With fall quickly approaching and travel on the rise, Valencia, Spain, is ready to welcome travelers back to its beautiful destination. Travelers headed there this year are in luck as the Las Fallas Festival is set to take place this September for the first time. One of the three UNESCO Heritage designations in the city hosts the five-day festival, an annual tradition celebrated in commemoration of Saint Joseph.
Sept. 1–5, travelers visiting the city will experience continuous partying with locals. Events include cooking paellas demonstrations throughout the streets, marching behind unique colorful Fallas monuments, throwing firecrackers and dancing to lively music that fills the streets. At the airport, travelers will be greeted by an interactive exhibition about Las Fallas so all visitors can learn and be encouraged to witness the Fallas firsthand.
The Las Fallas Festival gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the traditions and culture of the Spanish city in an exhilarating way. Throughout the festival, travelers will be able to marvel at the Fallas, grand-scale statues made of paper-mache and other materials, the heart and soul of the festival.
Although the festival is all week long, there are a couple big events visitors shouldn’t miss:
- La Mascletà (Sept. 1–5): At 2 p.m. every day of the festival, each neighborhood in the city hosts its own Mascletà, a lively display of firecrackers and more.
- Nit de L’albà (Sept. 1): A firework display around the city takes place at midnight over the Fallas monuments, displaying an exciting end to the first night.
- La Plantà (Sept. 2): The Fallas are built and finalized in preparation for the festival. Each neighborhood enters their monument into a competition in hopes of being chosen as a winner. The winner’s monument is the only one saved from burning on the final day of the festival.
- La Ofrenda (Sept. 3–4): On these days of the festival, a flower offering takes place. During these days, a large statue of the patron saint of Valencia is placed in the plaza, where locals gather to offer bouquets of flowers.
- Nit del Foc (Sept. 4): Translating to Fire Night, the Nit del Foc takes place on the fourth night and is the night of the incredible fireworks display, beginning at 1:30 a.m.
- Cavalcada del Foc (Sept. 5): The final day of the festival begins around 7 p.m. with the Cavalcada del Foc, a colorful fire parade with floats, street performances, people in costumes and lively music.
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