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We bring you the definitive recipe for Easter mona



The Easter monkey…. Oh what a great childhood memory! With its anisette, its animal shape, its colorful painted egg, who has not run after a brother, a cousin, a friend ... to crack the egg on his forehead? total, for most of the time you don't even eat it ...

Few know it, but its origin is to be a cake whose tasting symbolizes that Lent and its abstinences are over. It is a typical cake from the entire Mediterranean area, and its name comes from the "munna" or " mouna ", an Arabic term that means "provision of the mouth", a gift that the Muslims made to their lords.

Traditionally, the godfather is the one who gives the monkey to the godson and the custom was to go on an excursion to spend the afternoon playing rope or raising the cachirulo.

Today there are many different variations of the dough of the monkey and its cousin the pancake, and what to say about the eggs, which have become directly chocolate, (losing the grace of cracking someone on the forehead ...). But here we are going to leave you the traditional recipe so that it comes out with a real authentic flavor and the children can paint the cooked eggs as it has always been done.

The recipe: ingredients
-3 eggs
-150 cl of oil
-150 gr of sugar
-Yeast
-Boiled and fun painted egg

To make the dough, beat the eggs adding the lime zest, and little by little the oil and sugar. Stir everything well until the sugar is completely dissolved.

With each 100 gr of mixture add a handful of flour and a little yeast dissolved in a little warm water, and mix everything well.

Add more flour little by little and knead until it doesn't stick, it is better to smear your hands with oil. Stir and knead for at least half an hour. Let the dough rest for at least five hours or more in a warm place, until the dough ferments and rises. If this good it has to make a bittersweet smell.

After that time, form balls of pasta more or less like a tennis ball and give them the shape we want. Put the boiled egg in the center and leave them on a wood with a parchment paper underneath. They have to rest again for the necessary time until we see them rise again.

Spread the monas with beaten egg and dust them with sugar. Put them in the oven at 200º for half an hour, until they are cooked and have taken color.

Do you dare to snack Easter cake and empinar the cachirulo on the beach? We are waiting for you, we have a luxurious time!
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Why come on vacation to Valencia?



If you ask yourself this question, it is because you still do not know it, and if you do not know Valencia, you are missing something important…

Not because it is the third largest city in Spain, founded by the Romans, occupied by the Muslims and reconquered by the Christians, which could perhaps indicate the richness of the historical and monumental heritage that houses its historic center.
Nor because it is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and has beaches presided over by blue flags and awarded with recognitions such as the Q for Tourist Quality, where you can bask in the sun on the sand, dive into the refreshing water, play volleyball, pedal on a scooter in high seas, enjoy an ice cream, take a ride on a catamaran or a boat, take a course in paddle surfing, kite surfing, or "anything surfing"...
Nor because there are many ideal areas to go out and have a drink at nightfall in one of the trendy bars, dance until dawn in the most select clubs and enjoy "the Moon of Valencia"...
Nor because you can taste the best gastronomy including, of course, rice in any of its varieties, paella, black, a banda, duck, seafood... Because Mediterranean signature cuisine is second to none and the quality in Valencia's restaurants is a fixed. Without disdaining that you can have some tapas and a beer in any beach bar while you enjoy the sea breeze, or in any small bodeguita in the city while you walk through it.
Of course not because it is the third best positioned Spanish city in the ranking prepared by Trivago on online reputation worldwide, with 81.64 points out of 100, and with more than 200,000 ratings.
Valencia is always good and simply because you can't miss it. There may be some reasons why you should not visit Valencia that only you will know, but there are thousands more why you should.
COME.
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Central Market, a must see



The Central Market of the city of Valencia is a modernist style construction that began to be built in 1914 by Francesc Guàrdia i Vial and Alexandre Soler, both trained at the Barcelona School of Architecture and having worked in the team of collaborators of Domènech i Montaner, architect who was characterized by his own style within the lines of modernism.

The Central Market brings together almost 400 small merchants, mobilizing 1,500 people daily. It is the largest center in Europe dedicated to the specialty of fresh products; and the first market in the world that has faced the challenge of computerization of home sales and distribution, since October 2, 1996.

Selling vegetables.
Market dome.
Sale of eggs.
Sale of nuts.
Sale of seafood.
Sale of cuttlefish.
Sale of fruits.


