Getting off the plane in Alicante anytime between January 21st and February 10th will land holidaymakers in the middle of the three-week carnival period.
The highlight of the event is the Sabado Ramblero, which takes place on February 2nd.
Costume parades, music and dancing are just a few of the attractions to entertain tourists and locals alike as the energetic event unfolds through the La Rambla and El Barrio.
It kicks off with the Don Carnal and Dona Cuaresma plays, that commemorate the battles between the two, to get the party started in a lively mood but the event finishes on a more subdued note.
The final ritual is the 'Funeral Wake and Burial of the Sardine' and the masks and make-up are put away for the celebrations next year.
Everybody wears black and carries candles as a sign or mourning on the traditional Sunday of the Pinatus.