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  • Festivals and Celebrations in Valencia
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    Valencia is known all over the world for its Fallas. These fiestas came into being to celebrate the arrival of spring by burning, and thus purifying, everything old and negative from the previous year. Today's Fallas are all this and much more. They are a whole culture in themselves and part of the way of life in Valencia. Las Fallas represent the Valencian character – love of art, spectacle, noise, gunpowder and the ephemeral.

    Las Fallas surprise all visitors: for five days the streets are filled with true works of art made from papier-mâché. Complicated statues several metres high which seem to defy gravity. These satirical monuments are the fruit of the labours of the Falla artists, craftsmen who spend a whole year almost exclusively dedicated to their creations. However, on the night of March 19th, only four days after being planted, all the Fallas must burn – to the delight of Valencians, who comment on how well or badly their Falla burned down.

    But many other fiestas are also held in Valencia. As in most Spanish cities, there are the religious fiestas dedicated to the patron saints, in this case San Vicente Martir, San Vicente Ferrer and the Virgen de los Desamparados. There is also a regional holiday on October 9th, as well as other fiestas throughout the year – Corpus Christi, the July Fair, Christmas and the Epiphany.

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    • Events not to be missed during the Fallas
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      The Fallas have their origins in a ritual celebrating the arrival of spring, later converted by the church into a commemoration of the day of Saint Joseph. The inhabitants of Valencia used to throw their old furniture and junk in the street and burn it as a symbol of purification, showing that winter had gone and spring had arrived. Over time, they also began to burn satirical figures representing those they most detested in the city. Nowadays this spontaneous fiesta is very different indeed.

      The Fallas as we know them today date back to the 18th century. There are currently some 400 Fallas commissions in Valencia city. Each of them sets up its own Falla and celebrates the fiestas in the open air. The Fallas are real works of art made from papiermâche and represent satirical scenes, normally referring to current affairs and Valencian customs.

      The Falla artists responsible for creating the Fallas zealously protect the subjects and designs of their monuments, which are only unveiled on the night of March 15th, when all the Fallas are planted in the streets and squares of the city. The next day, the Organising Committee visits all the monuments and chooses the best in each category. Every year the Fallas in the Special Category – those with the biggest budgets – compete for the prestigious first prize, which recognises their originality, beauty and technical difficulty.

      For five days, from March 15th to 19th, the Fallas remain on display in the streets and the Falleros party around their Fallas. There are parades with music and bands every morning. At midday, there are deafening firework barrages - mascletás – and communal lunches. At night, there are open-air dances and fireworks displays.

      La planta: in the early hours of March 15th the Fallas are planted. All the Falla monuments are installed in the streets and squares of Valencia in a single night. The children's Fallas are installed on the previous night – the 14th. La despertà: the comisiones falleras – Falla groups – parade around the city waking everyone up by letting off fireworks – mainly bangers.

      La mascleta: the mascletá or firework barrage takes place every day from March 1st to 19th in the Town Hall square. This firework display is based solely on noise and is the favourite part of the fiesta for the many Valencians who come to listen every day.

      La Nit del Foc: every night during Fallas week there are firework displays, but the largest and most spectacular takes place on the night of March 18th – which is why it's called the "Nit del Foc" (night of fire).

      The floral offerings: the Falla groups, with the Falleras and Falleros all dressed in traditional costume, parade through the city, sometimes covering several kilometres, to the Plaza de la Virgen square, where they present bunches of flowers to the Virgen de los Desamparados. They are used to make an enormous tapestry that is on public display for several days. This takes place on March 17th and 18th from 4 p.m. until late.

      La Feria de Fallas: the most important bullfights held in the city.

      La crema: The crowning point of the Fallas. At midnight on March 19th, all the Fallas are burnt in front of the emotional Falleros. These spectacular blazes leave nobody indifferent.

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  • Valencia Music
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    Valencia Opera HouseThe Valencia Opera House, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is, without doubt, the jewel in the crown of Valencia's arts and entertainment installations. From October 2006, the Palau will offer a full programme of events that will introduce Valencia to the international circuits of opera and performing arts. In addition to an array of other concerts and shows, including zarzuela. Its four auditoriums allow for all types of productions, from the classic to the contemporary. The main auditorium has a stage of 460 m2 and seats 1,800. Opera can be enjoyed in various languages as the seats are fitted with digital screens on which translations are displayed. The orchestra pit, of 166 m2 is the third biggest in Europe and by means of mobile platforms and sections it can be adapted to achieve maximum sound quality in accordance with the wishes of the conductor or production director.

    Valencia Music PalaceValencia is also home to the Music Palace, one of the most important music venues in Europe which receives more than 500,000 spectators each year. Placido Domingo himself, has compared the sound quality to a Stradivarius and its recent extension included the integration of the latest technology in its recording studios, rehearsal rooms and concert halls.

    Valencia is a city with a profound musical tradition - the Colon Market, the Cathedral, the Lonja de la Seda, the Santa Catalina Church and La Nau, at the University of Valencia'a oldest building are just some of the city's venues that hold regular concerts. On a slightly different note, the Patriarca Church offers mass with Gregorian chants sung by 1213.

