Top Travel Tips For Fallas
When it comes to Fallas in Valencia, it is such a different holiday that it would be wise to prepare your visit and read some travel tips for Fallas. In this post I elaborate on what to do and what not to do during Fallas.
What Not To Do During Fallas
Forget about car rental
Unless you are planning to get out of Valencia city, driving during the Fallas Festival is not recommended.
What happens during Fallas is that hundreds of streets are blocked in the city due to the huge installations standing on the streets and crossroads.
Keep in mind that the ground transportation system will change some of the routes, too, due to the same reason.
So one of the top travel tips for Fallas is to walk! Or use the metro.
Take it easy with your first Mascletà
Do not stand close to the square during your first la mascletà – the deafening firecracker show at Plaza de Ayuntamiento.
Yes, there are thousands upon thousands of people who flock to the square for the show. But remember, they are mostly Valencians and they know what to expect.
Another Mascletà tip from the locals is not to close your mouth during the show, but keep it just a bit open. Apparently, that helps save your ear drums from damage. I cannot vouch for it, but that’s what locals believe.
Paella parties – locals only
Unless you know someone who can invite you, do not try to join in on the private paella parties in the street. Those are held by casals fallers – Fallas membership clubs representative of each of the city’s districts.
Get your authentic paella fix in one of the best restaurants. Make sure to book in advance.
Watch Mascletà from a balcony
It is more convenient to see the firecracker show, if you can do it on a balcony. The balconies of the buildings surrounding the Town Hall are crowded with people during this daily flagship Fallas event.
If you know someone who has access to those balconies, you are in luck. Otherwise, you can pay for your spot on one of them – people sell spots for somewhere around 50 EUR each.
Chocolate churros & bunyols
A number of pop-up tents where they make bunyols and churros and serve hot chocolate. They are not bad, but the best bunyols are sold in the traditional long-lived establishments.
Choose your accommodation wisely
Visiting Valencia during the loud festival of Fallas requires some extra thought on the hotel location.
Get accommodation according to whether you are a party animal or prefer calm & quiet. There are areas that are more loud than others during Fallas.
And definitely what not to do during Fallas is to sulk! Fallas is the biggest urban party in Europe, make the most of it and have fun. And if you love discovering local culture, join me on a delicious food tour!