LAS FALLAS DE VALENCIA
What better way is there to celebrate the coming of spring than with a super-festival filled with lavish parades, grandiose costumes, locally crafted wooden sculptures and delicious food and drink? Known as the “Festival of Noise and Fire,” Las Fallas de Valencia incorporates these festival elements and much more from the 15th to the 19th of March each year, drawing in foreign visitors and Spanish tourists alike. What sets Las Fallas de Valencia apart from other festivals is that in addition to traditional festival activities, large and intricate pieces of wooden sculptures and artwork are burned in the city in honor of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. The day begins with an 8 a.m. wake-up call complete with a marching band, car alarms and firecrackers, followed by an afternoon of free beer and sangria and an evening of fire. Due to its ever-increasing popularity, hotels in Valencia and the surrounding areas sell out many months in advance and it’s imperative to book early if you’re interested in experiencing this unique cultural tradition.