So by now you know what Las Fallas is, and why it’s so much greater than St. Patrick’s Day. You’ve totally decided to come, because making good decisions is your forte, and this one is a no-brainer. There’s probably a little confusion as to how you should do Las Fallas, because these Spanish street parties can be complex and multilayered affairs. Just what do you have to see? Is 24 hours enough?
The answers to those questions are, As much as possible! And, Hell no! Here’s what happens at Las Fallas, and why 24 hours is nowhere near enough.
It’s in Valencia
And how can you hope to see, enjoy and make the most of Spain’s third biggest city in 24 measly hours? Valencia, the Valencia that invented paella and is home to some of the country’s most spectacular architecture (the super funky, internationally acclaimed, City of Arts and Sciences, buildings along the diverted river almost sent the city broke), a vibrant old town, plenty of bars, beautiful beaches (Stoke Travel stays across the road from one) and clubs. There is absolutely no way in the world you can say you’ve visited Valencia without spending at least the weekend there.
It goes for a week
Ok, five days, and the burning happens on the last night, but those five days are filled with street dancing and fireworks and cultural events and basically the whole party except for the burning happens in the lead up to the last day. Basically from the 15th until the 20th the city of Valencia shuts down for everything that isn’t food/drink/party related, and that’s the best time to get to know the city and its people, while their guards are down and they’re enjoying the best week and weekend of the year.
Stoke Travel’s (in)famous campsite
If you’ve been to Oktoberfest, The Running Of The Bulls, The Wine Fight or La Tomatina with us, then you know just why Stoke’s campsites are legendary. Free flowing beer and sangria all day, every day (for only €10 a day unlimited). Beach games and campsite parties. Guided day tours of Valencia and the daytime Las Fallas festivities. Special bar deals in town by night and a free flamenco show. We go to all lengths to make sure that your Las Fallas experience is one of the best of your time in Europe. This is no, wham, bam, light it up ma’am experience, we’re down there setting up camp and scouting the city, so that when you arrive everything is ready to go and all you have to do is put on your party, and cultural appreciation, hats and go along with the rhythm of the fiesta.
What’s the deal
Stoke Travel’s beachside Las Fallas camp is open from the 15th of March, the first day of the festival. Every day we’ll guide you through the city and every night we’ll find a party for you. The weekend trip bus departs Barcelona at 16:00 (4pm) on Friday the 17th. That night we have a crazy campsite party, fuelled by the free-flowing beer and sangria bar, and a huge chef-cooked paella. Saturday is a day for beach games and exploring the city, pre-gaming at our bar, and partying into the night at our bar in the city, with the flamenco show. On Sunday we do a morning walking tour and then immerse ourselves into the fiesta’s activities all afternoon, before getting into the night’s pre-burning, and burning. Once we’ve partied sufficiently we board the buses and head back to Barcelona for work/study/hangover-nursing on Monday morning, unless you’ve opted to stay on in Valencia, in which case sleep in!
The daily price is €60 and the Barcelona-Las Fallas-Barcelona weekend is €195. This price includes everything — accommodation, meals at the camp, guides, games, private coach transfers — with an optional €10 per day surcharge for the unlimited beer and sangria at our campsite bar. For more information, and to reserve your spot, check the trip out here.