We cycled into Valencia along the excellent safe cycle path from the campsite that takes you right into the city. We cycled through the former riverbed that has been converted into a wonderful park that winds right through the city.
We parked our bikes close to the old town and headed straight for Plaza del Ayuntamiento where we had read that each day at 2pm from 1st to 19th March there would be a mascleta (over five minutes of deafening thumps and explosions) as part of the Las Fallas fiesta. We reached the plaza just before 1pm and already large crowds had gathered in anticipation of the show. We sniffed out a bar and had a beer and some tapas to while away the time until 2pm. Just before 2pm the plaza was filled up and more people were leaning over balconies, then at 2pm the most amazing 5 minute deafening display began. I did video the whole display and will try and upload the video when we have better internet reception
The Plaze del Ayuntamiento is a lovely square with some lovely old buildings, the post office (carrero) and the town hall (Ayuntamiento) being the most notable.
We wandered through the old town, finding the indoor market and cathedral as well as a lot of other plazas filled with everyone enjoying a drink and food in the sunshine. The whole area had a vibrant atmosphere, it felt like everyone was starting their holidays, maybe it is like this every Friday afternoon! We even came across a square where a group were dancing ceroc to some lovely 40’s music. Valencia had a very carnival feel about it.
We picked up our bikes and continued our journey back along the cycle path in the old riverbed and stopped off at the most modern part of Valencia, Cuidad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) which includes a planetarium (Hemisferic), aquariaum (Oceanografic), science museum (Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe) and Arts complex (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia).
We cycled back to the campsite after a fabulous day spent in Valencia!