The Fallas – Festival of Fire
The Fallas is the most traditional celebration in Valencia. The festival takes place in March, culminating the 19th St Joseph's Day.
This construction is known as a “falla”, they are spread all over the city, and eventually burnt. Huge sculptures of wood and cardboard, as cartoons making fun of the Spanish current affairs. Each sculpture is called “ninot” (“puppet” or “doll”). A great opportunity to see the best fireworks and if you don’t have sensitive hearing, the "mascletà” is very exciting!
Albufera Natural Park
This is the largest lake in Spain, and a place of great ecological interest with a rich variety of wildlife. On your way to the lake, you may encounter people selling tomatoes on the road. Buy some tomatoes from the “Perelló”! They taste like real tomatoes! you won’t regret it!
Don't miss the opportunity to try the local gastronomy, classic dishes such as Paella, Arroz a Banda, or All i Pebre made with eels freshly caught from the lake.
After lunch, you can take a boat trip, excellent for bird watching. It is very relaxing and even more beautiful as the sun sets. In the area you will be able to see the typical “Barracas”; traditional high-peaked thatched cottages. These houses are protected by the community, because of its value to the cultural heritage.
“Horchata” is a traditional drink made from chufa nuts (tigernuts). You won’t find tastier versions than the ones in “Alboraya”, small village located 5 Km north of the city of Valencia. It is a very refreshing drink, ideal to drink very cold in summer. But the experience is not complete if you don’t accompany your drink with “Fartons”, delicious glazed bread buns designed to dip in your horchata.
City of Arts and Science - Museum
If you visit Valencia, the city of Arts and Science is a must-see. This cultural and architectural complex designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, will leave you speechless. Its Modernist style buildings will make you feel like in a science fiction movie, in fact, the movie “Tomorrowland” was filmed here in 2014. My favorite one is “L'Oceanogràfic”, It is the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe, and I have the chance to see a beluga for the first time!