Fiestas in MARCH
FIESTAS IN MARCH
Dates for this event are dictated by when Easter falls, the Parades always take place on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, so this years carnival dates are 2nd to 5th March.
The main day on which the carnival celebrations are concentrated, is Saturday 2nd:
Concentration at 10:00 in the C / Schools. -Departure at 10:30 with the following route: C / Schools, C / Ruzafa, C / Herrerías, Plaza Doctor Fleming. Finishing in the Plaza de SS.MM Kings of Spain ( Benidorm City Council).
At the end of the parade a lunch will be distributed to all participating children who go in disguise. In addition, the awards ceremony will take place. After, the youngest can enjoy the playground and for the rest of the family a bar with popular prices (montaditos, soft drinks and beer) both will be installed in the Plaza SS.MM, Kings of Spain in the City of Benidorm. (Town hall square)
Concentration at 21:00 in C / Venus corner with C / Tomás Ortuño. -Departure at 9:30 p.m. with the following route. C / Venus, C / Ruzafa, C / Herrerías, Plaza Doctor Fleming. Finishing in the Plaza de SS.MM Kings of Spain (Town Hall Square).
At the end of the parade, snacks and refreshments will be distributed to all registered participants. Once finalized the parade will begin the party presented and entertained by AITOR BELDA of LOS40 PRINCIPALES.Y during the same will proceed to the delivery of prizes. You can also enjoy a bar with popular prices (beer, soft drinks and combined)
BURIAL OF THE SARDINE
Finally, the burial of the sardine, is a popular parade that usually serves to close the Carnivals. It will take place on Tuesday, March 5th.
Concentration to perform the burial to our beloved sardine in C / La Biga starting at 9:30 p.m. The funeral procession begins at 22:00 hours with the following route: C / La Biga, C / Tomás Ortuño, C / Escuelas (first stop), C / Ruzafa, C / Rioja (second stop), C / Ruzafa, Paseo of the Highway (third stop at the height of the Farmacia Luz).
To finish in the Paseo Colon will proceed to the burning of the sardine and the firing of a fireworks castle.
MARCH FALLAS FIESTA 15th to 19th
This fiesta goes back to Pagan times and comes from the Latin word Facla which means Torch. This is one of the biggest most popular and unique of all the fiestas held through out the year, it is colourful and very very noisy with lots of fireworks from the early hours until late at night. This fiesta always end on 19th March which is another very important day here in Spain, Fathers Day.
Today the Pagan side of it is forgotten and San José (Saint Joseph), the patron saint of carpenters, is the official focus for the festival. Carpenters used to hang up planks of wood called ‘parots’ in the winter to support their candles when they were working. At the beginning of spring these pieces of wood would be burned as a way of celebrating the end of dark, winter working days. After a while they began to put clothing on the ‘parot’ and then started to try to make it identifiable with a well-known local personality giving the people the opportunity to publicly mock and/or criticise unpopular events or people. These are what are today called the ‘ninots’, the enormous cardboard, wooden, polyurethane, Styrofoam, cork, plaster and papier maché figures of today. The authorities later decided to link the burning of the ‘parots’ with Saint Joseph’s Day to try to stop it getting out of control!. So basically this fiesta marks the beginning of SPRING and fresh beginnings.
Each district and in Benidorm there are three, Es Tolls, Benidorm Centro and the Rincon de Loix will spend the entire preceding year constructing these elaborate giant Ninots.
These Ninots are displayed for 4 days to give people time to inspect and admire them, they are placed in each of the 3 districts one can be found at the end of Levante beach, near Burger King, the 2nd in the Old Town in the Plaza Triangular in front of Mc Donalds, the 3rd again in the Old Town on Calle Tomas Ortuno. These are burnt in that order from midnight on the 19th starting around midnight then every 30 minutes.
The Fireworks – However loud you think this is going to be you’ll be wrong. There is no way of beginning to describe the amount of noise generated. Pregnant women are forbidden from attending, keep your mouth open to allow the sound to escape and not echo around your head – so they say – but be prepared to feel the ground shake beneath your feet.
And please don’t think you can rest up during the day to prepare yourself for the evening’s bombardments. After you’ve been unceremoniously startled awake at 8 o’clock.
Schedule of events – FALLAS 2019
FRIDAY, 15th MARCH
“PLANTÁ” (setting up) of the Fallas:
Falla Benidorm: Alcalde José Such Ortega street (near the Harbour).
Falla Rincón: Av. Ametlla de Mar (near Burguer King).
Falla Els Tolls: Tomás Ortuño street.
SUNDAY, 17th MARCH
10:15 h. Parade of the band “L´Illa de Benidorm”, by the streets around the Falla “Rincón deLoix”.
