Fallas

Valencia's most famous festival

Wake up and smell the fire

Valencian Fallas

Fallas or Falles (Valencian) refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the festival, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list on November 30, 2016.

It lasts for 5 days, beginning every day at 8am with the despertà, a wake-up call with brass bands walking down the streets.

Spanish and Valencian

Fallas terms

Fallas have their own set of terms related to the festival. There are too many to remember but the basics are mascletá, nit del foc and cremà.

A mascletà is the famous explosive barrage of coordinated firecrackers displayed every day at 2pm. The nit del foc (night of fire) is the most important fireworks display featured in the Turia‘s old riverbed, and the cremà is the moment when Fallas are finally burnt down.

What to know

Fallas basics

Streets (and public transportation) will be terribly crowded! Prices might also go up a bit, particularly for typical Fallas items such as churros, porras and buñuelos.

Fallas are celebrated from March 15 to March 19. Some relevant spots are the City Hall, Colón Market and the Virgin’s Square where the Flower Offering is held.

Fireworks in Fallas

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