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Top Choice Fiesta in Buñol

La Tomatina

The last Wednesday in August marks Spain’s messiest festival. La Tomatina is a tomato-throwing orgy attracting more than 20,000 visitors to a town of just 9000 inhabitants. At 11am, more than 100 tonnes of squishy t…
Top Choice Fiesta in Valencia

Las Fallas de San José

The exuberant, anarchic swirl of Las Fallas de San José – fireworks, music, festive bonfires and all-night partying – is a must if you’re visiting Spain in mid-March. The fallas themselves are huge sculptures of pap…
Top Choice Architecture in L'Eixample & Southern Valencia

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

This aesthetically stunning complex occupies a massive 350,000-sq-metre swath of the old Turia riverbed. It’s occupied by a series of spectacular buildings that are mostly the work of world-famous, locally born arch…
Top Choice Spanish in Alicante

El Portal

Excellent in every way, this plush corner spot sports deliberately OTT decor that changes biannually but is always interesting. Grab a table or squeeze up at the bar to enjoy some of this part of Spain's finest prod…
Top Choice Modern Spanish in Dénia

Quique Dacosta

In sleek, white, minimalist premises near the beach 3km west of Dénia, this coolly handsome place is one of the peninsula's temples to modern gastronomy. The eponymous chef employs molecular and other contemporary t…
Top Choice Castle in Xàtiva

Castillo de Xàtiva

Xàtiva’s castle, which clasps to the summit of a double-peaked hill overlooking the old town, is arguably the most evocative and interesting in the Valencia region. Behind its crumbling battlements you’ll find flowe…
Top Choice Theatre in Elche

Misteri d'Elx

A lyric drama dating from the Middle Ages, this is performed annually in the Basílica de Santa María. The mystery’s two acts, La Vespra (the eve of the Virgin Mary's death) and La Festa (the celebration of her Assum…
Top Choice Cathedral in North Ciutat Vella

Catedral de Valencia

Valencia’s cathedral was built over a mosque after the 1238 reconquest. Its low, wide, brick-vaulted triple nave is mostly Gothic, with neoclassical side chapels. Highlights are its museum, rich Italianate frescoes …
Top Choice Museum in South Ciutat Vella

Museo Nacional de Cerámica

Inside a striking palace, this ceramics museum celebrates an important local industry. Downstairs (which also features a decadent hand-painted 1753 carriage) you can learn about the history of ceramics from baroque …
Top Choice Church in North Ciutat Vella

Iglesia de San Nicolás

Recently reopened to the public after a magnificent restoration, this single-naved church down a passageway is a striking sight. Over the original Gothic vaulting, the ceiling is a painted baroque riot, with enough …