It is one of the main tourist attractions in the city of Valencia. It is convenient to get lost in its streets, admire the polychrome of the fruits, feel the murmur of the voices of the people who speak and laugh; perceive the smells of roasted pumpkin, oranges, celery and artichokes; of the ovens, of the herbs and spices, to which Valencian cuisine is so given; spices that were already received in Valencia from the East through the route that passed through Venice and Naples in the 15th century; and that Joanot Martorell praised in "Tirant lo Blanch" when referring to ginger together with malvasia.

Appreciated by the Valencians, the Central Market is attended by fulfilling a traditional citizen rite, when Christmas days arrive and the stalls compete in ornamentation. As a replica of the fruits in stained glass and ceramics, it would seem that the garden, prodigiously, shows all the richness and variety of its crops specially placed in wicker, esparto or hemp baskets; while shellfish and fish have a bed of ice and parsley; without forgetting all the variety of nuts —especially figs and plums— that with the «porrat» (chickpeas in brine for a few hours, which are then roasted and given a plaster and salt bath) are requested on these dates, when you have to buy "The arrangement" (set of ingredients) for the "Christmas pot", the steaming plate that brings the family together and sings carols that are delicate lullabies: "No plores fillet, que et vela la mare; sleepy that the pare et fa un bressolet ».

Since 2004, the Integral Rehabilitation of the Market is in charge of the Madrid firm Fernández del Castillo Arquitectos, directed by Horacio Fernández del Castillo. His intervention consisted of a complete restoration of the building; and an update of the commercial function as a market and its facilities.

It is located between the Market Square, next to the Lonja de la Seda and the city square of Bruges. The old street of La Paja separates the Central Market from the Iglesia de los Santos Juanes. On the opposite side, the Central Market overlooks the pretty streets Palafox, Plaza En Gall and Calle de las Calabazas.

In the Central Market all kinds of food are sold such as fish, seafood, fruits, meats and sausages both for domestic consumption and to supply important restaurants in Valencia. Shopping in this place is charged with great charm due to the beauty of its architecture and the tradition and history of the market. The opening hours are every day, except Sunday, from 7:30 to 14:30.
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Traveling with a pet. How to take her if you can't stop thinking about her when you go on vacation.



Thinking about how and where to travel with your pet when you go on vacation is inevitable. More and more people choose to share life with an animal and make it a member of the family, and I do not mean just a dog or a cute kitten that is the most common, from birds to snakes, through hedgehogs, hamsters or pigs Vietnamese… And as a family member that you are, you also deserve to go on vacation. And once this is non-negotiable, the steps to follow will be determined by the way you choose to travel with her and of course her character.

Travel with your pet safely



There are things when you travel with your pet that are mandatory, such as the one that is properly identified, that includes the mandatory microchip in the European Union and the daily vaccination record. Without that, it's like you went on a trip without your ID or your passport. Unthinkable. It is highly recommended that you have your own insurance or that it be included in yours.
Keep it calm, animals are very stressed by changes and a trip is an inexhaustible source of new things to explore, it can be lost if it gets lost in an unknown place. Do not change his diet and try not to eat much before the trip, if he gets dizzy he could vomit.
Keep in mind that there are people who do not like animals, or who may have some kind of allergy, be considerate, do not let them approach or, of course, get on top of anyone, especially in very places trafficked like stations or airports. If she is not going to travel with you, it will reassure her to bring some familiar object with her, such as a toy. Consider that it may be necessary to give him some tranquilizer, he may appreciate it if stress affects him a lot. Your vet will tell you for sure the most suitable one.

Travel by car



The first thing to take into account is the Traffic Law and what it says mainly is that the animal must not interfere with the driver's position or his field of vision. There are different types of mooring to be able to carry the animal subject and that it does not move freely through the vehicle, racks, carriers, moorings of one hitch, of two ... choose the one that best suits you.

Use appropriate restraint measures for your pet

If the trip is going to be very long, plan it taking into account stops for him to stretch, drink water or relieve himself. Eye! When you open the door that you do not miss. Of course, never leave him alone locked in the car especially if it is summer. Using common sense and for you that you know her well, traveling with your pet in a car should not pose any problem.

