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14
Mar
2016

A symbolic year of fallas in Benidorm

The Fallas de Valencia is Spain's most internationally known festival, and every year the streets of Benidorm are also filled with parades, floral offerings, despertàs (wake-up call), pasacalles (marches) and the noises of the mascletà fireworks. An ambience of pure fiesta that ends with the magical Nit del Foc, which welcomes the Spring that is about to arrive. This is how the citizens of Valencia say goodbye to winter coats, scarves, gloves, open fires and other clothing and objects associated with bad weather.

In Benidorm, we celebrate the fallas in “triplicate”, since the city has three separate commissions, which correspond to its three most representative districts:

- La Falla del Centro, also known as La Falla de Benidorm. Located right in the heart of the city, in Benidorm's emblematic Plaza Triangular.

- La Falla del Rincón de Loix, traditional neighbourhood located around the end/beginning of the Playa de Levante (East beach).

- La Falla “Els Tolls” set up every year in the legendary “cruce”.

The first fallas festival commission was set up over 40 years ago. To be exact, it was in 1972 when fire started to be featured on the symbolic date of 19th of March, as it was in this same year that the Falla del Centro, known as the classic Falla de Benidorm, was the first to be held in an area that was already a worldwide destination for tourism.

For this reason, and in spite of being a district of Alicante (not in the province of Valencia), Benidorm could not be without its most internationally known festival.

The first Junta local was formed 30 years ago and is a local assembly of the three Benidorm fallas commissions, which represents a meeting place for all the city's falleros and falleras (registered participants).

Falla with traffic signals

What is there to do at the Benidorm Fallas?

The various events on offer during the festival feature the famous plantàs, (completion), of each of the fallas, the traditional pasacalles that are an integral part of each of the fallas and held on different days, as well as the typical parades organised by the falleros and accompanied by music from the traditional band L´Illa de Benidorm.

However, the most important events before San José day are those held on the final days, such as the famous floral offering to the Virgen del Sufragio (Patron of Benidorm) and the firework display.

Finally, on the 19th, apart from the church masses in honour of Saint Joseph, which will be held in the three parishes corresponding to each of the three fallas, we recommend the grandiosa mascletà which this year will take place in the Avenida del Mediterráneo, the procession of floats which will bring together the main characters of the three fallas, and of course, la gran cremà (burning), which will take place at different times, starting at 00:00 with the Falla del Rincón de Loix, at 00:30 with the Falla de Benidorm, and at 01:00 the nit del foc will conclude with the cremà of the Falla Els Tolls

Falla burning

Servigroup and the Fallas

As always, the fallas are within easy reach of our hotels. For example, those staying at the Servigroup Nereo, Servigroup Calypso and Servigroup Rialto hotels, will have direct access to the Falla del Rincón de Loix, since the three hotels are located in the same neighbourhood.

At just a few metres, the Hotel Pueblo Benidorm and Hotel Venus in Benidorm are just a 10 minute walk away from the Falla del Rincón.

For guests at the Hotel Castilla Benidorm, although the hotel is located halfway between the Falla del Rincón and the Falla del Centro, the classic Falla de Benidorm is closer on foot.

Finally, those guests with reservations at Hotel Diplomatic in Benidorm will have direct access to the Falla del Centro, as the hotel is also located in the heart of Benidorm city centre.

 

Images courtesy of Visit Benidorm*

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