FALLAS EN VALENCIA

FALLAS EN VALENCIA
VALENCIA EN FALLAS, PLAZA DEL AYUNTAMIENTO.

Fiesta declarada Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad por la Unesco, Fallas en Valencia:

Del 1 al 19 de marzo, viviremos las Fallas en Valencia . La ciudad se vuelca en la celebración de las Fallas, una fiesta que combina tradición, sátira y arte y que no deberías perderte por nada del mundo. Sigue leyendo para entender de dónde viene nuestra pasión por el fuego y la diversión y estarás listo para recibir la primavera disfrutando de las Fallas como un valenciano más.

Sus orígenes:

El origen de las Fallas se encuentra en una antigua costumbre de los carpinteros que, celebrando la llegada de la primavera, la noche del 19 quemaban frente a sus talleres las piezas de madera (parots) que usaban para elevar los candiles que les iluminaban durante el invierno.
Poco a poco, fueron añadiendo a este fuego purificador trastos viejos y harapos, que humanizaron a los parots hasta convertirlos en ninots. El humor de los valencianos pronto otorgó a esos ninots el sentido crítico e irónico que mantienen en la actualidad. 
A día de hoy, las fallas han evolucionando hasta convertirse en obras de arte efímeras que, en algunos casos, tienen presupuestos millonarios.

La pasión de los falleros por su fiesta ha llenado la Semana Fallera de mil y una cosas que hacer: música tradicional (y no tan tradicional), toneladas de pólvora, emotivos actos religiosos, paellas en la calle… Las Fallas se disfrutan con los 5 sentidos, ¡normal que estés deseando que lleguen ya!

MASCLETA

valencia en fallas

Nuestra pasión por el fuego solo es equiparable a nuestra pasión por la pólvora. Y la mascletà es prueba de ello. 
El nombre de este acto viene del “masclet”, el tipo de petardos que se explotan masivamente cuando la Fallera Mayor pronuncia su clásico “Senyor pirótecnic pot començar la mascletà” y da comienzo a nuestra tan esperada fiesta de Valencia en Fallas.
Para presenciar este espectáculo sonoro debes acudir a la Plaza del Ayuntamiento a las 14 horas del 1 al 19 marzo. ¡Y recuerda que debes mantener la boca un poco abierta para evitar que los 120 decibelios que se alcanzan acaben dañando tu oído!

LA PLANTÁ

La noche de LA PLANTÁ de marzo es de intensa actividad. Los falleros trabajan a destajo porque todas las fallas que se plantan en València deben estar terminadas a primera hora del día. Ese día, un jurado premia a las mejores y elige el ninot indultat, el único que se salvará del fuego durante la Cremà.

ENTREGA DE PREMIOS de las Fallas en Valencia

El día siguiente a la plantá por la mañana las falleras mayores y sus comisiones acuden en pasacalles a la Plaza del Ayuntamiento para recoger su correspondiente premio. Debes saber que los más de 750 monumentos, entre grandes e infantiles, que se plantan en València se dividen en categorías, siendo la Sección Especial la más impresionante de todas.

VALENCIA EN FALLAS

NIT DEL FOC Y CASTILLOS DE LUCES

Las noches de Fallas el cielo de València se llena de luz y color gracias a los impresionantes castillos de fuegos artificiales que se disparan a las 24h en el paseo de la Alameda. Un acto que congrega a multitud de personas y gana en espectacularidad durante la “Nit del Foc”, una exhibición de fuegos artificiales única en el mundo que se celebra por la madrugada/noche.

OFRENDA DE FLORES A LA VIRGEN PATRONA DE VALENCIA


Todas las comisiones falleras de la ciudad desfilan desde sus barrios hasta la plaza de la Virgen para realizar una ofrenda de flores a la Virgen de los Desamparados, patrona de València. El acto dura desde las 16h hasta entrada la noche, y con los ramos se compone un impresionante tapiz de 15 metros de altura que decora el manto de la Virgen. 
Visitar la plaza cubierta de flores, tras 2 días de ofrenda, es una experiencia olfativa que merece mucho la pena, ¡te lo recomendamos!

LA CREMÁ

Todas las fallas, infantiles y grandes, deben arder la noche del 19. Aunque te de pena, contemplar cómo las llamas acaban reduciendo a cenizas estos monumentos es un espectáculo y un arte en sí mismo. Así que ponte calzado cómodo y prepárate para hacer la ruta de la cremà como un valenciano: a las 10 de la noche empiezan a quemarse los monumentos infantiles y a medianoche se queman las fallas grandes, excepto el 1er premio que se quema a las 00:30. Las Fallas terminan cuando arde la falla del Ayuntamiento, que se quema a la 1 de la madrugada. 

