In a country renowned for it’s extraordinary festivals, Las Fallas is the most unusual of the lot, and fortunately there’s not a goat or a bell tower in sight.

Europe's wildest street party sees giant papier-mâché effigies of politicians and celebrities paraded through the streets before being consumed by flames and fireworks - think bonfire night multiplied by 100.

Light sleepers or anyone looking for an early night might be advised to give this one a miss. Plus there's the usual local street parties and copious alcohol consumption, and have you ever noticed how the Spanish manage to do all this with a bit of charm?

If Las Fallas isn't enough, La Tomatina, the annual tomato-throwing festival is held in the nearby town of Buñol every August.

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Harriet and Kate L are our 'Las Fallas' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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