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El Mercado Central de Valencia
13 November, 2019 / , ,

El mercado modernista más grande de Europa.

El Mercado Central o Mercat Central, edificado en el antiguo emplazamiento de los vendedores ambulantes de la ciudad, es una de las joyas modernistas de la ciudad de Valencia. Situado frente a la Lonja de la Seda y la iglesia de los Santos Juanes en el centro de Valencia, comenzó a construirse en 1914 y es una de las principales obras del Art Nouveau valenciano.

Sus cúpulas de hierro, cristal y cerámica (la central alcanza 30 metros de altura) y las veletas que las coronan – la de la cotorra y la del pez – se integran a la panorámica paisajística de torreones y campanarios característicos de la ciudad de Valencia.

Pero el Mercado Central e mucho más que arquitectura, es una muestra de los mejores productos que se cultivan, pescan y elaboran en la Comunidad Valencia. Los 274 puestos de venta que lo componen son una delicia para los sentidos, principalmente los de frescos, entre los que podemos encontrar:

  • 73 puestos de carnicería y charcutería
  • 61 puestos de frutas y verduras
  • 42 puestos de pescado y marisco
  • 9 puestos de panadería

En el Mercado Central podrás adquirir la fruta o el pescado más fresco, la carne más tierna o hasta disfrutar de la increíble cocina del Chef valenciano Ricard Camarena en su Central Bar.

Si visitas Valencia, el Mercado Central es un punto de visita obligatorio en el que se verán satisfechos todos los sentidos.

El mercado está abierto solo en la mañana, de lunes a sábado (excepto festivos) de 7:30 am a 3 pm y la entrada es gratuita.

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The Valencian beaches, the perfect complement to city tourism
4 July, 2018 / ,

Cabanyal, Malvarrosa, Patacona & La Devesa

Valencia is the perfect destination to live all that a millenary and changing city has to offer you, without giving up a beach vacation

Have you chosen Valencia because this year you wanted to do city tourism, without giving up your break facing the sea? Well, you’re in luck! Valencia’s beaches will surprise you!

The Cabanyal beach (Las Arenas)

This urban beach is located right next to “La Marina de València”, just five kilometres from the Town Hall Square and is very well communicated. There was formerly a private beach within it, but now it is public for the enjoyment of the Valencians and tourists.

It has a length of about 1,200 metres and an average width of 135 metres. So, despite being the most frequented, you will have no problem spreading your towel on its fine golden sand. In addition, if you prefer to lay under a beach umbrella or hammock, it also has this service. And for food or drink, do not worry! Known by the Valencians as the “Las Arenas” beach, it has a fantastic and traditional restaurant area with terraces that overlook the port and the northern part of the “Costa del Azahar”.

The Malvarrosa beach

A source of inspiration for numerous artists like the painter Joaquin Sorolla or the writer Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, the “Malvarrosa” beach is another urban beach treat for the visitor. In a way, it is still the extension to the north of “Las Arenas” beach, with the new neighbourhood’s special characteristics and range of the most widespread restoration.

If you like to do sports: play volleyball, soccer, shovels, or enjoy watching your kids climbing up fun ropes, come in at dusk and feel the sand’s coolness on your feet. Even during the day, the width of the beach will also allow you to practice your hobbies without disturbing or being disturbed by anyone.

And what to say about running on the shore, walking or biking along the promenade by the breeze! You have to experience it!

La Patacona beach

If you continue along the Malvarrosa beach to where the sand takes you, without hardly realising it you will have reached Alboraya, the Valencia’s bordering town that houses “La Patacona”. A beach of something more than a kilometre, also open and wide, in which it will not be difficult to contemplate mounted horseback strollers first thing in the morning.

The delight of this beach are the old houses facing the sea converted into restaurants that have been decorated with an exceptional taste. To move about there to eat, dine or have coffee, in one of the premises with outdoor and indoor terraces, will be a great discovery.

El Saler and La Garrofera beaches

To the south of Valencia, but within its municipal limits, is the “Devesa de La Albufera”. It is an unrivalled spot for dunes, fauna and vegetation of 10 kilometres in length and approximately one kilometre wide. There are six waymarked itineraries in it, differentiated by themes and colours, which together represent more than eight kilometres to journey.

