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Attend Las Fallas in Valencia with a Spain car rental

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If a phantasmagoria of larger-than-life street art combined with explosives and pyrotechnics sound like a party, then you may feel right at home at Las Fallas with your Valencia car rental from Kemwel.

Located between Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is a popular city for bargain Spain car rentals over the Kemwel booking engine. Every year it attracts millions of annual visitors arriving to witness this spectacle involving all things fire and light. While Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city with more than 800,000 residents, Las Fallas amplifies the population to well over a million every March. Come for the paella and stay for the fiesta at this week-long street party that typically runs from March 1 to 19.

Whether you intend to coordinate your car rental from the Valencia Airport or Valencia North Station, the Kemwel team offers a variety of vehicles on our growing platform. We can't forget to mention our cheap Valencia hotel and airfare deals either! Even though Las Fallas is best experienced on foot, car rentals from Kemwel enable travelers to come from all corners of Europe to experience this event encompassing various Valencian customs and traditions. For one-way car rentals in Spain to attend Las Fallas, it may be convenient to consider the distances between Valencia and the following Spanish cities:

What are the origins of Las Fallas?

Truth be told, nobody is certain when this tradition began, yet the predominant theory is that it originated in the medieval ages as an homage to St. John, the patron saint of carpenters. Towards the end of every winter on March 19, carpenters in ancient Valencia would burn wooden planks known as parots. No, not birds, rather contraptions used to prop candles that allowed them to work throughout the cold evenings. Over time, these fastidious carpenters started to dispose of other unwanted items or old materials into the blaze that gradually became a celebratory spring ceremony.

Very much embracing the "out with the old and in with the new" mentality, these bonfires have evolved throughout the centuries into satirical performances involving human-looking sculptures called ninots. Meaning puppet and doll in the Valencian dialect, today these vivid ninots stand several stories tall and often resemble politicians, celebrities, television characters and cartoon characters with every year following a different theme.

Neighborhoods in Valencia assemble these surreal figures crafted from papier-mache, cardboard, wood or plaster throughout the year in preparation for the event that normally running from March 15 to 19. Being a festival of fire at its core, all of these pieces are ceremoniously lit ablaze on the final day. After all, these large-scale structures that are paraded around town are mounted to a box full of firecrackers. Only the crowd’s favorite is salvaged by popular vote during La Cremà (the Burning) followed by an extravagant fireworks demonstration known as Nit de Foc (Night of Fire).

While the original meaning of “falla” is torch, today it has many different connotations from the festival itself to the artistic creations and even the community members that construct them. Another one of the main attractions at Las Fallas is the Mascleta where noises can reach up to 120 decibels as gunpowder fills the air. Some locals advise against using ear plugs, rather chew gum or open your mouth to allow the sound waves to travel through the body.

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