Valencian Route of Tapa Alboraya

The Valencian municipality of Alboraya will celebrate in the month of June the 5th Edition of the “Route of the Tapas in Alboraya”.

The dates of the Route will be the following:

  • From 1 to 4 June and from 8 to 11 June in the town of Alboraya.
  • From 15 to 18 June in Port Saplaya.

A gastronomic event that will offer fantastic tapas at popular prices in the 19 establishments that will participate. A gastronomic route in Valencia perfect to enjoy the good weather in good company.

The company A la Lluna and the Valencian Associacion of Circ will enliven the tour with a series of theater performances in the street.

Gorgo de la Escalera

Gorgo de la Escalera, next to the football field appears as a Grand Canyon carved by the waters of the River, which can be accessed through 136 steps. In its cold waters you can go for a swim or just relax with the contemplation of the landscape and the sound of water which precipitates in the form of a waterfall in the depths of the ravine.

A nice and refreshing “barranco de iniciación hardly 1 hour from Valencia and Alicante 1h30′. The best choice for the summer when the rest of the ravines have dried. Three rappels, of which the latter, impresses by living together with a 25 m high waterfall… is very nice. There are jumps of various heights, some really high!

His approach is immediate and you can combine cars to avoid the few 30′ return, which from my point of view is not worth.

The initial part of the ravine runs through an area that seems to be an ancient travertine quarry… summer is dry, but water rises from the second rappel, which can avoid climbing in opposition and jumping into the water.

After passing through the area of bath which gives name to the ravine, and which can be accessed from the road through a staircase (ideal for students).

Gorgo de la Escalera is a small pond that arrives from a lush vegetation and just in back of the throat (that means the word gorgo). There is an area of the pond where the water barely covers you feet, but in another it is deep, as much as for that boys be thrown out from the top of the rocks without killing it in the attempt. At the bottom of the river you can see fish, snails and shells, “in-love” dragonflies, flowers, trees on the water.

Port Saplaya, seafaring village

Port Saplaya, a seafaring village located on the north coast of Valencia, in the municipality of Alboraya and is known as “Little Venice”. It has an inland port with exit to the sea and a promenade with restaurants, bars and other businesses dedicated to the marine life, such as the Nautical Club of Port Saplaya. It also has two beaches, Port Saplaya Sur and Port Saplaya Norte. They are separated from each other by the entrance to the port.

It is precisely the area of the inner harbor that is known as “Little Venice” and it is easy to understand why. The small port is composed of piers surrounded by terraced houses and painted in the most striking colors, so that the dock allows to reach with the boats at the doors of the houses, as in a “little Venice”.

Port Saplaya could also be called the ‘city of color’ because its structure is defined by low-rise residences painted in different shades.

Port Saplaya is perfect for spending a few days relaxing and enjoying wonderful views on foot from the beach and with the sea in the background. The different layout and shape of the buildings, the design of streets and squares, the presence of boats and the smell of sea create a magical atmosphere that will make you want to return. The port is only accessible by foot, making the stay an even more pleasant experience.

Undoubtedly, it is a unique place in this region that allows the visitor to move to the Italian environment more gondolier, but without the need to take a plane because it is only 5 minutes from the city of Valencia. One of the main attractions of Port Saplaya is fishing. Many people come daily to their coast to throw the cane and invest practically all day in this traditional activity accompanied by the magnificent Mediterranean climate. In addition, thanks to its marina, residents and tourists have the opportunity to learn and enjoy various water sports, such as sailing or windsurfing.

It has a great cultural activity (especially in summer, with its Cinema d’Estiu and its fiestas to the Virgen del Carmen) and some small secrets, like the building that simulates the Torres de Serrano of the city of Valencia, one of the most Photographed and flashy of his walk.

Let yourself be fooled by the romantic Venetian atmosphere and get lost in this seafaring corner. A ride always full of life and color that you should not miss at any time of the year.