Travel by train



In Spain, Renfe will allow you to travel with your pet if it does not weigh more than ten kilos and as long as it goes in an adapted bag or container, come on, you cannot carry it in your arms. Depending on the type of train, conditions change, for AVE and long and medium distance trains you need to get a specific ticket for them, except if you travel in business class or in individual compartments. In most European countries you can travel with your pet for free.

Travel by airplane



Most of the European companies: Alitalia , Air France , Luffthansa …, the Spanish included <a href = "https://www.iberia.com/es/viajar-con-iberia/animales/" target = "_ blank" > Iberia, Air Europa , Vuelingthey will allow you to travel with your pet in the cabin as long as they are small and are in a carrier, if not, you will have to go to the hold and pay an extra. The problems come if you plan to go to Great Britain or Ireland, which have many restrictions on the entry of live animals, so if you fly there, companies like Ryanair will not let you get your partner on the plane.

You can travel by plane with your pet

It is better that you ask the company before getting the ticket online, it is possible that the confirmation that your pet can travel will be made after buying the ticket.


Travel by boat



In any of the main Spanish shipping companies: Balearia , Transmediterranea you can travel with your pet with you, which does not prevent you from taking it with you. They have spaces enabled for them and of course, different rates. They will let you go see her and bring her food and drink so it is not badly solved.
If you have already made up your mind and have taken a trip with your pet, surely you have faced many and varied problems and have had fun experiences, do you tell us?
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LET US HAVE MAXIMUM SECURITY AGAINST COVID-19



On March 16, we were forced to close the Port Saplaya Apartments and cancel all existing reservations.

Throughout this period, we have tried to maintain communication with our clients through various communications on social networks, as well as by email directly, trying to resolve all possible doubts as far as possible.


We have renovated another apartment building with what we already have 60% of our facilities completely updated. Last May we carried out nebulization disinfection work, both in the apartments and in all our facilities in order to guarantee the reopening as coronavirus-free spaces and we are taking all the recommended and necessary measures to offer maximum security:

Social distancing measures:
-Use of screens to prevent the spread of the virus
-Use of the elevators under the same family unit or clients staying in the same apartment / room at the hotel.
-Common areas such as gym or sauna are closed in the hotel
-In the apartments, the room keys are delivered through safes with a password and inside a previously disinfected bag. At the hotel, the room cards will also be delivered previously disinfected.
-Safety distance of 2 meters between clients and workers.
-Signage at reception with marks on the ground, indicating the safety distance in front of the counter.

Extraordinary safety and preventive measures:
-Telephone attention 24 hours before serious incidents.
-Temperature controls to workers and customers with non-contact thermometers
-Amiab disinfection certificate. (nebulizer)
-Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers
-Mandatory use of masks
-Cleaning of common areas every hour and a half
-In case of not being able to travel for reasons of force majeure and related to the Covid, the reservation will be saved for the next season
-Washing bedding at temperatures above 90º as recommended by the Ministry of Health
-Additional cleaning and disinfection in all rooms, more frequently and paying special attention to high contact points such as doors, elevator buttons, chairs, etc.
-Elimination of carpets and decorative textiles.

With all these measures we intend to ensure the tranquility of all clients so that they only have to worry about enjoying their rest days.

At Libertas 7, SA, the parent company of Apartamentos Port Saplaya, we understand that we must face this situation individually but also as a company, which is why, as soon as possible, we offered the authorities the Port Saplaya apartments as emergency accommodation and made a donation. 10% of the dividends received in the first quarter for the acquisition of masks and surgical gowns, subsequently delivered to Valencian public hospitals.
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Animals are not things. New Law for Animals

Animal lovers (and those who are not too, even if they don't want to) are in luck. On December 12, the Congress of Deputies, with the support of all groups, approved the processing of the #AnimalesNoSonCosas initiative of the Affinity Foundation and the Animal Justice and Defense Observatory .

It is a proposal of law to change the legal regime of animals, so that they are no longer considered as things. According to the Spanish Civil Code dating from 1889, animals are still considered "livestock assets", that is, mere things and therefore susceptible to form part of inheritances, embargoes or divorce deals ...



