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OVER 2,500 PATRONS WELCOME BACK THE UMBRACLE NIGHT SPOT IN VALENCIA

In the Umbracle, a drink is not just a drink, but a work of art.
This barman is an expert at juggling the cocktails

The event started out with a party of the Official Colleges in Valencia and a renewal of old acquaintances (photo left) and continued with a fashion presentation and demonstrations by the barmen.

As the night wore on, more and more patrons from the world of politics, culture and the arts, dropped in to greet manager Carlos Jaen and to congratulate him on the new decoration and lighting.

The Umbracle is an outdoor club located in the City of the Arts and Science, and every year, from May to the end of September, hosts events, with special programmes for Friday and Saturday nights.

This year, Carlos Jaen offers special transport to take VIP guests to the club.

 

 


EX-PATS MONTHLY GATHERING

 

Residents in Valencia from England, Ireland, the United States of America, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, and Belgium, as well as a couple of locals, all gather once a month in a typical local restaurant to keep up their English, try out new Spanish dishes washed down by excellent local wines, and shoot the breeze.

They are photographed here at their latest lunch in the Masia del Vino Restaurant in the centre of Valencia city.

 


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL'S INLAND TOURISM FAIR

The Provincial Tourism Patronage "Valencia Terra i Mar" of the Valencia County Council will hold its third annual inland tourism fair "Interioriza-T" in the Valencia Bullring from the 27th to the 29th March, with the following opening hours:

Friday 27th - 08:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday 28th - 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday 29th - 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

20 exhibitors from towns and villages around the province of Valencia will set up stands inside the Bullring where they will offer a wide range of local gastronomical delights at a cost of 1 Euro for drinks and 1.5 Euro for food, while outside the Bullring 34 municipalities and 8 man communities will promote their tourist attractions with information leaflets, pamphlets, and other publicity material.

Inside the Bullring, special stands will have activities for children, with music and folklore events, and the centre of the Bullring will be given over to a special entertainment programme with a Moors and Christians parade, dances, and bands.

There will also be demonstrations from Manises of how to make ceramic pottery, how to work with esparto-grass from Atzeneta d'Albaida, soap making from Barxeta, embroidery from Cheste, and lace-making from Enguera.

 

Photos by Abulaila


"MADAME BOVARY" BOOK PRESENTATION

Jesucristo Riquelme will present his book "Madame Bovary. The subversive novel" at 08:00 p.m. on Friday the 27th March in the Casino Cultural Society of Torrevieja, Alicante.

Professor Riquelme, who is a specialist in the work of poet Miguel Hernandez, has published many book as well as articles in specialised magazines. He will be accompanied by Joaquin Baños and Noelia Llan, of the "La Galla Ciencia" poetry group.

 


VALENCIAN FARMERS SPEAK OUT AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

 

Cristobal Aguado, (second from the right in the above photo), chairman of the Valencian Association of Farmers and Young Farmers (AVA-ASAJA), took the floor before the Commission of Petitions of the European Parliament to lodge a complaint on behalf of the body he represents, concerning the need to tighten controls on the import of vegetables from third countries, taking into consideration that a report coming from Brussels at the end of 2014, clearly indicated that a new plague enters Europe every seven months .... and that not counting the "Cotonet" the yellow fly or the bug from Texas.

Mr. Aguado stressed the need for sanitary controls in the point of origin, the same way the United States of America, Japan, and Korea, carry our their inspections before the products enter their countries.

The problem of "greening" (African Psila) transmission, was also broached by Chairman Aguado, who requested a grant to enable farmers in Spain and Portugal eradicate this insect, in the same way as the "citrus black spot" that has been detected some 35 times a year since 2010.

After the debate that followed Mr. Aguado's intervention, the Commission agreed to seek solutions to the problems presented by AVA-ASAJA of Valencia.


VALENCIA EMIGRANTS RETURN FOR THE FALLAS FIESTAS

 

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government,, received in Government Palace the contingent of over 100 Valencian emigrants, members of 15 Valencia Centres located in Latin America, Europe, other parts of Spain , and around the world.

The group landed in Valencia this week as part of the "Return" Programme, that started over fifty years ago as the Fallera Ship and 23 years ago developed into the Fallera Aeroplane.

During his address, President Fabra praised the work of these Valencian ambassadors scattered throughout the world, who keep alive the customs, traditions, language, and gastronomy, of their Fatherland.

