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Poble de Cofrentes Every year Valencia hosts a huge "fire" festival called Fallas Festival. The event starts on March 14 and lasts five days. Mass festivities are confined to even an older holiday - the Day of St. Joseph known as a patron saint of Valencia. That holiday was celebrated in the medieval period. The holiday got its present name not long ago. Fallas comes from the Latin word «fax», which means “a torch”.
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Even a few centuries ago local residents praised the city's patron saint and celebrated the long-awaited arrival of spring. As a rule, such celebrations were accompanied by entertaining folk festivals and lots of delicious food. Traditionally, during the celebration people were encouraged to burn unnecessary old items. First of all the locals got rid of old candlesticks and various kinds of stands. They became simply unimportant as the duration of daylight increased because of spring.
Modern holiday has changed a lot and it has got many new traditions and customs. Nowadays chandeliers are not widely used and many people simply cannot part with their belongings easily, so during the modern festival are burnt huge figures made of papier-mâché. Skillful masters work for several months over their creation. During the festival these huge figures and beautiful compositions can be easily seen in every district of Valencia. On the last day of the festival, when darkness falls on the city, both locals and visitors gather in the city’s squares in order to watch the ritual of burning these figures. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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It is believed that first compositions were built yet in the 18th century. Incredible compositions, which are created by modern masters, deserve the highest praise. During five days the city hosts exciting parades, solemn processions and entertaining performances. There are many fairs, where visitors can enjoy excellent meals and buy memorable souvenirs. Children are also welcome to participate in many interesting events, theatrical performances and concerts.
Ciutat de les arts i les ciencies The most grandiose event, which is eagerly awaited by all participants of the festival, is held on the last day of the festival. Right after the burning of figures starts a colorful fireworks show. Deafening explosions of firecrackers and bright flashes that illuminate the sky - the show is really very impressive and fascinating. During the days of the festival Valencia is always visited by many foreign travelers. Fallas has earned a huge number of fans who live in different parts of the world.
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Valencia is perhaps the country's most "Spanish" city. Here you can get acquainted with the real hot and passionate nature of the Spaniards. Self-confident and temperamental, they are very proud of being lucky enough to have been born in such a wonderful country. Residents of Valencia are friendly, optimistic, and benevolent people. Their attitude to life is quite relaxing (sometimes too much). Everybody knows that siesta is a sacred thing for the Spaniards, and in Valencia, this fact is no exception. Treating all problems in the equally relaxed way, showing feelings and emotions is not alien to their passionate souls. And where else but in the City of Flowers (as Valencia is often called) it is not easy to meet a restrained Spaniard.
Oceanografico As well as to meet anyone who does not put things off and love how the most beautiful word in Valencia sounds (namely, "mañana", which translates as "tomorrow"). This is how they respond to any request requiring extra movements. Unless you are very convincing in your insistence on things to be done immediately. Another common trait of local residents is non-punctuality. And all this because of that relaxed lifestyle. However, do not take offense at the locals - it is better to learn from them this attitude and ability to appreciate every moment - this is a really useful quality.
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Also, the local people know how to have fun like nowhere else in the world (except for the province of the same name). Therefore, festivals taking place in the City of Flowers always attract a lot of tourists. Perhaps the craziest event in the entire province is Medusa Sun Beach Music Festival. Usually, it falls at the beginning of August. This is a real beach party, during which you can learn how to "hanging out like a Spaniard", which means cheerfully, fun, and as if life depends on it. Here you can hear techno and experimental electronic beats, as well as Indie riffs. Questions about whether to attend the festival or not disappear once clubbers hear the headliners' names. The event takes place on Cullera Beach.
Valencia One of the most popular events in all of Spain is Moros y Cristianos marking the liberation from the Moors, which happened 8 centuries ago. The festival is held at the end of sunny August, Ontinyent hosts the most spectacular actions. Participants of the festival are all wishing, so it is quite hard to realize that it's the 21st century. The thing is that all people dress in historical costumes - as you might guess, some of them play the role of the Moors and some act as Christians. The reconstruction of the battle is carried out, after which a colorful parade is organized.
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In early September, a small town near Valencia (Algemesí), hosts La Mare De Deu De La Salut. The event attracts the attention of those wishing to get acquainted with the local culture, since the festival is associated with praising the patron saint of the city, and holidays of this kind are always very authentic. During this time, on the central city streets, you can see musical, dance and theatrical performances. The highlight of the event is street dances known as the Muixeranga, and it must be said, this is a very colorful spectacle. The festival is often visited for the sole purpose of witnessing this sort of dancing.
Valencia, yo estoy enamorada de esta ciudad Movies and the beach — what could feel better? It seems that nothing, and Cine en las playas de Valencia once again proves this statement. Of course, it is held in the height of summer - Valencia beaches become cinemas for the whole of July. You can watch movies for free - that's what a generous Spanish soul means. Besides the beaches of Valencia, the event also takes place in such cities of the province as Sagunto, Oliva, Cullera, and Gandia. Films that you can be watch here include Hollywood movie premieres and movies that have become popular here in Europe.
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Another popular festival in the City of Flowers is Arenal Sound, and it is dedicated to music. Starting in late July and ending in early August, the event takes place on Burriana Beach, which makes it one of the "tasty morsels" for clubbers. Here you can listen to music of completely different genres — eminent DJs play Techno, House, and Rave, while bands perform locally popular indie and pop-rock. Fans of camping are also invited, as there will be no problems with that.
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Survived castles around Valencia
♥   Castle 'Tower of Santa Anna' Valencia, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Towers of Quart' Valencia, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Towers of Serrans' Valencia, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Torre de la Plaça' Valencia, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tower of Paterna' Valencia, 6.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Xera' Valencia, 24.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Cullera' Valencia, 35.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Valencia

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Valencia. Learn the best periods to visit Valencia to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Valencia.
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