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Cabanyal Intim

In 2011, the harbour district of Cabanyal in Valencia was the target of massive demolition. The protest movement Cabanyal Intim was founded in response. It quickly picked up pace.

The event is a wonderful, eclectic series of activities that covers a wide spectrum of creativity. Terrific theatre, dance, circus, performance, clown, music, cabaret, underground, video art and poetry can be experienced over a few days.

From large to small, modern to old, the locations are often highly intimate. Living rooms in private homes, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms or terraces are all transformed for a few days. Public buildings, other unusual places and outdoor spaces also form the stage for highly talented performers.

Fallas Crema

The Fallas Crema symbolises the true story celebrating an ancient pagan tradition. The day reveals an eternal tension between sadness and joy. It begins with an offering at the Puente de San José Siglo XVI at 11am. It ends way, way into the early hours when the largest Ninot has been reduced to ashes.

Mascletas are ignited following the morning offering and again for the final time at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 2pm. A mass in honour of San José is held in the Seu officiated by the Archbishop of Valencia at 12pm. The Parade of Fire is a colourful, noisy and vibrant procession. The floats, giant contraptions, costumes, rockets, gunpowder, performances and music, heads runs from Calle de Ruzafa to Plaza de la Puerta de la Mar from 7pm.

The true finale commences with the Cremà de las Fallas Infantiles from 10pm. The winner of the first prize is burned a half an hour or so later, followed by the statue in front of the city hall. The rest of the Fallas are ignited from midnight, followed by the winning Ninot. Finally, at 1am the Falla Municipal is raised to the ground in a crescendo of flames, sparks and falling cinders. A sight to behold watched by thousands of people.

HYPER ASIA

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HYPER ASIA

Hyper Asia is a cook’s dream. This store appeals to expats from Asia or anyone who has experience of cities with large Asian populations. Many items can be consumed straight away too.

The supermarket is located a short distance behind the north station. It is expansive and offers all a lover of Asian cuisine could desire. Products and ingredients from China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and Philippines can be bought. Spain too.

C/ de Bailèn, 7
46007 Valencia
+34 662 388 388

Fallas Night of Fire

The parades of traditionally dressed participants continue during afternoon and well into the night to offer flowers to the huge city patron, Our Lady of the Forsaken on Plaza de la Virgen.

The day closes with the Falles night of fire, Nit de Foc, a pyrotechnic firework display at the Turia on Paseo de la Alameda at 1:30am.

Fallas Flower Offering

The Fallas flower offering involves members of numerous Fallas committees or guilds. Magnificently dressed in traditional costumes, they form a large procession that lasts for hours. The youngest babies held on a parent’s arms, elderly and frail, adults and children of all ages participate until late. They offer beautiful flowers to Our Lady of the Forsaken, the city patron, thus creating an imposing sight on Plaza de la Virgen.

The day closes with a pyrotechnic firework display at the Turia on Paseo de la Alameda at 1am.

Asian Stores

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ASIAN STORES IN VALENCIA

The Chinese are ever-present in many areas of life in Valencia. Many stores offer everything from plants to lightbulbs and stationary to joss sticks. Asian shops run by Indians or Pakistanis are also abundant, generally serving fruits, consumables and items for the household.

Many expats wish to cook Asian food at home. More exotic ingredients for Indian or Thai are available at several shops in the city that stock such goods. Frozen items such as dim sum are readily available in China town. Everything needed to transform tasty fish to sushi and sashimi can be bought in at Asian stores in Valencia too.

HYPER ASIA

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HYPER ASIA

Hyper Asia is a cook’s dream. This store appeals to expats from Asia or anyone who has experience of cities with large Asian populations. Many items can be consumed straight away too.

The supermarket is located a short distance behind the north station. It is expansive and offers all a lover of Asian cuisine could desire. Products and ingredients from China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and Philippines can be bought. Spain too.

C/ de Bailèn, 7
46007 Valencia
+34 662 388 388

Organic Market

A small, local organic market with three stalls offers fresh vegetables every Saturday. All their produce is grown on farms within close vicinity of Valencia.

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DO MES TIC

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DO MÈS TIC

Do Mès Tic is a take away with a difference. The diversity of delicious, healthy meals prepared in their kitchen is impressive. Whether paella and other rice dishes, roast chicken or aubergines and other oven delights.

The twist? Do Mès Tic also has tables on their premises. A daily menu offers 3 courses with a selection of 4 or 5 options for each. Pleasantly served, they also include soups and stews as well as delicious desserts.

C/ Salvá 8
46008 Valencia
+34 963 813 500

PORTAMI VIA

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PORTAMI VIA

Portami Via provides numerous freshly prepared pasta and classic oven dishes. A variety of pasta is from fusilli to triangoli used and sauces from funghi, bolognese to vegetable. Created with cream or with oil.

Those who wish to cook at home can buy the ingredients to create their own meals. Portami Via sells several fresh pastas and gnocci. Their loyal clientele are happily prepared to wait patiently in line for a warm lunch.

C/ Moratín, 7
46002 Valencia
+34 963 572 346

PIZZERIA ALFREDO

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PIZZERÍA D’ALFREDO’S

Pizzería d’Alfredo’s is a small shopfront in Valencia’s Russafa district. Full of cheerful young staff who enjoy creating pizzas for their customers. A service counter is in front, as is Alfredo. He’s busy making sure everything flows.

Aficionados are divided. Thick base or thin. Mozzarella or not. D’Alfredo’s prepares oven pizzas thin and crispy. A choice of small, medium and large are available, all with various toppings. Eat fresh to enjoy the best taste.

C/ Denia, 61
46008 Valencia
+34 688 570 020

Fallas Mayor

Placement of the Fallas Mayor Ninots is completed and activities take place throughout the day. Mascleta firecracker display on the Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 2pm and pyrotechnic firework display at the Turia on Paseo de la Alameda at midnight.