 


COUNTY COUNCIL PROMOTES VALENCIAN TOURISM IN MOSCOW

Valencia Terra i Mar, the Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council, is participating for the second year running in the Moscow International Travel and Tourism Fair (MITT) from the 18th to the 21st March, with a view to attracting tourists from the Russian Federation and neighbouring countries.

Valencia Terra i Mar occupied part of the Turespaña Stand with pamphlets and information in Russian, of the culture, leisure, and gastronomy offers of the Valencian Region,

The Moscow Tourism Fair, directed mainly to professionals in the sector, consists of 8 pavilions covering an area of 56,688 square metres, with stands representing 3,000 exhibitors promoting 197 destinations.


SPANISH KING RECEIVED ENTREPRENEURS

 

King Felipe VI of Spain received in the Zarzuela Palace, the Executive Committee of CEOE, headed by J. Vicente Gonzalez, (third from the king´s right in the front row), chairman of the Confederation of Entrepreneurial Organisations of the Valencian Region (CIERVAL) and vice chairman of the Spanish Confederation of Entrepreneurial Organisations (CEOE).

 

Photo courtesy of the household of His Majesty King Felipe V of Spain.

 


3,000 SPECIAL TRAINS TO VALENCIA FOR THE FALLAS FIESTAS

Spanish Government Railways - RENFE, has programmed 3,000 trains that will offer 3.350,000 seats in and out of Valencia to transport the thousands of tourists who flock to the Fallas Fiestas, as well as increasing the normal service to over 1,000 workers.

The Fallas are burned on the night of the 19th March and all that week RENFE will have 3.050,000 seats at the disposal of travellers on Local Trains right up to the morning of the 20th.

Starting the night of the 15th March, Local Trains will run in and out of Valencia all day and all night. Special trains will also connect Alicante, Alcoi, Vinaros, Murcia, and Cuenca, with Valencia, and the AVE and ALVIA trains between Madrid and Valencia, will also have the service increased by 20 trains offering 6,800 seats.

Train services to Valencia from Barcelona and Andalusia will likewise be bolstered and trains from Malaga and Seville will have stopovers in Cordoba and Cuenca en route to Valencia.

Special prices for tickets on the Fallera trains are available. For further information connect to the RENFE official website:

http://www.renfe.com


FALLERA EX-PATS VISIT THE COUNTY COUNCIL

Valencian emigrants resident in Latin America, Europe and elsewhere, were received in the Valencia County Council by Carlota Navarro, third vice chairperson and counsellor, accompanied by Vicente Segui, director general of the local civil service.

Every year, groups of Valencian immigrants return to Valencia under the auspices of the "Return" Programme, to participate in the Fallas Fiestas, and what started out as the Fallera Ship has developed over the years into the Fallera Aeroplane.

The photos above are by Abulaila

 


SORIA TOURISM IN VALENCIA

 

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (left in the photo above), poses next to Antonio Pardo, chairman of the Soria County Council, who was accompanied by Martin Casado, Tourism Deputy of Soria County Council, during the presentation, in the Vertical Restaurant in the Agua complex in Valencia, of the tourism delights available in the 10,306 square kilometres that comprise the Province of Soria.

With the slogan "Soria, Open All Year Round" the Soria chiefs held the mesmerised attention of a room full of journalists as they captured the beauty of the nature trails, the largest pine forest in Europe, the tourist attractions, the beautiful scenery, and the excellent gastronomy, that can be enjoyed by all visitors to Soria.

But explanations did not stop there, because when the video presentation was finished, the journalists were invited to enter the Vertical Dining-room, where Oscar Garcia, chef and owner of the Baluarte Restaurant of Soria, presented dish after dish of wonderful delicacies, thus Valencian pen pushers had the opportunity to sample mushrooms, truffles, pigeon with celery, cheese, game with truffle shavings and potato, rabbit with saffron, with an exquisite dessert of beetroot, cheese, truffle ice-cream and black tea.......... all washed down with Kaelia beer, Valdebonita white wine, Antidoto red wine, and Montepinos water.

For further information connect to the Soria official website -

SORIA YOU CANNOT BEGIN TO IMAGINE IT - (SORIA NI TE LA IMAGINAS).

http://www.sorianitelaimaginas.com

The photograph above is by Abulaila.

