Happy New Year!
Every fortnight or so we will give you the latest news on what's on, what's coming and what's cool in and around this great city.
There is always so much to do in Valencia and the surrounding towns and villages, but, until now, it's just not easy to find out for yourself. We will always try to give you as much notice of things as we can, but remember the Valencians have a saying 'pensat i fet' which literally means 'think and do it'. This goes to everything they do, so that, very often a seemingly huge event will be announced only days before.
That said, we do hope you enjoy this first edition of our newsletter, feel free to email comments or suggestions - and if you know of something everyone should know about in your area the Valencia region - please let us know by clicking here
VELES E VENTS
VALERIOLA PALACE (CHIRIVELLA SORIANO FOUNDATION)
Belmonte, La Danza Hecha Toreo
book through any of the three links below
The Calendar Girls have a lot to answer for!
Now the firemen of Valencia have joined the fray and have published a high quality Calendar for 2007. It is in aid of Ayuda en Accion, a Spanish charity who work at improving the lives of children and their families in 19 countries in South America, Africa and Asia.
The calendar, entitled Bomberos de Valencia is on sale now and if you get down to Valencia in the next couple of days, you can buy a copy (7 euros) direct from the firemen who will even sign their pictures for you! They are currently to be seen by the Metro station at Calle Colón.
When we saw them they were all wearing teeshirts with the web address www.calendariobomberosdevalencia.com - but try as we may we cannot get it to work!
Here's a great opportunity
It's the XIV Muestra de Embutido Artesano y Calidad de Requena, affectionately know as the 'Pig Fair', as you can see from the poster!
It all takes place over 4 days and nights in the lovely town of Requena from the 08-11 February. 5 euros buys you entry to the fair, a wine glass and an earthenware dish (all stamped with Requena's coat of arms) and a book of tickets that you exchange for platefuls of food and glasses of wine.
There are also concerts and activities throughout the fair but, Pensat i Fet again, no details have yet been published but keep checking their website as the dates get closer, you never know, they might publish some more information.
We do know the times however!
Thursday - the Opening Ceremony 20.00h to 21.00h
For more information on Requena click here.
Cadburys, eat your heart out, because at Cacao Sampaka you can sample sixty-four different flavours, most of them arranged as eight ‘collections’, which you can buy as a collective whole or mix and match to tickle your taste buds. Bewilder your senses with Palma Ham or Modena Vinegar; wines and spirits; fruits and truffles; or the enticingly entitled innovaciones gastronómicas, all wrapped around with richly delicious chocolate made from the best quality cocoa beans available. A gourmet range of chocolate is made from beans from a single plantation, and once the beans are exhausted the flavour ceases to exist, as the producers move on to buy another plantation elsewhere in the world. But these chocolates are ‘designed’ more than simply ‘produced’ and one of the three designers Sampaka use is Feran Adria, whose restaurant, El Bulli, is considered Spain’s best.
If you just simply, simply can’t make up your mind which delicious morsel to sample, then why not try a degustación of either the liquid chocolates (and you really must try the jasmine flavour) or the tongue-teasing variety on offer in the shop, and you can do so in the café at the rear of the shop. But whatever you try, savour it s-l-o-w-l-y.
more on shopping in Valencia
What better way to spend a crisp sunny Sunday than in a park? Valencia has a wealth of wonderful parks, here are just three for you to enjoy.
PARQUE DE CABECERA
JARDINES DEL TURIA
JARDINES DEL REAL (VIVEROS)
Well, that's it for this month!
As we said at the
beginning, there is so much to discover in this fantastic city and
indeed in all the towns & villages around it. Fiestas? There are
over 600, yes, 600 per year in the Community of Valencia alone! The
biggest of all, a monster of a fiesta, is Fallas, and that all begins
01 March with the main event taking place between the 15th and 19th. We
will, over the next months, keep you posted on this and all the more
interesting fiestas around the region. We will also give you as much
advance notice of events that interest us, and therefore, hopefully
And what else? For January, we've got the new Starbucks opening on Gran Via Marques del Turía, The sales - All you shopaholics, get down to Colón, Nuevo Centro, Bonaire or the new Aqua and snap up the bargains, some stores are starting sales earlier but most will be offering up to 50% off from Sunday 07 January.
Another tradition for the 6th is to eat Roscón de Reyes, a pastry ring covered in 'jewels' of candied fruit. But beware, some contain a broad bean! If you get one in yours, you buy them next year!