Do you want to experience the legendary Venice Carnival without actually going to Venice? Try Monte-Carlo, which will host its own Venice-themed Carnival for two days of entertainment, concerts and processions next month.
On Friday, March 10 from 10:30 am to 12 pm: procession of Venetian clowns in the Place du Casino. 1:30 pm to 3 pm: procession and entertainment, concert by the Orchestrina Strauss with a parade of costumes and Venetian masks in the Place du Casino.
Prague is, all at the same time, one of the most modern and classic cities in all of Europe. Lots of films that take place in centuries past are filmed there, taking advantage of its antique style, but at its heart is a bustling metropolis.
If the city’s history isn’t enough to get you over to the Czech Republic, check out these events from the the Czech Tourist Authority, with everything from food festivals to museum exhibits.
The Valencia region host some of Europe’s most colorful festivals, almost all of which are free to visitors. The city’s fiery welcome to spring, Las Fallas, in which giant papier-mâché statues are paraded around city streets and then burned in magnificent bonfires, concluded a few weeks ago. Next on the calendar is the Moors and Christians Festival (Moros y Cristianos) celebrated in Alcoy from April 22 to the 24. For three days, the entire city dresses up and reenacts its medieval past—complete with music, dancing, floats and fireworks—commemorating the victory of the city’s Christian inhabitants against a Moorish attack in 1276. The victory is attributed to the apparition of Saint George who threw himself into battle. He thus became the patron Saint of Alcoy, and the three-day festival is celebrated around April 23, Saint George’s day.