The Affinity Foundation and the Animal Justice and Defense Observatory are the ones that have promoted the reform so that animals receive the legal status they deserve.

According to the results of the survey they have carried out and presented on World Animal Day, 84% of the Spanish population is in favor of animals being considered "living beings endowed with sensitivity" and 85% consider that animals politicians should legislate for the welfare of animals . Last year the Congress of Deputies unanimously approved to urge the Government to undertake this legal reform that is now being carried out.

The Minister of Justice has received the promoting entities to give their support to the initiative and to acknowledge the work carried out by both entities, which have participated both in the process and in the preparation of the text.

Hotels and Apartments with pets

At Apartamentos Port Saplaya we are Pet-Friendly and we are delighted with this news. Do not stop traveling with your pet. Come with her!
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Route of the Castillo del Real in Olocau



Not just sea.

Now that it begins to cool and even if it costs us more, it is also very good to take a different walk and breathe air with a mountain aroma. Very close to Port Saplaya we have the beautiful Sierra Calderona that from its peaks offers us beautiful views of the sea and the entire city.

One of those pleasant routes is the Castell del Real in Olocau .

From its 574 m. This fortress served, along with other nearby ones, as a defensive bastion for Valencia, guarding the northwestern entrances. Its origin is in the 11th century, and its original name was " Hisn al-Uqab " " The Castle of the Eagle ", perhaps due to the cliffs that surround it and its elevation with respect to the territory that surrounds it, although it may also be to the abundant eagles that at that time inhabited that area of La Calderona.

It seems that the Cid Campeador was looking for the castle in the Reconquest because it was said that King Al-Qadir ordered to hide his treasures and his concubines within its walls. In any case, it was one of the last castles to fall into the hands of the Christians who changed its name to Castillo de Olocau and later ended up being called “Castillo del Real”.

The route is not very difficult, although going up to the castle can be somewhat tiring if we are not used to walking. It is a circular route, which leaves from the town itself, which is perfect to park the car and return to it without problems. It is approximately 13 km long and can be done at a normal pace in about four hours.

At the beginning of the route we find El Venturer , a beautiful monumental tree that really begins at l'arquet and Font de la Cava . Follow the RoEl Venturer Route, a monumental tree on the outskirts of Olocau and the starting point of the excursion marked by the Serra Calderona Natural Park and following the signs it is impossible to get lost. Throughout the entire route we will enjoy the vegetation typical ofthe Mediterranean forest , garroferos, pines, palmitos ... and if we go calmly we can stop from time to time to enjoy the fantastic landscape.

To go down we take the path that surrounds the castle hill through a lush forest and following the ravine we reach the old Moorish town of La Olla. On the way back, we passed through the beautiful Font del Sentig on the way to Barranc dels Frares , to finally reach Olocau again.
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What to see in Fallas?



See a mascletá.

Without hesitation. It is one of the most special events that take place in Valencia in Fallas. So much so, that the mascletás start to shoot up long before the official start of the festivities.

Shoot, yes, because mascletás shoot; They are pyrotechnic shots that make up a very noisy and rhythmic composition. Unlike fireworks that seek visual stimulation, mascletás aim to stimulate the body through the loud rhythmic noises of masclets (firecrackers with great sound power). What distinguishes a mascletá from a succession of explosions is the rhythm that the masclets must create when they explode, it is essential that the force of the explosions go from less to more, with a tremendous ending, the terratrèmol, without which a mascletá cannot. considered good and in which the public bounces, vibrates, shouts and even tears tears to the rhythm of the masclets. There are those who maintain that Valencians are a bit crazy among the firecrackers and the fire, maybe yes, but what cannot be denied is that the show is impressive.

The mascletás of Valencia have undergone a continuous evolution, especially in the technique and in the quantity of gunpowder. Currently, and for security reasons, the gunpowder limit is set at 120 kilos per mascletá, although on March 19, 2008 the limit was increased to 240 kilos. Regarding the technique used, it has evolved from a traditional execution where only wick and the action of the pyrotechnics are used, to an electronics that is currently used, where the ignition is caused by an electronic system, which allows greater accuracy and security.

