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Friday, January 27, 2012

Fallas Museum in Gandia

From Friday February 24 until Friday March 9, there will be a free exhibition of this year’s selected puppets at the Fallas Museum in Gandia.

This museum is unique in the world for being the first interactive museum and multimedia the Valencia festival for excellence: ‘The Fallas’.

The Fallas festival in Gandia is celebrated on March 19, but with this museum it is possible for visitors to get to know about the party at other times.

It has been nearly four years since it opened in 2008 and since then this interpretive centre has become a landmark for those who want to learn more about this traditional party in general and its relationship with the city of Gandia in particular.

The Fallas Museum of Gandia is a 4,500 square meter multipurpose building and boasts a large theatre with seating capacity for 572, as well as several meetings rooms, offices a terrace cafe, the museum and parking.

“It was built not only to offer information to the public, but also to serve the demands of companies and institutions and provide technical resources,” said museum manager Pere Cremades.

“The Interpretation Centre is a modern Fallas museum showing visitors the traditions and customs related to the Valencian festival par excellence.

Its history, types of clothing, which are hand-made, add-ons for the grooming of Fallas, its relationship to culture and society, the pyrotechnics, the monuments and the creation process.

It also explains the ‘Casal Faller’ social and local Fallas of the different associations, and finally the music and ‘llibret’ as a sign of satirical literary creativity of them.” This is all explained in an interactive way through multimedia.

“All the texts are written in Spanish, Valencian and English,” said Cremades. “We have visitors of various nationalities and ages including groups of university and school students, tourists, families, pensioner and social groups.”

In addition to the museum, visitors can enjoy other activities. “School groups can complete their visit with craft workshops,” said Cremades.

“There are also frequent exhibitions and once a year we celebrate Favila, the fair of the Fallas festival. We are also creating a workshop for adults.”

For more information on the museum see and on the Fallas festival


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Costa lot less! Holidays in Spain on the rise as prices at resorts drop by 40%

Spain could attract a new wave of British holidaymakers following evidence that resort prices have crashed by as much as 40 per cent compared to five years ago.

A fall in local prices on everything from a restaurant meal to suncream has combined with the fact that the pound is at a two year high against the euro to make the Costas more affordable.

The claims come from an annual survey conducted by the Post Office, which measures the prices of eight items in resorts across 33 destinations around the world

Spain comes out as the second cheapest destination with a price of £37.72 for the eight items, while Sri Lanka, which has seen serious political unrest, was the best value at just £27.95.

At the other end of the scale was Australia at a staggering £115.69 for the same items, together with Barbados, Singapore and New Zealand.

The number of visits by Britons to Spain has slumped by more than three million over the past five years, coming down to less than 10.5million

High prices, the cost of living squeeze and a desire among Britons to try new and more exotic locations have all played their part in the fall.

However, the Post Office research suggests Spain will now become more attractive, particularly at a time when people are desperate to save money.

The firm’s Holiday Money Report concluded: ‘Resort prices in the Costa del Sol are now 40per cent lower than five years ago, when we conducted the first price barometer.

‘The cheaper cost of travel to Spain will make it a compelling choice for bargain hunters. So does the rising value of the UK pound - up 6.4 per cent against the euro in the past three months.’

The eight items included in the price comparison are a cup of coffee in a bar or café; a bottle of local beer; a can of Coca-Cola; a 1.5 litre bottle of mineral water from a supermarket; a bottle of suncream; insect repellent; a pack of cigarettes; and a three course evening meal for two adults, including a bottle of house wine.

The fact that the selection of items is small, while they are not bought from exactly the same outlet every year, suggests the figures can be skewed. However, they give a general indication of the shift in prices.

The researchers found resort prices have risen in two-thirds of the destinations it surveyed. The biggest rises were recorded in Kenya, where the basket was 52 per cent more expensive than a year ago, and Portugal, where the increase found was 39 per cent.

However, the report found that sterling is stronger against 29 other major currencies than a year ago, which should help offset higher resort prices.

Turkey has seen a tourism boom in recent years on the basis of its perception as a cheap option. This year, it only placed 17th in terms of the cheapest option, while it was 60per cent more expensive than Spain.

The Post Office head of travel money, Sarah Munro, said: ‘Given that sterling is worth around 20 per cent more than a year ago against the Turkish lira, we expected to see a lower barometer cost for Turkey, especially as the country had a disappointing 2011.

‘However, we were surprised to find that local costs have actually risen by 21 per cent and it is only the strong sterling exchange rate that is masking that increase.

‘It will be interesting to see how Turkish resorts respond to the challenge presented by Spain and Portugal. With Greek tourism also facing a fight for survival, we could see a price war between the eastern and western Med in 2012.’
Italy came out as the most expensive European destination with the basket of items costing £89.03.

Miss Munro said: ‘The message that came out clearly from our holiday budgeting research was that 2012 will be all about affordability. Holidays may still be a priority but they are not a necessity and people will not knowingly get into debt to fund them.

‘The winning destinations will be those that offer good value not just for flights and accommodation, but for tourist staples like meals out and drinks.”

‘However, it will pay people to keep a watchful eye on exchange rate movements as well as considering easy ways to save money.’


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vuelta a Espana - La Vuelta 2012 route announced

The route of the 67th edition of La Vuelta has been presented in Navarre, with 21 gruelling stages awaiting the riders.