Photo: espanarusa

Calpe & Benidorm

Calpe

Calpe is a beautiful town on the Costa Blanca, full of history and culture, located 124 km from Valencia. The 13 kilometers coastline offers magnificent beaches and coves where you can relax and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea.

One of the major tourist attractions of Calpe is the el Parque Natural del peñón de Ifach, raised in a massif on the sea to 332 meters height. From the top you could see the island of Formentera and the cape of Santa Pola. Flora: Inside the park the presence of endemic rupicum vegetation is vital: Silene de Ifach, thyme, scabiosa rock or Valencian horseshoe. Fauna: The park is a refuge for birds such as the cormorant, the yellow-legged gull, the alcatraz, the eleonor falcon, the peregrine falcon or the pale swift.

El Peñón de Ifach is undoubtedly one of the greatest attraction of Calpe. And not for less, it is already the ideal place for both hiking and nature lovers, as for those who enjoy photography. As soon as you start to climb, you start to see a beautiful image of the fishing port and the village in the background. Further up is the Conservation Center where you learn about the different cultures that used to live there.

Calpe has many great beaches and coves that many people say are the best on the Valencian coast. Among the best known are Arenal-Bol and La Fossa, although of course we prefer the small coves such as Cala de Racó or Calalga, or less crowded areas such as Playa Cantal Roig.

The old town of Calpe (especially at night) is wonderful. Walking through its cobbled and narrow streets, you could enjoy the remains of the wall and feel its atmosphere are a luxury. In addition to the walls and the charm of walking the streets, you can also visit the Torreó de la Peça which is now the Museo del Coleccionismo, as well as the two churches. Some of its most important monuments, examples of the monumental heritage of the city, are casa del Cóco, Museo Etnológico, Iglesia Antigua and Forat de la Mar.

The gastronomy of Calpe is mainly based on fish and rice. In Calpe there are numerous routes and trails through the mountainous nature that surrounds the town. The best known is the path of the Parque Natural del peñón de Ifach that surrounds this rocky massif on the horizon of Calpe. There are also several pleasant walks to visit. In this walks you can admire the remains of a Roman villa and Baños de la Reina. The panorama from La Manzanera and the Morro de Toix is pure Mediterranean with the pines staining green with the hillsides next to the intense blue of Mediterranean Sea.

Benidorm

Benidorm is a Spanish city in the province of Alicante, in the Valencian Community, located 144 km from Valencia. It is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, in the region of the Marina Baja, of which it is its most densely populated municipality. It is also the tourist capital of the Valencian Community.

Known as the “New York of the Mediterranean”, Benidorm is the city with the most skyscrapers in Spain. It is one of the most important and well known tourist destinations in Spain and the whole of the Mediterranean thanks to its beaches and nightlife.

The attraction of Benidorm lies in its three beaches with blue flag, the beautiful distinction granted by the European Union. These three beaches are: Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas, to which is added the small cala del Tío Chimo and La Almadrava. Also for a lively and varied nightlife.

The Mirador del Castillo or also called “Balcón del Mediterráneo”, is one of the most emblematic points of the city that is located in the old town that separates Poniente Beach and Levante Beach from Benidorm and no visitor should miss it. This beautiful building, with its white stone balustrade, it has become a symbol of Benidorm and a place where virtually all tourists come for visiting it. The visit to the viewpoint is beautiful not also during the day ( to contemplate an infinite vision of the sea and the impressive skyline of Benidorm) but also during the night ( the illuminated city is also a spectacle).

Apart from that, Benidorm is home to several theme parks and nature parks, including the popular Terra Mítica. To these alternatives are joined the nightclubs and restaurants, where you can try and taste the typical foods and drinks: paella, pebrera talladera (guiso de atún with pimientos and calabaza), tarta de almendra, turrones and helados, misteleta (sweet wine) and horchata.

