Las Fallas: Spain’s biggest street festival

Las Fallas, Spain’s biggest street festival starts on the last Sunday of February. It lasts about three weeks and reaches its climax around 19 March. But what is Las Fallas and what is there to do in Valencia during those three weeks?

Las Fallas 2020 has been cancelled due to the corona crisis.

Las Fallas is a yearly festival which attracts over a million visitors each year. The name is related to the festival, but also to the decorative constructions which are built through the entire city. Each neighbourhood of Valencia has its own Fallas association and builds its own falla. A falla always consists of a basic construction and multiple ninots, the dolls. Throughout the city there are over 700 fallas.

During Fallas a lot of festive activities are being organised. One of those activities is the flower offering (L’Ofrenda de flors) to Virgen de los Desamparados. Over 100.000 members of the different fallas associations are dressing up in their traditional costumes and come to Plaza de la Virgin to bring flowers. These flowers will be put together on a big wooden construction and slowly a large Maria statue of flowers arises.

The grand finale of Las Fallas is the Crèma on 19 March. During this, all fallas in the city will be burned.

Another tradition is the daily fireworks on Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 14:00h: the Mascletà.