Formerly the mascletá was fired in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia on San José's day (March 19) and as the culmination of the Fallas festivities. Later it was expanded in number until it reached the current 19, to which must be added all those that the Fallas commissions do in their neighborhoods throughout the city. Seeing Valencia at 2 in the afternoon on a Fallas day from the air becomes an unforgettable option.

Where can you see a mascletá?

From March 1 to 19 in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. From March 16 to 19 in most of the streets of Valencia.

Usual time: 2:00 p.m.

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Quick and easy ideas to eat on the beach

 

Here are our picks for easy recipes that are quick to prepare, ideal for picnics, the beach, the pool or the countryside during the summer.
 
We are already on holiday. We have arrived at our chosen beach and we have little desire to do one of the things we do every day: cooking. But since we can't stop feeding ourselves, on pain of starvation, we will have to look for solutions that don't require a lot of time and meet sufficient nutritional requirements.
 
It's not that in summer you don't really want to binge on calorie-laden meals, quite the opposite, and if you're spending the day at the beach what you really want is something cool and easy to eat under the umbrella, which helps you cope with the heat and doesn't stop you from taking a dip because of heavy digestion.
 
Let's assume two things:  that we are properly hydrated to avoid sunstroke and stay vital all the time (we will talk about this in another post), and that we are not going to resort every day to the gratifying snack (to which we will also dedicate a special post).
 
Breaded chicken, nowadays known as nuggets or fingers.
 
It is the star dish along with potato omelette. You can prepare it the day before and it can be eaten cold, on its own or with bread and, importantly, it can be eaten with your hands, which children love and which means they don't get into trouble (a positive point for the chicken).
 
Cut the breasts into whatever shape you prefer, bearing in mind that the thicker the pieces are, the longer the cooking time will have to be. Beat the eggs in a bowl and put the breadcrumbs on another plate to make the breading for the chicken breasts. salt the chicken breasts, dip them first in egg and then in breadcrumbs and fry them in plenty of olive oil, then drain them on kitchen paper and put them in the taper. Cracker!
 
Battered hake in cubes.
 
If fish is more your thing, this is the chicken version and an easy way to get kids to eat fish without too much fuss. 
 
We cut the hake into small pieces (better if we have it in loins, and not in slices). Then add a little salt, dip them in egg and flour, and fry them in a frying pan with hot oil. Once fried, we pass them through absorbent paper and let them cool down to put them in some tapers. Alehop!
 
Something a little more elaborate:
 
Tuna pasties
 
Empanadillas of whatever you have left over from dinner, but the tuna ones are the quickest.
Finely chop an onion and a green pepper and fry them in a frying pan with 2 tablespoons of oil. When it is well fried, add a little fried tomato (lower the heat to the minimum so that the tomato does not jump and you have to waste time cleaning the cooker) and leave it for a few minutes so that it mixes well.
Take it out of the pan and mix it with the tuna. Then we fill the pastry wafers with our mixture, fold them in half and use a fork to flatten the edges of the wafers.
Finally, fry them in plenty of oil and pass them through kitchen paper to remove the remaining oil. Shall I repeat the advantages of eating them with your hands?....
 
To be continued...
 
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How to protect children's skin from the sun



We all know that the sun has beneficial effects on our body. But if we take it in excess or without adequate protection it can also be harmful, especially for children's skin because it is more delicate.

It is on the beach, above all, where children spend the day entering and leaving the water and exposed to solar radiation, where we must pay more attention to ensuring that their skin is well protected.

In theory they should never be exposed directly to the sun, but, since keeping them seated under the umbrella is impossible, hats and t-shirts are essential. In recent years, t-shirts made of special fabrics have become fashionable to be used on the beach and are ideal for protecting the child without being disturbed to play.

Even so, the application of a good sun cream with a protection factor that is as high as possible is necessary. It is better to use a special cream for children since its texture is lighter so that it is easier to spread and the skin absorbs quickly and also because they can be used on the face and body. It is important to check on the packaging that they are broad spectrum, that is, that they cover against UVA and UVB rays because not all do.

Of course, it is not worth using the cream that we have left over from last year, the creams have a limited duration that is specified on the packaging with the symbol of a jar and a number inside.