The city of Benidorm has established itself as one of the main international tourist centers of the Levantine coast. Its pleasant climate throughout the year and the quality of its beaches are the major attractions for tourists where they can also enjoy a careful offer of services and sports and leisure activities.

Photo: http://www.calpe.es/

Bocairent

 

Bocairent is a small village in the South of Valencia, which is known by the “Covetes dels Moros” artificial caves excavated by a vertical wall of the mountain for the Muslims who lived in the region in the 10th and 11th centuries that can be visited inside. Its multiple windows at four levels height make this building something unique and worth it to be visited. It’s a series of galleries with about 50 windows in 3-4 levels in the wall of Barranc de la Fos.

Its origins are not exempt of mystery and controversy, although more serious studies indicate that it might be stores and barns community from the Muslim era, very similar to the Berber peoples of the mountains of the high atlas whose origin is probably common.

The visit to the old quarter of Bocairent, declared historical-artistic point of interest, it is essential, especially after having referred to the stunning panoramic view from the road.

It has a peculiar layout of streets, in the purest Arabic style, with ups and downs, stairs, revueltas, squares, alleys… A stroll through the steep streets, which should be carried out with proper footwear, you will discover beautiful places . Sources and pots with flowers mark throughout the ride, which can lead us to any of the three chapels of the old town: Sant Joan, Mare de Déu dels Desemparats and Mare de Déu D’agost.

The parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and its Museum is located in the highest part of the old town, and going down to the little square of Sant Vicent, is located the Museum of crafts and customs, with an old loom, in perfect operation.

If you wanna visit this village you must know the most important fact in Bocairent, Las Danzas, this ¨fiesta¨ is a significant event for the villagers. These party revolve around “las danzas” which for centuries have managed to preserve their rituals, music and traditional clothing; But what most characterizes them is its popularity. The prelude are the “dansetes”, a mode of trial that held the week prior to the sound of the tabal and dulzaina.

The festivity starts with La Cabalgata , the participation of las Clavariesses Mayor and children with their courts of honor, the “Cabolos” (seven cabolos ) “The Cooker, the one-eyed (El tuerto), la Niña, el negrito, the hand and grandfather”, directed by the “master” they are dancing to the beat of the music.

From 23th to 27th to 23.00 h dancers have an appointment at the Town Hall square. One of the most deeply-rooted rites is the beginning of the “Dansa” that will be the “Cap de Dansa” a married woman, except for the first night the honour that will correspond to the greater Clavariesa. Both the rite of the beginning, the dance steps, the clothing and music made that these dances are one of the most unique of the region of la Vall D’albaida.

The festivity ends with the day of the feast of Sant Agustí with mass, procession and offering flowers.

Andalucía

 

We are going to visit the South of Spain – Andalusia. It is an autonomous community which is located in the South of the Iberian peninsula and is the most populous city of Spain.

Here it is left to discover the new world and were born many characters from famous operas around the world.

4 key cities of the community visit: Granada, Málaga, Seville, Cordoba. Visit the best jewel in the city, the Alhambra, where Muslim lived 1000 years ago, and that we can still visit and tour its gardens .. In the afternoon you can relax by passing the street of the Arab tea shops where you can drink aromatic tea and flowers, Arab sweets and smoking a hookah.

Lunch and dinner tapas (TAPAS!), in Granada with every drink you have a free SuperTapa.

Granada is the birthplace of the art of flamenco. At night you may love a visit to the Gypsy of the Albaicín district, and you can go to an authentic Flamenco show in the same neighborhood.

During your days there, enjoy the time walking through the streets of Granada and get to know its history and monuments and the nights – tapas and party!

Malaga, one of the jewels of the Andalusian coast, where you can choose having a guided tour with explanations about the city and its history, and you will have a little time to grab a bite at the bars in the Center or a picknick on the beach. Of course you will continue enjoying Andalusian cuisine with their huge tapas in the many bars in the Centre of the city.

