Fallas de Valencia
As one of Spain's most spectacular traditional festivals, Las Fallas is a massive fire festivity largely celebrated in the Valencia community. Larger-than-life figures or puppets, known as ninots, are created from wood and papier mâché and paraded all over the city during the week leading to the Fallas. On the last day of the festival, these giant figures are set on fire, lighting up the city in blazing heat. The festival usually involves a whole year of preparation and the falleras put on their best traditional costumes to parade on the streets of Valencia. It is a special occasion in Valencia, so if you’re here in March, make sure you don’t miss it!Date: 15 March 2020 - 19 March 2020
Venue: Various locations throughout Valencia, including in front of the Town Hall.
Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians)
Large-scale processions and ‘battles' of the Moors and Christians take place all over the region, with the most impressive ones found in Alcoi, 11km (7 miles) south of Valencia. It is a ritual encounter between the foes of old times: the Moors and the Christians. The battles are re-enacted in full historic costume along the streets of Alcoi. The costumes are opulent and the weapons convincing. The second day is dedicated mainly to St George, with a religious procession in the morning and a general parade in the afternoon. On the third day, all hell breaks loose as the adversaries meet in battle. Clouds of smoke fill the streets when the antique-style muskets are fired over and over again.Date: 01 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
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Venue: Alcoi and Valencia.
Fiesta de San Juan
The summer solstice is celebrated in full vigour in the Valencia community and this celebration is known as the Fiesta de San Juan. On the longest day of the year, the beach is dotted with bonfires and the skies are lit up with dazzling fireworks. It is said that the fires would give more strength to the sun, which loses energy after the summer solstice. The best places in the Valencia region to join in the celebrations are in Alicante, Denia, Torrevieja and Benidorm where giant figures are set on fire along the beach.Date: 23 June 2020 - 23 June 2020
Venue: Various locations in Valencia and by the beach.
Feria de Julio
Every city or town in Spain has its own annual fair. These fairs, known as ferias, are flamboyant carnivals packed full of feasting, drinking and dancing. In Valencia, the feria is spread throughout the city, with cultural activities interspersed with performing arts spectacles. The highlights of the Valencia feria are the ‘battle of the flowers' (last Sunday of the month), the International Musical Band Competition (first fortnight), Feria de San Jaime bullfights (second and third weeks) and the zarzuela (Spanish light opera).Date: 01 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
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Venue: Various venues in Valencia.
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Famed as one of the craziest festivals in Spain, La Tomatina is a messy tomato fight that takes place in the town of Buñol, not far from Valencia. Thousands of participants come from all over Spain to Buñol to take part in this massive food fight. The festival begins with the palo jabón: where revellers aim to climb up a greasy pole with a jamón on top. Participants then spend a whole hour throwing tomatoes at one another; by the end of it, the whole town square is coloured red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely. Accommodation is extremely expensive during the festival, so be sure to book early.Date: 26 August 2020 - 26 August 2020
Venue: Village of Buñol, 40km (24 miles) west of Valencia.
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