For the protector to be as effective as possible, it should be applied at least half an hour before we expose ourselves to the Sun so that the skin has time to absorb it and to be perfectly protected. The amount of product must be abundant: never less than 20 ml of cream for the whole body and there are some areas that should be especially emphasized such as the scalp, neck, ears, cheekbones, nose, shoulders, the upper area of the thighs, and the instep of the feet, an area that we do not usually think about and that is very prone to burns.


At least every two hours you have to repeat the application, before if the child is sweating a lot and after each bath, even if the cream is waterproof.

It is also necessary even if it is cloudy , since the clouds filter infrared radiation, but not ultraviolet rays, which are also reflected in the sand and even if it is in the water since , like clouds, the water does not filter the rays ultraviolet, it only eliminates the feeling of heat.

Basically, and at the very least, this is what we must do to avoid the painful sunburns that can make children bitter, and by extension us, beach vacations.

Recommendations for the summer period. Ministry of Health

And how do you get your son to let you put the sunscreen on him?
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Come to Port Saplaya. Bicycle route along the Via Augusta.



Taking advantage of the fact that the Sun allows us to do other things as rewarding as being on our beautiful beach, we are going to enjoy a bicycle tour around Port Saplaya circulating along the longest Roman road in Hispania as it passes through the door of our apartments.

The Via Augusta in Hispania

It has an approximate length of 1,500 km, it borders the entire Mediterranean, starting in Cádiz and passing through the current town of La Junquera in the Pyrenees, where it extended with the Via Domitia , which skirted the southern coast of Gaul to Rome. It was the main axis of the road network in Roman times. The Emperor Augustus gives it his name since he was in charge of repairing and completing it, around 8 and 2 BC. C., when it became an important communication and trade route between the cities and ports of the Mediterranean. Currently the N-IV N-420, N-340 and Autopista del Mediterráneo roads follow the same itinerary in many sections. In fact, in some sections of the current N-340 the Roman road was used until the beginning of the 20th century, being asphalted in the 1920s.

Our route

It leaves from Port Saplaya along the seashore reaching Puzol beach. There we leave the beach to enter the town of Puzol and reach El Puig. We will continue along the bike path that runs through the Valencia orchard to our starting point in Port Saplaya.

Stop on the road

We will pass mainly by two points of interest where it will be worthwhile to make a stop that we can take advantage of for a refreshment with which to repair forces.

The "Marjal dels Moros" is a wetland located between the municipalities of Puzol and Sagunto. It is a protected area ZEPA (zone of special protection for birds) cataloged by the European Union. If you also carry binoculars, you will surely be able to spot the large number of species of birds that inhabit it, with good luck you will even be able to see flamingos. They can be observed without being seen since there are camouflaged observation points. The route crosses the wooden paths that lead from the beach itself to the interior.



The second point of interest is the Monastery of Sant María de El Puig . Built by Jaime I the Conqueror in 1240. Its historical relevance comes from the fact that the definitive battle for the conquest of Valencia was fought in this place in 1237. While the hosts were preparing for the conquest of the capital, an image of the Virgin was found on the hill under a bell that is preserved in the Main Chapel of the Sanctuary. Jaime I, considered the protection of the Virgin as a determining and effective cause of the conquest of the Kingdom of Valencia and proclaimed Santa María de El Puig as Patroness of the conquered Kingdom. He erected the temple to the heavenly Lady of the rescued lands, and wanted the Mercedarian religious to be the perpetual guardians of the sanctuary.



Guided visits to the Monastery can be made

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Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day?

When do we start celebrating love?

Valentine is a day with a really curious story. We can start with the pagan festivals that were celebrated in Rome dedicated to fertility. Go through the creation of "the Court of Love" established by King Charles VI of France where adolescent men competed to find a partner among the court maidens. And to get to what is considered the oldest love letter that exists and that the French Duke, Charles of Orleans, after being captured at the Battle of Azincourt and locked up in the Tower of London, wrote to his wife on February 14 ...

Why celebrate Valentine's Day?

Well, because in the year 494 after Christ, Pope Gelasius I decided to reconvert it into a Catholic holiday. For this he had a suitable candidate, the saint who in 270 BC defied the order of Emperor Claudius II that prohibited young people from marrying (he thought that single children without children were better soldiers) and secretly married young couples in love.

