Las Fallas

Where: Valencia, Spain. Numerous locations across the city.

When: March 14-19

What: Each neighbourhood builds and displays its own wood and papier mâché effigy (fallas), accompanied by street parties, parades, concerts and truly deafening fireworks. On the final night, the fallas are burnt to the ground.

Why: To celebrate the arrival of spring, and the effigies mock the latest farce to grip the neighbourhood, Spain or the world.

Do it because: It’s one of the most riotous and visually stunning festivals in Europe. Spaniards know how to party.

How much: Free.