Córdoba in the eleventh century was the largest and most educated of the capitals of Europe, where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together. This city took many philosophers, scientists and artists. They say that the most beautiful women come from Andalusia Cordoba.

One building alone is enough to put Córdoba high on any traveller’s itinerary: the mesmerising multiarched Mezquita. One of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings, it’s a symbol of the worldly and sophisticated Islamic culture that flourished here more than a millennium ago when Córdoba was the capital of Islamic Spain, and Western Europe’s biggest and most cultured city. Once here, you’ll find there’s much more to this city: Córdoba is a great place for exploring on foot or by bicycle, staying and eating well in old buildings centred on verdant patios, diving into old wine bars, and feeling millennia of history at every turn.

Xativa Castle

One of the most rewarding excursions you can make from Valencia is to Xàtiva, which is about an hour south by train. We spent two days exploring the town’s quiet streets, checking out its historic buildings and monuments, and hiking into the surrounding hills. But first, we climbed up to the castle which dominates the city from on high.

Spread out along the top of a hill and visible from miles away, the Castillo de Xàtiva impresses first and foremost with its size. For a defensive bastion, it’s the perfect location. The Romans were the first to establish a fortification here, but this hill has been coveted by every power-hungry ruler who’s ever passed through the region, and has belonged to the Moors, the French, the Bourbons, the Hapsburgs and the Aragonese.

Touring Xàtiva Castle is an exhausting and time-consuming project. First, you have to walk up a steep hill to arrive at the entrance gate… and then the work-out really starts. Whether you turn towards the west to explore the smaller Castillo Menor, or to the east for the Castillo Mayor, expect another stiff climb.

The town of Xàtiva sits in the shadow of its castle, at the foot of a hill, rendering getting lost in the city difficult, with the castle as a consistent point of reference. The castle itself has four gateways and 30 towers, and though widely regarded as one of the best buildings in the vicinity of Valencia, the aesthetic value of the castle’s surroundings further add to its value, with herb gardens, orange groves, and a handful of fountains. To the South, the mountains of Grossa, Mariola and Benicadell are visible from the Castle, to the West lies the frontier with Castille, and to the North, the view of the town itself and the gardens and orchards of Xàtiva is particularly impressive. One of the main tourist attractions in the city is the Almudi Museum, which houses the famed upside down portrait of Felipe V.

Alicante

 

Of all Spain‘s mainland provincial capitals, Alicante is the most influenced by tourism, thanks to the nearby airport and resorts. Nevertheless this is a dynamic, attractive Spanish city with a castle, old quarter and long waterfront. The eating scene is exciting and the nightlife is absolutely legendary, whether you’re chugging pints with the stag parties at 7pm or twirling on the dance floor with the locals seven hours later. On a weekend night it’s impossibly busy and buzzy year-round.

Alicante has a lot of beaches that is one of its main tourist attractions. Every year receive the recognition of the European Union with blue flags that give them a well-deserved international prestige; whereas the best beaches on the Mediterranean coast; Playa de San Juan, coves of the Cabo de la Huerta, the Almadraba Beach, playa La Albufereta, beach of Postiguet, salt marshes-Urbanova, Tabarca Island, beach and since 2016 June you can enjoy the Aguamarga Beach, beach adapted for dogs.

Keeping family and visitors amused during the summer holidays or long weekend breaks can be fun but tough on the bank balance. If you want a day away from the beach, there are many free activities you can enjoy in the Alicante province.These range from cultural tours of museums, churches and galleries to keep fit and getting involved in all the fun of the fiestas.

Alicante is popular for its vibrant nightlife. Enjoy dancing, the live music and the nightclubs ringing with pulsating atmosphere. You could book a Microfiesta bus for the night which will ensure a safe travel. Have a fun time at club Teatre Day & Night and groove on the trendiest Spanish music. Visit La Vereda Rock, a cheerful place with some great Spanish music or Barrio Havana, a funky party place.