The tour will begin with a team time-trial in Pamplona, Navarre and continue into the Basque Country, La Rioja, Aragon, Catalonia and Galicia. Later, the tour will move to Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla Leon, before the final stages in Madrid.

The Vuelta kicks off on August 18 with a 16.2 km team time trial in Pamplona along some of the streets used for the city's famous 'bull-runs'.

The first of seven mountain-top finishes comes on stage three to the Monte Arrate in the Basque Country, with a brief incursion into the Pyrenees of Andorra on stage eight.

Following a rare visit to Barcelona and a lengthy 1,200 km transfer to Galicia, the second week's hilly 42 km individual time trial and three summit finishes in northern Spain in as many days will likely decide the race overall.

Stage 18's dauntingly steep climb to the infamous Covadonga Lakes, home to some of western Europe's last wolves, is followed by an unprecedented 23-km ascent to Cuitu Negro in the Picos de Europa mountain range on stage 19.

The race's final showdown is a repeat of 2010's ascent along three kilometres of rough cement track to the Bola del Mundo summit finish, close to Madrid.

Samuel Sanchez was among the riders at the presentation, and he said: "My principal targets this season are the Tour de France and the Olympic Games. My favourite for winning La Vuelta is Joaquim Rodriguez"

Meanwhile, Denis Menchov said: "The Tour de France is my objective, but I think I will ride in La Vuelta. We have not got any problem with Joaquim (Rodriguez) for the leadership within Katusha."


Saturday 18 August - Step 1: Pamplona - Pamplona, ​​Team time (16 km)

Sunday 19 August - Stage 2: Pamplona - Viana (180 km)

Monday August 20 - Stage 3 - Oion - Arrate (Eibar) - Final high (153 km)

Tuesday August 21 - Step 4: Baracaldo - Valdezcaray - Final high - (155 km)

Wednesday 22 August - Step 5: Logrono - Logrono (172 km)

Thursday August 22 - Step 6: Zaragoza (Tarazona) - The Fort Rapitan (Jaca) (Final up) (174 km)

Friday 23 August - Step 7: Jaca - Motorland (Alcaniz) (160 km)

Saturday 25 August - Step 8: Lleida - Sanctuary Canolich (Coll de la Gallina) - Final high (175 km)

Sunday August 26 - Stage 9 - Andorra - Barcelona (194 km)

Monday August 27 - Rest

Tuesday August 28 - Stage 10: Ponteareas - Sanxenxo

Wednesday 29 August - Stage 11: Cambados - Pontevedra, Individual time trial

Thursday August 30 - Stage 12: Vilagarcia - Mirador de Ezaro (La Coruna)

Friday 31 August - Step 12: Santiago de Compostela - Ferrol

Saturday 1 September - Step 14: Lugo - The Ancares - Final high

Sunday 2 September - Stage 15: The Oak - Lagos de Covadonga - Final high

Monday 3 septiemre - Step 16: Gijon (Villa de Jovellanos) - Black Cuitu - Final high

Tuesday 4 September - Rest day

Wednesday 5 September - Step 17: Santander - Power

Thursday 6 September - Step 18: Aguilar de Campo - Valladolid

Friday 7 September - Stage 19: Penafiel - The Lastrilla

Saturday 8 September - Stage 20: The Faisanera Golf - Bola del Mundo - Final high

Sunday 9 September - Stage 21: Cercedilla - Madrid

Monday, January 9, 2012

Barcelona government may reconsider F1 grand prix deal

Barcelona government may reconsider F1 grand prix deal

Catalunya's government says it may need to rethink the hosting of Formula 1 and MotoGP events given the difficult economic situation.

"We could reconsider the hosting of Formula 1 or motorcycle grands prix," Andreu Mas-Colell, Catalunya's minister for economy, told RAC1 radio.

"It is not clear to us that we can afford them in the current situation.

"It is not the first thing we will reconsider, but in times like these we must look very closely at where we spend the money."

Mas-Colell's comments come after the Valencian government said it wanted to renegotiate its contract with Bernie Ecclestone in order to reduce costs.

Valencia has hosted the European Grand Prix since the 2008 season.

The Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona has been a part of the Formula 1 calendar since 1991, but officials said last year that the future of the event beyond this season would depend on economic factors.

Barcelona has a deal to host the race until 2016 and Mas-Colell said the situation must be looked at carefully in order to make sure breaking a contract does not cost more than hosting the race.

"There are contracts that are more expensive to maintain than to break," he added.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Valencia grand prix seeks to renegotiate Formula 1 deal

The Valencia government will seek to renegotiate its contract with Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone as further doubt is cast over the Spanish event.

Jose Ciscar, the vice-president of the Generalitat Valenciana, said on Thursday that the government must focus on reducing the costs generated by events like the F1 race.

"The big events are under full and absolute review. They are not viable as they have been until now," Ciscar said. "The big events have had an important value up until now but the circumstances force us to prioritise."

Ciscar said the Valencia government will write to Ecclestone to try to renegotiate its contract.

The vice-president did not go as far as saying the event is under threat, but admitted that "nothing can be ruled out".

"With contracts signed, we can't be imprudent because the penalty could cost us more. We have to find balanced solutions," he added.

Valencia has hosted the European Grand Prix since the 2008 season. In 2009, organisers signed a new, five-year contract with Ecclestone.

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