What to do in Valencia in March – WhatsOnValencia.com

Are you planning a visit to this wonderful city in Spain and wondering what to do in Valencia in March ? If yes then perhaps you want to read what we have to offer below.

If you are planning a visit to Valencia in March, then you are in for a great treat with several nights of festivities and fireworks. The weather can range from pleasant to a bit chilly therefore it would be good to take some warm clothes like a jumper and a waterproof coat. If if you may not need these, there’s a fair chance of rain in March. You will still be able to visit most of the main open air attractions and enjoy what is on offer during this month.

Get ready for a fantastic experience in Valencia during March.

Beware though because millions of tourists visit Valencia in March for Las Fallas Festival. Hence it is advisable that you plan your visit well ahead. Book your flights and accommodation well in advance because this crazy festival attracts millions. If have no idea what this festival is or never heard about it, then here is something you may wish to read on this page.  Millions of tourists flock in from all over the world as well as other regions in Spain for this. The festival takes place Mid March, this year 2018 between March 15th – March 19th. However don’t be surprised to see many people starting off unofficially from the early days of the month.



What to do in Valencia in March – Las Fallas festival

The focus of the festival is the creation and destruction of ninots, which are huge Paper-Mache statues. These often take several months to construct and costs run into the thousands. The ninots usually depict satirical scenes making fun of Spanish and foreign politicians and current events. Should you ever go to experience it, this is one of the most crazy festivals you will ever witness. You can read more about Las Fallas festival and its origins by clicking here.

The following is the official schedule for the festival, however it would be good to note that most of the activities on the streets are unscheduled and ongoing 24 hrs a day in most parts of Valencia.

Valencia in March - Las Fallas

Photo Gabor Kov

Las Fallas 2018 Schedule

15th March

14:00 – Mascleta in Plaza Ayuntamento – Firecrackers
20:00 – Fallas Infantiles – Children’s Fallas Planted
00:00 – Fallas Planted
00:10 – Visual Fireworks at the Castillo in Passeo Alameda

16th March

14:00 – Mascleta in Plaza Ayuntamento – Firecrackers
16:30 – Children’s Fallas Award Ceremony at Plaza Ayuntamento  – Parade of traditional costumes and music.
22:00 – Cabalgada Folklorica at Plaza Ayuntamento – The traditional folk carnival.
01:00 – Visual Fireworks at Castillo in Paseo Alameda

17th March

14:00 – Mascleta in Plaza Ayuntamento – Firecrackers
16:00 – Offering of Flowers around Plaza de la Virgin – Costume Parade and Flower Offering.
01:00 – Visual Fireworks at Castillo in Paseo Alameda

18th March

14:00 – Mascleta in Plaza Ayuntamento – Firecrackers
16:00 – Offering of Flowers around Plaza de la Virgin – Costume Parade and Flower Offering.
01:00 – Nit de Foc – Main Firework display of the whole festival

19th March

14:00 – Mascleta in Plaza Ayuntamento – Firecrackers
19:00 – Cabalgada de Fuego – A carnival of fire in Calle Colon.
22:00 – Crema – Burning of the Children’s Fallas
22:30 – 1st Prize Winner Children’s Fallas
23:00 – Crema – Burning of the children’s Fallas at Plaza de Ayuntamento
00:00 – Crema – Burning of the main Fallas
00:30 – 1st Prize Winner Fallas
01:00 – Crema – Burning of the main Fallas at Plaza de Ayuntamento and fireworks.

Las Fallas Festival Valencia in March

Photo Brian Maudsley

Is it for you?

This is not a festival for the faint at heart or for those wanting to visit Valencia for some peace. Every year several people faint or suffer injuries therefore pregnant women are forbidden from attending. The huge amount of noise and earth shattering explosions the fireworks create, make your head spin sending an uncontrollable adrenaline rush throughout your body. Forget about resting at anytime of the day as from 8:00am until 2:00am Valencia turns into a city of loud parties and other noisy activates.

 



 

Las Fallas Museum

This museum provides visitors an insight into the traditions of the Las Fallas festival. However, one may find it difficult to understand the reason of the museum itself and so we will try to explain it briefly.

The Fallas are satirical monuments made of highly flammable materials, such as paper, cardboard and wood. Communities and districts spend the whole year preparing for the annual festivities in order to create their own masterpiece. On completion, these are put on display for the general public to vote for the most attractive, clever or amusing piece, so it is saved from the fire. They are placed in public squares only to be set alight on the feast of St Joseph, during the night of 19 March.

The winning Fallas are then put on display at the museum for all to enjoy thereafter. It is a very interesting place to visit when in Valencia, especially when you know the reasons meaning of it.

 

Valencia Spain - Fallas Museum

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The museum opens from Tuesday to Saturdays between 10am – 2pm and 4:30pm – 8:30pm. On Sundays and public holidays it is open between 10am – 3pm and is closed on Mondays.

Other things to do in Valencia in March

So you are visiting Valencia in March, and wonder what else you can do and see apart from the feast above. Click Here for a list of things that you can do and visit on a regular 2 day trip to this amazing Spanish city.
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