doves, 1 Branch,” symbolizing peace and constructed from wood, papier-mâché, and Neops, a plant-based alternative to polystyrene. Despite these efforts, traditions like the daily fireworks display, known as “mascletà,” continue, showcasing the city’s blend of heritage and sustainability.

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*This event is not organized by the French Government. However we have been allowed by the French Government to use the emblem of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.