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What are Valencia’s Ninots & Monuments made of?

Though Fallas is one of those cultural celebrations that reaches all your senses in many ways from the flavors of buñuelos and hot churros to the smells of gun powder and hot drinking chocolate, the feel of silks to the sounds and vibrations of fireworks, mascletás and music, it’s most known for the incredible sight […]

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The Monuments of Fallas

The word “falla” is used so much during Fallas that it can get confusing.  People will use the words “falla” and “monument” interchangeable, but for clarity, “monument” is better. It refers to the large structures that will block intersections and fill small plazas all over the Valencian province during the 14th-19th of March each year. […]

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Fallas Markets

Fallas Markets

As if there isn’t enough going on already, you’ll also run into a few street markets during the last four days of Fallas when streets close after the large monuments go up.  La Plantá, the assembly of the large monuments happens on the 15th and once that happens, the city changes.  Intersections are blocked, streets […]

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Fallas Calendar 2013

Don’t miss a single Fallas event.  The entire month is fireworks, noise, food, and color is absolutely amazing.  In between events are many local parties, with dancing, cook-offs, and fireworks, so just walk the city.  You never know what you’ll fun into. TBA:  Many photos, a Mascletá on the beach, the Calbagata del Ninot Infantil, […]

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FALLAS: Cabalgada del Fuego

Traditionally, the Cabalgada de Fuego was a procession near the Museo Fallero that brought the fire to the Ninots (paper mache statues) when it was time for La Crema (the burning of the statues).  Now, it’s been moved to the center of town and given a modern face.  Still, this Parade of Fire happens every […]

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Batalla de los Flores

Batalla de los Flores

These are a small portion of the flowers that will be thrown today. Every year at the end of the Feria de Julio in Valencia, a flower fight ensues on the Paseo de la Alameda where locals and tourists can pelt the finely dressed fallera princesses sitting properly in large floral floats with heavy headed […]

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Cabalgata del Ninot Infantil

Some times I almost feel like a local.   Moments when quirky cultural things just pass me by and I yawn and think, ya ya, it’s just “normal.”  Really, there are days when nothing surprises me. And then, a moment will come along and smack me in the face and say, “YOU ARE AN AMERICAN, START […]

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