Hogueras Alicante 2014

You have missed my previous blog about Las Fallas in Valencia? Well, here you have a chance to catch up with Hogueras in Alicante, similar festivities these days in Alicante.

Everything has started on Friday 13 June, when first activities were held on Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Starting from Sunday 15 June until Wednesday 18 June at midnight firecrackers (Mascletà a la Nit) were lit at Plaza de Los Luceros and kept all the city awake.

From Thursday 19 June until today, 24 June, firecrackers at 2 p.m. have made the crowd shout and cheer at Plaza de Los Luceros and the Mascletà of the past six days compete for the best and loudest presentation.

Check this out: Mascletà today at 2 p.m.

Want to see more about Hogueras 2014? Then stay tuned for Monumental Palmera (giant fireworks rocket from Castillo Santa Bárbara) and Cremà de los fogueres (burning of the ninots) tonight at 12 o’clock!

Alicante rocks tonight 😉


Las Fallas or spring start in Valencia

It happens every year and each time the city of Valencia turns into a hotspot for a week. Starting on March 15 (father’s day), ninots are set up in the streets. They are awesome cartoon looking figures made out of papier-mâché and can reach a height up to 15 meters! After a previous voting, the best ninot is chosen and is saved from the bonfire on March 19 at midnight when all the other ninots are burnt to ground.

During the 5 day festivity at 2pm on Plaza del Ayuntamiento firecrackers (mascleta) are lit and turn the city center into the noisiest place on earth every day and announce the beginning of spring in Spain. Crazy, right?

Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the bonfires this year but I get a second chance during Hogueras de San Juan (19 until 24 June), a very similar festivity in Alicante! You can be sure that a second post will follow here with hopefully spectacular photos! Stay tuned!


(pics by P. Bovey)