    Music events in Valencia

    Music events in Valencia: live music concerts, opera season, flamenco, jazz, folk music, etc.

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  • Sports & Recreation
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    Valencia, an ideal place to enjoy major sporting events and entertainment: the Formula 1 European Grand Prix, the Global Champions Tour, Moto GP and, recently, the Valencia Open.

    Valencia hosted the 33rd Americas Cup and the Formula 1 European Grand Prix. Other important sports are: motorcycling, with the Ricardo Tormo Circuit at Cheste; cycling has the Luis Puig Veledrome; tennis, with the Valencia Community Open Championship and Valencia Tennis Open, show-jumping, athletics and golf. And of course, there are some sports that form part of the identity of the city: There are two first division football clubs; Valencia Club de Futbol and Levante and the Pamesa basketball club is also of national importance.

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  • Food and Drink in Valencia
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    Valencian food is typically Mediterranean and there are an endless variety of dishes. Common ingredients include fish, shellfish such as the red prawn, molluscs such as tellinas - clams - and clóchinas - a local mussel variety, vegetables, desserts with Arabic roots and, last but certainly not least, rice.

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  • Valencia Restaurants

    The Valencia's food and drink is characterised by its Mediterranean flavour, the richness of its ingredients and the simplicity of its preparation, and is highly prized by the most discerning of palates. Its most typical dishes is made by ingredients like rice, oranges, seafood and fresh fruit and vegetables. Its traditionally-produced sweets, many of which are of Arab origin, including coca moruna, arrop i tallaetes, arnadí and pastissets de moniato.

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    • Ciutat Vella Restaurants
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      Find the best restaurants to dinner in Ciutat Vella district, in Valencia, Spain. You have your choice of where to eat in Valencia, quality restaurants and bars in all price ranges.

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    • Eixample Restaurants
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      Find the best restaurants to dinner in Eixample district, in Valencia, Spain. You have your choice of where to eat in Valencia, quality restaurants and bars in all price ranges.

      Eixample, the bourgeois area par excellence, the administrative, economic and commercial centre of Valencia began to shift to this area from the 18th century onwards, especially in the 19th century. The streets are wider and laid out in an orderly fashion, matching the noble houses and palaces which line them. Modernist architecture has also left its mark here and has left interesting examples of the Valencian version of this unique early 20th architectural style. El Ensanche continues to be the residential area and commercial centre with most purchasing power.

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    • El Pla del Real Restaurants
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      Find the best restaurants to dinner in El Pla del Real district, in Valencia, Spain. You have your choice of where to eat in Valencia, quality restaurants and bars in all price ranges.

      In the period after the Reconquest, the other side of the river was the site of the Palacio Real, a royal palace used by the Valencian kings. Several centuries later, what is now the Alameda, was known as the Hyde Park of Valencia, and was where the nobility used to go to see and be seen, strolling and riding in their carriages. This area has always been where the nobility and "haute bourgeoisie" lived and played and, to a certain degree, this is still the case. With its gardens, walks and tree-lined streets, El Pla del Real is nowadays a residential and university area with several interesting monuments. The old bed of the River Turia is now a large garden which is well worth a visit.

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    • Poblats Maritims Restaurants
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      Find the best restaurants to dinner in Poblats Maritims district, in Valencia, Spain. You have your choice of where to eat in Valencia, quality restaurants and bars in all price ranges.

      The Cabanyal has its roots in the 13th century, when a group of fishermen settled in the area with their families. Since then the area has been closely linked to the sea and to fishing, and has preserved its unique character. So much so that those living in El Cabanyal don't consider themselves as belonging to Valencia. And it's true that this neighbourhood beside the port ofValencia still retains its ancient customs, reflected in religious celebrations such as the Maritime Holy Week and a whole list of customs and crafts associated with the sea. The whole area is currently being recovered and, thanks to the growth of the port, it is now fully integrated in the life of the city.

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    • Camins al Grau Restaurants
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      Find the best restaurants to dinner in Camins al Grau district, in Valencia, Spain. You have your choice of where to eat in Valencia, quality restaurants and bars in all price ranges.

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    • Pobles del Sud Restaurants
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      Find the best restaurants to dinner in Pobles del Sud district, in Valencia, Spain. You have your choice of where to eat in Valencia, quality restaurants and bars in all price ranges.

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  • Cinemas & Theatres
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    The comprehensive guide to cinema and theatre events in Valencia. Your complete shows information source for the plays and movies in the city.

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  • Valencia with Children

    Youngsters can simply freak out in Valencia, as there are several options and activities designed specifically for them.

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  • Conventions & Conferences

    Valencia presents itself as an international city for congresses, conferences, conventions, seminars, company events, business trips and meetings.

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  • Spanish Schools

    The Learn Spanish section on the Valencia's tourism website includes all the necessary and up-todate information about learning Spanish in Valencia town. Valencia has become one of the most attractive options for learning Spanish. You can learn spanish in Valencia with Spanish language schools. They offer Spanish high quality courses with accommodation.

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