Spanish Fire Festivals
Spain is a country that keeps its traditions alive. Local festivities are varied and colourful, and some are internationally famous. One of the most popular 'fiesta' in Spain is the Fallas in Valencia. This spectacular event consists of the construction of massive sculptures of mainly satirical themes, which are burnt on the night of Saint Joseph. The sculptures are flammable and the workmanship is excellent; they are truly works of art which take months to build and decorate. Just one of the fallas will be pardoned each year and won't be burned.
Guadalest • Valencia • Alicante Coastal Villages • Paella • The Fallas Museum • Fire Festival
Day 1 Fly from the UK to Alicante and meet your English speaking guide for the transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 This morning visit the picturesque mountain village of Guadalest. The medieval old town is very well preserved and it's possible to visit the castle, the prison (under the Town Hall), houses of the nobility and the baroque church as well as a number of museums, bars and restaurants.
Day 3 Today visit Valencia, founded by the Romans in 138 BC. A panoramic tour takes in the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the Palau de la Musica, the Bullring and the Town Hall. Next is a walk through the old town visiting the art deco market; the Lonja, an excellent example of Gothic civil architecture, and the cathedral. Continue on to the City of the Arts and Science; a conglomerate of stunning buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Day 4 Relax in the resort. Your guide will be at hand with information and suggestions.
Day 5 Travel to the northern part of the province of Alicante, using local roads for an insight into this beautiful coast. Passing through Altea the first stop is Calpe, a fishing port where the Peñon de Ifach, a huge rock, juts out into the sea. Continue to Jalon and stop in one of the local wine shops. Lunch is at Tarbena, a sleepy little village with a reputation for good food. The area is famous for its 'paella' and we include lunch in a local restaurant.
Day 6 Visit the Museu Faller (The Fallas Museum) in Valencia to gain an insight into the history of this tradition. Continue to the centre of town and admire some of the beautiful fallas and mingle with the local revellers. Other attractions of the fiesta are the firecrackers and the traditional dress of the locals.
Day 7 Relax in the resort. Your guide will be at hand with information and suggestions.
Day 8 Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
Hotel Cap Negret, Altea
Set next to Cap Negret de Altea Beach and a short walk from the centre of Altea, Hotel Cap Negret has outdoor swimming pools, a buffet restaurant, bar and gardens. The bright rooms at the Cap Negret feature tiled floors and a private bathroom. Each one has a safe, fridge, balcony and a TV.
• 4 star • 250 bedrooms
• Free Wi-Fi • Air-conditioning
• Outdoor swimming pool
Your tour includes:
• Flights from the UK to Alicante
• 7 nights half board in Altea
• Coach travel/excursions/admissions
as detailed in the itinerary
• English speaking guides
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