Fallas

Las Fallas is considered the biggest festival in Valencia and one of the most unique festivals in Spain. We will provide you the latest information on this festival; however you should really just experience it for yourself!

When

Fallas officially starts the last Sunday of February (28nd of February 2016) with an opening party “La Crida” at the Torres de Serrano and finishes with “La Crema” on the 19th of March 2016. During “La Crema” all the sculptures (around 600) made of Polystyrene and wood will be burned.

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¡IDEA! Get to know everything there is to know about Fallas and get an impression of the ideas behind these artistic statues (which are only displayed for 5 days before they get burned down) during a private guided tour with an enthusiastic English speaking (official) guide. For more information about a private guided tour, have a look at Private guided tour.

Origin of Fallas

There are different stories related to the origin of Fallas, these are some examples:

– The origin of Fallas dates back to the Middle Ages when artisans burnt artefacts that were broken to celebrate the spring.

– Another story: Carpenters burnt the planks of wood to celebrate spring. These planks were used to hang candles during winter .

The planks or artifacts changed slowly to dolls and later into large sculptures. Every Casal (that is a sort of Carnival association) designs a sculpture in a certain theme. Normally you can recognize various national and international happenings and figures in a sarcastic way. Sometimes theses Fallas are more than 30 meters high. The most expensive Falla in the year 2009 was approximately 1 million euros.

Fallera Mayor

The Fallera Mayor is the most important representative of Valencia during the Fallas. She is present at all official moments and meetings during the Fallas. It is a great honor to be chosen Fallera Mayor, not only to herself but also to her Casal. The Falleras Mayores of 2016 are Alicia Moreno and Sofía Soler.

Highlights during Fallas
  • Mascleta

From the beginning of March you can experience the fireworks and/or cracks on Plaza Ayuntamiento at 14.00 o’clock. This event takes place every day till the 19th of March. If you listen carefully you can sometimes recognize a rhythm in these fire cracks. If you want to experience a Mascleta in Valencia it is important that you wear (sun) glasses. The (sun) glasses can protect your eyes if a burning piece will fall out of the air. Furthermore we recommend you to check from which direction the wind is coming. In order to make sure that you will stand at a right spot and to prevent that the wind will blow all the burning pieces into you direction.

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  • Flower offer

On the 17th and 18th of March many “Casals” will offer flowers to the holy virgin at Plaza de la Virgen.

  • Fireworks

During the Fallas there will also be various beautiful colorful fireworks spectacles. The most impressive one is called “Nit del foc” and takes place in and around the Turia park on the 18th of March 2016.

  • Bull fighting

During the Fallas there are various bullfights in the Plaza de Toros of Valencia. The entrance fee varies and also depends on whether you want a seat in the sun or shadow. If you choose to sit in the shadow, a ticket is usually more expensive than when you choose to sit in the sun. If you want to experience a bullfight in Valencia during Fallas, you can look on our bullfighting page for more information.

  • Cabalgata del Fuego

During Fallas there are many parades in the streets of Valencia. However the most spectacular event, the fire parade, takes place on the 18th of March.

Recommendations

Are you planning on experiencing the Fallas festival in Valencia? You might want to see and get to know more about the city. Tours Valencia offers different guided tours, excursions and workshops in Valencia during Fallas.

Fallas tours

Would you like to experience Fallas 2016 in a different and unique way? Tours Valencia offers various possibilities to discover the biggest celebration of the year:

  • Pre – Fallas tour (if you’re visiting Valencia during another time of the year but still would like to know more about Las Fallas)
  • Fallas tour (if you really would like to get to know what Fallas is all about and experience the real Fallas. Furthermore we will give practical and interesting tips)
  • Fallero or Fallera for 1 day (if you would like to experience Fallas like the locals). You could become part of a Fallas association for one day. Good to know: you will enjoy Fallas among the Valencians and support the casal (Fallas association) at the same time. The full amount of €90 will go directly to the local association in order to make sure that this festival/celebration will keep on existing.
  • Nit del Foc, the possibility to watch the fireworks from one of the balconies of Palau de les Arts (one of the buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences).
  • Walking Tour – Historic city centre. You might decide to come to Valencia specifically for Las Fallas, however you might be interested in seeing more and getting to know more about the city. This tour will take you along all the interesting sights of the city centre in Valencia.
  • Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias tour. One of Valencia’s most famous sights is the City of Arts and Sciences. During this guided tour you will get to explore more of the complex and find out more about it.

For more information about these Fallas tours, have a look at the Fallas Experience 2016 page.

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Fallas program 2016

La Crida Sunday 28 February, 2016
“La Crida” is the official opening of Las Fallas.

07.30 – The city will be awakened by fireworks starting in Calle de la Paz up to Plaza Ayuntamiento. After this a breakfast will be offered to all the participants.
12.30: Bands are passing Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza de la Reina and calle de San Vincente, and they will finish at Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Together they will play the ‘Pasodoble’ and “El Fallero”.
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
20.00 – The opening of the Fallas will take place at the Torres Serranos. It is a spectacle with music and lights and an important moment for the Falleras and Falleros. After the opening the parade will move towards the Real Basilica.