Most impressive: its location between the Mediterranean to the East and the rice paddies and lagoon of “La Albufera” to the West. To combine a walk on this arm of paradisiacal land with a good dip in the beaches of “El Saler” or “La Garrofera” and a sunset in front of “La Albufera” will, as a result, be very energetic and romantic.

The street of the baskets
5 July, 2017 /

Handicraft

To discover a city is to also know its traditions, at the time of taking a memento with us there is nothing better than going for autochthonous art. The Valencian Community is very rich in culture and art: ceramics, silk, gold and silversmithing and the art of wickerwork and basketry. In the heart of the city we find Músico Peydro Street, commonly known as “street of the Baskets”, since the 40s and 50s the artisans located their workshops there.

This tradition comes from the Marina Alta, villages like Gata de Gorgos and Pedreguer (Alicante), where the wickerwork and basketry craft is handmade with punch, penknife, hammer and scissors. The wicker is cultivated, selected, treated and dried; and later braided one by one to until the desired object is achieved: baskets, shoes (the typical “espardenya”) and hats also made from other vegetable fi (hemp, esparto, wicker, palm, etc).

New designers are currently adding to these traditional aesthetic ideas: like Pilar Tomás and Alicia Beltrán who use this base to let their imagination fly and off up explosions of colour in each item. We will fi various of these handmade designs in Valencia at the end of the Calle de la Cestas, in the Plaza de la Merced, in a little space dedicated to art called “Diseños de Autor”.

Text by: Marian Romero, journalist and art director.
Photos: Christopher Cognonato.
Basketry and footwear Pilar Tomás, dressed by Ángeles Esparza. Thanks to Beatriz Aspas, Court of Honor of the “Fallera Mayor” of Valencia 2017.

If you had, by Sebastián Roa
5 July, 2017 / ,

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Born in Teruel in 1968 to a Valencian mother, Sebastián Roa is one of the best Historical Novel writers from Spain. With six published titles, several prizes and the admiration he awakens in other recognised authors endorse it. Roa, however, downplays it: “I do not believe it!” He exclaims. “The thing is that I have very good friends,” he maintains with such a sincerity that disarms you.

He is not lying. Although he looks away when talking about it, his timidity and humility are what speak. His pen, on the other hand, displays a somewhat different image from that which Sebastian Roa projects being au naturel. It is in past epochs where Roa finds the conflict that Literature demands of him. He feels comfortable with it, even translating it to the answers in the current interview.

Valencia, the city where he has lived since 2002 and where he plans to stay, is present in almost all his novels. In it, Sebastián Roa has spent long hours researching, reading, writing and making the most of the advantages that the capital
of Turia offers him: “Valencia is a perfect city because it is not too big, but its size is sufficient to have everything. The weather is perfect, too. And it’s also very close to Teruel, where I have my family”.

If you had to choose a corner of Valencia for a novel?

The current Public Library. Apart from its cultural content, it provides some hints to a fantastic and disturbing history. The edifice was built at the beginning of the 15th century and became the first psychiatric hospital in the world. Let us imagine the moment, in the middle of the Valencian Golden Age, with the city full of go-getters, artists and bohemians, bringing together the best of the Mediterranean and pointing to the transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It is worth visiting the Library, which still retains the original layout, and evokes the atmosphere of six hundred years ago, so far from the current silence and calm.

If you had to relive an episode of your years here?

When I discovered the L’Iber museum in 2009. I attended a literary workshop and, without a clue of what I was getting myself into. I was surrounded by antiques in a medieval mansion, the largest lead soldiers’ museum in Europe and a multicultural centre.

If you had to place a scene at a Valencian festivity?

To set the “Mascletà” a little bit aside, I would place that scene in the middle of San Juan night, between fire and salt water. A passionate crime in the bonfires’ lights and all summer to investigate it. In fact I already used its medieval precedent, the Al-Andalusian Mihrayán, to set a scene for a novel.

