Fallas is a massive fiesta of spring in Valencia, Spain

Who knew that a fiesta can be so valuable that it deserves a Unesco World Heritage nomination, but that’s what the Fallas fiesta in Valencia, Spain has achieved. The carnival, held annually from end of February to mid-March, is a massive (even in fiesta-crazy Spain) celebration of spring. Here is what goes on during the festivities.

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Is the Pacific Crest Trail the Camino for American hikers?

The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. Completing the entire trail is only for the toughest hikers, but sections of the trail are used by hundreds of thousands of outdoor lovers annually.

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A village in Spain blasts music from the church tower if suspicious characters approach

Les Coves de Vinromà is a peaceful village of 1800 inhabitants in Spain, located about halfway between Tarragona and Valencia. The village is a typical Spanish small community with an old church and central square where life goes on relatively quietly – except for the moments when loud music blasts from the church tower.

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These people travel around the world in 8 months while racing their sailing boats

The race that takes sailors around the world on sailing boats, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts from Alicante, Spain in 2017. After sailing about 45 000 nautical miles (mind-blowing 83 300 kilometers, or 51 700 miles) those teams who have survived the entire journey arrive in Hague, Netherlands by the end of June 2018.

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A night at the races: camping on a mountain for the Tour of Spain

It is one thing to stay a night at a camp site where all the services people usually need are available, and completely other thing to camp on a mountain with thousands of people without any facilities. If it is camping on a mountain in order to watch a bicycle race, it can be a lot of fun. We camped a night on the famous Alto del Angliru near Oviedo, northwest Spain to follow a stage of the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a España) road cycling race.

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A day at the bicycle race Tour of Spain is a fiesta day

When there is an opportunity to have a fiesta in Spain, it will not be missed by anyone. A major sports event, the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a Espana) road cycling race stops traffic on major and minor roads for the professional cyclists to ride along their route, and spectators congest the rest of the nearby roads. In any case, the most important thing is to get out there, and have a fabulous picnic with friends or family.

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Is it safe to visit Barcelona? Some residents are really tired of tourists

Barcelona in Spain is the third most visited city in Europe according to recent statistics. For many years, it has been a favorite city break destination for young Europeans who like the free bar culture of the Catalonia capital. Even more tourists come to Barcelona for its architecture, art and history. Massive Mediterranean cruise ships bring loads of tourists to the port of Barcelona for day visits.

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