POTRIES has been crowned ‘Valencian Cultural Capital’ (with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants) for year 2018/ 2019.
Situated inland between Oliva and Gandia, Potries has fewer than 1,000 inhabitants and received the award in recognition of its strong roots to Valencian customs – to the land and to the traditions, both cultural and religious.
The village is known outside the La Safor region for its famous Porrat de Sant Blai celebrations, together with the Sant Macia de Rotova festivities.
The house of potter Angel Dominguez, now a museum, attracts many visitors to Potries– with hundreds of ceramic pieces found in the town over the past 2,000 years.
Also popular is the Santisimo Cristo Agonia church, from which visitors see the Vall de Bayren, and Santos Juanes church.
Sagunto, north of Valencia, has been recognised as the cultural capital with more than 5,000 inhabitants.
The Valencian Cultural Capital award aims to recognise municipalities that stand out for their commitment to culture, encouraging social cohesion and economic development.