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La Crema - the Burning of the Fallas
This is the final catharsis of the Fallas Festival, when all of the Fallas-Structures will be burned to the cheers of the crowd.
The Crema will take place consecutively - from 10pm to 1am:
Pronounced as cremA - "burning", as opposed to crEma - "crème"
For those who worry, there is no need to. First of all, the crews know what distance to keep you at to avoid any problems. Secondly, the Fallas-Sculptures are ingeniously constructed to collapse more or less vertically.
However, be aware that it can get quite hot, so it's not a good idea to stand right in front. Also, try not to be in the face of the wind on a windy day - you will catch a lot of ash and may be even ambers.
To see them all?
Impossible. The fallas burn in 15-20 minutes. A lot of streets are cordoned off for safety reasons since most fallas are on crossroads. Moving through the city, especially without knowing it well, will be problematic.
Remember - the festival wasn't designed for everyone to see many Fallas burn. The Fallas-Communities make their two Fallas side-by-side, drink and party there on the same spot for 10 days, then they just stay there and burn them, without caring much for what the neighbouring Falla is doing.
Our Suggested Schedule
However, this is Spain and not everyone goes by the official, so there is a way to get the most out of Crema - that is to see 4 -5 fallas burn.
Falla 1 - Any Falla Infantil
Falla 2 - Around Plaza de la Reina
Falla 3 - Plaza de Ayuntamento
Falla 4 - Plaza del Mercado
Falla 5 - Plaza de Doctor Collado
Is This It?
Yes, this is it. The night will have been in quite a low key anyhow, with everyone being in the state of the biggest hangover ever. The word "catharsis" doesn't really fit - it is more like "can't take any more, just get it over and done with". After watching the crema with the last few drops of energy, the crowds will be happy to just go home and sleep it all off. If you have made the best of the Fallas, you will have had more than enough party too.
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