Visit Valencia During the Fallas Festival

For the people of Valencia, the days between 15th and 19th March are unarguably the most important ones of the whole calendar. During these days, local people celebrate the Las Fallas Festival in Valencia in order to welcome Spring and honor the city’s patron Saint Joseph.  

These days, Valencia is an endless sequence of events, celebrations and parties, and if you think to visit Valencia, the Las Fallas Festival is the perfect week. For these days the city gets decorated with giant sculptures called “fallas” which represent famous characters from real life, like politics and also from fantasy like fairy tales. The figures that are in the fallas are called “ninots”. Each falla has its own significance, and every year they construct around 400 in the whole Valencian Community. During the Fallas Festival in Valencia you see one on almost every corner of the city, and these fallas always come in two, there’s a smaller one for the children called falla infantil, and a bigger one for the adults.

Fallas Festival Valencia - Visit Valencia

Children's Falla - Fallas Festival in Valencia

Every day between 12.00 PM and 2 PM they do the “mascletà”, that is,  in each falla they explode a lot of firecrackers that make a tremendous noise. The buildings are really shaking and this really strong sensation raises the adrenaline level in all the participants.

Mascletà - Fallas Valencia 2015

17th March is the day of the “Madonna la Virgen de los Desamparados”, and this day the members of each of these falla groups bring flowers to the wooden sculpture of Virgin Mary that is found in the square named after her, la plaza de la Virgen.

Men wearing traditional clothes Fallas ValenciaFallas Festival in Valencia - Virgin Mary

The night of 19th March is the most beautiful and also the saddest moment of the festivities. The city gets filled with smoke and the smell of burning, since at night they hold the “cremà” during which they burn these beautiful sculptures. At 10 PM they start with the fallas of the children, later, around midnight they burn the large ones, and  they leave the main falla situated in the square of the town hall for last, which gets burnt at 1 AM.

Children's Fallas Valencia - Town Hall

Burning Children's Fallas Valencia

The moment of the “cremà” is a very special and emotional moment. When the children’s fallas are burnt, the little girls (called falleras)  dressed in traditional clothes start crying, because the festivities are finished. These falleras are picked in a quite tough selection, and then they spend quite a lot of time together before the fallas and make good friendships between each other, so the burning represents the end of this era for them, which makes them especially sad.

Little girl crying for the end of the Fallas Festival Valencia

Attending the “cremà” during the Las Fallas Festival in Valencia is something you will never forget. You hear the loud noise of firecrackers, and then these giant statues start burning. The most emotive moment is when the top part of the sculptures falls down into the fire. Hundreds of firemen work during these events to avoid that buildings or trees around get burnt.

The principal Fallas is burning - Fallas Festival Valencia

To visit Valencia during the Las Fallas Festival is probably the best moment of the year. If you visit Valencia these days, you will have a trip full of emotions and traditions, we can just recommend you to travel there then next year!

We were lucky to assist the Fallas Festival in Valencia being very close to the action thanks to Visit Valencia, and in their webpage you can get all the information you want about the city of Valencia.

The following photos speak for themselves…

Fallas Festival Valencia - One of the nicest fallas

A quite funny falla - Fallas Festival Valencia

A Venice Themed Falla Valencia 2015

One of the nice fallas in the Ruzafa Neighborhood Valencia

Fallas Valencia 2015 - Ruzafa Neighborhood

Ruzafa - A neighborhood full of Fallas Valencia 2015

The winner Falla - Plaza de Pilar Valencia 2015

The adult and children fallas of the Central Market Valencia

The principal Falla of Valencia 2015

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