The Fallas are held to honour the city’s patron saint Josep. This festival is a fusion of art, leisure activities, cuisine, music, parades, fireworks, shows, street parties and much more. This amazing combination is what attracts thousands of tourists, who decide to take advantage of these days to visit the city of Valencia and enjoy a daytime mascletá (pyrotechnic display), the nit del foc (night of fire, quite literally), the Ofrenda (floral offering), the satire, and – in short – Las Fallas.
Gunpowder is indispensable these days, testified by this show full of noise and colour. People flock to the streets each day to experience it at first hand. Permission is given to set off the firecrackers, which go on for more than five minutes. You can enjoy this exhibition of gunpowder between 1 and 19 March.
Nit del foc
Early in the morning of 18 March, the sky of Valencia practically clouds over due to the sheer amount of fireworks: a stunning show that you simply cannot miss.
This is the parade of all the Fallas groups to the Plaza de la Virgen to offer flowers to the Virgen de los Desamparados (Our Lady of the Abandoned), another patron saint of Valencia.
On the night of 15 to 16 March, all the groups get together to finish building the Fallas monument, which will be classified by the judges the next day.
After 19 March, the last day of the Fallas, all the monuments must burn down, without fail. Children’s monuments begin to burn at 10 o’clock at night. Two hours later, it’s the turn of the larger monuments. And finally, the Falla in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento is set alight at one in the morning.
Make sure you soak up the outstanding atmosphere of Valencia at this time of the year. And most importantly: don’t be too frightened by the firecrackers of the mascletá!