BLOG
14
Mar
2017

Countdown to Benidorm Fallas 2017

As an indisputable reference in the tourist field, Benidorm could not possibly forget to celebrate the most important festival that symbolizes the Valencian culture. This is where the Fallas of course can be found.

Benidorm has been erecting these spectacular artistic monuments for 45 years in the most symbolic points of the town of Benidorm.

It was back in 1972 when the Falla in the center was created, which still remains popularly named Falla de Benidorm, it is because it was the only figure that was erected in the town for years.

But in 2017 as usual you will be able to witness, historical and emotional events, with that particular Smokey atmosphere that envelops Benidorm in Fallas with its spectacular mascletà (firecrackers).

What you can do during Fallas if you come to Benidorm?

We have available a complete programme of events, to ensure you enjoy Benidorm Fallas to the maximum in the best conditions with the best fiesta offers.

In fact, the Fallero acts began on February 25, inaugurating the period of Fallas with its popular dinner tribute to the Fallera woman, which took place after the traditional replegà (collection of funds).

But the most important acts for the public will be available during the next few days. Therefore, if you have the possibility to witness these classicplantàs (mounting) each of the three Fallas (figures), you can live that initial emotion so typical of the Valencians before the party really starts.

Other interesting events are the Gran Mascletà the amazing firecracker display (which will take place on the Avenida del Mediterráneo on March 19th at 2:00 p.m.), the popular awakenings to the Falleras Mayores, the emotional Offering of Flowers to the Virgin of the Suffrage that heads up the three fallas (figures) (Saturday 18 pm, 5.00 p.m.), and finally the Great Multicolor Parade of floats to be held in the afternoon of Sunday 19 (6.30 p.m.).

On the day of San José 19th March, a very interesting and still little known event, if you are not a great follower of this party, is the pardoning of the ninots (figures). This fun fallera tradition consists of a complicated choice by the two major fiesta groups and the fiesta commission, which will allow the most daring or funniest ninot (figure) to be saved from the flames at the end of the day (11.00 a.m.).

Mascletà in Benidorm

On the day of San José 19th March, a very interesting and still little known event, if you are not a great follower of this party, is the pardoning of the ninots (figures). This fun fallera tradition consists of a complicated choice by the two major fiesta groups and the fiesta commission, which will allow the most daring or funniest ninot (figure) to be saved from the flames at the end of the day (11.00 a.m.).

This year, the great Nit del Foc of Benidorm (night of the burnings) will be celebrated in a rigorous order. The three childrens statues will burn simultaneously at 11:30 p.m.; then at 00:00 h. the Falla (statue) at the Rincon de Loix will begin to burn; At 00:30 they will continue with the Falla of Benidorm; And at 01:00 it will finish the nit of the foc with the cremà (burning) of the Falla Els Tolls.

Fallas Cremà in Benidorm

But what is the origin of the Fallas? 

We all know this Fallera festival, which is considered a Festival of International Tourist Interest. In addition, this year we have an important honor, since last November Unesco included the festival of Fallas in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Humanity.

As you may well know, the Fallas of Valencia are celebrated to coincide with the day of San José (Saint Joseph) for a very simple reason: San José is considered the Patron saint of the carpenters. It was precisely this guild of craftsman that began burning its old and unnecessary materials on bonfires when the date that honored their patron saint approached.

These bonfires were considered to serve as an act of purification to begin a spring clean and thus to initiate a new stage after having got rid of the old. It was the act of out with the old and in with the new.

Ashes of the Rincon de Loix Falla

As you can see, the Fallas are a true tribute to optimism and hope, and always with a view to the good times that comes after a long winter.

But this tradition, begun by the carpenters' guild, spread to the whole city of Valencia, and it became increasingly popular to burn instruments, furniture and other utensils that no longer served a purpose.

Benidorm Fallas bonfire

It is also said that it was very typical for carpenters to use instruments called parots (similar to crooks) which they hung their lamps on, which were very necessary in winter to illuminate thus being able to continue working when dusk fell. But with the arrival of spring, being the longer days they no longer needed these utensils, since they had light throughout their day's work. For this reason, the popular bonfires are never lacking the traditional parots.

These peculiar instruments are said to have evolved into human forms, turning them into ninots. So, this is how Valencia began an authentic craft industry dedicated to the Fallas.

The festivity of Fallas in Valencia extending more and more towards a greater number of localities in the province, transcending to some cities pertaining to Castellón de la Plana and to Alicante, arriving at Benidorm in the year 1972.

As you may possibly know, in Alicante and other localities in the province, exactly the same is done before the arrival of summer, and although this festival has a similar meaning, it is this time in honor of San Juan (Saint John).

San Juan Bonfire in Alicante

Servigroup and the Fallas

Like previous years, you have at your disposal the Fallas very close to any of the nine hotels in Servigroup. For example, if you stay in the hotels Servigroup Nereo, Servigroup Calypso and Servigroup Rialto, you can directly access the Falla del Rincón de Loix, as all three hotels are located in the same neighborhood.

Just a few meters from the Hotel Pueblo Benidorm and Hotel Venus in Benidorm, you can reach the Falla del Rincón in just a 10-minute walk.

If you are one of those who prefer the Castilla Hotel (Bendidorm), although the hotel is an intermediate between the Falla del Rincon and the Falla Benidorm, to go walking you are closer to the latter.

And finally, if you book a room at the Hotel Diplomatic in Benidorm, you have direct access to the Falla del Centro (Falla Benidorm), since our establishment is also located in the heart of Benidorm. 

Old Rincón de Loix Falla in Benidorm

We are waiting for you enjoy the big party in Benidorm. Do not miss the Fallas of Benidorm...!!

 

Photos courtesy of Luis Fotógrafos

Why Book Your Spanish Hotel with Servigroup.com?