Fallas & Fiestas

Three weeks later, and the constant sound of fireworks around the city of Valencia finally comes to an end. The countless tourists finally make the trip back to their normal lives, leaving the Valencian streets vacant, aside from what remains from the hundreds of burnt monuments around the city, as each neighborhood burned their creations that they had spent all year crafting. After five long, crazy, sleepless days the people of Valencia are exhausted and are trying to adjust back to their normal lives.

Fallas was one of the coolest events I’ve ever experienced. Each day people from all over the country and all over the world packed into the streets like sardines, where they would walk around, trying foods from the numerous food stands that offered delicious items such as churros, paella, and bunuelos. They would eat this delicious food while watching one of the many street performers or while wandering around the city, discovering the many massive monuments that the neighborhoods had to offer.

In addition to the street entertainment, there were many organized Fallas events, such as La Mascleta, a loud fireworks show that happened everyday at 2 pm, impressive light shows that illuminated many of the Valencian neighborhoods, and another, even bigger, firework show that happened at midnight every night. There was never a dull moment during the Fallas festival.

For the Fallas festival attendees who were night owls, there were parties in the streets every night during the festival after the nighttime firework show. These parties included a live DJ which blasted Spanish music through the streets of Valencia. Going to these street parties with friends was so much fun, but always resulted in me not getting home until at least 5 am. Spain sure does know how to party, but now… it’s time to sleep.