Fallas, which translates to “fire,” is held in Valencia and is celebrated from the 1st through 19th of March. The festivities, which celebrate the coming of Spring, transform the city of Valencia into an otherworldly playground. Enormous satirical paper maché monuments appear at every street corner, and many daytime celebrations include traditional costumes and music. Each day at 2pm La Mascleta occurs and thousands of firecrackers are lit in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
At night, intricate street lights and a fireworks displays light up and animate the Valencia. With fireworks shops throughout the city, you can partake in the fun as well! On the 18th of March is a notorious fireworks display in the Paseo de la Alameda, during which all of the paper maché statues are burned, sparking bonfires throughout the city. The energy and excitement that Fallas creates is palpable and contagious. Everywhere, people are dancing and celebrating in the streets until the early hours of the morning. The bonfires and sounds of explosions create an almost apocalyptic atmosphere.
-relax at the beach and try paella, which was invented in Valencia, at L'estimat.
-take some time to explore the incredible street art in Valencia's Carmen district.
-take a siesta (you’re going to need it!)
Getting to Valencia:
Many budget airlines (I flew Jet2) offer flights from Edinburgh from Alicante. Once in Alicante you can the C6 bus to the train station, and board an hour long train to one of Valencia’s two train stations. It is very easy to navigate through Spain and their public transportation systems are clean and efficient.