It was in the early 19th century in Britain that Valentine's Day cards , with ready-made phrases, began to be marketed and quickly spread to the rest of Europe and America.



In any case and being clear that love must be celebrated , cared for and pampered every day, it is a day as good as any other for you and your partner to spend extra time, why not ?: a beautiful sunset , a walk by the sea, a romantic dinner, a bottle of cava, some strawberries, some chocolate truffles ...

In the Nordic countries, it is at this time when birds mate and mate, hence this period is seen as a symbol of love and creation. I do not say more.

We give it to you with our Valentine's pack . The love you put it.
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Sailing in Valencia: The Mediterranean



If you are passionate about sailing in the Mediterranean, in Valencia you will find one of your definitive destinations and in Port Saplaya next to our apartments , one of the best marinas on the north coast of the Region.

The Port Saplaya Yacht Club is located within the urbanization and has a sailing and cruising school, with kayaks for rowing and a complete training program in these sports. It has 323 moorings for a minimum length of 6m. and a maximum of 12m., with a draft of 1.80m, enough for you to come without problems with your boat.

From here you can navigate the entire coastline of the Community along its more than one hundred kilometers, characterized by being a soft and low coast with a predominance of sandy beaches, dunes and important wetlands full of vegetation and birds.



If you sail north you will reach the Canet d 'En Berenguer lighthouse, which is inland in the same place where back in the 15th century and from a 30-meter high watchtower, the presence of corsair ships was alerted.

From the sea you will be able to see the Islamic fortress of Sagunto that contemplates the land and the Gulf of Valencia from the hill that houses its old walls. Today the two-thousand-year-old city remains settled around its castle.

You will pass by the wonderful beaches of Xilxes, Almenara, Burriana and Almassora where the Mijares river flows. Following the current of the river is the endearing Weir where every year water pools to give shelter to an endless number of aquatic birds.

After Castellón and its shipyards, you will arrive in Benicàssim and you will be able to see along its beach the mansions called the Heavenly Court, an unexpected and unusual vision of these beautiful residences built at the end of the 19th century.

From here the coast becomes more rugged and the cliffs follow one another to soften into small stone coves. It is the Sierra d 'Irta with the cozy silence of the Desert de Les Palmes. From the sea, you will be able to identify one of the most relevant historical vestiges of this Natural Park, the 16th century watchtower called Torre Badum, as well as the hermitage of Santa Llúcia, located in a privileged enclave from where you can also enjoy magnificent views To the sea.

And continuing along this beautiful coastline you will arrive at the spectacular Peñíscola where you can set foot ashore to visit the museum of the sea that offers a didactic collection of tools related to local fishing dating from Phoenician times to the present day, ship models and various pieces archaeological sites that come from both marine and terrestrial sites related to the ancient inhabitants of Peñíscola and its region, and reflect the intense relationship of this monumental city with the sea.

Thanks video by JP TRIP
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What to do so that your pet does not suffer from his fear of noise



The fear of pet noises, whether of thunder, firecrackers, or other roars, can turn into a phobia that affects their health and well-being and, by extension, ours.

For years, Spain has been considered the loudest country in the European Union , and the second after Japan worldwide, as reflected in the world ranking of noisy cities prepared by the World Health Organization. And what are we going to say about Valencia in Fallas: the music of the bands, the festivals, the macletás, the firecrackers ...

Fear of noises like thunder, slamming doors, and fireworks is a common problem for all animals. Sound impacts the hearing of pets , due to its special sensitivity. It can cause great nervousness to them and to us, it can be a real anguish and concern.

But there are things we can do to try to alleviate these effects of noise:

-You can teach him to associate noise with something positive, such as a candy. You can do it with a vacuum cleaner. Turn it on and bring it closer to your pet, stay next to it, reassure it, caress it and give it some treat. Practice it several times, until you get used to it and no longer identify the noise as threatening.
-Use a pheromone necklace to reduce stress levels. They can be used to great effect on anxious cats and dogs.
-Hide noise with other sounds. Turn on the radio or television to muffle background noise.
-When the noise starts, try to give him something to chew on. This action reduces stress because you will be more distracted.
-Don't leave him alone at home.
-Transmit calm. That he does not see you nervous or upset with him because you know what is going to happen.
-If your pet is a dog, you can try “Doggies”, a project by the Valencian company Valway that consists of a band placed around the body. The pressure exerted by the band when placing it pressing certain points on its body, transmits sensory information to the dog's brain and serves as a substitute for the pressure that a human can exert when stroking it.



