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Valencia Beach: Malvarrosa Sunrise

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Someone went up early to shoot this beautiful video of the city beach in Valencia.

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February 17, 2010 at 8:05 am Comments (2)

Goodbye Beachside Terraces

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The popular restaurant terraces on the beaches of Valencia, or chiringuitos, will soon be a thing of the past. In compliance with a new law regulating coastal areas, restaurants have a choice: close up their terraces or pay a prohibitively high fee to keep them open.

Hey guys: Good thing you visited last year!

It’s caused controversy here. Restaurants stand to lose a lot of business, and beach goers won’t have the option to enjoy lunch on a terrace. Particularly at Malvarrosa, where the restaurants are about 150 meters from the water, it seems egregious.

Add this to recent regulations that ban people from playing music, drinking, playing ball, or bringing dogs to the beach, and you can’t help but think lawmakers just don’t want anyone to have fun. Yes, coasts and beaches need protection, but it can’t be done at the price of destroying tourism. You can’t eat outside, you can’t play paddle ball… If no one wants to go the beach anymore, who’s going to care about preserving it?

Protests are still ongoing, and it looks like an arrangement allows them to stay open for the first part of 2010, so I kind of doubt this matter is completely settled. Does anyone know more about it?

More information at Levante and Typically Spanish.

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January 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm Comments (3)

Feria de Julio Beach Firework 2009

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We managed to see the last of the 4 beach fireworks of the Feria de Juliol. And we found a great spot, sitting right next to where they set up the fireworks. Enjoy the video!

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July 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm Comment (1)

Grand Mascletà Napolitana – Fallas 2009

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At 6pm, a "neapolitan-style" mascletà was scheduled at the Playa de las Arenas.  Thousands of Valencians showed up at the beach during probably the most beautiful, warm day of the year so far, and I doubt that many left disappointed.

This was our first time to a mascleta napolitana, which are usually staged by Italian companies, and we were blown away.  The location couldn’t have been better chosen — the huge open space of the beach with the harbor in the background provided the perfect setting.  And the bright blue sky made the perfect backdrop for the explosions.

Here a video slideshow from our reader: @jeffstravels

The show lasted nearly 20 minutes and included a lot of different elements, including colored smoke, insane whistling sounds, and even little figures which sailed down to earth after an explosion.

Here some pictures of the Grand Mascletà Napolitana at Las Arenas beach:

Many more Pictures:


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March 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm Comments (5)