In two months’ las Fallas festival is taking place in Valencia. This is one of the best moments to visit Valencia for a city trip. Every year thousands’ of people from all around the world come to visit the city. The Fallas festival starts already at the end of February, but the real party start from the 15th till 19th of March.
What is las Fallas
Las Fallas originated from the Middle Ages, when Valencian craftsmen in the winter needed to enlighten their work. To do this they used parots these are wooden boards where they hung their lanterns on. In the spring these parots were not necessary anymore, therefore they were burned in a big fire with the lantern on top of the stake. That’s why at March 19th the day of San José, he is the patron saint of carpenters, the Fallas sculptures are burned.
Every year a Fallera Mayor is chosen, she is the queen of the party and during las Fallas the main representative of Valencia. Before being chosen as the Fallera Mayor a process of elections and qualification rounds are taken place. It is a great honour to be crowned as the Fallera Mayor, not only during the las Fallas but also after she will attend important matters in Valencia.
From the first of March every day at 14:00, till the end of las Fallas, a firework show is given at plaza Ayuntamiento called the mascleta. This mascleta is very impressive, don’t think of a beautiful firework show but more of a rhythm show. Normally at the end people are clapping hard or jumping on the rhythm.
If you want to see a beautiful firework show, this is happening at Paseo de la Alameda, from the 15th – 18th of March.
Las Fallas is really a festival that you should participate once in your life. The River hostel is in the city centre therefore, the River hostel is a great hostel to stay in during las Fallas.
Also, we have a special discount for you if you decide to visit this festival and our hostel. From the 10th till the 15th of March you get a 7% discount by a minimum stay of 2 nights. You only have to fill in the code ILOVEFALLAS2017 at your booking. Book via our website or click on here. We hope to see you soon!
The River hostel team