The exterior facade of the Central Market of Valencia
I have traveled to very different places in the Middle World and I have always tried to prove, in each one, what the locals eat. I think that doing this is absolutely necessary if you want to get to know the culture of the country or region in which you are. Gastronomy says a lot about people.
Well, you can call me a chauvinist but, of all the types of cuisine I have been able to experience, I'm still staying with the Mediterranean.
I think Mediterranean cuisine is not only one of the healthiest of the World, but it is also not boring at all and, relying on the wide variety of fruits, vegetables, fish and meats - accompanied by the inseparable and incomparable olive oil - can offer a wide range of flavors, colors and textures that The diner will never tire.
Who has some imagination, good taste and love the kitchen will feel very comfortable getting lost in the Valencia Central Market.
The color of the fruit stands is something spectacular. And those juices ...
On other visits to the city I had never stopped to enter this modernist style enclosure whose construction began in 1914 by Francesc Guàrdia i Vial and Alexandre Soler i March, both trained at the School of Architecture of Barcelona.
This time, taking advantage of the central accommodation provided to me from Turismo Valencia (the Sorolla Centro Hotel, a large three-star hotel with perfect location between the North Station, Joaquín Sorolla's Station and 50 meters from the Town Hall Square), I decided to visit the Central Market.
The first thing that struck me when I entered the venue was the visual intensity. The colors of the genre exposed in the positions of the more than 400 merchants that have a place here, assault your visual field. The main contributors to this effect are the fruit and vegetable stands. Intense reds in strawberries, peppers and tomatoes; green artichoke and lettuce; yellow of lemons and bananas; the mythical Valencian oranges ... A polychromy that excites the rest of the senses.
I could see that here, as in other markets that have become fashionable in Spain, also the fruit stands offer freshly squeezed natural juices. It is a product that was originally oriented a little more towards guiris but that everyone already appreciates.
After the view is the smell who comes into play The smells of fresh products flood the streets of this small city dedicated entirely and completely to gastronomy. Their positions are temples of adoration to the gods of the foods and the faithful go in pilgrimage deciding to whom they will dedicate their prayers in any day.
And when I call it "little city" I am not exaggerating. The Central Market of Valencia sees daily more than 1500 people They make purchases for their families or businesses. Many of the best restaurants in the city - like the Bernd Knöller Riff