How to arrive:
- Passing through Valencia
- – Take the A-221 from Alicante, junction 532, once in the city, following the indications for Barcelona.
- – Take the A-3 from Madrid, once in the city, direction Barcelona along the A-221.
Without entering Valencia
- – Take the A-3 from Madrid, continue along the bypass to junction 484 and continue in the direction of Valencia.
- – Take the A-221 from Barcelona, turn off at junction 484 and continue in the direction of Valencia.
Empresa Municipal de Transportes Valencia
- Line 70: FuenSanta-Alboraya Line 31: La Malva Rosa – Poeta Querol www.emtvalencia.es
Autobuses Metropolitanos de Valencia
- Line 112: Valencia – Port Saplaya – El Puig www.etmvalencia.com
- Line 3: Aeropuerto-Rafelbunyol www.metrovalencia.com
The most representative example of the local cuisine is the popular drink “Horchata”, which is made from tiger nuts and which has given the village fame throughout Spain. The tiger nut is a tuber that is grown almost exclusively in the municipality. The juice extracted from the nuts is blended with water and sugar and then chilled. The finished product is served liquid or frozen, and accompanied with “fartons” (sponge fingers).
Alboraya’s notable local dishes include paella and “arròs amb fesols i naps” (rice with beans and turnip), “arròs al forn” (baked rice), rice with chards, rice with cod, garlic and tomato and the well-known spiced snails called “avellanencs”. Local sweets include “tortas cristinas” and “escudellaes”.
Places of interest:
– Beaches: http://www.alboraya.org/es_ES/web/turisme/playas
– Parish Church of Assumption of Our Lady: It dates from 1731, although in 1240 it appeared in the archives of the Cathedral of Valencia. It has three naves with side chapels and baroque interior decoration. It is located in Plaza de la Constitución.
– Hermitage of the Miracle of the Fish: Also known as “Ermita dels Peixets”, it was built to commemorate a miracle. It is situated on the right bank of the mouth of the Carraixet ravine. The current building is of Gothic style, with a façade divided into three sections, lancet windows and gabled roof. On the right side there is a ceramic panel which makes reference to the miracle.
– Hermitage of Saint Christopher: The building has a small nave and is located amid the agricultural land, between the industrial estate and the “Barranco del Carraixet” ravine. It has a single section, with a sacristy located behind the altar and a choir above the front entrance.
– Hermitage of Vilanova or the Christ of Souls: located in the agricultural land, and originally pertaining to the disappeared “Masía de Vilanova”. Mention may be made of the carrying of the effigy along the Penitential Via Crucis through Alboraya’s agricultural land to the Parish Church on Easter Monday. It has a single body and a sacristy on the right, with a wooded enclosure for recreation.
– Hermitage of Saint Barbara: located in the hamlet of the same name, in the heart of the agricultural land, it has a single body with the sacristy behind. It is located in the district of “Les Tendes”.
– Hermitage of Saint Andrew or the Sacred Heart of Jesus: a small, privately-owned hermitage (known as “El Retoret”) in Masía del Retor, with its own agricultural land. It is not used for worship.
– Chapel of the College of the Marianists: the chapel is accessed through the main door of the Marianist College, located at the entrance of Alboraya. The chapel has a single body, with a side sacristy.
– Saplaya Chapel: in the district of Port Saplaya, there is small chapel under the “Faro” building, next to a passage connecting the street with the interior of moorings.
Alboraya’s civil architecture is represented by its modernist urban houses dating from the late-19th and early-20th centuries, as well as Moorish farmhouses and houses in the surrounding agricultural land. Special mention may be made of the following:
– The Moor’s Bridge (Pont del Moro): a Romanesque bridge of ashlar stone, without railings, which originally crossed the Vera irrigation canal between La Patacona and La Malvarrosa (Valencia). Since the 1990s, it is located in Paseo de Aragon, following the covering of the mentioned irrigation canal. It is 5 m wide and the ruts left by the carriages are clearly visible.
– Conte Zanoguera House (Casa Comte Zanoguera): a stately house located at Plaça Constitució 16, in the old part of the village. Its first owner, Gilberto de Zanoguera, was an important character in Alboraya’s history. The current building dates from the 17th century and, since its most recent restoration, is used to house exhibitions and public and official acts.
– L´Agrícola Theatre: a theatre built in the early 20th century, next to the Commercial Athenaeum. It was used as a function room and meeting room. Recently renovated, it is currently used all year round as a cinema and a theatre, exception during the summer months.
– Municipal Market (Mercat Municipal): the recently-built market contains a multitude of food stands, with many dedicated to locally-produced fruit and vegetables.
– Barracas (traditional agricultural buildings): an architectural reference in the Valencian agricultural lands, we find many examples in Alboraya. These types of construction are no longer used as residences, and are instead destined for leisure uses.
– Holy Week (Setmana Santa): special mention may be made of the Procession of the Palms on Palm Sunday and the official events held on the Thursday and Good Friday, as well as the Via Crucis through Alboraya’s agricultural land, held on Easter Monday and during which an effigy of the Christ of Souls is carried from the Hermitage to the Parish Church. There is also a representation of the Mystery of the Passion.
– Main Festivities: by Papal dispensation, Alboraya celebrates Corpus Christi outside the Octave, specifically on the Sunday before 10th July, coinciding with the festivity of Saint Christopher, the village’s patron saint. The festivities begin during the first weekend of July and continue throughout the following week, and include the celebration of various activities of great religious, cultural and recreational interest.
– “Fallas” (Falles): the festivities are held in conjunction with those of the capital, Valencia. Alboraya has 7 “Fallas” committees: “Falla del Calvet” (adult and children’s), “Falla del Miracle” (children’s), “Falla del Palmaret” (adult and children’s), “Falla del Poble” (adult and children’s), “Falla del Rey Don Jaime” (adult and children’s); and in the coastal neighbourhoods we have Port Saplaya “Falla” (adult and children’s), and Patacona and Camino de Vera “Falla” (adult and children’s).
– The Miracle of the Fish (Miracle dels Peixets): held on Whit Monday in the Hermitage of the Miracle of the Fish. The mass is presided by the priests of Almácera and Alboraya.
– Hermitage of the Holy Christ of Providence: on 6th August, the Transfiguration of the Lord is celebrated with a solemn mass, which is followed by a procession.
– Festivity of the Holy Christ of Souls: celebrated on the Sunday following the transfiguration of the Lord in the hermitage.
– Festivity of Our Lady of the Orchard: on the last Sunday of October, the Guild of Horchata Makers celebrates the day of its patron, Our Lady of the Huerta, with a mass in the parish church and the distribution of horchata.
– Port Saplaya Festivities of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: the festivities are celebrated during the second or third week in July in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patron saint of sailors, following Alboraya’s main festivities. The majority of the activities take place around Plaça de la Senyoria and Paseo Luis Saiz Diaz (the northern seafront promenade), and include a mass and a maritime procession in honour of Our Lady.