Dicen que todo el mundo debería venir a las Fallas una vez en la vida, aunque te advertimos de que, con todo lo que tienes que ver, esta fiesta siempre deja con ganas de más.

¡Te esperamos en Blue bikes para que puedas disfrutar tanto de las fallas como de Valencia y todos sus secretos!!

El Carmen old town neighborhood.

Old Town, El Carmen

This historic El Carmen, old town neighborhood., receives the name of Carmen, because its epicenter corresponds to the one known as Plaza del Carmen. Since in this place the old Convent of Carmen was located, now the Carmen Cultural Center. With the difficulties involved in defining the boundaries of a neighborhood. We can say that its area is included in the following circle: Torres de Serranos along Paseo de la Pechina to the Torres de Quart. On Quart Street until Tossal Square, continuing on Caballeros Street to reach Manises Square where the Generalitat Palace is located. From this square we go up Serranos Street to reach the Serranos Towers again.

Some history

Valencia in its best times had not only one but two walls. The first was built by Muslims, specifically by order of the Arab king Abd-Al-Aís in the eleventh century. This was a wall that protected a really small area of ​​what the city is today. So it was that after Jaime I took the city with blood and fire, one of his successors the Christian king Pedro II. The Ceremonious, decided in 1356 the construction of a second wall that would include the suburbs of the city. The original Arab wall was preserved as a second defensive ring and today its foundations can be seen in the Archbishop’s Square, right next to the Cathedral.

There is no remainder of the Christian wall but two of the entrance doors to the City: Las Torres de Serranos and Las Torres de Quart

Main entrance

The first to be built were the Torres de los Serranos. Which were the main entrance of the city now part of the Carmen old town neighborhood. They were built during the period 1392 to 1937. The master builder was inspired by the Gothic style doors that were being built in different cities of the Kingdom of Aragon.

During the Spanish Civil War, when the legitimate government of the Republic moved to Valencia. These doors were used to keep, our national treasure, the masterpieces of the Prado Museum. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries a first restoration was carried out. And in 2002 the stone was cleaned from the entire structure. The other doors, De Quart, are later and have a much more abandoned appearance. These doors, which were built between 1441 and 1460, have survived almost all war catastrophes in our country. Napoleon’s troops were baited with them, and many of the gaps that are seen are a gift from the French artillery to the city of Valencia. Tthen endured, the War of Succession, the Cantonal Wars and also the Spanish Civil War. In the rehabilitation process it has been decided to leave the holes in the pumps and not cover them.

From Quarts :

From the Torres de Quart you can start a walk along Quart Street, go through Plaza del Tossal and continue along Caballeros Street where some of the most beautiful palaces in Valencia are located. Some of these palaces have beautiful Mediterranean patios with palm trees and plants, which can be visited.

Continuing until the end of Caballeros Street we find the impressive Palau de la Generalitat, current seat of the Presidency of the Government of the Autonomous Community of Valencia. The building that was completely restored during the first autonomous socialist government of the Community chaired by Joan Lerma, is a magnificent example of late Mediterranean Gothic. It has three heights and windows with columns in the middle on the main floor. Its construction ended in 1421 and was extended in the 16th century when a large tower was added. The interior is richly decorated and can be visited in small groups upon request for an appointment at the Palace itself.

From the Palace, following Navellos Street, you reach the Plaza de San Lorenzo where the Valencian Cortes building is located. This ancient palace was originally the Ducal Palace of the Borja, also known in Italy as the Borgia, a Spanish dynasty originally from Xativa, which produced two of the most original popes who have sat on the throne of St. Peter. Many Spaniards still wonder how it is possible that Spain is such a Catholic country, which has done so much for Rome and for Christianity, since the Borja has not once again been a single Spanish Pope.

REACHING THE END


And finally if we retrace our steps to Plaza del Tossal. We can take a walk along Calle Alta or Calle Baja that lead us to the center of Barrio del Carmen. Visitors must be advised that the neighborhood does in fact have buildings in an unfortunate state of preservation. Because some even seem to be falling at any time. This is because the old town is really large. And although since the 1980s both the public administration and private companies are making a great effort to rehabilitate the Carmen. Given its size, it is possible but there are still enough years until this completely fixed.

However, it has areas already quite well-groomed. With very well restored buildings and a good commercial and leisure offer. Especially cocktail bars and restaurants. The Plaza del Carmen is a good place to have a snack or a drink at night. The terraces of the square itself is a good option. Or the nearby Museum Street or to visit the Carmen Church or the 19th Century Museum that has a beautiful patio .

