Why You Should Experience Las Fallas at Least Once in your Lifetime

24 April 2015 0 Comments Category: Fleur Van de Put, Living in Spain

Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain shared by Run Fleur Run

Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain by Run Fleur Run

Spain is all about celebrations and festivities. Las Fallas in Valencia is one of the biggest festivals in Spain and probably all over the world. It is the most intense week you will ever experience (24/7). It is a huge street festival that attracts millions of tourists every year. Fireworks, fire, flowers, lights and colourful structures are just some of the keywords. Put this festival on your bucket list.

Falla Mercado Colon

What you need to know:

Las Fallas is a traditional springtime celebration, held on March 19th, which is Saint Joseph Day. Fallas-artists build monuments (called Fallas) that they work on throughout the year.

These structures are built in big industrial buildings. March 15th and 16th is La Plantà. This is the deadline, to have them completely finished on the final spot at a square or an intersection. In the early morning jurors come and judge the monuments on many different levels.

As a passionate runner, this year we (from Go! Running Tours Valencia) organised a Sightrunning Tour on the early morning of the Planta on March 15th. In my opinion this is THE best way to see the Fallas. Just before the big crowds get in the way.

Las Fallas Running Tour

The best Falla in every section wins a prize. On the night of March 19th till the early morning of March 20th they burn all the monuments in the streets. This is called La Cremà and if you move yourself along the streets, you can see several fires.

La Crema, Las Fallas, Valencia, Spain

The celebrations begin on the last Sunday of February when the Fallera Mayor gets the key of the city, from the Mayor. She and her court represent the city for a whole year. Not only in Valencia, but they travel also to other cities and countries to teach the world about the local traditions of Valencia. Every year a new Fallera Mayor (queen of the Fallas) is chosen. This night of La Crida is the kick-off with lots of fireworks and a beautiful show.

To illuminate the monuments, some clubs have beautiful arches filled with lights. At night they have shows La Iluminación with music and the lights flickering in all different colours at the rhythm of the music.

Every neighbourhood has their own Falleras. The ladies of all ages in traditional dresses bring flowers to the holy Mary (Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados) at the Plaza de la Virgen. La Ofrenda takes place on March 17th and 18th.

Falleras, Valencia, Spain

From the first till the 19th of March there is a Mascletà at the Town hall square every day at 2pm. This is a show with very loud firecrackers. As we come closer to the finals, the shows are getting bigger and louder. It is all about the rhythm.

La Despertà is in the early mornings of the festivities, when Falleras & Falleros wake up the whole neighbourhood with their loud firecrackers.

You can also enjoy fireworks at night Castillo de Fuego. These are held on March 15th, 16th, 17th and the Nit del Foc is the biggest show on the night of March 18th.

On March 19th at 7pm there is a fire-parade. They call this the Cabalgata del Fuego.

The celebration has just finished. I enjoyed it very much and it is always sad when it’s over! But the end of the festival is also the beginning of springtime and the new life. Make plans for the coming year and maybe we’ll see each other here in Valencia during Las Fallas.

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