Capturing the quintessence of the huerta surrounding València city, Massalfassar is the perfect place to take a wander or pedal through the coastal plains caressed by the Mediterranean breeze.
Massalfassar is a municipality in l’Horta Nord, which is well-connected to València city. The destination is the perfect place to delve into the origins of horchata, as well as explore the tiger nut fields that are protected under the Designation of Origin held by this local delicacy. Discover everything there is to see and do in this municipality.
What to see in Massalfassar
Located in the province of Valencia, Massalfassar has a beach complete with sand, pebbles and pretty dunes, great accessibility, toilets and a children's playground. The town itself is a peaceful place, enveloped in the plains of the agricultural land, or huerta as it is known, surrounding València. Cyclists will be pleased to hear that there are flat trails that are a joy to pedal in the company of the gentle sea breeze.
In the town itself, make sure you pop your head into Sant Llorenç Màrtir parish church, a 15th century place of worship which has recently been extended with a square bell tower. You will also want to see the old wash house and fountain, which are located just outside the town, as well as the structure that used to be used for drying onions. This building is currently located on the way to the station, though in the past it was surrounded by the agricultural land.
Massalfassar goes all out for its festivals, carefully planning an excellent programme of events. In January, for example, the town celebrates San Antonio Abad, by cutting down a great tree that is then set up in the plaza. Accompanied by a cheerful charanga, the participants hand out candles and religious cards, inviting everyone to witness cordà, an event that sees rockets and fireworks illuminate the sky. As is traditional in the huerta, Massalfassar also blesses its animals, both domestic and working, in a beautiful event. The festivities are also the perfect opportunity to dig into a plate of arròs amb fesols i naps, a rice dish featuring beans and turnip.
The town's patron saint festivities are another event you won’t want to miss in Massalfassar. You can expect live music performed in the street, parades and costumes. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your getaway to this part of the province of Valencia today.