Last Sunday marked the official ‘Cridà’ of the Fallas in Valencia 2014 and yes, that means fiestas and Spring begins. This year we were invited to spend Sunday afternoon at a friends house in the city and to view the mascletá over their balcony. An offer I really couldn’t refuse.
We caught the Metro to the centre of Valencia and met up with our friends. During big events like these, it’s a lot easier than driving in to the city and the best way to travel with a large group. The best place to stop would be would be Plaza Espanya, Xàtiva & Colón stations, these drop offs are only a few minutes walk away from Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
If you arrive between 11:30 and 12:00 you can guarantee a front row spot to see the show, yes, it’s a little time to wait, but with the warm weather during the last weekend of February, it’s not such a bad thing. If you have small children I would suggest to watch the fireworks from a balcony or a less crowded area. Bring something to eat and drink and feel the atmosphere build up to the celebrations of welcoming the Fallas.
At about 13:00 we headed to our friends flat situated just a couple of minutes away from the main square. We had a great view of the crowd building up below, and a clear sight of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The children were excited as we waited for the first three bangs before the mascletá start. At 14:00 with beers and wine in hand we all stood on the balcony, amazed by the loud fireworks spectacle that only the Valencian people know how to do well!
The mascletá is more about the preeminence on the sounds, an amazing and well orchestrated chain of explosions, building up a crescendo of heavy gun powder smoke and body shaking bangs. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to get caught out unawares, a friend told me they experienced their first masceletá while out shopping in Valencia, and being first year in the area they was unaware of what was about to unfold. I can just imagine their faces.
After the 6 minute loud spectacle the crowd cheered from behind the smoke filled city and this is when the long month celebrations begin. The approach to the Fallas Festival in Valencia is a really must see once in your life. We feel very lucky to be able to experience this every year and every year is as impressive as the last.