What can you experience during the Fallas festival?
The Fallas is a festival unique to Valencia. During this time the city is an extraordinary place to visit. Events start in January, but the main festivities are held between the 15th and 19th of March.
This festival celebrates the beginning of spring. It is one of the city’s most important events and the people of Valencia prepare for it with great enthusiasm.
The main attractions are the monuments, Las Fallas, which are several metres high. The act of assembling these sculptures is called “La Plantá” and takes place on 15th and 16th of March. One “falla” monument is made up of many “ninots”, caricature pieces that satirize or commemorate recent events or well-known people.
During the night of the 19th of March, “La Noche de la Cremá”, the great finale of the festival, all the fallas monuments are burnt. Only one is saved to be exhibited in the Fallas Museum. On the 17th and 18th of March, flower offerings are laid next to the cathedral in honour of the Lady of the Forsaken, the patron saint of the city. There are also many other activities and fireworks displays. For example, “La Mascletá”, a rhythmic firecracker display held in the Town Hall Square at 2 p.m. every day from the 1st to 19th of March.
Many tourists come to see this event and you certainly shouldn’t miss it. This year UNESCO has designated Fallas as intangible culture heritage.