Spain has recently grabbed the attention of the world and was brought into the spotlight for its long-standing aspiration of some regional independence. But I could give you 25 reasons why I believe Spain is still one of the better countries to visit in Europe in 2018.
Did you know Spain’s third-largest city – Valencia – is a captivating cultural mix of ultramodern architecture and mediaeval magic?
For years, Valencia remained in the shadow of Madrid and Barcelona. But thanks to some colorful cultural attractions, and revitalized old quarters, the city has emerged over the past few years as one of Europe’s most talked about city. A blissful Mediterranean climate with balmy summers and extremely mild winters makes Valencia an appealing year-round destination.
Valencia is home of some of the coolest festivals in the world. From elaborate religious processions to tomato battles, Valencians love a good fiesta.
The annual highlight is undoubtedly Las Fallas or Fire Festival a high-spirited five-day festival that marks the arrival of spring. Hundreds of imaginative papier-mâché creations called ninots (Usually parodying mythical or famous figures) are processed through the streets and squares then set ablaze to a frenzy of fireworks. This festival is schedule to take place from March 15 to March 19, 2018, however the organizers have not confirmed dates yet.
The festival of Moors and Christians is an old tradition that dates back to the 16th century. It commemorates the confrontation that took place between Moorish and Christian soldiers in the 13th century over the rule of Spain. The start of the festivities is truly spectacular and worth seeing. Over 5,000 people take part of the procession in the street where people lined up at the wee hours of the day. The festival will take place April 20 to April 23, 2018.
And lastly, one of the most famous festivals around the world is without a doubt La Tomatilla, the biggest tomato battle on earth. The festival is held every year on the last Wednesday of August. The weeklong festival features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks. On the night before the tomato fight, participants compete in nothing else than a paella-cooking contest. The tomato fight is a harmless battle where thousands of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. The objective of the fight is to bring down a ham that has been placed on a pole. The first one to climb the pole and bring down the ham is declared the winner and the tomato throwing can begin.
To book your trip or inquire about accommodations during these festivals, contact the Tourist Office of Valencia.
Las Fallas: http://en.comunitatvalenciana.com/what-to-do/festivities/fallas
Moors and Christians: http://en.comunitatvalenciana.com/what-to-do/festivities/moorishes-and-christians
La Tomatilla: http://en.comunitatvalenciana.com/what-to-do/valencia-terra-i-mar/bunyol/festivities/bunol-awash-red-la-tomatina
Tourist Office of Valencia: http://en.comunitatvalenciana.com/tourist-information-contact-center