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How to See the Fallas-Sculptures
With over 700 Fallas and Fallas Infantiles spread all over the city, you will need some kind of a strategy
First of all, you will never see all of the fallas, so forget about it. Even if you set it as a mission, work out your route, you will have to walk and get around so much that you will miss all of the other spectacles of the Fallas Festival and you will get too tired to appreciate the fallas-sculptures themselves.
Fallas Especiales.15 of Valencia’s 350 Fallas are in the Special Section. These should be your priority. Fallas Especiales are by far more impressive than the rest because they cost a lot more and are made by the best of the artistas falleros. The 15 Fallas Especiales annually compete for the first prize. Strictly speaking, there are 14, since Falla de Ayuntamento doesn’t participate in the contest, but it is just as special as the others.
It is quite easy to see most of Fallas Especiales:
One – the Falla of Nou Campanar (Multimap Map) is a bit out of the way but a definite must-see as it is likely to be the most impressive. It won the first prize for the last three years and In 2006 it was the biggest Falla in history – 28 metres.
The other 5 Fallas Especiales you can skip.
Images of some of the Fallas Especiales 2006:
The Tourist Office will supply you with a map of all the Fallas Especiales.
As for the rest of the Fallas,
just see them as you walk around enjoying the festival. You will see more than enough. A couple of general pointers – the highest concentration is in Ruzafa and the most original and abstract ones are near Juan Llorens.
If you buy Turista Fallero, you will have a map with every single Falla marked on it, so you can get a feeling of where it is best to walk around. And if your Spanish is good, you can also read up on what every Falla means.
Apart from that, you only chance of understanding a falla is just to look at it. Unfortunately. Every ninot is supplied with a satirical verse but even if you do speak Spanish, these verses are in Valenciano.
Also unfortunately, it is impossible to know what the Fallas look like
before you see them. The Turista Fallero only contains rough sketches
drawn before the Fallas were constructed. The Exhibition
of Ninots contains only one ninot (figurine) out of many dozens that
will make up each Falla. For better or for worse – it is a secret,
surprise and suspense until you see it live.
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