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Few nationalities know how to party quite like the Spanish, and the land famed for its flamenco, tasty tapas and sangria also plays host to fabulous fiestas throughout the year.
Of all the festivities, the annual Carnaval (carnival) celebrated in towns and villages across the country in February offers the biggest buzz for party animals.
If you’re desperate to escape wintry old Blighty for a short break fix of fun and sun – there’s still time to snap up a cheap flight and join the party. But which party? To enjoy the warmest climes for your Carnival carousing, head south to Alicante, one of the most well-known and vibrant towns on the Costa Blanca.
The hot date: This year’s knees-up in Alicante runs from 19th February to 1st March.
The party: Preparations for Carnival begin months before the big event with locals making ever more flamboyant costumes and floats in a bid to make each carnival even better than the year before!
Everything from the city’s major monuments to the street benches gets a decorative party makeover, while the locals put the final sparkles on their masks and bar owners prepare for nights of dancing in the streets.
The ten days of unbridled Carnaval fun in Alicante includes costume competitions, street parties, live music, masked balls, and the highlight of the event is the huge all-singing, all-dancing fancy dress parade down Rambla de Méndez Núñez and El Barrio on February 21st.
To ensure that carnival also ends with a bang, the final day is celebrated with the crazy ritual of Velatorio y Entierro de la Sardina – that translates as the ‘Funeral Wake and Burial of the Sardine’ in English! This bizarre farewell to party time takes place on El Barrio, where crowds gather to ‘bury’ masks and make-up until the following year. In keeping with this sad affair, everybody wears black and carries candles as a sign of mourning!
Break for the beach
When you’re all partied out, make your way to the beaches of the Costa Blanca, which stretch along 200 km of glorious Mediterranean coast. There still plenty of fun to be had in the low season, and the top resorts include the smaller gems of Moraira, Altea and Calpe, which are popular with Spanish tourists, as well as the popular British haunt of Benidorm.
In addition to a lively throng of bars and restaurants, Benidorm offers plenty of entertainment for families including the Terra Mitica theme park on the edge of town. All are within easy reach of Alicante airport.
Where to stay
For affordable self-catering holidays in Costa Blanca, the new Pierre & Vacances Villa Puerto Beach residence in Altea offers some of the best deals for families or couples on a budget.
Located just 7km from Calpe and 18km from Benidorm, the residence offers large two-bedroom apartments, sleeping up to five people, all boasting a balcony with sea views. A pebble beach is located in front of the residence and restaurants, bars and pubs can be found on the port, just 100 metres away. Prices start from £312 for a two-bedroom apartment, sleeping four to five people.
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