EXPERIENCE FALLAS! EXPERIENCE BOUTIQUE HOTELS SPAIN!
As you may have heard… Valencia is already in Fallas! Another year, the streets of the city of Levante are filled with gunpowder and fire, a typically warm welcome to the thousands of curious travellers from all over the world.
Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2016, The Fallas of Valencia are an essential part of the festivals and culture of our country. Here at Boutique Hotels Spain we invite you to discover its origins in order to enjoy the experience to the full.
We want you to experience fallas with all five senses, making your visit a unique 360º experience. To get an insight into the Valencian tradition… as the Fallas emerge and give life to the heart of the city.
SERRANO TOWERS-LA CRIDÀ
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Like every year “la Cridà” (“the shout” or “the call”) marks the start of Las Fallas. The fallera major and her court of honour invites all Valencians, as well as foreigners and tourists, to enjoy the festivities.
The majestic Serrano Towers have been the setting for this call since 1954. These towers were formerly the gates to the city and today are a symbol and emblem of the city.
PLAZA AYUNTAMIENTO- MASCLETÁ
The mascletá is the pyrotechnic spectacle par excellence. It was originally very different to the spectacle as we know it today. And it was not until 1945 when in the Plaza del Caudillo (now Plaza del Ayuntamiento) that the pyrotechnician Antonio Caballer set in motion the first pyrotechnic spectacle as we know it today. Previously, this spectacle in which men ran through the street setting off fireworks and flares travelled through up to thirty streets. At that time the Square was a totally different space to that of today, it had 3 fountains and an underground flower market. Its subsequent renovation, which was completed in the 1960s, gave it its current layout.
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LONJA DE LA SEDA/SILK EXCHANGE-FALLERA COSTUMES
The spectacular building of La Lonja, dating back to the fifteenth century is the best example of the mark that the Silk Route left on Valencia. The quality, and design of the intricately embroidered floral silk fabrics, are a key element of Valencian clothing. The popular fallera costume is the perfect example of the importance the long tradition of the use of silk in the region. Each year, the “espolines” (hand embroidered silk fabrics) of the Falleras Mayores are the most prestigious and desired fabrics to be produced in the region.
CATHEDRAL AND PLAZA DE LA VIRGEN – THE OFFERING
For the great multitudinous act of the Offering thousands of falleros and falleras, and their commissions, converge on the Plaza de la Virgen. The flowers that they carry, serve to make the floral mantle that covers “la cheperudeta“, the Virgin of the Forsaken patron saint of Valencia. It is a parade worthy of witnessing, full of music, colour and of course flowers. It attracts large crowds with thousands of visitors and locals lining the route of the parade.
The offering, as it is known today, was not seen in its current form until 1946, year in which the fallas commissions were invited to collectively participate. Prior to this the Offering took place in the interior of the Cathedral of Valencia. It was not until 1949 that the square hosted its first floral offering due to the sheer number of participants. Paying a visit to the monumental Cathedral and the Plaza de la Virgen, is therefore a must on this journey, to contemplate the Virgin’s imposing completed floral mantle.
This is just a small glimpse of all that you can find and discover in the city of Valencia during Fallas. Here you will find the 2019 Fallas Programme, to ensure that you won’t miss any of its important events.
EXPERIENCE FALLAS WITH BOUTIQUE HOTELS SPAIN!
And of course, in order to relax and switch off from the hustle and bustle of Fallas, here at Boutique Hotels Spain we invite you to enjoy one of our boutique hotels located in the Valencian Community, in the Sierra Calderona. El Secanet, located just a few kilometres form the city and surrounded by nature, the perfect spot for Gemma and Salva, your hosts, to make your visit an unforgettable experience.
Ready to experience Fallas? We are waiting for you!