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Architecture Cabanyal

Luis Navarro - 255

Luis Navarro – 255

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.

Escalante - 225

Escalante – 225

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

onwards

. 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.

 

 

 

What to do in Cabanyal

What  to do in  Cabanyal

 

El Cabanyal Street Market

El Cabanyal Street Market Market

 

Shop in the Vibrant Street Market

Valencia’s biggest street market is a weekly Thursday event  in Cabanyal  and the highlight of the week for  locals. Hundreds of stalls line the streets as it hustles and bustles its way down the Calle Mediteranni and  Calle Escalante.

It’s an enthralling insight into local life and a brilliant place to find bargains. Many of the stalls sell household goods such as sheets and towels but there are good shoe stalls too and if you’ve been admiring the gypsies’ leopard print glamour, you’ll find the full wardrobe here from leggings upwards.

 

 

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El Cabanyal Street Market

 

Best of all though are the stalls selling mounds of second hand skirts, trousers, jumpers tops – mostly for one or two euros each. Some of the smarter dresses are on hangers but generally you’ll need to patiently rummage through.

If you’re feeling bold, head for the impromptu/illegal gypsy stalls in Plaza de la Cruz de Canyemelar. It’s a case  now you see them now you  don’t, as the local police move in swiftly to move the gyspy vendors along

 

 

 

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El Cabanyal Shop

 

 

Even if you don’t want to shop, the Thursday market is a brilliant opportunity to tap into the local colour and atmosphere. The cafes are in full swing, the brandies are on the table, the enormous bocadillos are being consumed with relish and everyone’s having a high old time.

 

 

 

 

 


The Walks

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Take a Guided Tour

 

 

Marga Aguitur is an excellent local guide who can lead you up and down the streets of Cabanal, explaining the history of the significant houses with plenty of background information and colour.

 

 

 

 

For more information see www.paseoandoporpobladosdelamar.blogspot.com

 


Valencia Bici

Valencia Bici

Cycle by the Sea

Valencia is the perfect city for cyclists and there’s nowhere better to get on your bike than along the seafront. The promenade stretches from the port area at one end to the more peaceful Playa de

Patacona at the other. You can even keep going with just a tiny inland diversion for a few minutes before reaching Alboraya, where there’s a pretty and colourful marina overlooked by lovely holiday and residential apartments.

Sign up for the valenciabisi scheme(www.valenciabisi.es) and to cycle very cheaply providing you do it in half hour stints. You’ll pay an initial fee of 22 euros and if you go over the limit, you pay a few euros more. There are plenty of bike stations along the way

where you can drop off your bicycle and then stop for a swim or a coffee.

 


Mercado El Cabanyal

Valencianos know that this lively indoor market is the best place to buy fish in the city. Two aisles of stalls sell beautifully displayed pescado.  Stall holders will lovingly clean and prepare it for you. It’s more expensive than in the supermarkets (which generally have a fantastic fish counter) but tastes better and fresher.

You’ll also find wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables artfully arranged in a way that makes you stop and stare.  Entire stalls  are dedicated to ham and cheese,  olives and pickles and slightly scary-looking dried fish.

Chickens complete with beaks and feet compete with rabbits galore and plenty of pigs. Don’t be surprised to see an entire head looking at you through the glass cabinet.

In other words, this is a place to buy real food from real people, who are friendly and helpful. If you can speak Spanish, it helps, but if not, you’ll get by with pointing and smiling.

 


Learn Spanish

 

Learning a language by the sea is very appealing and is great way of enriching your holiday experience.  Solea Language School on Eugenia Vines is opposite the seafront and offers excellent private tuition or small group classes in a warm, friendly atmosphere with additional activities

also on offer. Take a tour of the market, try a wine-tasting or go to see a film, learning Spanish while you have fun.

 

www.soleaspanishschool.com
info@soleaspanishschool.com

 

Ride an Electric Chopper

C/Dr Juan Jose Domine, 6 

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See Valencia at a different speed by hiring an amazing electric bike. Mariano (right) and David can customise this sleek and exciting vehicles from 2,000 euros

or just hire one for 10 euros an hour.  This faster, fun way to explore is new to the city and if you’re not happy to go it alone,  take a guided tour around town or as far away as the beach at El Saler.

 

La Lonja de Pescado

 

If you want to buy cheap fish, straight out of the Mediterranean, walk along the harbour, past the beautiful Tinglados buildings and to the small port area.

The strong fishy smell lures you in to a busy market place where fishermen who look as if they’ve been at sea for days are allowed to sell 20 per cent of their catch to the general public. Just peering into the containers is fascinating. You’ll see octopus and eels still wriggling, gigantic sea bass look-a-likes and huge prawns.

The sale takes place each weekday from 4-5pm and if you go near the end, you can often pick up a big bagful of fish for around five euros. Don’t expect the fishermen to gut and clean them but they will share a few cooking tips if pressed.

 

La Lonja

La Lonja