Standing beside Estacion del Norte, the Plaza de Toros is Valencia's Bullring.
Said to be one of the nicest bullrings in Spain, it was built in the 19th century and is certainly attractive with its semi-circular arches and little balconies.
Unfortunately we were unable to have a look inside it, so had to make so with a wander around the outside, but I believe bull fighting is still held here.
Near by the Bullring is the small Museo Taurino, which houses a collection of bull fighting memorabilia. Admission is free, and entrance is via pasaje del Doctor Serra.
Nearest metro: Xatira
Although this is not a local drink it is a Spanish/Mexican drink made from Tiger nuts, sugar and cinnamon. It is very sweet and is served cold.
This Horchateria in the heart of Vaencia is a pretty tiled building with a large seating area upstairs aswell as downstairs. The horchata is also made on the premises.
Service was not too good though!
Santa Catalina is in the Plaza Santa Catalina and is near the Santa Catalina church.
Orange juice is a popular drink around here.
No wonder , Valencia is known as orange country.
Valencia is surrounded by ugly apartment
blocks , heavy industry , a lot of motorways
and in between orange trees.
Fresh juice is relative cheap and most of
time served with some sugar. (because the
juice is really sour)
It is best squeezed by hand because a machine
also gets some juice out of the peel.
Very popular all over Spain are
'chocolate con churros'.
The quality of the chocolate as well as the
churros differs from place to place.
On the plaza de la reina you will find 'Valor' ,
Valor is a well known old brand of chocolate
in Spain. Look inside , behind the curtains
in the kitchen and you will see the machine
and how they prepare them.
I don't liked the churros , I loved the chocolate.
I even get sick smelling them.
The link contains a recipe. They are not that
difficult to make and got simple ingredients.
I was getting really addicted to this drink.
'Horchata' is tiger nut milc.
It is very refreshing. I don't know how they
make it but the quality also differs from
place to place.
It is not expensive and you can get it almost everywhere.
It made me think of carrot juice with a really fine
flavor. (but that is my interpretation and most
people think I probably had a bit too much absinth)
'Café de Valencia' is something we had in
the coffee house at the 'Mercado de colon'.
-café fuerte , licor de naranja y limon -
A strong coffee with orange and lemon liqueur.
It is served in two different layers since the coffee
and the liqueur don't mix very well.
It has a special taste , you like it or you don't..
One of the important traditional dishes in Spain is of course paella. The Paella Valenciana is in my opinion one of the best. If you want to have an idea what it is all about here are the ingredients :
For 8 persons :
8 chicken thighs
200 g of chorizo sausage
1 bouquet garni
200 g peas
400 g of rice
1 small glas of olive oil
1 small glass of wine
paella spices, salt and pepper
If you visit Valencia this is you must eat activity.
Agua de Valencia, literally means water of Valencia and this is a drink that is had locally at pubs, discos and even restaurants. With a base of orange juice and a mixture of cava, cointreau and other liquers. Each place has their own special recipire to make it. However, beware, this is drink that enters very cool and if you are not cautious, the kick can be strong. So enjoy a cup or two and more the enxt time.
This festival makes people in this place to become mad for two weeks of partying, any age participates, and ends by a big "cremà" (burning) when all these big wooden statues burn in a few minutes... Of course, this is only the simplest way to describe it in a few words... in fact, many people is involved during many months preparing for these days, and a lot of events happen also, not only these. You may see something longer on my Fallas travelogue.
For someone afraid of the fireworks, can be a nightmare lol (yes thats my case hehehehe) but it was not as bad as I though it could be. For 20 minutes the only thing you could here were the fireworks at the Town Hall Square.
At the end you could feel the final fireworks on your feet, as if the paviment also enjoyed the festival.... Just incredible!
It is definitely a must ....
Valencia water..... BEWARE dangerous ;-)
Orange juice, champaign and vodka ... ummmm really nice!
Sorry do not remeber the name of the place... as soon as I know I will inlcude here.
Thanks to Stace, that adapted himself to the spanish way of celebrating birthdays lol paying the drinks lol.
And thanks to Jose for the coffes
From left to Right: Jose, Beatriz, Amelia, Carmen, Stace
This typical valencian houses are mainly built in the countryside. They are not so widely used now, but you can see some if you go to the Albufera. If you take a boat ride they can show you one inside (for tourists obviously) and explain you the way of life there.
Every year around mid february when the Fallas are just around the corner - the Exposición del Ninot is innaugurated. There is a representation of a figure, from practically all the fallas of the city with the hope of being saved by the flames on the 19th of Marcha the big day , when all the fallas are consumed by the fire. This exposition is normally held in the esplanade of the shopping center called Nuevo centro, where they are shown to the public, from where the " ninot indultat " the figure that is saved.
This year 2007 is the year of the Americas Cup in Valencia and therefore is one of the main themes of the fallas.
Las Fallas is a large festival that takes place in Valencia every March. Large effigies of popular prominent pubic figures, politicians, popstars etc are built and at the climax of the festival burnt in the streets. Accompanied by many loud firework displays. I was actually in Valencia the week before the Fallas, but the festival was well under way, daily firework spectaculars were already under way with the Mascleta celebration.
The fireworks have a very special role in the festival of the Fallas. it is smelling gunpowder all around and everybody seems to be having a great time blasting all sizes of different crackers.
Nothing compared to the castillo that is held every night during the Fallas. They actually start from the beggining of the month of march and as the month proceeds you can enjoy them practically every night. They are prepared from the area near the Calatrava bridge to give a good view to as many people as possible who crown around the many birdges surrounding this area to have live a great experience. Rember 12 at midnight is when the first shot goes off and normally lasts for about 10 minutes unless it is a special ocasion like the Nit de Foc or on the main day of the Fallas - the 19th of March, where they go on for much longer time.