Lliria and surrounding towns

Lliria is situated in the El Camp de Turia region of Valencia, which is an area of outstanding beauty with abundant mountain springs and forests which earned it the title of ‘the Swiss Valencia’ during the Renaissance. The town of Lliria has a population of 21,172 and is about 20 minutes driving to the North of Valencia city along the CV35 motorway. It is roughly the same distance from the coast. It is a picturesque town of interest to budding historians. In the square situated at the heart of the town is a huge 13th century church which has been recently restored, and the town hall is also located here. Nearby is a 14th century Arab bakery and over looking the town is an archaeological museum. The museum contains interesting ceramic collections with decorative figures from the archaeological remains of the Iberian world. It also has artefacts from the Roman imperial age, including 6,000 silver coins.

Lliria has a rich heritage dating back to Roman times when it was known as Edeta, the capital of Edetania which was an important Roman enclave. Also majestically overlooking the town is the monastery perched high on a mountain. Lliria is also known as the city of music, due to the musical fervour of a friar from the monastery and it now has two schools of music and two prominent orchestras.  The presence of the Franciscan fathers can be felt all over and the town has its own museum dedicated to the furniture and fittings and other religious items from the monastery over the ages.

On a more modern level Lliria has a large public auditorium which hosts many important international music events, such as The World Music Festival every August. Other cultural festivities that are prominent in Lliria’s calendar of events are the Fallas in March, the Setmana Santa and Festes de Sant Vicent in April and la Festa de la Purissma in August. This month also sees the Bull Runs, and in September is La Festa del Remei.

Gastronomically speaking, Lliria is well-known for its Valencian cuisine and traditional dishes using rice, such as paella and rice with coleslaw are offered in the town’s restaurants. Among the confectionaries are the coca de almendra which is a sponge almond cake. Many use fresh ingredients naturally provided by the local terrain. Lliria is also known for its onions, which can be found in many local dishes. Also the town has on offer a wide array of wines from the region, dating back to the Edeto-Lauro Roman era which are well-known for their refined quality.

The town itself has everything to offer the resident, as well as the tourist. It has a significant English population with many ex-pats running businesses and social clubs. La Gruta is an English bar serving English and Spanish cuisine and provides entertainment such as regular disco nights. If you have a craving for English food, just ten minutes down the road at L’Eliana is Spainsbury’s, a British supermarket, which also sells newspapers and greetings cards. Also popular with ex-pats is the Lliria car boot sale held every Sunday. Check out the websit at www.lliria-carbootsale.com  If its made to measure curtains that you are after then  go to Soft Options fabric Shop, who are also advertised in this weeks Inland Trader. Nearby in la Hurraca is The Magpie, which offers typical English fayre as well as karaoke evenings. If you fancy a visit, but are unsure how to get there call the bar directly on 96 272 8208.

As well as the auditorium, Lliria has a sports centre, a swimming pool, schools and a centre for young people aged between 12 and 30. It has restaurants, banks, bars and shops selling everything you need and Valencia is near enough if it is a more cosmopolitan shopping experience you crave. It has a municipal market which is excellent for fresh produce at cheap prices and is open daily on weekdays until 2pm. Also on Thursday it has a visiting market selling bargain household goods, clothes and jewellery. It boasts a modern health centre and has a library providing research resources with internet use, other audio visual resources and areas of study. Buses run regularly to Valencia on weekdays, weekends and on public holidays Because of its proximity to Valencia and the coast Lliria will no doubt  be attracting more attention from overseas tourists and possible property buyers due to 2007 Americas cup. Not withstanding it is still a very attractive place to live or visit. In the surrounding area are the towns of Chiva, Villamarchante and Pedralba.

Chiva is a small town near to the City of Valencia and just a short drive from the airport and the Ricardo Tormo Race Circuit in Cheste. Like Lliria it has a Roman heritage. It has a rich gastronomical tradition with its main dish being “Mojete” comprising of flour, potatoes oil and garlic. There are three cooperatives in the area selling local wines. Also if you are new to the area pop along to Chiva where you will easily find the Chiva English Centre and ask for Connie, a fantastic language teacher who can help you speaka da lingo, so to speak. ( Beginners through to intensive courses available). If you fancy a Full  English breakfast then pop along to the English Majors Café, they also provide internet service.

In nearby Villamarchant there are an abundance of shops, supermarkets and chemists with an attractive square where locals meet in its many bars. It is situated in the stunning Sierra Calderona region where there are many attractive properties. Another popular spot is the river Turis where people swim in the summer due to the clarity of its waters.

Pedralba is a rural town on the outskirts of Valencia and has bars, restaurants a small supermarket. Lliria is only a short drive away and like Lliria is proving to be a magnet for ex-pats buying property in the area

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