HOW TO VISIT “EL CABAÑAL”
belongs to “Poblados marítimos” district.
In the past it was just a group of huts where sailors lived, that’s why it took the name of Cabañal, however in the 17th century it became a famous place for Valencian people who wanted to rest and spend their free time there.
At the beginning of the 20th century this small group of houses joined Valencia’s City Hall which some years later wanted to create a project to build a big road to bring the beach closer to the city.
After that, this part of the city was declared historical-artistical zone.
Nowadays there is a disagreement between the Spanish government and the city council of Valencia on whether it is possible to demolish some houses of that neighbourhood to build that road or not.
From my point of view, the city hall of Valencia is not taking care of this part of the city, they don’t really care about the historical meaning and the beauty of that place. You just have to walk along the streets to realize about it. There are a lot of houses in ruins and as I said before, just in my opinion, the city council hasn’t spent any money in this neighbourhood for a lot of time.
There is a group of people who are fighting to revalue that place and not to allow the Valencian government to let that area of the city “die. It’s called “Salvem el Cabañal” and they use to organize some events like visiting different houses from this neighbourhood with a guide.
I am going to this visit tomorrow morning. If you fancy going along I hope you’ll like it!!!