Las Fallas '18

by - 16:32

It's been a while since I wrote a trip away post, and lemme tell you one thing, with what I have planned for later this year there will probably be a few more in store!  How bloody exciting!  But, to get the ball rolling for 2018, let me introduce you to Las Fallas. 

You may remember last summer I wrote up a little post about my trip to the city of Valencia (if not then click here), yet what I didn't explain to those who do not know me personally, is that I am half-Spanish and therefore have visited the city pretty much every year since I can remember, to see family and spend time in the city where my dad grew up.

But, undoubtedly the most exciting time to visit the city is during March (15th - 19th) for the festival of Las Fallas - a yearly fiesta which celebrates the patron saint of the city - San José (Saint Joseph) and the marking of a new season.  It had probably been 8 or 9 years since I last attended the festival, of course still a child, and so, this was my first year experiencing Las Fallas as an adult, and how bloody amazing it was!  5 days of endless laughing, partying, drinking, walking, eating, and being constantly stunned by the displays with a fab bunch of people, who could want much more?

A ninot - constructed on the edge of every street corner, these structures of various sizes are made from flammable materials such as plaster, cardboard and wood each depicting a story of satirical nature based on social and political issues. 

The 15th was arrival day; having had an early morning flight, we spent the daytime settling into our apartment, stocking up on the essentials: alcohol and food, visiting my nan and of course, having a siesta.  By the time evening rolled around, and with drinks in hand, we were fully prepared for the night ahead.  Taking in the final construction works of the fallas around the city, we made our way to the main event of the night - the first of 5 nights of absolutely incredible firework displays.  If you think the firework displays on bonfire night or NYE are good, then you really haven't seen a truly spectacular display.

The main falla in La Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Night one (or really I should say morning of day 2) ended with one of my favourite parts - the fiesta!  With street parties, and DJ sets happening down every street corner, Valencia really does become a city which never sleeps.

Sunglasses - ASOS
Valencia pañuelo
Top - New Look
Jacket - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Bag - Charity Shop
Shoes - Zara
We started day two off at La Mascletà (an explosive daytime firework display).  You may be wondering, fireworks in the day?  What's the point of that?  Well, it's not about the colour or aesthetics, rather these displays are all about the sound and feeling; your body experiences every inch of the explosions that take place and with the wave of thick smoke and shards of fireworks that fill up the square, it is an event like no other.  In all honesty, I don't think words can actually fully explain La Mascletà, it really needs to be experienced in order to be fully appreciated. 

The Mascletà aftermath
With La Mascletà leaving us all completely amazed, it was time for lunch.  We took a tram out of the bustling city centre to the beach and settled at a beachside restaurant for the most delicious meal - one that landed us all in major food comas, but of course, it was completely worth it.  The meal took us deep into the afternoon, which meant by the time we reached the apartment, it was of course, siesta time. 

Roll neck - H&M
PVC skirt - Mango
Polka-dot tights - ASOS
Boots - Dune London
Valencia pañuelo
After an outfit change and a little pres in the apartment, night two was well underway.  Following another spectacular firework display, and a little firework fun of our own, we immersed ourselves in the nightlife of the city.  And, after a trip to the lights (a display which is yet another aspect of the festival) in the early hours of the next morning, it was time to grab some food and head home ready for day three.

 End of part 1,
Lyd xx

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