If you had to recommend a typical dish to one of your characters?

My best character who is an eater is Pedro II from Aragón, hero from the “Navas de Tolosa”, womaniser and drinker. Knowing him, I would remove him from the thirteenth century and I would invite him to All i Pebre as a starter and a duck paella in El Palmar. With La Albufera in sight and a good Utiel-Requena wine.

If you had to write about a Valencian character?

I waver between two Andalusians before Jaime I. The poet and diplomat Ibn al-Abbar appeals to me, a sensitive and intelligent man, because of the era of radical changes in which he lived and for how he was able to adapt to them. And I have always liked Muhammad ibn Mardanish, the famous King Wolf from the twelfth century. A friend of the Christians and a tireless fighter against the Almohad fundamentalism. It is said that he built a beautiful palace for his daughter Zayda in the suburb of Marchalenes. In time it became a Christian convent and today it no longer exists, but the place is still known as “Llano de la Zaydía”.

If you had to describe Valencia with adjectives?

Luminous, thunderous, shameless, even sensual, and above all surprising.

The Valencian Seafaring Holy Week
3 April, 2017 / ,

Fiesta of National Tourist Interest

The Seafaring Holy Week is a religious tradition that has been celebrated for at least three centuries in the Marítimo.

The Valencian Seafaring Holy Week is a tradition that commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Its origins could very well go back to the XV century, but the first document that records this celebration dates from 1735.

The sailors began to celebrate this ritual in the hope that Jesus and the Virgin would rescue them from the perils of the sea. Since 1925, the Holy Week has been consolidated as the great Marítimo celebration, the district of the city bathed by the Mediterranean. The high number of neighbours participating in this cult maintains a religious tradition that, despite few sailors remaining in Valencia, retains the spirit of its precursors.

The Valencian Seafaring Holy Week

This spring, about 4,500 people congregate in 30 brotherhoods, guilds and corporations, where whole families meet, after passing the tradition on from parents to children. Adults, youngsters and children, traverse through the historic neighborhoods of Grao, Cañamelar and Cabañal de Valencia during a Holy Week with some peculiarities that make it unique in Spain. Not only for being the only officially named Marinera (Seafaring), but for other characteristics that fill the streets with colour, without diminishing the solemnity of their ceremonies.

Recommended ceremonies

Without undervaluing the importance of all the ceremonies that take place, we highlight:

  • Friday of Sorrows (Viernes de Dolores), 7th April: After the Eucharist at 19:30 hrs (Ntra. Sra. De los Angeles parish), procession of Sorrows.
  • Palm Sunday, 9th April:
    – Blessing and processions of palms and bouquets, from the five parishes: Ntra. Sra. Del Rosario and Jesús Obrero
    – San Mauro (10:00 hrs); Cristo Redentor – San Rafael Arcángel (10:30 hrs); Ntra. Sra. de los Ángeles and Santa Maria del Mar (11:00 hrs).
    – 18:30 hrs: Collective transfer of images from the parish of Our Lady of the Angels to the private houses of the brothers, who keep them during Holy Week.
  • Holy Wednesday, 12th April: After the Eucharist at 19:30 hrs, a procession with el paso de La Verónica (ceremonial passage of Saint Veronica), by the famous Valencian sculptor Mariano Benlliure.
  • Holy Thursday, 13th April: 20:00 hrs: Act of Prophecy (Santa Maria del Mar) and Visit to the Holy Monuments. People go to private houses to see the images.
  • Good Friday, 14 th April
    – Via Crucis, from the five parishes. From 9:30 p.m.
    – 18:30 pm: General Procession of the Holy Burial. Summit act.
  • Holy Saturday, 15 th April: At 00:00 hrs on Sunday, the five parishes celebrate the Resurrection Glory.
  • Easter Sunday, 16 th April: 13:00hrs: Parade of Resurrection.

How to get there:
Metro: Marítim-Serrería station. Lines: 5 and 7.
Tram: 4, 6 and 8.
Bus routes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 19, 30, 31, 32, 41, 81, 95, 99, N1, N8 and N9.

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