America’s Cup in Valencia

Firstly – A Piece of Valencian HistoryValencia is the third largest city in Spain, and has a rich history dating back well

before the Romans conquered the Iberian Peninsula in the 2nd century BC. The town

of Valencia was founded in AD 138 when a group of Roman legionnaires were

granted land. At various times, Valencia has been ruled by Romans, Visigoths, and

Arab Muslims, among others. The region of Valencia enjoyed its golden age, or siglo

de oro, in the 15th century, when it was among the Mediterranean’s great trading

powers, exchanging olive oil, rice, saffron, wool, and wine with much of EuropeIn 1936 General Franco led the army in an uprising against the Republican

government. Valencia sided with the Republicans and was even the seat of

government for a time when Franco’s Nationalists held a stranglehold on Madrid.

When Franco claimed power in 1939, Valencia was caught having backed the losing

side, and suffered greatly under the early years of his rule. With the death of Franco

in 1975, Spain’s politics and economy began to open up and tourism, along with

agriculture, breathed new life into the Valencia economy.Today, the most striking sight in Valencia is the number of construction cranes that

tower over the city. Valencia is a city on the move, and the presence of the 32nd

America’s Cup will only enhance what is already happening.About ValenciaThe Host City for the 32nd America’s Cup is Valencia, on the Spanish Mediterranean

coast. Boasting excellent racing conditions, a dedicated race village, a long maritime

tradition and a motivated host population, Valencia, on the picturesque Southeast

coast of Spain, is the perfect choice for the historic debut of the America’s Cup in

Europe.Consistent, reliable, weather conditions, were the most important consideration in

making the selection, and Valencia is nearly perfect in this respect. This part of the

Spanish coast enjoys a summer sea-breeze regime, with a steady, moderate,

Southeasterly wind building late in the morning and holding through early evening.

In this respect it can be considered the Fremantle (the reliably windy Host City of the

26th America’s Cup) of the Mediterranean, although the wind is not as strong.

Historically, this sea-breeze is so regular during the summer racing months that

one could reasonably expect suitable racing conditions more than 90% of the time.But Valencia promises far more than just excellent sailing. An America’s Cup village

in the Port is planned, where all the team bases will be built, with public access to

allow fans close to all the action. Two race-courses will be within just a 15-minute

tow of the bases, and racing could take place just metres from the shoreline,

making the action accessible to crowds on the beach and breakwater.Facts and Figures about ValenciaPort of Valencia location 39º 29′ North / 0º 18′ WestCity Population, 760 000Average annual temperature, 17º C90% sunny days each yearFull government support. The City of Valencia has formed VALENCIA 2007 with the

regional and Spanish government to administer the Host City dutiesInner harbour venue for Team Bases and America’s Cup VillageSpectator viewing of the races with a capacity for over 1-million from the beach and

breakwaterA leading Spanish tourist destination with over 4-million visitors to the region

annuallyThe region of Valencia has nearly 500km of coastline and 38 yacht clubsAn historic and cultural city with 42 museums, 13 art galleries, and 12 theatre 30

gardens and municipal parksInternational schools for America’s Cup families, based on UK, US and European

curriculumIf you would like more information about the region and are thinking of investing in

property in the area visit Villa Angels. [http://www.villa-angels.com]

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