Fallas in Denia
You may think this festival is quite mad.
The locals spend thousands of euros building statues made of wood and plaster of Paris, erect them in the street, and on the last night, they are all burnt. The bomberos have to spray the buildings to stop them catching fire!!
The Fallas are usually satyrical representations of modern day politicians, celebrities, or happenings
However, Fallas indicates the start of Spring. It stems from the custom when carpenters used to spring clean their workshops, throw the rubbish into the street and burn it.
Be in town for the mascletas...fireworks set off for noise rather than oooh aaah spectacle. The figures are always burnt on the night of 19th March, St joseph's Day, and it really is an amazing spectacle.
Try and catch some of the parades too and see all those taking part dressed in traditional costume...You can find more info on my site...www.tuktuktours.co.uk
Valencia is really the place to be for Fallas, but crammed with people and it's difficult to get about there.
Take your dog out to dinner!!!
All restaurants in Spain allow you to take your dog with you! i suppose this is good for local dog lovers (and i do have dogs of my own back in England) but im not sure about sharing a restaurant with dogs!
They are usually well behaved, but personnally i find it a bit off-putting to see a dog watching my every mouthfull! So be careful where you sit!
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Bous a la Mar...
Toros a la mar... or Bull to the Sea...or how to run and swim quickly to escape to a fierce bull...
Els Bous a la Mar is part of the festivities celebrating the ‘Santisima Sangre’. The act consists of releasing cattle, which the participants follow in the “entrada”. The tour finishes in a "bull ring" mounted in Dénia's port with one of its sides open to the sea. This way, some of the participants (animals included) end up in the water, later to be extracted by the help of a boat. “Els Bous a la Mar” are celebrated every day, both in the morning and for the evening around July.
Run if you dare... or don't care...
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In all restaurants service charge is included.You do not have to tip if you do not want to but tipping if you have had a nice meal is what i do as it shows i enjoyed it and the food and service was good.Waiters and barmen are not paid much too so tipping helps them out.Spanish people mostly leave their small change in bars and restaurants and 5% of total cost is a sensible amount to leave.Tip a taxi driver about one euro and around the same for porters.
Electricity-The electric voltage is 220 or 225 AC.Plugs are two pin.I bought a toaster and kettle over from England and just changed the plugs and they work fine.You will need a travel adapter plug if you want to bring say a hairdryer over on your hols.
Always tomorrow-Remember in Spain life is laid back and things can always be done tomorrow.When i had my house built it took alot longer then the builder said and i was prepared for this.When i had my sofa delivered it came 6 hours late.Expect this to happen.Its the Spanish way.Relax and go with the flow and dont expect things to happen on time.Its all about a different way and pace of life.Thats why starting a business in Spain may be hard going as things get done when they get done and not when they are booked to be done.
This is partly why i like Spain.Laid back lifestyle.Enjoy it ;-)
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Banks open from 8.30 am to 2pm and 1pm on Saturdays.Post Offices in big towns open from 8.30 am to 8pm.In villages and small towns they close at 2pm.Museums open at 9am til 7pm and most are closed on Mondays.
Shops and chemists open at 9.30 am to 2pm and then open again at 4.30pm or 5pm and close again about 8pm.Restaurants open at about midday and close about 5pm and then open again about 7pm and are often open til midnight or later.Some stay open all day in busy resorts.
Bars open almost 24 hours.Cafes open from 7am onwards.Music bars open until about 3am or 5am or so.
This is my experience of opening hours in Denia.Most supermarkets and banks shut for siesta where I went to.
Worship-If you visit a church remember they are not tourist atractions and places of worship.Act sensible and dress respectfully.
Rest Rooms.Public loos are rare outside big tourist resorts.But all bars have them and the owner will not mind yoy using them.Carry loo roll with you as it may be in very short supply in some loos.
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Take your time and relax.
When you have a meal,do not rush,expect to take all evening.Politness is still important in Spain and a hand-shake on greeting and departing is normal.Always begin a conversation with'Buenos Dias'(good morning)or 'Buenos Noches'(good afternoon) and say'Adios'(good-bye) when leaving.
It is bad manners to try and rush Spanish people...Do learn alittle Spanish,locals will apriaciate it.Do try the local foods too.Dont stick to chips.Paella is very tasty and the local Spanish wine is very good indeed.Goto a local supermarket and buy some food and drink.Don Simon wine is very cheap,0.95 euros,but surprizingly very good.
Goto a local market and buy great priced food and fresh fruit and veggies.
Enjoy all the lush plants all around this area.Try to hire a car and see this coastline as its safe to drive and very very scenic.I hired a car in feb for ?103 for 10 days from the airport,Alicante from Agruia cars.Petrol is fairly cheap and you should also goto see Gata De Gorges where basket weaving is very big and there are lots of great shops.
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