In Benidorm we are in Fiesta; the light, color and fire ... above all the fire,will floods the streets of our town for a few days. From this hospitable town we invite you to fully live and experience the Fallas, undoubtedly our most internationally known festival.
For five days the castles, monuments and “mascletaes” become the protagonists of Benidorm, where the smell of gunpowder is interspersed with the smell of flowers and the music of the bands with the sound of masclets. A transformation that occurs as a prelude to spring, and on March 19, everything ends and everything begins; with the last of the ashes people start to dream of Fallas again for the following year.
This excellent Valencian fiesta takes place in Benidorm from the 15th to March 19th, the festivity of San José.
There are three Fallas Commissions: falla “centro”, falla “rincón” and falla “els tolls”, which are responsible for creating their Fallas constructions in their respective districts and organise the fiesta. Parades, and flower offering are the most significant events, culminating in the feast day (the 19th) with the "cremá" (burning of the fallas).
The six children’s and adults versions of monuments are burned at different times for people who want to view all the burnings.
274 ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE VIRGIN OF THE SUFFRAGE TO BENIDORM
SATURDAY 15TH MARCH
"PLANTÁ" (setting up) of the Falla:
Falla Benidorm: Plaza de la Hispanidad.
Falla Rincón: Av. Ametlla de Mar (opposite Burguer King).
Falla Els Tolls: Tomás Ortuño street.
18.00 h. PROCESSION, departing from Parque de Elche (Harbour)and finishing at San Jaime Church and FLOWER OFFERING in honour to the VIRGIN OF SUFRAGGE.
SUNDAY 16TH MARCH: Commemoration of the Founding of the Virgin.
05:30 h. At the break of dawn, air bombing, bell ringing and prayer to the Virgin of the Suffrage, at Plaza de San Jaime. Then there will be a procession of the Virgin around the Old Town and a visit to the beaches, to end with the traditional verse to the Virgin. Afterwards, there will be a Thanksgiving Mass. When that ends, there will be chocolate and cake for all the people present.
19:00 h. Solemn Mass in Saint James Church, in honour tour patron saint, the Virgin of the Suffrage.
MONDAY 17TH MARCH
10:30 h. Music Band Parade (L’Illa de Benidorm), by the streets surrounding the Falla “Rincón de Loix”.
12:00 h. Parade of the members of the Falla “Els Tolls, around its quarter.
12:00 h. Parade of the members of the Falla “Rincón de Loix” to visit the Falla “Benidorm” and then, both “Fallas” members, will go visit the Falla “Els Tolls”.
17.00 h. Parade of the members of the Falla “Rincón”, around its quarter.
17:30 h. Parade of the members of the Falla “Els Tolls” to visit Falla “Benidorm” and, afterwards, both “Fallas” members will go visit the Falla “Rincón de Loix”.
TUESDAY 18TH MARCH
08:00 h. "DESPERTÀ" (everyone will wake up with the sound of firecrackers) in the streets surrounding the Falla “Rincón”.
12:00 h. Parade of the members of the three Fallas, around their quarters.
18:00 h. FLOWER OFFERING to the Virgin of the Suffrage and Saint James, with the participation of the three Fallas´ members, that will depart from the junction of Av. Europa / Av. Mediterráneo.
ITINERARY: Av. Mediterráneo, Gambo, Martínez Alejos, Alameda, Mayor, Plaza de San Jaime.
WEDNESDAY 19TH MARCH: Saint Joseph´s Day
08:00 – 09:00 h. "DESPERTÀ" (everyone will wake up with the sound of firecrackers) in the streets surrounding the three Fallas.
12:00 h. Mass in honour of Saint Joseph.
Falla “Els Tolls”: Buen Pastor Church.
Falla “Rincón”: Nuestra Señora del Mar Church.
13:00 h. Falla “Benidorm”. Mass in honour of Saint Joseph, at Saint James Church.
14:00 h. MAGNIFICENT "MASCLETÁ" (firecrackers sound show), at Falla “Benidorm” (Plaza de la Hispanidad) and Falla “Els Tolls” (C/ Tomás Ortuño).
18:00 h. BIG PARADE OF FLOATS, with the participation of the three Fallas Commissions. ITINERARY: Ametlla de Mar, Mediterraneo and Plaza Hispanidad (Madeira Hotel).
23:00 h. "CREMÁ" (Bonfire) of the children Fallas: Benidorm, Rincón de loix and Els Tolls.
00:00 h. "CREMÁ" of Falla “Rincón de Loix”.
00:30 h. "CREMÁ" of Falla “Benidorm”.
01:00 h. "CREMÁ" of Falla “Els Tolls”.