Valencia’s Attractions

Valencia’s Festivities

 

 

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Between March 12 and March 19, the worldwide capital of the paella, Valencia, becomes for a few days in the fire town of all the Mediterranean because it celebrates the famous Fallas.

Everybody knows that this party was originated by the craftsmen of this zone, specially carpenters. Its origin is relatively simple, it was just the burning of the remains of the carpenter’s workshops.

Thanks to the Valencian people inventiveness these remains were agglutinated year after year acquiring human features till the point of representing popular neighborhood characters, so that the famous falleros artists were born.

The big sculptures made of paper and cardboard on a wooden framework are called “fallas” the construction of these sculptures doesn’t have limits and nowadays there are several models, for example the ninots, very realist animals, cartoons, abstract figures, futuristic themes, etc.

More than 300 sculptures which are built along all over the year in order to fill the streets of this city with a strange and gigantic coloring.

During the festive days it is practically impossible to drive a car or walk in the city because all the celebration is on the streets that are in the center of the city;

On these days are also celebrated other holydays, for example bullfightings and a beautiful floral offering to the “Virgen de los Desamparados”, patron saint of Valencia.

The last day of these holidays at the midnight, it means the March 19, it is celebrated the “cremá”, it is a tradition of fireworks, explosions, gunpowder and enormous sudden blazes in which the beautiful sculptures get reduced to ashes.

This day, March 19, it is celebrated the Saint Joseph’s day, day in which is also celebrate the Father’s Day in Spain because if you remember Joseph was the foster father of Jesus.

The “fallas” has become an important tourist attraction inside the Spanish folklore for Spaniards people as well as for foreigners.

 

Formula One Street Circuit

 

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The urban circuit of Valencia is one of the three urban circuits of Formula 1 that they exist today , it was started in the middle of the year 2007 and welcomes the great prize of Europe since the year 2008.

Its length is bigger than 5 Km and it took for a race driver about 1 minute and 37 seconds to cover all over the road; It has 25 curves, 11 to the left and 14 to the right.

By the 2007 the agreement which allowed the construction street urban circuit was made official, in October of that year its construction was started and, in August 2008 it became the home of the Europe’s Grand Prix.

Its route has the same characteristics that a permanent circuit, the unique experience that it is.

Race drivers can run as fast as 320 km./hour, however they are protected by one of the most reliable security systems.

It has the last generation of boxes because each garage module is equipped with electric generators, illumination, telecommunication connectors, water, compressed air, drainages, smoke extraction systems, fire detection systems, etc.

One of its main characteristics is its position, it is located near to the harbor and its route is about 14 meters width, this made possible that a car could overtake to other cars in the race in spite of being a urban circuit.

 

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JUNE 26:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads at the start of the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel

VALENCIA, SPAIN – JUNE 26: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads at the start of the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.