Lights, gunpowder, monuments, flowers, traditional costumes, music, satire, emotions and a great deal of fun are the ingredients of a unique cocktail known as the Fallas Fiestas.
In March Valencia city, which is situated on the coast of the Mediterranean, hosts a spectacular festival to mark the end of Winter and the start of the spring season. From March 15 to 19 (the feast of Saint Joseph, day of the father in the whole country), a fantastic carnaval known as Las Fallas takes place and includes a wide range of pyrotechnics such as bonfires and fireworks as well as parades containing a healthy dose of satire.
Historians say that the origins of the festival go back to the time when carpenters cleared out their workshops at the end of winter, throwing out odds and ends of wood and old candles and lighting them on the street the day of Saint Joseph.
Throughout the city giant papier mache figures and exotic ninots are displayed and paraded and these are sometime 20 feet tall. Each of these figures are designed to satirise different people such as politicians, celebrities or sports stars and some are designed to look ugly or scary, whereas others are beautiful and colourful.
Every day at 2pm firecrackers rip through the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in a noisy event called la Mascleta. This gunpowder show is great fun and involves different neighbourhoods competing against each other for the most impressive volley, ending with the terremoto, (literally meaning "earthquake") as hundreds of masclets exploding simultaneously.
Nowadays, the festivites draw to an end with a jaw dropping firework display in the Paseo de la Alameda, known as the Nit del Foc (literally "The Night of Fire"), on March 18. On this night Valencia is at that moment like a city in flames in a tremendous spectacle of fire and joy. Valencians consider this to be the best firework display in the world so go and see it and decide for yourself!
Come and visit Valencias Bioparc Zoo which is said to be one of the best in Europe. Spread over 100,000 sq metres it in enormous and contains a huge variety of different species. There are also live shows in a mini amphitheatre and the possibility of going on guided tours. Tickets are roughly €20 if you buy in advance. Make sure you dont miss out. Its a great day out for people of all ages.
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