In any case, we know that the best thing is to be able to enjoy our favorite parties with them and have them by our side. And if you cannot calm your pet with so much noise, you can come with her on those days to Port Saplaya , which we will be delighted to welcome you and surely the walks on the beach and the warmth of the Sun will make her tremendously happy. And you too.
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Bike routes



CIRCULATING THE BIKE LANE

Use the bike path . For your safety, use the bike path whenever you can, even if it involves a small detour on the most direct route.
Be respectful of pedestrians . If you see pedestrians standing or walking along the bike lane, slow down and alert them to your presence with the buzzer. In those areas where many pedestrians travel next to the bike lane and since you cannot foresee the paths they lead, moderate and accommodate your speed to theirs.
Drive wisely . Control your speed, the bike lane is neither a velodrome nor a competition circuit. Do not travel at a speed greater than that which guarantees the safety of all in the existing conditions.
Respect the traffic signs . Don't skip the red lights. With this, in addition to creating dangerous situations, you contribute to the bicycle not being considered a serious and respectable means of transport, discrediting all cyclists.
Avoid dangers . If there are cars parked next to the bike lane, do not drive near them to avoid damage if a door opens unexpectedly.
Respect the rights of pedestrians . As pedestrian crossings are not marked on the bike lane, at any point you can find a pedestrian crossing it: reduce your speed and give way.
Keep both hands on the handlebars . You will react more quickly to any unforeseen event and the braking distance will be shorter.

DRIVING ON THE ROAD

If you are forced to circulate on the road with the rest of the traffic when you travel by bicycle, keep the following recommendations in mind:

Find a safe itinerary . Study the itineraries so that you circulate through quiet streets avoiding those with high traffic intensity or those that circulate at high speed.
Stay visible to other drivers . Avoid staying in the blind spot of other drivers.
Respect the traffic signs . Do not skip the red lights, do not drive in the wrong direction, respect the stop signs, etc.
Warn with hand signals . Communicate your movements with your hands in advance, the other drivers will know your trajectory which will increase your safety.
Check that your path is clear . Exercise extreme caution when crossing tram tracks, any type of grating, or when you see a hole or pothole in the pavement. Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or deviating from your path, thus checking the path of other vehicles.
Keep your track . Do not move to the curb when there are gaps between parked cars, other drivers may not see you when you return to your initial path. Don't zigzag through traffic.
Circulate on your right . The law obliges you to do so. When there are several lanes, it is in the lane on the right where you drive at the slowest speed. If the lane is narrow, for everyone's safety, drive through the center of it.
Turn left safely . While riding a bicycle, you can turn left with the rest of the traffic, but it is safer to do it in two stages, stopping to the right of the vehicles that, waiting for the green, are going in the same direction as you.
Drive in a straight line . Ride to the right of the vehicles that are going faster than you, describing a straight path and separated from the parked vehicles so that you cannot be damaged by a door that opens suddenly.

PEDALE EQUIPPED

Make yourself see . Try to wear light or brightly colored clothing. At night use front and rear lights and put reflectors on the bike and your clothes.
Keep your bike in good running condition . The mechanics of the bicycle are simple and require few specialized tools for maintenance. If you do not have the basic knowledge, go to a workshop when you observe any anomaly in accordance with the recommendations detailed below.
Stay in shape . Exercise in your leisure time, with this, traveling by bicycle around the city will cost you less effort and your perspiration will be less.
Pedal insured . As for the rest of the vehicles that circulate on public roads, there are insurance policies that cover damage to third parties, civil liability, etc.
Dress appropriately . Put the helmet on. Gloves increase comfort and protect your hands from the cold. It is recommended that the shoes support the feet firmly and that you dress in layers, to adjust to the changes in temperature throughout the day.
Tie the bike where you leave it . Buy the best lock you can - no lock is as expensive as a new bike. U-locks are more secure. If your bike has quick-clamping devices on the wheels, don't forget to tie both when you leave it unattended.
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