After Meeting, Local Info

Valencia’s Golden Mile

Don’t panic, as I’m not suggesting a run with shoes like these ones, but a relaxed walk with your very own shoes through one of the most selected even exclusive streets in town: Marqués de Dos Aguas, Valencia’s Golden Mile and much more.

The Golden Mile‘, originally the nickname for a stretch of Hato Rey (Puerto Rico) crowded with banks and financial companies, has become in Spain the nickname for places crowded with the most luxurious, prestigious and expensive homes and shops in town.

Valencia is not precisely the humblest town in the world, holding such events as Copa América and Formula One, and now holds the most exclusive and expensive international trademarks at one single place: Marqués de Dos Aguas, a long time charming small street at the absolute core of town that, before becoming Valencia’s Golden Mile, already had its very own luxurious life.

The Two Sides of Luxury

Curiously enough, Marqués de Dos Aguas’ current appearance at street-level reflects its present and past luxurious lives.

At one side of the street –left side above– you may find modern luxury at its best, under the Dos Aguas Luxury Shopping join initiative, that sprout some six years ago and now encloses some of the most exclusive shops and trademarks in the world: Hugo Boss, Loewe, Luis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Lladró, to name but some main ones. If you’re in town and right in the mood for something special and classy, or at least exclusive and expensive, this is the place for you indeed.

At the other side of the street –right side above– you may find old luxury at its best, as shown at the Marqueses de Dos Aguas Palace and the Principal Theater.

The Marqueses de Dos Aguas Palace is one of Valencia’s jewels: a quite peculiar Gotic Palace renewed and redressed many times, that holds the National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts González Martí at its second floor since 1954, while shows much of its very luxurious late dressings at its low and first floor. If you just need one reason for paying it a visit, just have a look to its truly emblematic alabaster Rococó door, below.

The Principal Theater, some fifty metres on, is the most important and traditional theater in town: an impressing classic building opened in 1832 and renewed several times since then until meeting modern standarts, that regularly shows the most successful International and National plays, as well as many different scheduled festivals, from dance to jazz –even if plays are obviously in Spanish, you can always watch happenings like these two without the slightest problem.

Of course there were much more traces of old luxury around Marqués de Dos Aguas some time ago: I wish I could tell you about some top cocktail at Chacalay or at Café Madrid but the arrival of new luxury has raised the real estate market in there to levels one golden mile beyond real people! Quite expensive indeed…


 

Main picture | Joe in DC @ flickr

2 Comments

  1. Josmiq: November 15, 2011 09:39 am

    Palacio del Marques de dos Aguas “Gotic door”? You are a great expert in art!

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    1. lino san juan: November 15, 2011 10:57 am

      Thanks for the point! As I said the Palace was renewed (too) many times: the Palace is Gotic, the façade Barroque and that particular door is Rococó –anyway, let me point out in turn that the Palace is properly called “Palacio de los Marqueses de Dos Aguas” and art is by no means the history of art!

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