Valencia is very much a working city – the largest container port in Spain. But it is also a city that knows how to party.
The Falles festival in March is the biggest date in its calendar. Huge puppets are constructed, often with a satirical edge. They are paraded through the streets and finally burnt in an anarchic climax to the four-day event. One of the ways neighborhoods raise money for these gigantic puppet constructions is by having paella parties throughout the year. Paella is the signature dish of Valencian cuisine. Based on rice, it traditionally includes chicken, rabbit, vegetables and just the right amount of golden saffron.