Not long now until the totally irrational part of Valencia rears its head (No, not appointing Gary Neville as Valencia manager) Fallas is in the air, the annual festival of finding anything you can and either making it explode or simply just burning it to the ground. March is theContinue reading
The majority of the Fallas fiestas this year fall at the weekend and also a Spanish holiday so expect Valencia to be absolutely packed this weekend as people come in to see the wonders that are here. Some of the Fallas models are beyond belief of course.
I was left stunned last night because after so many years I have never seen a nighttime Mascleta. I will be keeping an eye out for them in the future for sure.
March has come around with grey skies for a whole day or two, until today when the weather is stunning, and Valenia looking good in the pre Fallas festivities. So just a couple of videos and some pictures to show you today. Firstly it was raining yesterday so we managed to get close to the first Mascleta of the Fallas fiestas (A Mascleta is a pile of firecrackers and fireworks going off for around 5 minutes sounding like a war zone. There are 17 more of them to go before the fallas fiestas end every day in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 2pm.
I did a slightly unscientific Facebook questionnaire about what are the top tourist attractions in Valencia. I initially put in seven options and allowed others to put their own in. So what according to my Facebook friends and followers of Valencia property are the top tourist attractions in Valencia?
The Fallas fiestas are becoming more well known worldwide as social media and people’s own experiences are shared through images on Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. My first experiences of Fallas were in 1988 when I visited Valencia during the University holidays and back in those days of course none of this existed so I was surprised, no…
I was blown away.
A friend of mine has a spiffing new camera and he used it to take some great photos during Fallas. I thought I would put them up on here so you get an idea of what great photos can look like taken with a decent camera. ie not mine 😉 So thanks for these Wayne and one day I will get a decent camera too and you can teach me how to use it.
I don’t know whether it was just me or whether Fallas was rather muted in comparison to other years this year. The monuments seemed a little smaller and the chaos of the war zone a little quieter. However the city was still buzzing with so many people around that it was virtually impossible to move around. The weather was kindish until the last day when it became overcast and hotels in Valencia are reporting occupation around the 100% mark so they are quite happy.
Fallas is here.
Those words mean a lot of things in Valencia. Fallas means the start of spring, it means the ending of the cold period that is the short winter here, it means huge models in the street and roads closed all over the place for the huge models to be placed on street corners all around and it means that, this year at least, the children get a whole week off school, just before another two weeks off school for Easter. (Last year the two ran into each other)
Today is the last day of relative quiet in Valencia for the next twenty days. The Mascleta´s in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento start tomorrow heralding the start of Fallas (Official dates 15th – 19th of March) but actually starting now. It also heralds the start of spring and after the winter we have had with a perfect storm heading into North Western Spain about time too.
I wrote an ebook a year or so ago about the buying process in Spain when you are going through the purchase process of getting a house. I am now preparing another book about what you need to know to live in Spain. Currently I am writing short articles on my other blog www.valenciacomment.blogspot.com about aspects of Spanish life.
When you are looking for houses for sale in Spain or even flats for sale in Spain you should bear in mind the local fiestas of the area you are looking at. An example of this is that I have meetings set up next week and viewings with clients of flats in Valencia. Valencia is currently in the Fallas fiestas, and this post will have some photos added later of the Fallas models in Valencia, and half of the roads in the centre are closed off and the other half virtually impassible.
I have a lot of photos to take this week of houses for sale in Spain, well flats mostly but you get the picture. Fallas in Valencia is coming up so I am expecting the usual traffic problems in the centre as all of the roads get cut off in order to allow partying, drinking, banger throwing and huge quantities of fireworks to be thrown around willy-nilly.