Tuesday 1 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
18.00 – A firework spectacle combining Mascleta with decorative fireworks at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Wednesday 2 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Thursday 3 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Friday 4 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Saturday 5 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Sunday 6 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Monday 7 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
24.00 – A firework spectacle combining Mascleta with decorative fireworks at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Tuesday 8 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Wednesday 9 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Thursday 10 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Friday 11 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Saturday 12 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
18.00 – Military ceremony

Sunday 13 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Monday 14 March, 2016
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
15.00 – Closing ceremony of the “Ninots”. This means that they are not allowed to build any further and that their Falla needs to be finished. Takes place at Nuevo Centro Shopping Center.

Tuesday 15 March, 2016
8.00 – Opening of the exposition of the children Fallas sculptures.
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
18.00 – Closing ceremony of the “Ninots” of the adults. This means that they are not allowed to build any further and that their Falla needs to be finished.
00.00 – Firework spectacle at Paseo de la Alameda.

Wednesday 16 March, 2016
8.00 – Opening of the exposition of all Fallas sculptures.
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
16.30 – Awards Ceremony for the children Fallas sculptures, at the grandstand in front of the city hall, “Plaza- Ayuntamiento”.
22.30 – Traditional Valencian (sing and dance) performance in front of the Ayuntamiento (city hall) from Valencia.
00.00 – Decorative firework show above the Turia Park at the “Paseo de Alameda” close to the subway station “Alameda”.

Thursday 17 March, 2016
9.30 – Awards Ceremony for all Fallas at the grandstand in front of the city hall at “Plaza Ayuntamiento”.
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
15.30 -Several Fallas associations will offer flowers to the “Virgen de los Desamparados”. The Fallas associations normally walk one by one from their “Falla” to offer flowers to the “Virgen de los Desamaparados” (holy virgin of the homeless people). This will take place at Plaza de la Virgin.
1.00 – Decorative firework show above the Turia Park at the “Paseo de Alameda” close to the subway station “Alameda”.

Friday 18 March, 2016
11.00 – The honoring of the poet ‘Maximiliano Thous’ will take place close to his monument. This is at the intersection of calle Sagunto with Maximiliano Thous.
12.00 -The honoring of “Maestro Serrano” will take place at his monument on Avenida Reino de Valencia.
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
15.30 – Several Fallas associations will offer the “Virgen de los Desamparados” flowers. The Fallas associations normally walk one by one from their “Falla” to offer flowers to the “Virgen de los Desamaparados” (holy virgin of the lonely and homeless people). This will take place at Plaza de la Virgin.
1.30 – Decorative firework show above the Turia Park at the “Paseo de Alameda” close to the subway station “Alameda”. This night is called “Nit de Foc”. This night is one of the busiest nights, so we recommend you to be there on time.

Saturday 19 March, 2016
11.00 – Flower offering on the bridge (puente) ‘San José’ by the ‘Fallera Mayor’ in front of the sculpture of the “Patriarca”.
12.00 – Solemn mass in the Cathedral of Valencia to honor San José. This service will be officiated by the Archbishop of Valencia, Carlos Osorio Sierra. Offered by the central board of Fallas and the union of carpenter’s artists.
14.00 – Mascleta at Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
19.00 – ‘Fire’ parade along calle Colon, which finished at “Porta de la Mar”. This parade is very spectacular with a lot of fire acts and is definitely worth seeing.
22.00 – The burning of the “Fallas Infantiles” starts. These are the sculptures (of the children) that are shown on the streets.
22.30 – The burning of the Falla Infantil, which won the first price will take place.
23.00 – The burning of the Falla Infantil at Plaza Ayuntamiento will take place.
00.00 – At midnight the burning of all the “Fallas” starts. These are the sculptures (of the adults) that are on display in the streets of Valencia.
00.30 – The burning of the Falla (of the adults), which won the first price will take place.
1.00 – Decorative firework show at Plaza Ayuntamiento, and the very last Falla will be burned.

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Tips

• Book an accommodation in time
Valencia is crazy busy during Las Fallas! Prices will go up as the festival approaches, so make sure you get an accommodation in time!
• Best night
Would you like to experience Las Fallas, but also want to see more of Valencia apart from Las Fallas? Come to Valencia on the 18th of March so you will experience the absolute highlights of the festival, but also Valencia as it is throughout the rest of the year once the festival has come to an end on the 19th.
• Safety first
Las Fallas can be quite dangerous as there will be pieces of burning wood flying around or fireworks falling from the sky. Be careful and check beforehand from which direction the wind comes from and take your sunglasses with. If you stand too close to the Mascleta, it can be wise to keep your mouth open, so it relieves the pressure on your ears.

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