Valencia Marina Festival
Nov 3, 2018
|Although I am an avid user of the Lonely Planet and other guidebooks I find them rather limited. So, I always search online for “This week in...”
That is how I learned that the Valencia Boat Show was underway, so we set off to explore how the one per cent live.
For just 3€ each we had fun browsing the trade show and ogling the beautiful vessels in the marina.
It was soon clear that only serious sales prospects would be escorted on to the yachts that most interested us. As neither Duncan nor I felt confident we’d be successful at bluffing, we had to be satisfied with just an exterior view, and not even a peek inside the cabins.
Across from the boat show itself were vessels that looked as though they belonged to the top one per cent of the top one percent. Would I ever like to visit one of them, rather than just peruse the pictures in magazines.
I was recently informed that the word boat is recognized by folks who own them to be an acronym. BOAT = Break Out Another Thousand. This was confirmed through the rest of trade show as everything from cleats and shackles to $800 deck boots to entire engines were featured.
From the boat show gates, we continued along the large marina.It turned out we were also in town for the Festa Aniversari La Marina de Valencia, a full day of festive programming to celebrate the end of Summer and the end of the 11th year of the very modern marina.
We enjoyed watching a regatta for radio-controlled sailboats, standup paddle board yoga (I would have loved to have tried that) and were very surprised to see just how big the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course is. We listened for a time to band called the Ramonets, of which the most entertaining part of all the wee kids rocking out with their moms and dads. From the marina we then strolled the vast Valencia beachfront, where the surfing and sailing lessons underway kept us amused for a good while too.
Turning form the beach we headed inland for lunch. Valencia is where paella originated so of course I ordered that. It was delicious, and distinctly less tomato flavoured than what I have had elsewhere in Spain. More saffron, I believe.
It was a real pleasure to spend a sunny Saturday among local families; a nice change from the castles, cathedrals and art galleries that occupy most of our days.