Afterwards, parade of Falla “Rincón de Loix” to visit Falla “Benidorm Centro” and then, both Fallas, (around 12:30h) will go marching to Falla “Els Tolls”, to pay them a visit.
12:00 h. Parade of Falla “Els Tolls”, around their quarter.
17:00 h. Parade of Falla “Els Tolls” to visit Falla “Benidorm Centro” and, afterwards, (around
18:00h) both Fallas will go visit the Falla “Rincón de Loix”.
17:30 h. Parade of Falla “Rincón de Loix”, around their quarter.
23:00 h. Nocturnal parade, of Falla “Benidorm Centro”, around their quarter.
MONDAY 18th MARCH
08:00 h. “DESPERTÀ” (waking up by the sound of firecrackers and music), in the streets surrounding the “Falla Rincón de Loix” and Falla “Els Tolls”.
12:00 h. Parade of the Falla “Rincón de Loix”, and the Falla “Els Tolls”, around their respective quarters.
12:30 h. Parade of the Falla “Benidorm Centro”, around their quarter.
18:00 h. FLOWER OFFERING to the Virgin of the Suffrage and Saint James, with the participation of the three Fallas. They will meet at Av. Mediterráneo / Av. Europa.
ITINERARY: Mediterráneo, Bilbao, Alcoy, Martínez Alejos, Plaza de la Cruz, Alameda del
Alcalde D. Pedro Zaragoza, Mayor and Plaza de San Jaime.
Once the flower offering ends, there will be a FIREWORK DISPLAY.
23:00 h. Nocturnal parade, of Falla “Benidorm Centro”, around their quarter.
TUESDAY 19th MARCH: SAINT JOSEPH´S DAY
08:00 – 08:30 h. “DESPERTÀ”, in the streets surrounding the three Fallas.
11:00 h. Falla Els Tolls: Mass, in honour of Saint Joseph, at Buen Pastor Church.
12:00 h. Falla Rincón. Mass, in honour of Saint Joseph, at Nuestra Señora del Mar Church.
13:00 h. Falla “Benidorm Centro”. Mass, in honour of Saint Joseph, at Saint James Church.
14:00 h. MAGNIFICENT “MASCLETÁ” (firecrackers sound show) at Falla “Benidorm
Centro” (Alcalde José Such Ortega street), Falla “Els Tolls” (Tomás Ortuño street) and Falla “Rincón de Loix” (Av. Mediterráneo).
18:30 h. BIG PARADE OF FLOATS, with the participation of the three Fallas.
ITINERARY: Marqués de Comillas, Almendros, Marte, Venus, Ruzafa, Martínez Alejos and Alcoy avenue.
23:00 h. “CREMÁ” (Bonfire) of the children Fallas: Benidorm Centro, Rincón de Loix and Els Tolls.
00:00 h. “CREMÁ” of the Falla “Rincón de Loix”.
00:30 h. “CREMÁ” of the Falla “Benidorm Centro”.
01:00 h. “CREMÁ” of the Falla “Els Tolls”.
OTHER EVENTS IN MARCH
Benidorm Half Marathon – March 2nd 18.30 – route registration and more information HERE
FuzzVille Festival 2019 Benidorm
The fifth edition of the festival will be held from 22 to 24 March in Benidorm –
22, 23 and 24 March to the Magic Robin Hood resort in Benidorm. An authentic villa with a medieval theme that will reopen its doors to become a weekend in the garage and punk rock village.
With artists of the stature of the mythical punk band made in Atlanta, CARBONAS ON ITS ONLY DATE IN EUROPE! In addition to: THE QUEERS, THE ZEROS, BIZNAGA, BARRERACUDAS, POINTED STICKS, SURFBORT, GENTLEMAN JESSE AND HIS MEN, LA SECTA, BALLON FLIGHTS, TEXXCOCO, THE MANGES, KINGS OF THE BEACH y THE GOVERNMENT… and many more. For tickets and more information see HERE
Iberia Festival Club 2019 – 30th of March the day of Rock and Roll arrives in Benidorm.
A unique festival, with more than ten hours of music at the Penelope nightclub in Benidorm on Saturday, March 30. Hand in hand with bands like La Guardia who are firing their careers here and Burning.
A very good way to welcome the spring accompanied, always, Rock and Roll. There is limited capacity so do not think more and TICKETS HERE
AVERAGE WEATHER TEMPERATURES FOR MARCH
SPRING STARTS 20th
Daylight saving time 2019 in Spain will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 31st
Temperature 14°C 57°F
Low Temperature 9°C 48°F
High Temperature 19°C 66°F
Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
Chance of Sunny Day 44 %
Rainfall days 7 days
Chance of Rain 18 %
Chance of Cloudy Day 18 %
Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F
Chance of Windy Day 18 %