So now is your turn to enjoy El Carmen old town neighborhood and be part of the history!!

TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED, WHAT TO KNOW.

TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED
BICYCLES TRAILS AND GREEN POINTS ALONG THE WHOLE ROAD OF THE GARDEN OF TURIA TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED

A SHORTLY STORY of TURIA´S RIVERBED GARDEN:

The Jardin del Turia, TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED, is an urban park open to the public that covers about 110 hectares; located in the city of Valencia. An open space where nature and sport complement each other at the service of citizens. It is one of the most visited parks in Valencia and Spain. The largest purely urban garden in the country,
with an approximate length of 9 kilometers
from the northwest to the southeast .

Quick look of Turia`s garden

In 2019 there is already 53 years of having been declared a green zone. Today, the Turia riverbed is one of the biggest attractions for both tourists and city´s people. It is the perfect getaway to enjoy nature or practice your favorite sport. Tourists are amazed because the extensive channel that runs throughout the city and flows into the Port of Valencia where architecture and modernity merge with the simplicity and beauty of the promenade environment. The Turia riverbed combines the coming and going of the capital of Turia with the tranquility of a quiet outdoor space.

The beginning:

It all started with the Great Flood of Valencia that took place on October 14, 1957. The rains overflowed the water of the Turia River and flooded much of the city. Valencia suffered serious material damage and 80 people lost their lives that day. The street of Las Barcas, next to the Town Hall, owes its name to the Riada since it served as a berth for the boats. The channel of the Turia River is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet day without leaving the city. Numerous services and facilities are offered along the river so that the visitor does not lack anything and can spend the day with total comfort without having to leave the channel.

Bioparc and Cabecera park:

For animal lovers, Parque de Cabecera has hosted the Bioparc since 2008. The Bioparc is a zoo that immerses the visitor in the natural and wild spaces of its inhabitants: giraffes, elephants, apes, lions, ostriches, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, zebras and much more. A park where, from the younguest to the oldest, can be surprised with the conservation of animals, respect and awareness of preserving the ecosystems of origin.

There is many ways you can explore the riverbed of the Turia River. Because of this and one option we recomend is by bicycle. Since the plain bikeway that extends through the city make it perfect for this transport that respects the environment. Also and highly recommended is to enjoy the walk on foot: the walker will enjoy, through the five senses, the beauty of the surroundings. The smell of nature, the sound of the water and the leaves of the Parque de Cabecera, the touch of the green lawn where you can lie down and relax … Endless ingredients in line with nature that will make you forget and disconnect from the stress of the city.

Sports:

For sports lovers, the Turia River channel hosts an extensive range of facilities where you can do sports. In addition, they will always be able to cross the channel by jogging, a practice that is widespread among Turia lovers. Most of the tracks and sports fields are concentrated between the Campanar Bridge and the Serranos Bridge. Rugby, soccer, handball, baseball, basketball courts, ping pong tables, skateboarding areas, running tracks, etc. The channel concentrates a large space reserved for sport.

Spare time:

The green spaces and tranquility of the area captivate the visitor. Some only go to the river to enjoy a good book, to do their daily stretching or to have a quiet and pleasant date. But also it is possible to spend the day in the channel until the sun goes down. Going for a picnic is one of the cheapest options when it comes to spending a Saturday in the city of Valencia, and of courseTURIA´S OLD RIVERBED is a great option.

The sun warms the city: As a result the Mediterranean climate allows tourists to enjoy the open areas of the city of Valencia throughout the year.TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED have a surprise reserved for music lovers. Touring the riverbed, at the height of the Bridge of Flowers, the gardens host the renowned Palau de la Música. The building is a space, full of orange trees inside and waterfalls and gardens around it, which gathers the most consecrated musicians who visit the city. The Palau is home to the Valencia Orchestra and cradle of the most prestigious ceremonies.

Childrens spots:

Children can enjoy the Gulliver Park located under the Aragon Bridge. Its slides and ramps will allow the little ones to imagine that they live in Jonathan Swift’s story and so let the imagination fly by believing the authentic Lilliputians. All this with total tranquility for their parents since it is a safe and entertaining park. So the visitor is soaked in culture, good music, nature, water and land. Surrounded by good vibes and pure air. The perfect hobby for the tourist and for the Valencian, whose obligations do not allow him to escape during the week of his neighborhood, from the city that consumes him so much. But the greenest and healthiest Valencia is located in the TURIA´S OLD RIVERBED. Nature, culture and sport travel the Turia from beginning to the end.