Begun in 1914, completed in 1928, it covers 8000 sq metres. Fish and seafood has its own section. The variety of crustaceans on sale is extraordinary. They are so fresh that most are still alive.
Valencia was an important city for the silk trade in Europe in the Middle Ages. The buildings that form the Exchange complex, built between 1482 and 1548, was where silk merchants negotiated their business. Until 5 years ago a philately and numismatic fair took place in the hall every Sunday.
In 15 years of visiting and 5 years of living in Valencia I have never seen any activity or any person in this shop or the next.
Originally budgeted at €300 million the final cost was €1300 million. The complex generates €113 million yearly.
L'Hemisferic is an IMAX cinema, planetarium and laserium.
The A.C. winner chooses where to defend the next challenge. Bertarelli chose Valencia. The city poured money into building the America's Cup marina complex. Alinghi was designed specifically to perform well in the light airs off Valencia and duly won again in 2007.
Alinghi lost the Americ'a Cup in 2010. Since then, the A.C. marina & the F1 circuit have lain idle.
This one, on the walking tour route from Mercado Central up to Calle de los Caballeros, never fails to amuse.
Valencianos take their signiture dish very seriously. Jamie Oliver's addition of chorizo in a paella recipe caused a row that had the Spanish Ambassador to Britain involved.
This one and one similar nearby, fed many hundreds of people who had been queueing patiently for 20-30-40 minutes for their helping. The street had 'a table' and chairs 120 metres long down the centre. A plate of paella and a beer cost €1. Note the ingredients boxes are the fuel for the pan.
The area has been running down for years and become something of a haven for low-life.
There are signs, opposed by current resident, of money moving in and beginning to restore the very attractive tiled houses there.
Casa Montaña is said to be the best tapas bar in Valencia.
Despite being in the centre of a tourist trail it offers a very good menu del dia lunch at a very moderate price.
Regretably the walls have been repainted a somewhat grubby cream.