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  • Narrow streets in the Costeretes
    Narrow streets in the Costeretes
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  • Little cute La Tartana Square
    Little cute La Tartana Square
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  • La Casa Gran, a clear example of our architecture
    La Casa Gran, a clear example of our...
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    Little cute La Tartana Square

    by gOdOtPm Written Aug 12, 2006

    This monument is a very important symbol for those who live in Ibi, more than an art piece. It's located in a little square where you'll find an extraordinary ice cream shop under the same name. Payá Hermanos, a former tin-working family business, started producing toys in ibi the year 1905. The sucess of their activity was outstanding and the Tartana (a horse cart) was the first toy they created. Nowadays, Ibi is the most important toy producer in Spain and a point of reference for others in Europe.

    Named after the monumento, the Tartana awards (replicas of the first piece made of gold, silver and bronze) are nowadays the most important prices by means of which the town of Ibi shows its public recognition to people and organizations the 6th of january, the day of the Three Wise Men.

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    La Casa Gran, a clear example of our architecture

    by gOdOtPm Updated Aug 9, 2006

    Payá Hermanos, the first toy company created in Ibi, was founded at the beginning of the 20th Century. It progressively acquired a significant number of Spanish and foreign toys in order to recognize their mechanisms and fabrication techniques. In 1984, after becoming into a cooperative, Payá gave away all these collections to the town of Ibi in order to create the Valencian Toy Museum.

    Nowadays, the Museum is located in the «Casa Gran» (Big House), a building created at the beginning of the 18th century located in the very center of old Ibi. The current collection includes 440 toys coming from Spain, Germany and Japan mainly. There are also others made in France and Great Britain, and most of them were manufactured between 1900 and 1950.

    The collection is okay, it isn't huge (around 45 minutes visit) and the inside building is quite interesting. It's a pity that it's an old school museum, that it hasn't been modernized a little bit. However this "old-made" sensation it does preserve the atmosphere it is linked to. By entering the house the guides will lend you a guide written in English, French, Spanish and Catalonian.

    The rooms that form the museum are: 1-Cinema, prototypes, presses. 2-Mechanisms, 3-Natural world, 4-Ships and airplanes, 5-Trains, 6-Speed, 7-The City and 8-Home.

    Open from Tuesday to Saturday:
    from 10:00 to 13:00 h and from 16:00 to 19:00 h
    Open on Sundays and festivities: from 11:00 to 14:00 h
    Mondays closed.
    Price: 1,5€

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    Three enfarinats after the show

    by gOdOtPm Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Also known as "Santa Llúcia i Nadal" (Saint Lucy and Christmas), this celebrations are marked by a popular and traditional atmosphere.

    The celebrations begin with the "Bateig" (Baptism), which is held the following Saturday after the day of Saint Lucy (december 13th). The Bateig consists of a gruoup of adults throwing a bunch of dried fruits and candies from the top of the Ermita. It remembers the way old baptisms were held long long ago.

    On Sunday, the second day of celebrations, the "Carreres" (races) take place. A lot of amateur musicians play their Xaramitas (traditional flutes) while walking up the Eres street. Just after that, some chicken and rabbit races occupy the street. During the afternoon, the "Proclamació del Rei de les Dances" (Proclamation of the King of the Ball) catches all attention. It's a ball with two groups of dancers: "Married men" and "Single men", where other peculiar characters like the "Tapats" (the covered oves, whose only mission is to hide their sexuality) also intervene. All the dancers will become the center of the celebrations for a few days until the December 28th, when the greatest celebration is held.

    December 28th (fools day in Spain), the Enfarinats (those full of flour) takes place. Summing it up briefly, it could be define as a parade of "Married men" and "Godfathers" who play the Xaramita again among firecrackers, tons of flour and the noise of drums. Those who take part of the parade protect themselves with goggles, helmets and other protections that make them look pretty funny. By means of this action, the Enfarinats had traditionally shown their refusal to the powers that be. That's why all of them yell "Justícia nova!" (A new kind of justice!).

    The celebrations finish with a three days ball in the Local Sports Center.

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