Our first trip to Valencia centred around Formula 1 and despite taking in many cultural attractions we'd missed out on this the first time round. As such we were keen to make sure we visited when out in Valencia again this last week. For the uninitiated the Fallas is a festival whereby local city districts create large sculptural characters, or scenes involving traditionally everyday life, nostalgic dioramas etc. They are displayed in set places around the city and then burned.
However, two pieces are pardoned from the fire each year, one from the children's category and one from the regular category, based on votes by the people from the various Fallas committees. (There's a lot of pride attached to these committees and those selected to be on them, but that's a little lost on us tourists). Essentially the best pieces are saved each year and make up the collection you see in the Fallas Museum.
There's something for everyone in here, it's a great family visit as kids will love the characters regardless of which category they were entered into (unless your kids are scared by mannequins etc!). Us two big kids certainly enjoyed our visit, not just as some of the pieces were very witty, but there's also displays of the official poster for each year's event, which are similar to those for Olympic games for example where iconography and graphic design reflect the period.
A good place to pop into if you're walking from the City of Arts and Sciences back into the city centre.
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