Las Fallas 2013

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
Trip End Sep 04, 2013

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Feetup hostel

Flag of Spain  , Valencia,
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Caught the bus down from Barcelona, took 4 hours but lovely trip along the coast with views of the Mediterranean and a very comfortable ride. We are staying in a hostel right in the old part of Valencia and have arrived on the eve of their famous Fallas festival which runs for 4 days and completely engulfs the whole town. Today we took a free walking tour for 2 hours, our guide was Scottish, go figure!!! but he was excellent and very knowledgeable. He worked for tips so not exactly free but very cheap. We were his only clients so had a private tour which made it even better. Every Plaza in Valencia has a huge wooden statue erected for the festival and on the last day they set fire to them all. Today in the main Plaza we joined about 100,000 people for the opening which had the loudest fireworks I have ever heard and the atmosphere was electric. Everyone stops work, the buildings and balconies overflowing with people.
We love the hostel life, cooking dinner tonight in the hostel kitchen while chatting to a young German guy and another fellow from Amsterdam. Our girl on duty tonight is Italian. All so interesting and friendly.
15/03/2012: Well this wonderful city of Valencia keeps getting better and better. Tonight we joined Frank from Amsterdam and went to a local cathedral to see the Concert Fallas another free festival event. OMG it consisted of a 50 piece orchestra who played the Pasodoble, El fantasma de la opera (the phantom of the opera) and the dramatic Polifermo as well as a few other pieces I did not recognise. And on the night of the announcement of the new Pope. It was just sensational and we will remember it forever.
Tonight we had Pete, an American living in Ireland and a young couple from Germany join our hostel group and our girl on duty tonight from France. Loving it!!!
Our last day in Valencia, it is very cold and windy. The town is alive with people both the locals and tourists, they are all out to enjoy the festival which officially starts tomorrow but you would never know it.  The streets and cafes are overflowing. We returned to the Plaza to see the fireworks again and could not believe the crowd. After visiting the port and Playa we ended up going to a bull fight, not really our thing but so much controversy here I wanted to see for myself. Apart from the pagentry of the matador and the beautiful costumes we agree it should not continue, so cruel. Off to Malaga tomorrow.
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Ramona on

Hi Liz & Gary, love your blog so good to be able to be part of your fantastic trip. xx

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