Agnetha shows you how to prepare a trip to Las Fallas in Valencia.
Hi, how are you? I, as always, am living every moment to the fullest. I’m still doing my intensive Spanish course in Malaga and every day I feel that I’m finding it easier to talk to all the local people. You know that I am a very extrovert Swede and as Macarena says I talk through my teeth.
Since I’ve been in Spain, I can’t stop making plans because here, Tilda always tells me that it seems that more than learning Spanish in Malaga, it seems that I’ve come here to party and have a good time.
As I told you in the previous blog, a fortnight ago I was at the Carnival in Cadiz. By now you know me and you will have realised that I am a very intrepid Swede and that is why I have made it my mission to get to know every corner of Spain.
Since I arrived in Malaga almost 4 months ago, I have wanted to get to know the Valencian Community and, taking advantage of the fact that next week they are in fiestas, I am going to prepare my trip because I am planning to go to the Fallas.
I know that many of you who follow me on this blog are foreigners like me and that is why I am going to tell you how I am going to plan my weekend to experience these wonderful festivities in Valencia and what they consist of.
Las Fallas is a festival where cardboard constructions (*ninots) are burnt and usually represent a critique of the social situation. For example, this year I suppose there will be many fallas with ninots about the covid-19 situation, masks, vaccines or the political and social problems of the country.
When are the Fallas celebrated?
Las Fallas are one of the most famous fiestas in Spain, they have been celebrated since the 19th century and every year they are visited by Spaniards from other provinces who want to experience the excitement of this special festival or people from all over the world who are attracted by the traditions of Spain. The celebration lasts from the 15th of March until the 19th of March, where the fallas are burnt in a huge bonfire.
How to get to Valencia?
– By plane: the city of Valencia has an airport, so you can get cheap tickets from Ryanair. Also, as the weather is usually nice here, you won’t need to pay extra for hand luggage.
– By train: this is the option I have chosen, as you know I live in Malaga, but you can travel to Valencia by train from almost anywhere in Spain. You can buy your ticket on the official Renfe website.
– By car: in Spain there is an app called Blablacar where a driver rents out the seats in his car to share the costs of the journey. It can also be a very good option for practising Spanish.
Tips for enjoying a party in Spain
Since I came to study Spanish in Malaga I have felt totally welcomed by all the local people. The Spanish people are friendly and warm, they make you feel part of their circle of friends and share everything they have with you.
If you want to enjoy a Spanish party like a local, my advice is to ask them. I recommend that you don’t go to the typical tourist places, they tend to be more expensive and you will find people who speak English, which will prevent you from experiencing total linguistic immersion.
Also, I’m going to give you the best advice in the world: if you have a very fair skin tone like me, remember to bring your favourite sunscreen and sunglasses, hydrate yourself frequently and above all, don’t be afraid to express yourself in Spanish and enjoy Spain, its people and its magnificent fiestas.
Follow me in the next blog for all the secrets of my trip!
See you next time!
*The word ninot comes from Valencian, one of the official languages of Spain, and means doll. It is used to refer to Fallas monuments.