So eastwards we headed for some party time back at home camp in Dènia. We had a very specific festival to be part of, so this had been part of the plan from day 1. Every year in around the week of 19th March and St Joseph's Day is Las Fallas, (pronounced Fayas). It's one of those unique Spanish fiestas that just needs to be experienced and can only be found in the Valencian Community. Valencia is the main centre for the fiesta, although towns throughout the region also acknowledge this ancient tradition and Dènia is a big one.
I'll try and paint a picture of this bonkers five day fiesta, although it's hard to put into words what you experience. So imagine intricate statues made of wood and polystyrene that are 60ft high that take months to build and that tell a satirical story of something that is happening on the local or international stage. Think Spitting Image (UK TV show) and you are along the right lines. Imagine firecrackers, fireworks, brass bands, processions of Valencian traditional costumes and bonfires at midnight. And in a nutshell you have the key elements of Las Fallas. Here's a blog - A Survival Guide to Las Fallas that will tell you more about this unique fiesta and a few images to whet your appetite.
And to cap the month off we motored up to Barcelona as we were taking the ferry to Italy and tying up with a friend flying in. So what better way to enjoy the area than take the Tourist Bus and capture the spirit of Catalan's capital. Gaudi, Cathedrals, museums, football stadiums and a café culture. It tantalised every sense to the extreme. The Bus, a hop-on hop-off affair gave us a great flavour for the day for €29 per person and we finished up with an amble up La Rambla amidst the torrent of tourists. What a great experience from inside the city walls.