It isn’t just the red and yellow of Spain’s flag that makes the country such a colourful place to be – it’s the passion and culture of its people that does as well. The home of tapas, art and fiestas, the western European country has some of the best festivals the world has to offer.
There’s no better place to see this for yourself than in Valencia. As city with a strong sense of tradition and a ton of things to see and do, planning to visit there when one of the festivals listed below is on will truly offer an experience like no other.
From a festival famed for lobbing tomatoes at each other, to another showcasing the spiritual side of the city, here are three festivals you won’t want to miss…
1 – La Tomatina.
Yes, this really is a thing. It takes place in the tiny town of Buñol, where thousands of people take to the streets to literally hurl tomato after tomato at one another each summer.
Certainly one of Spain’s more chaotic events, the weird and wonderful La Tomatina festival originally started in 1945 following a disruption during a parade, where angry locals threw nearby tomatoes in protest. Almost three-quarters of a century later, La Tomatina is now one of the world’s most popular events, attracting thousands of tourists from around the globe each year.
However, if you do decide to go, make sure to bring a change of clothes. You’ll definitely be needing them.
2 – Las Fallas.
Valencia’s most famous and popular event is by far and away the Las Fallas celebrations that take place each March.
One of the most unique experiences you will ever have, the four-day event sees the city transform itself into a carnival of huge papier-mâché figurines, performances and fireworks. The last day of the event is the crème de la crème though, seeing many locals set their papier-mâché creations alight to welcome in spring. The festival then concludes with a mesmerising bonfire display.
3 – Holy Week.
Known more commonly in Spain as Semana Santa, Holy Week is a stunning festival which celebrates the lead up to Easter.
It takes place throughout the major cities of Spain, with Valencia being particularly well-known for its celebrations. With elaborate events occurring on each day of the week-long build-up, the festival features a number of ornate region-themed floats built by local groups. The Valencian locals also dress up in traditional Spanish wear, while live bands play relaxing music throughout the city.
It’s one of the most peaceful events you can go to and is a true reflection of how cultural the Spanish people are.
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