 

Forests, lakes, medieval monasteries, miles of mushroom picking areas, or rooting for truffles, SORIA has everything.


AWARDS DISTRIBUTED FOR FALLAS LIMERICKS

 

Juan J. Medina, vice chairman of the Valencia County Council, received winners of the Lo Rat Penat Literary Limericks Awards in the Queens Salon of the Valencia County Council. Vice chairman Medina was accompanied by Enric Esteve, chairman of the Lo Rat Penat, Paz Olmos, Queen of the Flower Games, and the County Council provincial deputies Remedios Avia, Carmen Javega, and Rosa Perez.

Of the 288 Fallas erected in Valencia this year, 14 of them received awards.

 

The above photo is by Abulaila


ORANGE JUICE AND TIGER NUT JUICE FOR FREE, IN FALLAS

As part of the Fallas Fiestas, every day at 02:00 p.m. in the main square of Valencia, City Hall puts on a free firecrackers display, and the Provincial Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council "Valencia, Terra i Mar", not to be outdone in generosity, sponsors the distribution of more than 500 litres (4,000 rations) of freshly squeezed free orange juice (above left) and (above right) over 500 litres (4,000 rations) of free tiger nut juice (horchata) to refresh the spectators on the 12th and 13th March.

The event is organised by the Federation of Leisure, Tourism, Games, Recreational Activities, and related industries (FOTUR) and is to be locate outside the Valencia bullring.


2,000 FALLERAS VISIT THE VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (extreme right in the photo on the left) received Estefania Lopez, the Fallera Queen of Valencia, and also hosted the visit of over 2,000 Falleras, that included the group below from Quart de Poblet, in which Amparo Mora, Social Services Deputy and Second vice chairperson of the Valencia County Council accompanied chairman Rus.

 

In the photo below, Chairman Alfonso Rus greets a group of Falleras from Xativa, an historic Valencian town of which he himself is Mayor.

 

All the above photos are by Abulaila.


THE VALENCIA FOOTBALL CLUB IN BLACK AND WHITE

 

A history of the Valencia Football Club consisting in 120 black and white photographs from the EFE Press Agency, are showing in the Beneficencia Cultural Centre of the Valencia County Council.

The exposition was inaugurated by the County Council Culture Deputy Maria J. Puchalt, who poses here on the left with Lay Hoon, chairperson of the board of directors of the Valencia Football Club, and is sponsored by the Valencia Football Club Foundation and the La Caixa Savings Bank.

In the top photo we also have Amadeo Salvo, the Club's CEO, Javier Muñoz, sports director of the EFE Press Agency, Adolfo Ibarra, director general of the EFE Press Agency in the Valencian Region, and the County Council Deputies Rafael Perez, Miguel Bailach, and Oreto Segura.


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL COOKERY CONTEST BREAKS ALL RECORDS

 

Over 2,000 ladies acclaimed Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (in the photo above) responding to his invitation to participate in the presentation of prizes in the Rex Natura Hall in Alzira, the result of a cookery contest "El Rebost de la Dipu" in the Upper and Lower Ribera, whose aim is recuperate traditional Valencia recipes and animate the different rural social sectors.

Among the guests were the Provincial County Council Deputies Oreto Segura, Ernesto Sanjuan, and Remedios Avia, along with the chairperson of the Tyrius Housewives Association Asuncion Frances, and mayors and alder persons of the town halls of Villanueva de Castellon, Carcer, Carlet, Algemesi, Benifaio, Gavarda, Guadassuar, Senyera, La Pobla Llarga, L'Alcudia, Tous,Cullera, Llauri, Sollana, and Alzira.

During this fifth annual cookery competition, ladies from all over the Upper and Lower Ribera presented a wide range of recipes - some 50 all told - with the almond as the main ingredient this year. The previous four editions had as the main ingredient oranges, pumpkins, tomatoes, and apples.

Below, the winners pose with chairman Alfonso Rus, viz., Rosa Lleti from Sollana who won first prize with her "Almond Cake" and M. Fernanda Arnandis, whose "Puff pastry with caramelised almond" carried off first prize in L'Alcudia.

 

In the above photograph, Chairman Alfonso Rus poses with the winner (on his left) of the cookery contest that took place in the Upper Ribera, while Amparo Mora, County Council Deputy of Social Services, stands the other side of the winner.

