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Las Fallas
Las Fallas
Las Fallas
Las Fallas

From 15 March to 19 March, one of the biggest and noisy parties in the world is held in Valencia. Keep in mind that you're not going to find any cheap hostel in Valencia for the Fallas week unless you book it well in advance.


This particular fiesta really starts on March, 1, with the first mascletás, firecrackers and firework shows trying to make some musical compositions through powder noise. These lighty and noisy shows take place every day at the City Hall Square, at 2:00 PM.  Maybe it would be a good idea booking a cheap hostel in Valencia not centrally located ... even though you'll have to take the public transportation to the city center everyday, you'll be sure that the craziness and the noise of the Fallas will let you rest al least some hours!


The Fallas Festivity origins are really simple, some burning waste carpentry workshop. Maybe an ingenious carpenter "dressed" his own waste to burn some old clothes too, and perhaps a poet or disaffected citizen wrote a note or a poem criticizing a situation by then to get burned too. The Fallas were born. Valencian people have incorporated some traditions, characteristics and their particular sense of humor making the Fallas what they're today.


The Fallas are a must see at least once in a lifetime. Whatever you think, imagine or expect about The Fallas, you're wrong. The Fallas are the most bizarre holiday, the most crazy, the most different, the most stressful, the most original ... The Fallas are really outstanding.


Almost every street or neighborhood in Valencia has its own Casal Faller: throughout the year they seek sources of income to pay its own monument or "ninot" to be burned at the Fallas. Ninots are those enormous figures made of wood, polyurethane, cardboard and paperboard, dressed up with typical or odd costumes, normally gathering an ironic message complaining about some politicians or popular people decisions taken along the year.


While being in Valencia during the Fallas, you must be ready to wake up really early in the morning. The Despertà, every morning at 8 a.m., won't let you sleep with its loud firecrackers. The day will go on with more noise at anytime and anywhere, until la Mascletá takes place, at 2 PM, with more explosions all over the city, but mostly at the City Hall Square area. It feels like an earthquake ending the world, but there's already much more to see.



The Fallas Night, March 19th, called the Night of Fire – La Nit de Foc-, where all the ninots are burned, all stuffed with fireworks, the street lights are switched off and the city turns into life under the light of fire. It's the night of the real noise, craziness, smoke, flames, sparks and thunder.



After staying at the Fallas, make sure you can rest at least for one week, the celebration may leave you exhausted!

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Las Fallas are quite peculiar. It consists in making large monuments with combustible materials. They are figures called ninots and it is usually about a particular subject of the society.

There's one night called "La nit del foc" (the night of the fire) and it's one of the most amazing firework shows, that lasts around 20 minutes.

The last day is the day when they burn all the figures and it is done as a closing ceremony.

The fiesta lasts 5 days so you can go around Valencia to see how many people they gather every year in these dates, taking photos of those spectacular monuments and enjoy the events. It's only once in a year!

 
 
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