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Valencia in Fallas

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When I was little and I watched the Fallas on TV, I was amazed at how beautiful they were and thought that one day I would go see them in person. This past weekend I have finally been able to realize my illusion and live the Fallas party with blogger friends. It has been two superintense and partying days, and we have had the great luck of having a luxury cicerone: Helena from My suitcase and I, Valencian of pro and which also belongs to a fallera group. Better impossible.

Breakfast chocolate fritters

We start the day having breakfast with chocolate fritters, which is one of the most typical products during the Fallas. When Helena told me, I didn't see him, because I thought they would be like the Lenten fritters that are eaten in Catalonia (some filled with cream or cream), but no. Valencian fritters are very good, but they are even better if they are soaked in hot chocolate. The fritters that are eaten in Valencia are made with pumpkin and, despite being a fried product, they are very light and soft. When you try them, you can no longer stop eating them.

Visit the 11 failures of the special category

The failures of the special category are the most spectacular and those with the highest budget. There are eleven spread throughout the city, although the vast majority are in the center. In one day it is very difficult to see them all due to the distances that have to be traveled, so it is best to focus on a specific area. The main failures can be seen more closely by paying a ticket, which is around € 2. Anyway, and of course, it is not strictly necessary to pay to see them.

In addition, there are not only these eleven failures. In Valencia there are planted about 400 faults of different categories and budgets, scattered throughout the city. It is very interesting to walk through the center and discover them by chance. It is surprising that in any corner or crossing of streets, however narrow it may be, you can find a planted fault which, sooner or later, ends up setting fire.

Take a horchata with fartons in the central market

March is not the best season to drink horchata, but still I did not want to miss the opportunity to try the authentic Valencian horchata. And it was in the central market where I found the Alboraya horchatería. For € 1.50 you can have a small glass of what they say is the best horchata in the world. To accompany it, you can wet a fart, a narrow-shaped sponge cake, which costs € 0.30. The horchata was very good, and the fart It gave him another dimension of flavor.

I also recommend that you take a tour of the market, which is modernist in style and was built in 1914. A few years ago it was completely restored and now looks great but very good. The roof structure is impressive, as is the dome that crowns it.

Take a guided tour of the historic center

When you visit Valencia for the first time, as in our case, you run the risk of looking only at the faults and forgetting about the city. Therefore, to get to know the city a little more thoroughly, we decided to take a guided tour of the center. We reserve it through the website of Valencia Tourism, but can also be booked from the city's tourist office. It started at five in the afternoon and for more than two and a half hours, Jordi Linares, our guide, was explaining the history of the city and many interesting curiosities of Valencia. It was very worth it, especially because our guide made it very enjoyable and entertaining.

Feel the ground shake in a mascletà

Valencia in Fallas is also synonymous with gunpowder. Each fallera group has its mascletà, but the most important and spectacular, and the one that congregates more people is that of the Town Hall square. This mascletà It is done every day at two noon during the period of the holidays. On weekends it is advisable to be there at least 45 minutes before to have a good place and then arm yourself with patience to leave the square when it ends. In this mascletà 180 kilos of gunpowder are used that cause a terrible rumble, an immense smoke and the excitement of all attendees during the deafening noise. We are not very fanatics of firecrackers, so we do not get too close to the fences, but I recognize that I got excited when the final traffic ended and everyone started clapping. You have to live this mascletà At least once in a lifetime.

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