 

County Council Chairman Alfonso Rus, smiles as he poses with the winner of the cookery contest in the Lower Ribera, who stands between him and County Council Social Services Deputy, Amparo Mora.

All the above photos are by Abulaila.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURIST OFFICE PROMOTES VENTA DEL MORO TOWN

The town of Venta del Moro will be promoted at the Valencia County Council Tourist Office located on the corner of Poeta Querol and Barcas Street, in Valencia between the 18th and the 21st February.

Venta del Moro will offer information on its nature trails, scenic routes, archaeological and paleontological finds, its Nature Park of Las Hoces del Cabriel, rafting on the river of the Cabriel river, and also the lodgings available in the area.

Opening hours at the Tourist Information Office are as follows:

From 10:00 a.m. to 02Ñ30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Saturday.

This Tourist Information Office has a wide range of brochures covering most areas of the province of Valencia, and almost every week one town or another offers samples of its gastronomy, handcrafts, and other information for tourists.


STARS AND STRIPES IN THE ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM

At 06:00 p.m. the 19th February, a guided tour in English will take place around the "Stars and Stripes, Valencian people in the USA" exposition in the Ethnological Museum that is part of the Valencia County Council´s Beneficencia complex on Corona Street in Valencia.

At 07:30 p.m. following the guided tour, a talk "Nothing New Under the Sun" will be given by Ignacio Messana and Dr. Professor William Biringer from Florida State University.

REQUENA DRIED SAUSAGE FAIR - A GASTRONOMIC SUCCESS

The annual Dried Sausage Fair took place once again in Requena, where over a period of three days, some 20,000 visitors sampled a wide range of dried sausage products.


VALENCIA AT THE INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR - FITUR 2015

The Valencian Government will erect a 1,609 square metres stand in Pavilion 7 of the International Tourism Fair - FITUR 2015 to take place in the IFEMA in Madrid from the 28th January to the 01st February 2015.

FITUR 2015 will be inaugurated by His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, and Queen Leticia. The fair will be open to professionals during the first four days, while the last two days are for the general public.

Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Industry, Trade, Tourism, and Employment (on the left in the above photo), presented drawings of the stand to the media The stand was designed and built by El Corte Ingles and will have a Central Meeting Point, and areas devoted to Business, Show Cooking, Press, Enterprises, Tourist Info, and a Cloakroom.

Councillor Buch offered the following tourism data to the media:

There were 23.2 million tourists to the Valencian Region in 2014. Over 6 million of these were international tourists, while the remaining 17 million were Spaniards. The Valencian Region is the main destination for tourists from Madrid and between January and August 2014 there was a 3.4% increase of tourists in this sector, while weekend trippers from Madrid during the same period increased by 29.3%. Finally, a total of 3.7 million tourists from Madrid, stayed in Valencian hotels between January and November 2014; an upward trend of 4.2% compared to the previous year.

FITUR 2015 will host wholesalers, tour operators, travel agencies, transport companies, hoteliers, infrastructures, leisure and culture, services, the media, Spanish and foreign tourism promoters, and professional associations.

 


THE BLESSED IBERIANS (LOS BEATOS IBERICOS) IN THE COLLEGE OF SURGEONS

UNESCO in Valencia offers a talk on "The Blessed Iberians (Los Beatos Ibericos), Memory of the World and Patrimony of Humanity" in the College of Surgeons, Avenida de la Plata, 34, in Valencia, at 07:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 14th January.


GOYA'S "MAJAS" AND OTHER FEMALE FIGURES IN ART, IN BANCAJA LECTURES

The Bancaja Savings Bank Foundation has organised a series of lectures on the female figure in art, with the famous "Maja" paintings by Goya, as the basis. Goya painted two "Majas"; one naked, "La Maja Desnuda" and the same lady fully clothed, "La Maja Vestida". They hang in the Prado Museum in Madrid.

The lectures take place at 06:30 p.m. every Monday, in the Bancaja Savings Bank lecture hall in the Plaza Tetuan in Valencia.

 

THE KINGS' CROWN

The Kings´ Crown or Roscon de Reyes, is a tradition in Spain, eaten at the end of lunch on the Day of Kings, the 6th January. It comes in the shape of a large ring decorated with candied peel and/or icing sugar, and can have a variety of fillings such as fresh cream, quince, or jam.

 

 

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