Another awesome season of festivals and vacays is breathing its boozy breath down our back. Winter is now surely on the retreat (especially here in Barcelona!) and we’re turning our attention to the spring and summer months and the boundless treats they hold. With such a plethora of party and travel options out there, we figured you’d be best served if we whipped up a handy blow-by-blow, clash-free guide to Stoke Travel’s 2017 season.
NB: most of these trips are a flat-rate €60 a day for all inclusive meals, accommodation, guides, good times, etc, and the €10 a day, open beer and sangria bar is available at all these destinations, that’s unlimited beer and sangria for 10 measly bucks.
1 Las Fallas. This one just sneaks in on the spring side of the cooler months, mostly because it’s down south in the Spanish city of Valencia, but also come mid-March we’re ready to party. This one is all things fire -- fireworks and bonfires and the burning of 20-metre statues, all in the name of kindly asking winter to beat it. One of the most exciting Spanish festivals of the year, and surprisingly unknown to foreigners. One for the culture vultures, latent pyromaniacs, and thrill seekers alike.
2 Springfest. It’s Oktoberfest’s earlier, smaller, arguably more authentic cousin. We’ve got the same beers, beer halls (but less of them), beer servers, beer bands, beer carnival rides, beer-accompanying foods, but less tourists. This one is for purists and opportunists, those who won’t miss a beer fest, and those who want to experience one with a more local flavour.