On the Spanish Mediterranean coast…la Costa de Valencia has the sea to the east and mountains to the west. There are many blue flag beaches in the vicinity and beautiful beaches as well in the capital itself, like Patacona and Malvarrosa. But I want to show you some of the magic that you will find in the city of Valencia, not just in the summertime but in the other fantastic season of the year, the festival of the Fallas.
This year it was a grand spectacle, as usual and I would invite you to plan for next March to come and see it for yourself. If you’ve never been to Valencia during the Fallas, you have never witnessed something so unique. Instead of trying to describe it to you with facts (that you can easily look up), I’ll show you some of the wonderful works of art that were on display all around Valencia.
These sculptures of wood and plaster are worked on all year long by artists, carpenters and artisans in an area of the city of Valencia known as “Ciudad Fallera.” The grand finale of the Fallas is on the night of the 19th of March, the Feast day of St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of carpenters. That night all the fallas…there were 800 this year all around the city of Valencia…burn!
But there is no need for alarm as not a single incident of damage due to fire was reported. The Fire Department of Valencia is very skilled and prepared to safely allow for the torching of the fallas. And F.Y.I. “fallas” comes from the latin and means “torches.” So all these beautiful sculptures you see below, burned last March 19th, now all there is of these magnificent works of art are pictures and many memories.
I did not want to leave out that summer is most certainly a fabulous time here in Valencia. Naturally, it has to be, for we have the Mediterranean Sea and many great beaches. Not just in the city of Valencia. The Comunitat Valenciana has three provinces: Castellon, to the north, Valencia in the centre and Alicante to the south. Alicante has the Costa Blanca, with famous places like Benidorm. Castellon has the Costa Azahar, with historic, beautiful towns like Peniscola and Benicasim. And in my Valencia…the Costa Valenciana…we have the nearby Port de Sagunt, with an increduble blue flag beach famous all over Europe. And right here in the capital there is La Malvarrosa, Patacona and Cabanyal.
And in the city of Valencia…
Valencia has everything other more popular Spanish cities have, (and by the by, we are the third city in Spain in population and importance). But let’s keep Valencia our secret, because life here…as well as tourism…is much cheaper! I definitely think it is worth a visit. And although in this piece I am concentrating only showing pictures of the more historic and ancient sites, structures and places, there is a modern Valencia, which in the next episode you will see.
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I am an artist living and working in Valencia. If you would like to see some of my drawings and paintings, please visit my 2019 online galleries of my collection “JaZzArt en Valencia” at http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155 and as well you can see many more of my artwork visiting my Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera