This is probably the only art in the world tht is constructed with the objective of being desctructed. Millions of Euros are spent on this milenary festival which consists of papier mache and wooden efigies risen as critisism to happenings that could be from the field of specially politics, sports or glamour. You will find hundreds of figures at practically every crossroad of the city from between the 15th of March, till the 19th when they are consumed by the flames.
The popularity of this festival has been attracting more and more tourists from all corners of the globe making it difficult to find a hotel room in the city and also to distances of upto 100 kilometers. So if you are planning to visit Valencia for the fallas, please see that your reservations for staying and travelling are done well in advance.
More information at the official website - www.fallas.com You will have to do a lot of walking come with comfortable shoes
Moros y Cristianos
Moros y Cristianos is the festival which is hosted by many cities and towns in Spain, usually it's held in autumn and unfortunately Valencia is not famous for this celebration but for another, which is called Las Fallas and is held in March.
But it was October and we were in Valencia and Valencia held Moros y Cristianos. And frankly speaking I don't regret seeing it instead of Fallas, I got the immence pleasure and felt like being a child back.
(more details and pics in the travelogue)
the world famous Falles
The Falles are one of Spain's most famous festivals. It takes place in mid March to honour Saint Joseph, patron of the carpenters.
Originally, the city's carpenters used to make big bonfires with the rests of wood in their workshops to celebrate their patron's day. Eventually, this festival evolved as they started to build large monuments with wood and papier maché. The monuments became biger and bigger every year and are usually political or social satires of sometimes dubious taste. The construction of a falla is a huge task that involves the exclusive work of a large team of professionals (artistas falleros) during the whole year.
A great attention is paid to detail and composition: the monuments are made up of a plethora of statues of different sizes disposed in an amazing equilibrium that defies gravity but which is perfectly studied, so that the falla collapses in the right way when it is lit on fire on Saint Joseph's night (many of them are located in small plazas or intersections and a miscalculation of the artistas falleros might result in a tragedy for the crowds attending the cremà or burning, and for the neighbouring buildings).
The construction of so many falles around the city is, in addition, a colossal financial task which requires the year-round effort of large communities in Valencia.
Valencia Bus Turistic
From April to October there is a very fast way to see quite all the city wthout walking and this is with the Valencia Turistic Bus! It's a double decker bus from which you will discover the city from a completely different point of view.
There are 4 departures and 4 routes that cross one each other and you can change bus depending on which itinerary you want follow.
Departures are from Plaza de la Reina, Ivam,S.Pio V and at Hemispheric(next the City of Arts and Sciences) every 30min from 1030am; it has 14 bus stops.The ticket ,that lasts for 24 h, costs about 12 €, if you're in group costs 8€ per each
Exciting nightlife whilst enjoying city center.
The most recommended bars and clubs zone for tourism is El Carmen, one of the neighborhoods in the district of Ciutat Vella. It's plenty of warm spots, many of them very concealed and difficult to find if a tourist restricts (him/her)-self to going along the regular paths.
You can find lovely terraces, music bars and clubs where you can enjoy the typical and delicious "Agua de Valencia" (lit. "Valencia's water" (orange juice, Spanish champagne, cointreau, sugar and more, served in champagne cups) as well as many other drinks, and you will listen to many types of music (rock, pop, all dance rhythms, latino and salsa, jazz, ethnic, celtic, punk and alternative, etc).
You'll also enjoy the beautiful old buildings of that neighborhood. Its narrow and labyrinthic streets (be sure to walk with a city map or you can get lost easily). In El Carmen (El Carme) you'll find many kinds of people roaming by, from beautiful, elegant, and posh people to odd ones, freaks, punks..., mixed and walking the same streets. This zone is also the location of gay bars and clubs. And you'll also see many tourists among all of them enjoying the night.
The axis in this zone is composed by "Calle Caballeros" (Cavallers), "Plaza(Plaça) delTossal", "Plaza de Sant Jaume", "Calle Alta", "Calle Bolsería", "Plaza del Negrito".
There is another zone just for alternative people around "Plaza del Carme".
You can enjoy the terraces of this neighborhood in the afternoon and evening as well.