Fallas de Valencia is one of Spain’s biggest festivals. Taking place every March in Valencia to celebrate the feast of San José, the Fallas is fiery experience for visitors. With its carnival atmosphere and massive crowds, the Iberian festival is one of Europe’s biggest springtime events.
The Spanish city is crackling with energy and pyrotechnics over the Fallas. Brimming with culture and modernist landmarks, Valencia has excellent budget hostels and low cost accommodation available in the city centre.
Valencia is Spain’s third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona. With its medieval core complemented by elegant art nouveau buildings, Valencia is perfect for culture lovers. The Fallas is a spring highlight and it takes place this year on 15th – 19th March (St Joseph’s Day).
Most people flock to Valencia for the Nit del Foc (literally “The Night of Fire”) on March 19th. Here they turn off all the city lights and set fire to hundreds of enormous papier-maché caricatures in a tremendous spectacle of fire and joy.
Each one satirises a political figure, or a soap star, or sports personality. It’s a spectacular way to celebrate one of Spain’s greatest cities on holiday. Even better the city is extremely compact and has less tourists than Barcelona and Madrid.
Easy to navigate on foot and public transport, the city is a joy to explore on a bright sunny day. Valencia’s modernist buildings has given the city a spectacular new landscape for the twenty-first century.
The City of Arts and Sciences showcases ultra-modern architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela. Walking around the marina is like exploring a new found planet. It captures the spirit of the age with a breathtaking flair and symbolises Valencia’s desire to be a progressive modern city.
The space age complex is Valencia’s biggest tourist attraction by some distance. Even if you only have a day or two in the city you must take in this stunning work of art.
Home to the largest aquarium in Europe, the Oceanogràfi has over 500 marine species: dolphins, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks and jelly fish. If you’re looking to dine somewhere extraordinary then come eat with the fishes at the Submarina underwater restaurant.
Eating out in Valencia is a superb experience and culinary joy is not only reserved to underwater restaurants. For tapas and cheap eateries, there are plenty of bars offering meals for under €15 in the city centre.
As the official home of the paella, there will be ample opportunities to sample this gorgeous regional dish cooked with chicken, rabbit, tomatoes and saffron. Valencianos eat paella every Sunday and this family stable can be found on almost every street corner in the city.
Discover all this and Spain’s most famous festival, an explosive week-long celebration of fireworks and celebrity bonfires. Get ready to welcome the spring in Valencia when everything that is bad is burnt and reborn from the ashes to welcome a new season.
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Where to stay in Valencia
- Urban Youth Hostel is located in one of the busiest avenues in Valencia, near the City of Arts and Sciences and only 1200 metres from the beach. Rooms are available from €15.43.
- Feetup Home Backpackers Hostel Valencia is situated in the centre of the El Carmen district, which is perfect for the city’s night life and historical attractions. Room are available from €15.11.
- The River Hostel is a sparkling new hostel with bright spacious rooms in Valencia’s city centre. Rooms are available from €10.68.
- Quart Youth Hostel is a brand new hostel offering superb service and facilities in Valencia city centre. Rooms are available from €11.64.