San Juan’s bonfires (Hogueras de San Juan) and the Semana Santa (Easter) are important celebrations in Alicante. Join the celebrations and have a delightful time if you are in Alicante during the festive season.

Easter Week in Valencia

Valencia and its maritime district is one of the cities that is celebrating Easter in a very beautiful and especially emotional way. In addition la Semana Santa Marinera de Valencia is a declared holiday of National Tourist Interest that begins on April 7 and ends on April 16, 2017.

 

On Friday April 7 it is celebrated Viernes de Dolor during, it is the day when the pain of the Virgin is venerated when she sees her son die.

On Sunday April 9, 2017 is celebrated Domingo de Ramos. This Sunday marks the first fundamental moment of Holy Week “la Bendición de Palmas”. It commemorates the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem, where it was received with “branches” of palms and olive tree. The meaning of this celebration is the memory of Jesus’ triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, when people cheered the arrival of the “Master”

Monday 10 April is commemorated el Lunes Santo. The celebration of the last days of Jesus Christ begins. Today, friends offer Jesus a dinner. The table will be the sign of harmony.

Tuesday 11 April is celebrated el Martes Santo. The day of the death of Jesus Christ is approaching, while the different “Hermandades y cofradías of the Maritime Populations arrive, they celebrate different scenes of passion, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 is celebrated el Miércoles Santo which is the day when the Sanedrin, the Jewish religious court, meets to condemn Jesus. It is the first day of mourning for the church and it is celebrated with numerous acts in the Maritime Villages.

On Thursday, April 13 is commemorated el Jueves Santo. This day commemorates the institution of the Eucharist at the Última Cena and feet washing performed by Jesus.

But certaintly the greatest act of Semana Santa Marinera en Valencia is la Procesión del Santo Entierro on el Viernes Santo (14 de abril) and is an act steeped in silence and solemn contemplation.

On Saturday, April 15, is commemorated el Sábado Santo while in the churches they are celebrating Vigilia Pascual. 

On Sunday, April 16, is commemorated el Domingo de Resurrección. It is one of the great days of Semana Santa Marinera: they launch fireworks and water from the balconies, that announce the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a joyful day when the Maritime Population are changing the black color with the white one which emphasize the essentiality of the Mediterrranean sea. There is also the Resurrection Parade.

On Sunday and Easter Monday, the custom is for families to go down to the old riverbed to enjoy typical produce such as the delicacies known as monas (typical Easter pies with hard-boiled eggs). Easter Sunday is also the day of the traditional ceremony of the Meeting of Christ with his Mother, a moment marked by the release of doves and showers of flower petals.

The passion and enthusiasm of the citizens expressed in processions, representations and other religious acts have made these celebrations very attractive and has contributed to the declaration of Fiesta of Tourist Interest.

Agreement between REX and CSHM

Frescamar has signed an agreement with the educational center Centro Superior de Hostelería del Mediterráneo (CSHM) with the aim to familiarize future stove masters with its leading product, Corvina REX Frescamar.

Corvina is a traditional species from our coastlines that Frescamar has recovered through Aquaculture strengthening all its goodness. Apart from its unique texture and taste its versatility in the kitchen is remarkable.

The first event to take place after the signature of the mentioned cooperation agreement was Corvina REX involvement in the Center Gastronomic Workshops with an interesting company and product presentation in front of a really focused audience formed by students and teachers.

The speech reached its highest peak with a demo of different cutting options and tips to obtain the maximum yield of each single piece.

Students were able to apply the acquired knowledge after the workshops thanks to the Corvina REX Frescamar supplied by the company. They gave free rein to their creativity manipulating and cooking this delicacy.

Centro Superior de Hostelería del Mediterráneo started in 1994 when a group of entrepreneurs from the Catering and Tourism sector created a school with the intention to improve their competitiveness through their worker’s qualification.

Currently the center is member of the World Association of Chefs Societies and focusses on the education, training and development of the culinary and gastronomic sector with the goal to become a worldwide referral on its scope.