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Fallas Valencia

Info, photos and videos of this years Fallas festivities in Valencia. Hope you enjoy it and please make an effort to come and see it!

Illuminating Valencia in Fallas
12 March 2013 @ 18:57

Fallas in Valencia is famous for its towering papier-mâché statues, firecrackers, fireworks, bullfighting and traditional dress. However there is one other aspect that is very popular all over Spain when festivals and celebrations come around and that is lighting up the streets with decorative lighting. In fact we all do it all over the world so you might be asking what’s so special about that?

Well Valencia likes to do things to the extreme, especially in Fallas and street lighting is not different. One particular area in Valencia has taken street lighting to another level where they compete year in and year out for the most spectacular lighting. If you haven’t seen this before it is quite something. The first time I saw these streets decorated I was literally blown away and it is something that I always try and make an effort to see each year. The neighbourhood of Ruzafa is literally another world in Fallas. The millions of light bulbs, now LEDS, used to dress the street is breath-taking and I have no idea how the locals manage to get any sleep if they don’t have shutters, the sheer amount of light given off is blinding and puts most Christmas decorations to shame!

Just last weekend was the official “lighting” of the streets and the crowds united to see the favourites, Calle Cuba -Litorato Azorin and Calle Sueca-Litorato Azorin, two eternal rivals in this competition. This Sunday the winner was announced and Calle Cuba managed to claw back their crown from the previous winners from Calle Sueca. To be honest it was a close call they were both spectacular. However this year with the crisis they are all slightly more conservative than before, nonetheless they were really special. I highly recommend you walk around this area during Fallas, as it is quite unique. To give you an idea the first-prize winners used more than 850,000 bulbs to light up their street!

 

FIRST PRIZE WINNERS 2013 : CALLE CUBA - LITORATO AZORIN

 

SECOND-PRIZE WINNERS 2013 : CALLE SUECA - LITORATO AZORIN

 

 

 

STREET LIGHTING FROM PREVIOUS YEARS - SAME NEIGHBOURHOOD

 

    

 

Bring your sunglasses!

 

 



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Sam said:
12 March 2013 @ 19:29

Stunning !
Will make a plan to go and see it in person !


enna said:
16 March 2013 @ 09:57

We were in the Ruzafa area yesterday but during the day when we arrived at 10 in the morning. By 4.30 I was bugg****ed but have made a note of the streets because we are going again tomorrow to the Recortadores in the Bull Ring - comparing the one we follow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrAN2UEAS-s

I have never ever walked so far in my life and today my legs are still stiff and unfortunately the Ninos had not been built yet (maybe the wind affected this) but Manolo Garcia's Trojan Horse has won me over again... http://www.vivelasfallas.es/


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