La Crema Las Fallas 2013

This is the event that the whole Las Fallas festival leads up to. All those fantastic Falla sculptures are burned to the ground. There’s no way to see them all. You pick one you want to watch and stake out a spot. We chose the one named “Que se mueran los feos” which translates to “May the ugly ones die”. It cost over 100,000 Euro to build. It is located just north of the dry river bed and is easy to get to from our hotel and has the added benefit of not being in a cramped little street corner or the one in the city center, all of which are very difficult to get to and very, very crowded.

This is what our Falla looks like in all of its pre-Crema glory

Before it was Burned

We arrived just before midnight to stake out our spot. The burning was only about 20-30 minutes late as we waited for the fire men to get in to position. There was a sudden detonation of some aerial fireworks and then the lights went out and this happened.

Las Fallas - Crema

Las Fallas - Crema

Las Fallas - Crema

Las Fallas - Crema

Las Fallas - Crema

Las Fallas - Crema

Las Fallas - Crema

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And POOF!

Las Fallas - Crema

All gone!

We walked back to our hotel exhausted, but satisfied. Tomorrow we head off to Madrid to spend the night and the fly back to Houston for some much needed rest and relaxation.

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2 thoughts on “La Crema Las Fallas 2013

  1. Looks like you had a fabulous time, despite the illnesses. I’ve been having trouble with my internet connections, today is the first time I’ve been able to get to all your pictures…I have not forgotten you.

  2. Beautiful! My beloved and I were in Bali at the quarter year festival in March and it is so similar –they have huge floats of all the bad things that they then burn to bring in the new year. What’s wonderful is it is a “quiet” day–no cell phone service, no flights in or out, no one on the streets, a day of meditation–seeing this in Spain is now on my bucket list–thanks for sharing! Beautiful pictures!

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