Within this magical one square kilometer, there are over 550 protected /listed buildings. El Cabanyal is also on the Unesco and the World Monuments Fund List.
As you walk from street to street, it’s like exploring a living museum, a tribute to the last 150 years of Spanish tile design.
On the facades alone there are more than 200 different tile styles – all packed into a small simple grid system of streets running North to South and parallel with the sea. Rarely do you see two houses the same.
Many houses run from street to street maximizing light and providing an easterly breeze, especially welcome during the
hotter months. The architecture itself is a mix of traditional Barraque style homes, small single storey houses built in the 1840’s , replacing the older Barraque huts made of wood with thatched roofs .
Larger Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernista styles were introduced between 1880s to the 1940’s and low rise blocks built from the 1950’s
. Today El Cabanyal maintains much of its original
village feel and many locals still see it as a separate part of the city. Everything is right
on their doorstep, so there’s really no need to venture into the rest of Valencia.