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An explosive party: Don't miss Fallas of Valencia

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Fallas of Valencia
Spain   Walking the Fallas route is one of the most interesting ways to discover Valenci

Spain is famous for its unique and crazy street festivals, and this fiesta is truly one-of-a-kind.

For an entire week, from the 15th to the 19th of March, gigantic, colourful statues and figures fill Valencia's squares and streets.

The famous "Fallas" is the town’s most awaited annual festival. The word “Las Fallas” literally means “fires,” and this is a week when plenty of “ninots” are first created, and then destroyed.

Ninots is a name for big dolls made of cardboard, wood, and paper. Some of them take about a year to be constructed and cost up to $75,000, and some of them are a few floors high, so they require a crane to put them up!

These dolls are often satirical and reference political or pop-culture events that happened throughout the year, but each and every one of them is impressive.

Don't forget the daily mascletá at Plaza Ayuntamiento which occurs at 2 pm!

It's a pyrotechnic show when the string-lined firecrackers are ignited to the rhythmic sounds that get louder and louder. The ground is literally shaking under your feet as firecrackers fall.

Warning: Some have experienced hearing loss during and continuing after the fireworks and locals advise wearing earplugs or covering the ears during the event.

The real highlight of the festival is the last night, when the statues are burnt during a light show.

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