Color, music, light, joy ... all that and more is what awaits you if you visit the capital of the Turia from 15 to 19 March. Valencia is the third largest Spanish city and the capital of the Valencian Community, and in March dresses up in honor of Saint Joseph, patron of the carpenters.
Las Fallas officially begins on the last Sunday of February with the "Crida" and ends on March 19. Saint Joseph's Day - or Sant Josep - with the "Cremà", although the "big week" does not start until the 15th.
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On the 15th at 09.00 in the morning the "plantà" of the children's fallas is made, and on the 16th at the same time, the big ones so that the jury can go through all of them and proclaim the winners. Fallas monuments are composed of "ninots" of combustible materials (cardboard, wood, paper, fabrics, expanded polystyrene, etc.). Each falla is based on a theme, but all of them have jocular and satirical character.
See you at 2:00 pm
If you want to experience the magic of fallas like an authentic Valencian, you can not miss the "mascletà"! Every day at 2.00 pm local and tourists meet in the Town Hall Square to enjoy this sound show. If you went to bed too late last nigh - it's easy in Valencia - and you do not have the strength to keep the appointment, do not worry! You can always sleep a little longer and go to the mascletà of the falla of your neighborhood.
After walking for hours visiting all the monuments nothing better than resting a while taking something fresh. Choose one of the thousands of terraces you'll find around the city, sit under the sun and enjoy a glass of horchata accompanied by traditional fartons. Do not forget to try the typical "buñuelos de fallas"! They can be "de viento" or with pumpkin, our advice? Both of them!
Try the authentic paella
If you go to Valencia and do not eat paella, it's as if you had not been there ... the authentic Valencian paella is made up of rice, chicken, rabbit, green beans and carob. It also supports snails, artichokes and rosemary. So since you are in Spain, what do you think of a glass of sangria to accompany it? Enjoy!
On the 17th and the 18th the flower offering is made to the Virgen de los Desamparados. Falleras and falleros of all the commissions march through the center of the city until they reach the Plaza de la Virgen, once there, they deliver the bouquets of flowers to the artists that make up the mantle of the Virgin, whose design changes every year. Something worth seeing!
When the night falls
Every night you can enjoy a fantastic fireworks "castillo" on Paseo de la Alameda. We recommend you go early and take a place, nobody wants to miss it! The show starts at 00.00 except for day 18, the so-called "Nit del Foc" or night of the fire, in which a longer-lasting castle is fired at 01.00 or 01.30 (check the program of failures of the current year for not miss it). When it's over, let yourself be guided by the crowd that will take you to one of the "verbenas" to drink, sing and dance until you drop.
The last night is when all the fallas are burned. The professionals put firecrackers on the ninots so that, when the time comes, they will light up and put an end to this great week with a fireworks display that set fire to the monument.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN VALENCIA
If you do not want to miss the experience of enjoying the Fallas, we leave you a selection of hostels in Valencia:
Hôme Youth Hostel
The River Hostel
Valencia Lounge Hostel
Cover photo by Enrique Blasco Blanquer