Culture, a beach and boundless energy
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
VALENCIA JOAQUIN SOROLLA
You'll arrive here if travelling from Barcelona.
VALENCIA ESTACION DEL NORD
Valencia's second stations serves trains to towns and villages across the region.
Valencia offers the pace of a sleepy seaside town but with culture and history in abundance. Oh and the mother of all parties - Las Fallas.
Join in the biggest party in Spain - Las Fallas.
On 1 March every year a firecracker signals the start of the festival celebrating the arrival of spring. From 15-19 March the feast of St Joseph takes over the city with bonfires, fiestas, fireworks and pyrotechnics.
Valencians wake on 12 March to a city decorated with papier-mache figures, often up to 20ft tall, sometimes grotesque but mostly playful characters from TV, politics or sport.
Head to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento at around 2pm for a spectacular firework display called la Mascleta. It's a powerful display; where the different neighbourhoods compete for the most impressive set of fireworks and ending in the terremoto (earthquake!). Be warned...it's loud!
The Ofrenda de Flores a la Virgen de los Decamparados is a majestic ceremony, which takes place on 17 and 18 March every year, honouring Valenica's patron Virgin. Thousands of Valencians parade through the city in traditional costume, making their way to the Plaza de la Virgen to offer flowers to the giant statue of the Virgin.
Las Fallas culminates in the mother of all firework displays - Nit del Foc (night of fires) in the Paseo de la Alameda on 18 March. At midnight all the fallas (papier-mache figures) are set alight and the city is quite literally on fire.
(1) Journey time is based on indirect train service between London-Barcelona and Barcelona-Valencia, excluding an overnight stay in Barcelona.
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