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  • City center preparing for Fallas
    City center preparing for Fallas
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    The Fallas (after)
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Benicarló Things to Do

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    by DSwede Written Apr 27, 2011

    The Fallas are a spectacle to see. Happening on a sliding calendar, depending on the year, they are typical in the month of April.

    Originally, people used to do their spring cleaning and had to overcome the problem of what to do with their discarded rubbish. Long time ago, the communities would get together, help each other and eventually burn the unwanted items.

    Over time, these piles of rubbish and the burning of them became more the focal point than the spring purging. The piles and fires became more intricate, larger and more grandiose.

    Today, the Fallas are a week long festival. Local communities each make and display their large sculptures from flammable (wood and paper-mache) materials for a week or more. Then, on the final eve of the festival, they are lit on fire.

    The fires are hot and fast, being forewarned by a loud procession of fireworks (the Mascleta). The firemen and firetrucks are on hand for crowd control and obviously the fires. After one is successfully torched, the crew moves to the next one. In the late hours of the night, the last ones are finally lit.

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    by DSwede Written Apr 27, 2011

    The beaches, either ~200m to the north of the port, or ~700m south (direction of Peniscola) are quite nice.

    The beach to the north is a bit more pebbly, so less people will frequent the beach. Its a good place to go jogging, take the dog, or if the pebbles don't bother you, enjoy the beach for what it is.

    The beach to the south is very long, stretching the ~4km to Peniscola. The boardwalk that spans this stretch is always filled with people walking, jogging, riding their bikes, etc. In the warmer months, many restaurants and cafes are open. The sand along this beach is much softer and more suited to sun bathing and swimming.

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    by DSwede Written Apr 26, 2011

    I first went to this restaurant during their 25th anniversary promotions. Obviously they have been doing business right to stay open year round for over 25 years. Benicarlo is a summer destination and with that, not all places can remain competitive during the winter months, but they do.

    The beachfront property has large windows where you can also enjoy the coast as you dine. However, with the typical dining hours in Spain, the sun may already be down before you sit for dinner. Opening hours are 9pm and later (I believe, so best call and confirm first).

    The interior is a rather elegant and modern restaurant, with white linens and wine glasses.

    Favorite Dish: The restaurant serves local dishes and specializes in seafood. There are menus, but sometimes it is just best to look at the daily specials. The grilled merluza, the fresh clams, the roasted rabbit... all was good.

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