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The video below is a short tour of the  centre, we will be showing a video on the Valencia Science Centre soon.

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 Valencia is full of beautiful buildings and churches, there are many squares were people meet for a chat,  a snack or just for a cool drink and watch the world go by you cannot help but relax in this atmosphere.

The Spanish way of life can even be seen in a large city such as Valencia.  There are numerous places to dine from a small tapas to an expensive meal with a bottle of very special wine.  The atmosphere is amazing mixing with the locals and tourist, you can of course tell the tourist a mile away.  You do not see any lager louts or loud mouth drunks around here. 

You get the feeling of an up-market city without the expensive costs that come with it.  It is a tiny bit more expensive than the normal Spanish towns and villages but it is worth it just to sample the ambience all around you. We had a meal with peices of steak you cook yourself on a hot stone with a huge salad to go with it and of course a selection of home-made bread. 

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This cost us less than 15 euros per person not bad for quality food and a high quality restauran

 

We also had a violinist to entertain us who was excellent. We finished with my favourite ice cream, wow that was delicious.  Most bars and restaurants get busy from 9pm and stay open till late.  The shops also stay open till late and of course there are lots of food places for take away open all night.  It also felt very safe to walk about, not like Madrid or Barcelona.

 

 

Hope you enjoy the video.

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Still0617_00000WoW Street parties don’t come any bigger than thisIt was a very entertaining fiesta in the small village of Catral which certainly knows how to throw a party. It was wild, colourful, musical and a great night was had by all.

The parade had some hard to follow themes and they all danced away for hours on end. We gave up and left just before midnight but we were told it normally finished at about 5am at the earliest.

 

On the video you can see just some of the parade as it lasted for hours, they are all drinking from coca cola cups but we were informed it definitely was not coke.

 

 

Still0617_00007I was even invited inside a dummy tank and got the shock of my life when they started up what looked like a motor cycle engine and me and the other three guys inside started running inside the tank so we were not trampled by the wooden tank,

No video recording was made as I ran the fastest I have run for years and the language was terrible in English and Spanish .

They are crazy here in Spain but what a great night it was and we were made most welcome

 

 

Still0617_00000Catral is a small village with lots of bars, restaurants, shops and a lot of friendly Spanish people. It has a large market on a Saturday mainly fruit, vegetables and other foods.

You can also buy some very cheap summer clothes at unbelievable prices. If you are ever near it give it a visit. The food and the drink is cheap and as I said earlier there are lots of small bars serving food and drink and lunch time mena del dia ) a very cheap lunch and tappas.

 

 

Hey remember to log on later this week, you know I love gadgets, well I will be making a video of a Parrot drone quadro Helicopter from inside it and on the ground, you must see this gadget. It uses the IPad to control it. It is huge and looks intimidating when it flies near you, don’t forget.  OK I will e-mail you when it is put on, can’t wait.

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Guadalest Revisited

 

On a nice sunny morning we decided to revisit Guadalest ( know by locals as the Eagles Nest) Just a short 50 minutes drive from our house.
We were joined by Maurice and Ann our friends or should I say we joined them as Maurice was driving.  They had never been before so it was a first visit for them. We arrived at 11am and the first stop was a nice little restaurant for coffee and sit on the open terrace and take in the stunning views of the valley below and the med in the distance.

There were very little tourist there as it was the 16th of May,  too early for most tourist. It was still busy though but not crowded. The view that has most people who see it for the first time (and say wal) is the turquoise reservoir, it is stunning and beautiful and the surrounding mountains reflect in the lovely waters. There are lots of shops, small bars, restaurants and museums,  Intriguingly the old village and castle is accessed through a tunnel carved from the rock and when you reach the other end and see the ancient houses, you seem to have been transported to another age.

 

The Eagles Nest.

Located on the CV-70, 25 km from Altea, is the village of Guadalest. Occupying one of the most stunning positions in Spain, this small village is precariously perched on the pinnacle of a granite mountain, giving fabulous views across the valley carved out by the River from which the village takes its name.

Getting to Guadalest by the twisting road that climbs ever upwards, passing through the village of Polop, is almost as spectacular as the position of the village, but the breath-taking views make the drive worthwhile even for the more nervous passengers!

On reaching Guadalest you can see why the Moors, who constructed castles to defend the area, considered this place a site of strategic importance.

Some of these castles were unconquerable and the remains of several can still be seen today, even though they were bombarded in the 18th century during the Spanish war of Succession.

Penon de la AlcalaHowever the building you will see on most of the postcards is the whitewashed bell tower of Penon de la Alcala which seems to cling to the mountain face.

Guadalest (The Eagles Nest)
A must visit village at the top of a mountain.

 

 

 

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